Retro-View package

//Retro-View package

Retro-View package

From: £30.00

A package of a custom reel with 7 of your photos plus a no-batteries-required viewer – all you need for a fun and novel gift or keepsake.

The “Retro-View” custom reel is created from your own 2D or 3D images, ready to drop into our Retro-View ‘retro-red’ viewer.

This complete package includes one reel and one viewer but you can order more than viewers and/or reels if you wish (reels come complete with a retro-looking protective sleeve).

Product Quantity

Additional reels

Each reel contains 7 of your photos and comes with protective sleeve and wallet

Additional viewers

Each viewer is individually boxed

Estimated despatch date: On or before Monday 27, November 2017
SKU: DS022 Category:


3D stereo reel viewer

Supplied in retro-red colour only. This high quality viewer is engineered to function smoothly and effortlessly with our Retro-View reels and and is suitable for spectacle wearers.

The viewer is supplied in a white card box. The build quality compares well to the original View-Master viewers of years gone by, and are ideal for PR events, product promotions, novelty gifts and so on.

Retro-View reel

You can supply 2D or 3D images for this View-Master compatible reel, although of course only 3D images view as 3D in our Retro-View viewer – ordinary 2D photos look great though.

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Flickr and iPhoto photos work fine and if you have higher resolution images, so much the better.

We will need seven images (or seven stereo pairs) to make up one reel.

Please read this page before uploading unsuitable images! Retro-view-reels

Image suitability

  • The format of viewer images is landscape only, upright images won’t work well unless severely cropped.
  • The final images on these reels are very small – just 11.5mm x 10mm – and work best with bold and colourful photos.


Our Retro-View reels have images that are a very square-ish rectangle in landscape orientation. This can’t be varied, it is part and parcel of the venerable View-Master system.

Therefore, care should be taken when choosing your images. While it is possible to use other shaped images without cropping, they don’t look great as they don’t make best use of the very small image space.

If you can find your way around Photoshop then you are welcome to pre-prepare your own images. Otherwise, we will, by default, intelligently crop your images to fit the Retro-View format. You will be sent a PDF proof of the images for your approval before we produce your reel.

If you are a Photoshop wizard then you can prepare your images to the correct size: 1240px wide x 1125px high @ 300dpi.
You might find this template handy for image preparation: Retro-View template

Here below are some examples of what sort of images work and don’t work.

Girl on carousel

A nice photo but the wrong shape and orientation

Girl on carousel

Without modification, this is how the image would appear in the viewer

Girl cropped

With our intelligent cropping the image fills the view and still makes a great image


This photo looks promising but the important central figures fill a wide space

family bad crop

Uh-oh, this doesn’t work well, important detail is lost when cropping, making this image unsuitable


Great photo but this shape is going to present problems


Without modification, this is how the image would appear in the viewer

Panorama cropped

Even with careful cropping this image has lost the drama and is therefore best avoided


This looks promising – it is a wide picture but the important content is central

Kids cropped

With our intelligent cropping this makes a great photo for a reel


This square image looks like it will work well

Redhead cropped

Yes, it crops very well and makes a great reel image – bold, colourful and important detail away from the edges

What size should my View-Master images be?

As the reel images are so small (about 11.5mm x 10mm) you can use images from pretty much any source, including your Facebook/Instagram/Flickr/Snapchat/iPhoto libraries. However, the larger and better quality your photos are, the better quality your reels will look when magnified in the viewer.

The images are landscape orientated square-ish rectangle. You should bear this in mind when selecting your images. While it is technically possible to use upright images or wide horizontal images on a reel they don’t look great, as they view much smaller.

If you are a whizz with Photoshop (or other image editing programs) you can supply your images to the correct dimensions of 1240px wide x 1125px high @ 300dpi. You might find this template handy for image preparation: Retro-View template

How many photos on a View-Master reel?

retro-viewReels have seven images. At first glance it may seem that our Retro-View (View-Master compatible) reels have many more than seven images but remember that the viewers are binocular and each eye requires its own image to create the 3D illusion. Hence the 14 image windows.

In fact View-Master reels have always had seven images, since the system was created in the 1930s. And people do ask, but it is impossible to have more than seven images on a reel. Seven images and only seven images – that’s the rule.