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HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards

Sep 12, 2012, 01:24
Post: #1
HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards
Hello everyone.

So I'm looking for some help with my little project here. I'm trying to take the square cd cover image and make a cassette tape cover, or j-card, with that image.

Here's a picture of a j-card template.

[Image: J-Card.jpg]

Right now all I want is the front cover, spine and tail. I wasn't sure if the templates I found were compatible so i tried to make my own template. What I did was make three separate ones. One for the front cover, one for the spine and one for the tail. I was able to take the square image and use the scale tool to make the image fit inside the front cover. The first problem I had was not knowing if the image quality was good enough to print. It seemed easier to use inches when I made the template and not pixels. So I made the front cover template 4 in by 2.5625 in. I exported the image as a jpg but the final image looked too small. So now I'm not sure how many pixels I need for a printable picture.

Now with the spine and tail most likely I'll just chose a background color and type over it...Artist, Album Name, Song Titles ext. My plan was to use the jpg images I exported and paste them together, then save that final image as a jpg. and print.

This is just a project I'm doing and it has already taken too much time but I really want to get it done. Any help with this is very appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Sep 12, 2012, 07:03
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RE: HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards
When you create an image with Gimp you can specify either pixels or physical size, but the physical size will depend on the "definition". Gimp usually assumes a default of 72PPI (pixels per inch) or whatever your screen definition is (around 100PPI usually ) while print requires at least 150PPI (and 300PPI is better)(see the "advanced options" in the create dialog to set a definition). So your images should be 1200 pixels high (4 inches times 300pixels/inch) (tail is 300x1200, spine is 150x1200, etc...)

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Sep 16, 2012, 16:34
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RE: HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards
Going to try this right now. Thanks for the help!
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Sep 16, 2012, 17:58
Post: #4
RE: HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards
Finally got it right! These are just for friends that like listening to tapes. No profits being made.

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Sep 16, 2012, 19:02
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RE: HELP! Cassette Tape Covers/J-Cards
Looks good...

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