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    Make 3D eBook/Box Covers

    Chapter 1: Using CoverFactory Software

    In this chapter, I'll give you a quick introduction to using our the CoverFactory software. I can't of course discuss every feature of the program in a short article, but you should get a flavor.

    If you decide you want to know more, you can download the free trial version from our CoverFactory site, play around with it, look at the Help instructions included with the download, etc.

    Okay, so let's see an example of creating a cover using CoverFactory:
    1. First, I choose what type of cover I want to create. In this example, I'm going to make a binder (a folder with binding) with a CD-ROM.



      The program then guides me through a wizard (in this example with 10 steps), which allows me to make all the main choices about the various elements of the cover.

    2. I choose the dimensions of the cover (the width, height and depth of the binder):



    3. I choose what to place on the front (I can choose a solid color, a pattern, a texture, a picture, etc.):



    4. I choose how thick the pages inside the cover are, compared to the front-cover and back-cover containing them (as well as the paper's color, etc.):



    5. As this is a binder, I can choose the type and color of the binding to use:



    6. As this image will include a CD-ROM, I get to choose the CD-ROM's appearance:



    7. As this image will include a CD-ROM, I get to choose where to place the CD-ROM relative to the binder:



    8. I get to choose the background to place the cover image on (I can choose a picture, textures, etc., but in this case I've chosen a plain white colored background):



    9. I choose the size of the background (and hence the final image) in pixels:



    10. I choose the lighting, shadow and reflection effects that I want to apply:



    11. I can choose to add special effects like Lens Flare or Bevel (in this case I've chosen no special effects):



    12. This is what my cover looks like so far in the Render preview:



      At this point, I can now (among other things):

      • Add additional elements on any of the sides (like text, lines, boxes, circles, pictures, etc.).

      • Change the orientation of the cover (rotate it, move it, etc.)

      • Change my prefences for almost any of the settings I've already chosen. For example, I could decide to use a different CD-ROM image, or change the positioning of the CD-ROM, or use a different set of shadows, and so on.

    13. I've decided not to mess with the settings, but instead draw a few extra elements on top of the front of the cover.

      I click the tab in the program to view the front of the cover, and start drawing.

      Here's what it looks like after I've added some text, two polygons (the light-blue stripes near the top left), and some clip art that I got from Hemera's Photo-Objects 50,000 Premium Image Collection:



    14. I think that I'm finished, so I check out the Render preview:



      I'm now happy with the result... so I click Render To File... in the program, and my final image is saved to my computer's hard-disk.

    15. And here's my finished cover image:

    Do take a look at our CoverFactory site to see what else the software can do, or download a free trial version of the program.

    (By the way, we have also published some Tips to help you get the best possible results with CoverFactory).


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