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Where to get some nice (and free) 3D software box templates

Hi Experts, I'd like to create a smart looking 3D software box image to place on my landing page. I'm not really experienced in PaintShop or Gimp, so I was looking to find some pre-made templates with nice basic designs where I could just plop in my logos, pertinent text, and whatnot. Can anyone help please?

Thanks!
    Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
Might want to look into licensing something from a stock image provider like Shutterstock. Seems like they've got what you're looking for:
http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?searchterm=software+box&autocomplete_id=143035181787524150000&language=en&lang=en&search_source=&safesearch=1&version=llv1&media_type=

And a few different pricing options based on your needs:
http://www.shutterstock.com/subscribe
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
I've also been able to put together a google image search for images that are licensed for reuse with modification if you want to find some free options:
https://www.google.com/search?q=software+box&biw=1379&bih=805&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=DXBCVeH5CInGogS224HQAw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#q=software+box&tbm=isch&tbs=sur:fmc
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Brian. Brian, these PSD mockups of software boxes... some of them contain text on them, like this one:

http://pixabay.com/en/package-dvd-box-carton-software-36037/

When I open the PSD file in my copy of Gimp (which I'm quite a newbie at), am I able to modify these text layers with my own specific text... or must I delete these text layers and completely add my own new layers? I'm kind of foggy about that aspect...

Thanks
   Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
I'll try to take a look at that file tonight to see what I can find out.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Brian.
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
When I went to the page you linked and tried the download, I just got a .png and not a PSD, so I wasn't able to check out how that one was.

Did you actually get a PSD of that particular one?
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shawn857Author Commented:
No I didn't try that one in particular... I was basically referring to any of those downloadable PSD mockups. Can the existing text in them be simply replaced with my own text... same font and everything?

Thanks
    Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
It depends on if they kept the text as an actual text layer or not. And as for the font, you'd need to have the same font they used.

I'm also not sure how nicely Gimp works with PSD files. I use Photoshop myself, but will check out Gimp this weekend to see how it handles Photoshop text layers.
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shawn857Author Commented:
OK thanks Brian. yeah I'm no whiz at Gimp myself. I tried to download a trial of Photoshop but it looks like I need Windows 7... both my computers are still Windows XP.

Thanks
   Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
Well, it looks like Gimp can't handle Photoshop text layers in an editable way.

However, if the text was on its own layer, even though Gimp can't edit it, you can still turn that layer off to remove it. Then you can add the text you want yourself, using Gimp's text tool.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Yes, but adding the text myself, it wouldn't appear in the proper "perspective" of text on a 3D box, would it? It would just look "flat", no?

Thanks
   Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
Gimp has a Perspective tool that'll let you adjust the layer to make it look correct on a 3D Box.

Select the layer, then choose the Perspective tool. You can then click and drag the corners of the text layer to adjust its perspective.

Choosing the Perspective tool
Using the Perspective tool
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thanks Brian, that is good to know about the Perspective tool. Will that tool work also on images as well as text?

Thanks
   Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
Yes.
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shawn857Author Commented:
Thank you for all the help Brian!

Cheers
   Shawn
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Brian MatisProduct ManagerCommented:
Sure thing. Hope your image comes out great :-)
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