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Tip 3: Soften Edges and Folds

Version 2.10 of CoverFactory introduces new features for softening the edges of covers (using anti-aliasing), and for include visible folds along the sides of 3D objects such as books and boxes.

These powerful features can greatly affect the appearance of your rendered images.

Soften Edges Turned Off

Here is an example cover rendered with Soften Edges in the Render Options turned off (on the right is a zoomed-in part of the image):

Notice how the edges are somewhat jagged.

Soften Edges Turned On

Here is an example cover rendered with Soften Edges in the Render Options turned on (on the right is a zoomed-in part of the image):

Notice how the edges now look smooth.

CoverFactory achieves this look by anti-aliasing the edges using intermediate color shades. You can clearly see this on the zoomed-in version.

Most people would probably agree this version, with softened edges, looks better than the previous one.

Even so, if you intend later convert your rendered images to a low-color format such as GIF (especially if you intend to create a transparent GIF), you should make sure the Soften Edges is turned off (as in the previous example), as the softened edges, contained all those intermediate colors, will not convert properly.

Adding Folds

In this final example, we still have Soften Edges in the Render Options turned on, but we have also now enabled the Folds Shown option in Object Properties.

If you do enable folds, we strongly suggest you also enable Soften Edges, as otherwise the folds themselves will look jagged - and that tends to look both unrealistic and unattractive.

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