Customizing project


Although you may use the easy New Project Wizard to create a new project, you may still want to customize some or all of the project settings. Cover Commander shows project settings grouped in a number of tabs in the main window. Most of the tabs repeat the corresponding New Project Wizard steps. Others provide additional settings. Let's take a closer look at each tab:


Project


This group of settings defines the project's basic properties, such as model type and box dimensions.

To choose a model type, simply click on the corresponding icon on the list.

To use the default dimensions, simply skip the rest of this tab. If you want to use custom sizes for the box, click on the Use Custom Sizes button and then adjust the sizes by grabbing and dragging the slider until the necessary size is set or by entering the necessary values in the corresponding boxes. Clicking on the Use Standard Sizes button will switch the project back to the default sizes.

See the cover preview in the Cover Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Design


These settings define colors and images for each side of the box being designed. The settings include Background, Cover sides, and CD image style.

Background color - sets the canvas background color. To set the canvas background color, first choose whether you want to use the Transparent or Color background by clicking on the corresponding radio option. Then, for the color option, click on the down arrow by the color button and choose the color to be used on the palette that appears. If you do not see a desired color on the palette, click on the More Colors... button in the Color window.

Color of empty sides - sets color for sides that will have no image. To set the empty sides color, click on the down arrow by the color button in the Cover Sides group and choose the color to be used on the palette that appears. If you do not see a desired color on the palette, click on the More Colors... button in the Color window.

Front image, Left image, Top image, Right image, and Back image - set the corresponding side image. To set a side image, click on the Browse... button by the image to be set and then select the image file in the Open window that appears. To clear a wrongfully set image, simply click on the Clear button by the image. To reload side image, click on the Reload button.

CD image style - set the CD image style. Choose the style between Realistic, Artistic, and Custom. Selecting Custom will display the Open window where you can select the CD style image.

CD image - sets the cover CD image. To set the CD image (where applicable), click on the Browse... button by the image and then select the image file in the Open window that appears. To clear a wrongfully set image, simply click on the Clear button by the image.


Camera


This group of settings defines the camera preferences, which include rotation, zoom, and perspective. These preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed right within this tab.

Camera Presets - predefined camera settings. You can use the default or create your own camera presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Camera Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current camera settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the Camera group. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following camera preferences can be modified.

Horizontal rotation - rotates image horizontally.

Vertical rotation - rotates image vertically.

Zoom - zooms in or zooms out on the cover.

Projection - type of the projection: perspective or orthographic.

Perspective - sets the cover look as if it was looked at from the top and down or from the bottom and up.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant cover preview in the Cover Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Light


This group of settings defines the light preferences, which include vertical and horizontal rotation and distance. There are three light sources available: Global light, First light, and Second light. The first and the second light source can be switched on or off. The global light is always on. Each light source has its own set of preferences. These preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Light Presets - predefined light settings. You can use the default or create your own light presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Light Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current light settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following light preferences can be modified.

Global light - sets global light intensity.

Turn off/on first light - turns off or turns on the first light source.

Turn off/on second light - turns off or turns on the second light source.

Horizontal rotation - rotates the corresponding light source horizontally.

Vertical rotation - rotates the corresponding light source vertically.

Distance - sets distance from the corresponding light source to object.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant cover preview in the Cover Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Shadow


This group of settings defines the shadow preferences, which include direction, length, intensity, opacity, blur, and gradient. The shadow can be hidden or shown. The shadow preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Shadow Presets - predefined shadow settings. You can use the default or create your own shadow presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Shadow Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current shadow settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following shadow preferences can be modified.

Hide/Show shadow - disables or enables dropping shadow from object.

Direction - sets shadow direction.

Length - sets shadow length.

Intensity - sets shadow intensity.

Opacity - sets shadow opacity.

Blur - sets shadow blur.

Gradient type - defines gradient type: shape or linear.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant cover preview in the Cover Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Reflection


This group of settings defines the reflection preferences, including intensity and opacity. The reflection can be hidden or shown. The reflection preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Reflection Presets - predefined reflection settings. You can use the default or create your own reflection presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Reflection Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current reflection settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following reflection preferences can be modified.

Intensity - sets reflection intensity.

Opacity - sets reflection opacity.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant cover preview in the Cover Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.



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