Getting started & alternatives
What & Why
This is it. This is where you'll get careful step by step instructions for making a stereograph.
I'm going to teach you my way. There are other ways. Techniques differ but you should understand that all techniques are based on a few immutable principles. The stereo window is the stereo window no matter what cutting tool you use to make it. And swapping left and right images will always give you a jarring pseudoscopic image, regardless of what glue you use.
So most sections here have a What part and a Why part. What gives you useful hands on techniques you can copy blindly to make your own stereographs. Why helps you understand the principles behind the technique. You can and should experiment with improving the Whats -- after you understand the Whys.
Where to buy
Some folks trim their prints with scissors or an exacto knife. Beats me how, but they get good clean cuts.
APEC's own RJ Thorpe has a nice web site explaining another popular method: how to combine an exacto knife with an acrylic template.
You can also trim your prints with a guillotine paper cutter. Cost about $20. I find it difficult to get straight cuts with one of these, but with care and time you can come pretty close.
APECs Carole Honingsfled swears by her dry mount press. Unfortunately a dry mount press sells for $400 or more.
APEC members share their own techniques
After lining them up on the board, I secure the photos with artist tape. This is a removable tape that doesn't stay semi permanently attached like most tapes do. When I get a pile of views done I take them down into the basement where I can get messy with a spray can, and gas everyone in the house too. I flip the photos onto their backs and spray them with adhesive, then I just flip them back onto the card. Remove the tape and Voila! Images already aligned and no L/R mix-ups. (unless you forgot to check R/L when you taped them down.)
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