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Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover

Apr 11, 2012, 20:17
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Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover
Hi, I've searched for hours for directions on how I can use my 3D template in GIMP. I purchased the template from a stock photo site. It already does have a 3D appearance with proper shadowing etc. I am creating a 3D book cover. So I only want to fit the jpg image I created,. the flat 2-D one, to my blank 3-D book cover template. I also want to add text to the spine of the book, or an image of this text if that's how it's done.

This would be the same process I think with any sort of 3D template and 2D image. For example, some people create boxes and other items in 3D. But I don't need to know how to create the 3D effect. I already have that in the template I purchased. I just need to know how to add my jpeg image to the template so that it fits properly.

Hope someone can help with this...
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Apr 11, 2012, 21:57
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RE: Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover
1) Make an image which is the "flat" representation of the cover (ie, same aspect ratio as a front view) and about same size (which means about as high as the longest vertical it will have to fit). If necessary add a transparent border around the image
2) copy/paste as new layer in the image with the box
3) for an easier task, move the pasted layer below the box
4) make sure the pasted layer is selected
5) start the perspective tool; Normal mode, clipping: adjust, and preview: grid
6) click on image, you'll have a grid with 4 drag handles in the 4 corners of the pasted layer
7) drag these handles to the corners of the 3D box
8) Hit transform button
9) Drag pasted layer above the 3D box one to enjoy the result

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Apr 11, 2012, 22:22
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RE: Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover
Thank you for replying ofnuts. Is this the same method though used when starting with an
already-made 3D book cover template and an already saved image?

When you say "image with the box" what do you mean by "box" ?

I just found the following directions in more layman's terms but not sure if they are correct. What do you think?

Open the eBook template file..

Once the eBook template is open, go to file and 'new.' This will open a new window, but the eBook template window will still be open. Be sure to keep the eBook template window open in the background for later use.

In the eBook template window, go to file and open the image created for cover design. Open as layer.' It should open on top of the eBook cover template.

Use the perspective tool located in the toolbox. Click the icon and use the perspective tool to stretch the artwork onto the front cover of the eBook template. If you are a beginner, you may have to play with it a while. The fastest way to get a perfect fit is to stretch the edges of the corners onto the eBook cover front.

Is this saying the same thing as you posted?

If so, then I think I can do this!

But I still need to find out how to add text (book's title)
to the vertical spine of the book.

Cindy
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Apr 11, 2012, 23:01
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RE: Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover
(Apr 11, 2012 22:22)Cindy Blankenship Wrote:  Thank you for replying ofnuts. Is this the same method though used when starting with an
already-made 3D book cover template and an already saved image?

When you say "image with the box" what do you mean by "box" ?

I just found the following directions in more layman's terms but not sure if they are correct. What do you think?

Open the eBook template file..

Once the eBook template is open, go to file and 'new.' This will open a new window, but the eBook template window will still be open. Be sure to keep the eBook template window open in the background for later use.

In the eBook template window, go to file and open the image created for cover design. Open as layer.' It should open on top of the eBook cover template.

Use the perspective tool located in the toolbox. Click the icon and use the perspective tool to stretch the artwork onto the front cover of the eBook template. If you are a beginner, you may have to play with it a while. The fastest way to get a perfect fit is to stretch the edges of the corners onto the eBook cover front.

Is this saying the same thing as you posted?

If so, then I think I can do this!

But I still need to find out how to add text (book's title)
to the vertical spine of the book.

Cindy
Yes more or less the same technique.

For text use the text tool to create a layer with the text in it, then "Layer/Transform/Rotate 90°", and then apply the layer to the spine using the same technique with the perspective tool.

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Apr 12, 2012, 05:20
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RE: Placing an image on a 3D template for book cover
Thanks! Will give it a go...
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