share it with you.
First, I must explain that his video was what made
it possible for me to write down this information. I’ve watched the video,
followed his instructions and wrote down step by step directions so a person
(me) won’t have to watch the video every time I want to make a 3D image. I’ll
just print out these steps and make life a hell of a lot easier. My brain is so
overloaded; I don’t retain data unless I use it constantly.
instructions, I’ve finally hit the jackpot – have a beautiful 3D image of one
of my covers and will be making a lot more.
template for a book cover and save it. (I’ve kept mine on my
desktop but you can file it where you’ll be able to access it easily.
which cover you want to use.
Gimp – it’s free – it’s easy and you can install the icon on your taskbar like
I did for easy access.
the Pixlr Editor Link
‘Open Image’ from computer (2nd choice) and load the template here.
to Layer and select “Open Image as Layer” – get your book cover now. You’ll see
that it will completely cover the template but not to worry.
go to Edit – and select Free Distort. Your cursor becomes an arrow and you will
go to each of the 4 little boxes at the corners of your cover and drag them to
fit over the corners of the template so your image now covers the front of the
on File and Apply Change – yes!
Click on File again and save and when the little window opens, in the first slot, fill in
the title you want to use for this cover.
In the second option called Format, you must change this to save the file from a Jpeg to a
PNG. (If you don’t do this, the white around the cover will not become
transparent. Once you click ok it will
take a few seconds and then click save.
Now open Gimp. You might find it a
bit strange to begin with; I did until I realized that you can move the side
panels around easily by just clicking on them, holding and tug down so the top
part is visible.
Click on file and open so you can browse for
the 3D book cover you just made.
Go to the tool section on left and scroll at
the top you’ll see one called Free Select Tool. Click on it and then carefully,
slowly – do not hold down on the mouse
– click on the corner edge of the cover and then go to each corner and click
until the book has been circled. You’ll see that there’s like a string it tugs
along but that’s okay.
Once you get back to the first corner,
the lines will change to a moving dotted line —-.
Now go to Select and click on Invert. Then
click your computer’s Delete button.
you want to reduce the size of the canvas (grey area around the image which I
believe is the transparency) so… Go to Image and click on Canvas size and hold
down on the top arrow (width) and watch the image shrink. Do the same for the
bottom arrow (Height).
we want to reduce the size of the image. If you look on the scale surrounding
the cover, you’ll see it’s really large. To make it smaller: go to Image. Click on scale image. And see
where you like to have yours. I changed the width to 1,000. And everything
changed with it and then I hit resize.
Now go to File and Export as you’ll want to Export what you’ve created. I opened a
folder in my documents just for 3D covers.***See I told you. Easy- Shmeasy~!!!Hold
it – There’s one more lesson~*** If, like me, you close the red
x’s on the two sidebars in Gimp (don’t ask….sigh!!) this is how to recover them.
On the Gimp page, click Edit, then scroll down until you see Preferences. Click
there and scroll down again and choose Window Management. Choose the bottom
choice: Reset Windows Positions to Default Values and then click on OK.And – keep your cool!! Have fun…