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Tip 9: How to Produce "Wrap Round" Images - Technique 2

The technique described in the Previous Tip is not quite true wrapping (the right-hand side or whatever doesn't trully continue the picture on the front), but in my experience it produces excellent results, perhaps better than true wrapping.

Can you achieve true wrapping of an image around a cover?

The answer is yes, but it requires a bit more work and quite a bit more thought too.

As with the Previous Tip, 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, you need to obtain an image which is very much wider than it is tall (if your front cover is wider than it is tall, your image may need to be several times wider than it is tall).

    Let's imagine that you have found this image and it's called bigimage.bmp.

  2. Load bigimage.bmp and slice it vertically into two images of approximately equal size. You need to save both halves into different files.
    • Save the left half as front.bmp
    • Save the right half as right.bmp

    If you are using the Windows Paint accessory, you can do this as:
    • Open bigimage.bmp
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu.
    • Make a note of the width.
    • Enter a value for the Width, which is approximately half of the original value, and make a note of this value too.
    • Use Save As... to save the image as front.bmp.
    • Open bigimage.bmp again.
    • Flip the image horizontally using Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu.
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu.
    • Set the width to whatever was unused from the original width after making front.bmp
    • Flip the image horizontally using Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu.
    • Use Save As... to save the image as right.bmp

  3. Go into CoverFactory, and set the picture for the front-side to front.bmp. When you are prompted that image is the wrong size, choose the Right option.

  4. Still in CoverFactory, set the picture for the right-side to right.bmp When you are prompted that image is the wrong size, choose the Left option.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect, the edge between the Front and Right sides should along the same line as you divided the original bigimage.bmp.

Wrapping Around The Left
  1. First, you need to obtain an image which is very much wider than it is tall (if your front cover is wider than it is tall, your image may need to be several times wider than it is tall).

    Let's imagine that you have found this image and it's called bigimage.bmp.

  2. Load bigimage.bmp and slice it vertically into two images of approximately equal size. You need to save both halves into different files.
    • Save the left half as left.bmp
    • Save the right half as front.bmp

    If you are using the Windows Paint accessory, you can do this as:
    • Open bigimage.bmp
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu.
    • Make a note of the width.
    • Enter a value for the Width, which is approximately half of the original value, and make a note of this value too.
    • Use Save As... to save the image as left.bmp.
    • Open bigimage.bmp again.
    • Flip the image horizontally using Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu.
    • Click Attributes... on the Image menu.
    • Set the width to whatever was unused from the original width after making front.bmp
    • Flip the image horizontally using Flip/Rotate... on the Image menu.
    • Use Save As... to save the image as front.bmp

  3. Go into CoverFactory, and set the picture for the front-side to front.bmp. When you are prompted that image is the wrong size, choose the Left option.

  4. Still in CoverFactory, set the picture for the left-side to left.bmp When you are prompted that image is the wrong size, choose the Right option.

  5. When you to the Render tab, you should see the wrapping in effect, the edge between the Front and Left sides should along the same line as you divided the original bigimage.bmp.



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