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Photoshop - images around a mug

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Hi guys, i know one way of doing this in photoshop using the scew method but i was wondering if anyone knew of a way to wrap images around a mug to make it look real. For example if you go to this page..

http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/toys.asp/View/78/buy/personalised-mugs.htm

you can see examples of what i am trying to achieve... is there a quick way to do this in photoshop?
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YES .. there is a way but it is not very quick.

I assume you've an image of a blank white Mug?

In photoshop CS you select a part of the image that would appear on the visible area of the mug.
Copy this part of the image onto a layer
Use the Filter: Distort: Spherize filter and set the effects to Horizontal only (this will compress the edges of the image  to get the curved effect.
Now use the Edit: Transform: Warp command to place, scale and distort the image to match the underlying Mug (a useful tip is to set the transparency of the image layer to 60% so you can see what is happening).

A better solution would be to use a simple 3D application to "Map" the image onto a true 3D surface which is how those Mugs were created on that website you provided.

You could try the FREE Google application Sketch-Up (http://www.sketchup.com) .. it supports image mapping and is easy to use. Get a model of a coffee cup here
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/search?q=Coffee+Cup&btnG=Search&styp=m


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If you have the original Photoshop CDs you may also be able to use the 3D Transform Plugin (included in the Goodies & Extras folder.

http://www.myjanee.com/tuts/3dtransform/3dtransform.htm
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