[scribus] Mockups of documents produced with Scribus

Václav Šmilauer eu at doxos.eu
Tue Jan 10 14:07:06 UTC 2017

For the record, I got some result using woodem.org for deformation, 
exporting the mesh into POV-Ray with uv coordinates (properly assigning 
vertex normal in folds and outside of them), and using PDF page 
(rasterized as PNG) as a texture over the mesh object; I did not play 
with other objects in the scene (simple wood texture with normal 
modulation under the paper), this is rendered with antialiasing (but no 
focal blur and stuff):

This is the full resolution http://i.imgur.com/7qF8LmC.jpg . If we had a 
library of several of such input files for POV-Ray (mesh with certain 
type of folds and such, maybe with some pretty objects like pen or 
lamp), simple script to produce a mockup for any document would be quite 
easy to do. Or even a video of someone leafing through a book :).

It seems this could be done (perhaps more simply) with blender; 
woodem.org uses FEM membrane elements with detailed contact mechanics, 
but that's what I know the best and used.

Cheers! Vaclav

> Hi everybody,
> I was thinking about ways to produce beautiful (photorealistic) 
> mockups of a flyer produced with scribus -- like a picture which shows 
> it folded (and partially unfolded) on wooden table, with shadows and 
> things like that, also with proper glossiness of the paper. Is there 
> some standard/recommended way to do that? IIRC indesign folks have 
> something ready-made templates.
> Since I am physicist doing simulations, I tried simulation of thin 
> membrane (paper-like), with some initial folding, using my code 
> https://woodem.org . The first result is like this: 
> https://youtu.be/HLb7UmxmMGk (it is actually only the last frame which 
> is relevant now -- producing realistic 3d model of somewhat deformed 
> paper). I thought of continuting this way, adding proper UV 
> coordinates to mesh nodes, which would make it possible to assign 
> texture to the paper -- and the texture would be, of course, 
> rasterized PDF from Scribus :) Then after some tuning of plane 
> ("table") texture and lighting and whatnot, a nice mockup would be 
> produced.
> I am interested in hearing comments -- maybe someone has done 
> something similar before? Perhaps Blender is able to do something like 
> this in a more integrated way.
> Best, Vaclav
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