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GIMP for Beginners 7: Make a 3D Book Cover for Free

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:53
    • 2. Work Area and 2D Cover

      3:14
    • 3. Create a Cover Reflection

      2:55
    • 4. Bend the Cover

      1:45
    • 5. Create the Spine

      6:21
    • 6. Cant Spine Into Place

      4:10
    • 7. Add the Pages

      4:43
    • 8. Add a Shadow

      4:20
    • 9. GIMP for Beginners to Intermediate, 3D Book Cover, Final Thoughts

      0:25

About This Class

In this GIMP for beginners class, you'll learn how to use the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to create a 3D book cover.  I'll be using the book cover I created in my 2D book cover class in this demonstration.

Note that this is a fairly advanced class so you should be familiar with the GIMP.

In this class, you'll follow this seven step process to complete the project:

  1. Work Area & 2D Book Cover
  2. Create a Reflection
  3. Bend the Cover
  4. Create Spine & Reflection
  5. Cant Spine into Place
  6. Add the Pages
  7. Add a Shadow

So if you're ready to take the GIMP and your book covers to the next level, let me show you the way.

See you in the classroom,

---Brian

Transcripts

1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. And welcome to the class in this class, we're going to create a three d book cover out of the two d book cover that I created in the previous class. We're gonna be using the gimp organ new image manipulation program, which is a free program that runs on Windows, Mac os and Lennox. We're going to use it to create this image that you see to the right. Now, this is a bit of an advanced class if you haven't already done so you might want to consider taking my book covers gimp course in which we create the two d book cover we're going to use in this course. Now, if you're completely unfamiliar with the gimp, then you might want to consider my complete line of gimp training on skilled shit on skill share. So with that introduction, we're going to jump right into making a three d book cover 2. Work Area and 2D Cover: hi, everyone, and thank you for enrolling in my class. Here I am, fresh off the set off my last class where I created this two d book cover in this class, which is a little more advanced. I'm going to turn this two d book cover into a three d book cover. But you always begin with the two d book cover. Now, actually, where you begin, as far as creating a three d book cover is creating a new workspace. I just need to have a new area. Now this cover that we're going to be reflecting and cocking at an angle and seeing the spine of and pages and casting a reflection of we're gonna need an area that's probably four times its size right twice is wide, twice as tall. So I'm going to make an area of 3000 with with by 5000 now will inevitably crop this down. But for now, let's go for the size that we have a lot area to work in. It said I'm exceeding the maximum size, huh? OK, we'll make it 3000 by 4000. That's probably the minimum I can get away with. And then Let's change the resolution down to 72 pp I Since we're going to be displaying this on the screen and not printing it there, that puts the resource requirements down much lower and now it can create the image. So here we go. We've got a white work area and we no longer need this. Let's move it in. The other thing that I'd like to dio is get the size and then I'm going to save you. Zoom fit, image in the window. You see me doing that a lot. And now we're filling the window. Now I haven't appropriately sized work area. I'm going to bring in the book cover. Let's go ahead and open. Go ahead and open documents there. ISS. I'm going to open the sample cover from our last lecture. So here I have it in Jay Peg format. So all those layers air collapsed and it's one thing, and within this image, I'm going to select all and do an edit copy, and we can come back to her. Actually, we're done with this image. We can come back to our three d image area and create a new, transparent layer. And this is where we're going to put the book cover. Let's go ahead and will do and edit Paste. And here's the book cover and what we want to do is move this to the upper right. We're gonna be looking more or less and seeing things on the left and on the top, and we're gonna have reflections and so on. But we're not going to see the right hand side of the book all that much. So let's position it very close to the right and give us enough area for some pages up above. And then a nice reflection here and a shadow going off in this direction, and then we'll go ahead and will anchor that. 3. Create a Cover Reflection: The next thing that we're going to dio is create a reflection of this cover. To do that, I add new layer. Then I go to that layer and I edit paste another copy of the book cover. Now reflections are flip top to bottom, so let's use the flip tool and flip this book cover vertically. Now we can use the move tool to move this reflection into position. Don't worry that it goes off the screen. Most of that is going to be cut off as we modify the selection. Now I want Thies to match up really closely and the way that I do that is I go to view zoom and soon up to something big, like 4 to 1 that will allow Meteo zoom in on this edge and get thes exactly together down to the pixel. There we go and at this point I can anchor that layer and then I go to view zoom, fit, image and window. And there you can see we have a perfect reflection of our book cover and what we need to do is tow. Have the reflection disappear as it gets further away from the book and Of course, the way that you do that if you watched any of my classes in the past, is you go to that layer that you want to reflect, and we're gonna create a layer mask. We'll make it white. So the layer shows through completely and then we'll use ingredient here. We want to go white to black, letting the IV you go to blocking it. So now I'm going to pull that Grady in making sure that I'm on the mask side and notice that I have two options here. I can pull this Grady int all the way to the very edge here across the book cover, and it will make the book fade out all the way to the very edge. Now, I don't like that very much. You don't see the edge of the reflection, and it doesn't fade out quickly enough. So let's do an edit. Undo the blend, and I'm going to do this blend one more time. But this time I'm going to pull the line down on Lee part of the way so that it goes from white to black very quickly and that way will block out most of the image. There we go. Now we have more of a reflection. Now you can see this reflection too much. It's still too harsh up here. So all we gotta do to handle that is to go to the opacity for that layer and knock it down . Let's say to about 30. There you go. Now on reflection is disappearing into the distance. 4. Bend the Cover: The next thing I'm going to do is put a curved to this cover to make it look like it's been read. Okay, The next thing that we have to do is if I'm happy with this layer mask, which I am, I go to the layer that has the layer mask, and I apply the layer mask there that permanently applied it to the image to make it a reflection. Now I go to that layer and I say merge down. And now the book cover in its reflection or one layer. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna bend the cover. But I wanted to bend the reflection to so I pulled that in here. So the way that you do that is you make sure that you selected layer, you want to bend and then you go to filters, distorts curve, blend. Now what curve blend is doing? Is it showing the top and the bottom of the image and allowing you to curve these things so you don't even have to have the same curve at the top of the covers you do at the bottom. So here you can see where the upper part of the image, and I went to curve it over here just a little say, like about there. The next thing we do is we go to the bottom of the book cover and I blew that, and I curve that as well. Have that be even more curved Now? I can preview my curve and you could see the book cover is now bent fairly severely. Let's go ahead and apply. That curved blend is one of the complex tools, so it's gonna take a while to apply that. And when it's done, we'll see a distinctive curve to the cover like it's dog eared and it's been bent. We can see that the same curve has been applied to the reflection. 5. Create the Spine: in this lesson. We're going to start working on the spine now. It really doesn't matter what the spine says in a lot of cases, because it's going to be cocked it an angle and you're getting barely see it. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to try and copy a part of my book cover and see if I can use that as my spine, you know. And here's a modification. I may as well get the reflection to so that I don't have to copy that. So let's go ahead and we will select both the book cover in the reflection for just a little bit say about that amount. I go ahead and I edit copy, and then I come over here and I make a new layer. I removed my selection and I go ahead and I say, Edit based. Now let's move this down into position. Once again, I want a perfect match so I'll do a view. Zoom to about 2 to 1 on to do just fine. Now let's pull this in, get the edge perfect here. Let's check this scene that's good in the bottom. That's a little off. Okay, I line up. The bottom I seem is still pretty good, but the top is off. So one of the things we're gonna have to do to get this tow line up perfectly, you stretch that layer just a bit. So what we do is we go to the scale tool, grab the top of our selection and pull it up until we get that to match perfectly. There we go. It just took a little adjustment. And now I'm going to go ahead. I'm going to anchor that now. Let's view zoom fit, image in window and we could see that we have a spine here. The next step in preparing the spine is too can't it into place. This is going to be going diagonally away. So let's edit undo anchoring it. And while I have it is a selection I'm going to candid into place using the perspective tool. Now with the perspective tool. What we're going to do is grab these corners and pull them over and to the right, until we have the spine going at something, maybe even more than a 45 degree angle, and we compress it quite a bit Let's do the same with this edge and let's apply that transform. Now you can see that we actually have a spine and you could notice the lettering. Doesn't matter that much that it cuts off since you don't see it that much. Now, once again, we need to get this tow line up. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to view Zoom, Let's get our 2 to 1 zoom going. We use the move tool to move the spine down a bit so that it perfectly matches the top of the book. We see that our way. See that our weed is completely off. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna stretch this back into plays. It's two of you. Zoom fit, image and window. Okay, I'm going to do the resize tool on this layer and pull it down until we get that edge to exactly match. There we go. Let's scale that. And now our edge more perfectly matches down here. Let me go ahead and view Zoom one more time just to make sure that we've got it right and it's still not good. So we're going to stretch this image again pull it a little bit more. That ought to be good. And it got a little bit larger and it moved out. So now we're moving the tool again. Or now we're moving the layer again and I'm gonna do my view. Hopefully, we have it the right size. Now let's do our view. 2 to 1. Go up to the top, move it back into position and then come down. And our bottom layer is too long. Okay, let's shorten it up. We're almost exactly there. Pull it down just the slightest bit and pull it into position one more time. There we go. If you finally, that looks like about a perfect match. So let's go ahead and we will view Zoom, fit, image and window there. Then we have a spine on our book. 6. Cant Spine Into Place: The next thing that we're going to dio is create the paper pages now to do this, I'm going to first pull a rectangle, and then I'm going to use the perspective tool to really change it and conform it to this book cover. So let's go ahead. And first I want to pull. We need to anchor this last selection. First. I'm going to pull a selection on a new layer. So Anu transparent layer and let's go ahead and views, Um, so that I can see what's happening. You zoom to the one is too much views. Um, under one views, Um, 1 to 2 there that gets me in there nicely where hopefully I can see the whole book cover. Let's go ahead and stretch this window out so that I can see the whole book cover. There we go. Now I can pull my selection from, and I just want to get it ballpark, say about the right size. I'm gonna move it into position, and we want to pull it back just a little bit from the edge. So let's say something like that. Now we need a nice, yellowed color for the pages. Let's pull, Pick something down in this area, you can see it's yellowy, but it's not extremely yellowy. And if I go ahead and do a bucket, fill in here, here on my pages Now, Now what I want to do is I'm gonna use the perspective tool to align these pages with the book cover this corner. I'm gonna pull up to this edge and that one to this edge. That's fine where it is right there. But I need this to more or less match the rest of the pages and let's have it fan out. Just a little bit of this edges if it's been read and it's opened now, Okay, go ahead and do that transform. You can see that. That's pretty close to being in there. We just need to transform it just a little bit more to get it down. And that's good on this side. Now, what I'd like to do is I'd like to move this down, just little writing about their and then anchor it. Now what we'll do is we'll move this layer to the back, back behind the book cover. So now we get a nice clean edge there. We go now. What we might want to do is apply the same curve to the pages. Let's go ahead and try that. I'm going to select the layer with the pages on it. Then I'm going to go back to my filter distorts and my curve blend. Now here's exactly the same other curve blend. So if I want to use that again, I can and I'm going to do that. So let's say okay and they're now we've got a nice curve to the pages. Let's go to this layer and I see some white here. Let's make sure that we get that area by pulling the selection on this corner and then dumping in similar Oh, there. Now I've got the yellow right to the edge and I'll say, Select none. And then I will view zoom fit, image in window. And here you can see we've got our curved a book cover, We've got the spine and we've got the pages 7. Add the Pages: The next thing that we're going to dio is create the paper pages now to do this, I'm going to first pull a rectangle, and then I'm going to use the perspective tool to really change it and conform it to this book cover. So let's go ahead. And first I want to pull Well, we need to anchor this last selection. First, I'm going to pull a selection on a new layer. So Anu transparent layer and let's go ahead and views, Um, so that I can see what's happening. You zoom to the one is too much views. Um, under one views, Um, 1 to 2 there that gets me in there nicely where hopefully I can see the whole book cover. Let's go ahead and stretch this window out so that I can see the whole book cover. There we go. Now I can pull my selection from, and I just want to get it ballpark, say, about the right size. I'm gonna move it into position, and we want to pull it back just a little bit from the edge. So let's say something like that. Now we need a nice, yellowed color for the pages Let's pull pick something down in this area. You can see it's yellowy, but it's not extremely yellowy. And if I go ahead and do a bucket, fill in here, here on my pages Now, Now what I want to do is I want to use the perspective tool to align these pages with the book, cover this corner. I'm gonna pull up to this edge and that one to this edge. That's fine where it is right there. But I need this to more or less match the rest the pages and let's have it fan out. Just a little bit of this edges if it's been read and it's opened now, Okay, go ahead and do that transform. You can see that. That's pretty close to being in there. We just need to transform it just a little bit more to get it down, and that's good on this side. Now, what I'd like to do is, I'd like to move this down just a little writing about their and then anchor it. Now what we'll do is we'll move this layer to the back, back behind the book cover. So now we get a nice clean edge there we go now. What we might want to do is apply the same curve to the pages. Let's go ahead and try that. I'm going to select the layer with the pages on it. Then I'm going to go back to my filter distorts and my curve blend. Now here's exactly the same other curve blend. So if I want to use that again, I can and I'm going to do that. So let's say okay and they're now we've got a nice curve to the pages. Let's go to this layer and I see some white here. Let's make sure that we get that area by pulling the selection on this corner and then dumping in. Similar Oh, there. Now I've got the yellow right to the edge and I'll say, Select none. And then I will view zoom fit, image in window. And here you can see we've got our curved a book cover. We've got the spine and we've got the pages 8. Add a Shadow: the reflection is easy to create. All it is is a candid black rectangle. It's been blurred, so let's go ahead and we'll set our colors to black and await. Then I will create a new layer and let's make this behind everything. Then what I do is I pull a rectangle. That's maybe about the right size. I go ahead and do a bucket fill of black. Now, the next thing I'm going to Dio is use this sheer tool to have this sheared off like this. It's gonna go actually, this way. When will share that and what will want do is move this into position with the move tool. So I'm gonna want that right here at the corner and then I'm going to take these. This is the perspective tool to pull this out a little. And we go, we'll get our shadow going all the way to the corner. See, we can find the other end of it. Here it is. Oh, can't that, uh, or less the same way? Go ahead with that transform, and then we'll move things more into position. Okay, Okay, Now I've got to anchor this layer. I'll be able to move it around more later. But first I'm gonna hit it with a galaxy and blur to see if I can get this into shape. Pretty heavy. 12 We want about 30. Take a look at that blur and see what it's gonna look like. Let's take it up to 50. That's more than kind of blur I was looking for. Well, say, go ahead and do that. Here's our blur. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to take the opacity down a great deal 2 30 we've got a very faint shadow. Now. Now some of the shadow is moving out here is coming out here, and I could see it's not lining up quite on the corner. So let's move things down just a bit to get it on the corner here. And then I'm going to do a simple select of the area that we don't want of the Shadow and hit the delete key to delete it. There we go. I'll do, ah, select none. And that's our three d book cover. I could have done a better job with Shadow. I should have given myself some more room over here to the left to really have it go out. In fact, let's clean the shadow up just a bit right now by doing the perspective. Tool some more on it. Okay, I can bring this down quite a bit. Bring this over and up until it matches my corner and I'll go ahead and I'll do that. Transform. Okay, that shadow looks a little more natural. And once again, all I've got to Dio is coming here and select the parts that are sticking out and hit the delete key to get rid of them. Okay, so I like this book cover. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to do a file save as, and then I'm going to do, ah, file export as and I once again call it sample cover as a J peg file. Now, the final thing that I want to point out is, if there are certain elements of this that you don't like, you always wink them out. Like if you don't like the drop shadow, get rid of it. Now. Actually, the reflection is on the same layer. Is everything else? So you're gonna compete? Stuck with that? You'll have to cut it out yourself, but you can actually modify this. Put it onto a transparent background if you want to put it on a different colored Web page or something like that. But here's your book cover. Enjoy. 9. GIMP for Beginners to Intermediate, 3D Book Cover, Final Thoughts: I want to thank you for taking my class and urge you to do the project. In the project, you'll make a three D book cover like the one on the right, except you'll be using your own two D book cover that you make in my previous class. Just book covers. So thank you for taking the class again. I hope you learned a lot and I'll see you in the next class.