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Template Sizing

Discussion in 'The eCover Creator' started by auctionpro, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. auctionpro

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    I have read all of the posts on template sizing, as well as downloaded the tutorial and templates from Home Biz.

    What I have found is that the cover dimensions of 419 X 512 leave a white (blank) border at the top and bottom of most of the virtual products. (boxes, books, magazine)

    I found the jpeg file that is used as the ad for this product included in the Resources folder, and it is 419 X 512. When I choose this 419 X 512 jpeg as my cover, no blank borders.

    When I choose my own 419 X 512 jpeg as my cover, you guessed it...borders.

    http://www.infopros-usa.com/images/photobox250.jpg

    I was able to use PhotoShop to eliminate the bottom border, as it was a solid color. But you can see the border at the top.

    If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance from newbie.

    Scott
     
  2. Mr Laughingbird

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    Hi Scott.
    Great looking image!

    We're working on smoothing out the look of the imported Jpeg.
    There are still a few jaggies that we're trying to fix.

    You might notice that the image you see when you create the boxes/eBooks is not the exact image you see when you choose export. You can work around this (if you find it to be a problem) by downloading some screenshot software (try download.com). Take a screen shot of the canvas and save the image that way. It may look a bit smoother for you.

    As for your border question - I'm a bit confused on what you're asking.
    Can you point me to the border you're speaking of? The box looks great - I don't see any edge to it.

    - Marc
     
  3. auctionpro

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    Talk about prompt service! Thanks!

    On the top of the box cover, my image does not extend all the way to the top. I can fill this in with Photoshop if everything next to the edge is a solid color, as I did on the bottom of the cover. But you'll notice that the starburst image in the top right corner does not go to the top, leaving a blank border, space, etc.

    As for jpg image quality, I think I solved that problem. The graininess appeared when I sent the image from the creation modulee to the 3D module. When I opened the 3D module first, then chose the images for the front and sides, they were much clearer.

    I'm not at all uncomfortable with most of the bugs (I ride a 30 year old BMW...you get used to it) but one thing I'd love...the ability to use my other programs while in Cover Creator, as I can with Logo Creator.

    Thanks again,

    Scott
     
  4. Mr Laughingbird

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    Hi Scott.

    ... Now I understand.
    Yes - we're working on it.

    In fact - a¿ex (the 3D programmer) has posted a few tests here in the forum on this very topic. We'll have a solution soon.

    To be honest, however, your box looks great.
    I wouldn't worry too much about the top being "gapped" ... it actually looks like its supposed to be there.

    Justification? Perhaps :D
    but it looks great!

    The next update will have a way to "hide" or "show" the desktop so that you can use other Apps. The next update will be available VERY shortly ... and free.

    Hope this helps in the meantime!

    - Marc
     
  5. a¿ex

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    looks like "Software box 1" to me.

    in the w3dMedia folder you can find an xml file "boxshot.xml"

    in this file you find amongst definitions for the other sides of the box the following lines:

    <boxshot_front>
    <targetRect>rect(67, 14, 445, 498)</targetRect>
    <textureSize>point(512, 512)</textureSize>
    <mapmode>#fitInto</mapmode>
    <bgColor>#topLeft</bgColor>
    </boxshot_front>

    this is the front face. its rect is rect(67, 14, 445, 498)
    this gives a size of 378 x 484 (=> (445 - 67) x (498 - 14))

    so if your photoshop file is sized 378 x 484 it shouldn't have no more gaps.


    Note: only the ratio is important.
    If you want to keep one of the dimensions you previously had 419 or 512 you'd do the following:


    419 X (484 * (419/378)) = 419 X (512 * 1.1085) = 419 X 536.5

    the ratio is 419 / 536.5 = 378 / 484 = 0.7810

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    or the other dimension, which was 512:
    (378 * (512/484)) X 512 = (378 * 1.0579) X 512 = 399.8678 X 512

    ratio:
    399.8678/512. = 378 / 484 = 0.7810



    so to put it straight: use either

    378 x 484 (should yield the best results => no scaling needed at all)

    or

    400 X 512 (will be scaled down and should look OK)

    or

    419 / 536.5 (will be scaled down and should look OK)


    you could also use fro example:
    200 X 256 (=> option 2 divided by 2 => 400/2 X 512/2)

    the ratio would still be OK: 200 / 256 = 0.7812
    but the image would be scaled up, which always means a quality loss.



    HTH

    it looks like too much math, but in fact it is pretty easy.
    nonetheless I'll come up with a more user friendly approach to that diemnsions problem in the upcoming new version.
     

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