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Tip 8: How to Produce "Wrap Round" Images - Technique 1

Piranha Feed Take a look at the cover image on the right...

Notice how the picture appears to wrap around the cover on the right, how is this effect achieved?

The trick is to make sure the that image used on the right-side of the cover exactly lines up with image on the front. If you're clever, this needn't be so hard...

When you do this, it's a good idea to use a lossless format for your images for each of the sides (such as PNG or BMP), so you don't get any distortions that can be produced by lossy formats (JPEG). If you're starting from a JPEG image, convert the image to BMP or PNG (using Save As... in your painting program) before starting.


Wrapping Around The Right
  1. First, get the image for the front, let's say front.bmp.

  2. Next, we are going to prepare and image for the right-side. Load front.bmp into your Paint program, crop the image to include only the right-most column of pixels (so you end up with a very tall but narrow image, 1 pixel wide), and save this as right.bmp

    If using the Windows Paint accessory, an easy way to do this is:
    • Use Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu to flip the picture horizontally.
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu, and change the Width to 1.
    • Click Save As... on the File menu and save the file as right.bmp.

  3. Go into CoverFactory, go to the front of your cover, and select front.bmp as the picture for this side. You will most likely be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose to use the Right or Stretch option on the dialog box (the Right option may or may not appear depending on the shape of front.bmp).

  4. Still in CoverFactory, go to the right-side of your cover, and select right.bmp as the picture for this side. You will be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose the Stretch opton on the dialog box.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect.

Wrapping Around The Left
  1. First, get the image for the front, let's say front.bmp.

  2. Next, we are going to prepare and image for the left-side. Load front.bmp into your Paint program, crop the image to include only the left-most column of pixels (so you end up with a very tall but narrow image, 1 pixel wide), and save this as left.bmp

    If using the Windows Paint accessory, an easy way to do this is:
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu, and change the Width to 1.
    • Click Save As... on the File menu and save the file as left.bmp.

  3. Go into CoverFactory, go to the front of your cover, and select front.bmp as the picture for this side. You will most likely be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose to use the Left or Stretch option on the dialog box (the Left option may or may not appear depending on the shape of front.bmp).

  4. Still in CoverFactory, go to the left-side of your cover, and select left.bmp as the picture for this side. You will be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose the Stretch opton on the dialog box.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect.

Wrapping Around The Top
  1. First, get the image for the front, let's say front.bmp.

  2. Next, we are going to prepare and image for the top-side. Load front.bmp into your Paint program, crop the image to include only the top-most row of pixels (so you end up with a very wide but short image, 1 pixel high), and save this as top.bmp

    If using the Windows Paint accessory, an easy way to do this is:
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu, and change the Height to 1.
    • Click Save As... on the File menu and save the file as top.bmp.

  3. Go into CoverFactory, go to the front of your cover, and select front.bmp as the picture for this side. You will most likely be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose to use the Top or Stretch option on the dialog box (the Top option may or may not appear depending on the shape of front.bmp).

  4. Still in CoverFactory, go to the top-side of your cover, and select top.bmp as the picture for this side. You will be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose the Stretch opton on the dialog box.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect.

Wrapping Around The Bottom
  1. First, get the image for the front, let's say front.bmp.

  2. Next, we are going to prepare and image for the bottom-side. Load front.bmp into your Paint program, crop the image to include only the bottom-most row of pixels (so you end up with a very wide but short image, 1 pixel high), and save this as bottom.bmp

    If using the Windows Paint accessory, an easy way to do this is:
    • Use Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu to flip the picture vertically.
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu, and change the Height to 1.
    • Click Save As... on the File menu and save the file as bottom.bmp.

  3. Go into CoverFactory, go to the front of your cover, and select front.bmp as the picture for this side. You will most likely be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose to use the Bottom or Stretch option on the dialog box (the Bottom option may or may not appear depending on the shape of front.bmp).

  4. Still in CoverFactory, go to the bottom-side of your cover, and select bottom.bmp as the picture for this side. You will be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose the Stretch opton on the dialog box.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect.

Wrapping Around More Than One Side
  1. First, get the image for the front, let's say front.bmp.

  2. Next, we are going to prepare and images for the other sides (Not: In most covers only some of the sides are visible, so you needn't worry about the content of those sides which will be occluded in the 3D rendered version).

    Prepare the right.bmp, left.bmp, top.bmp and bottom.bmp images according to the procedures described in step 2 of each of "Wrapping Around The Right", "Wrapping Around The Left", "Wrapping Around The Top" and "Wrapping Around The Bottom" (see above).

  3. Go into CoverFactory, go to the front of your cover, and select front.bmp as the picture for this side. You will most likely be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you must choose the Stretch option on the dialog box.

  4. Still in CoverFactory, go to each of the right, left, top and bottom sides of your cover, and select the corresponding pictures as the picture for this side. In each case, you will be prompted because the image is not the correct size, and you should choose the Stretch opton on the dialog box.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect.



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