How to create a Spiral Notebook ecover.
The first thing you’ll need to do is create your 2d cover graphic. You can do this by using stock images and formating your text.
Once you’ve got your layout set be sure to flatten your image. You can go to image > layer > flatten image.
Then you’ll want to pick out your cover action from the actions pallet. Press “alt+f9″ to access the actions pallet.
Then simply choose the Spiral Binder action that you want to use. There are a few different versions so you can pick which one will look best for your project.
Then run Step 1 of the action by pressing “play”. Be sure not to press any keys or use your mouse while it is running.
Then once you’re template is created you’ll need to drag your image over onto the template. Select your “pointer tool” and drag it right over.
After you’ve got your cover graphic placed onto your template you’ll need to use the “free transform” function to stretch it into place. Since the cover actions are 300dpi the templates will be very large. Dont worry about this right now as your stretching your cover into place. You can always shrink your final cover image back down to whatever size you want.
To stretch it into place you need to press “ctrl+T” or edit > free transform.
once you’ve stretched into place the way you want it, simply double click on the image and it will finalize the transformation.
Now you’re ready to run the second step of your action. Go back to your actions pallet and select step 2. The press play.
The second step will take anywhere from 1 min. to 5 min. depending on how fast your computer processor is. Remember not to press anything while this is running.
Next you want to resize it down to whatever size is going to be best for your needs.
To resize click on “image” and then select “image size”. Be sure that “constrain proportions” is checked and input the new size that you would like and press ok.
Now that you’ve resized you’re image you can save it. Do this by selecting “file” and then “save image as”. Select the format that you’d like to save the image as, name it and press ok.
And there you go. Thats all there is to creating an awesome looking 3d cover graphic.