UPDATE: the Book Wizard has a new version available at: Book Wizard 2. If you are a Cover Generator owner, you received an e-mail with the code to buy it with the 60% of discount. The Book Wizard 2, in addition to the covers generator, has the Books Generator. See the product page for all the details.
Book Wizard is an add-on for Blender that allows you to generate random covers for your books according to your settings and needs. It allows you to create covers for entire libraries with a single click, by defining in detail what color palette to use, and allows you to set other parameters for the generated covers. It works by modifing the provided Cycles material, so it must be used with Cycles render engine. Anyone who has worked with an interior scene where lots of books were needed can understand how expensive is the job of making the library varied, how difficult it is to find all the covers, and especially get a library with appropriate colors for your scene.
With Book Wizard, thanks to the modularity of the cover texture, you can generate hundreds of different covers using few basic textures without fear of getting duplicate books. And if for some combination some books come out the same, you just select them and generate new covers for those books with just another click, with parameters consistent with the entire library. The color of the books can be defined randomly or with an image containing the colors you want to use in the library.
The Book Wizard gives you other advanteges. In plus of saving time, it also saves places for the GPU maximum textures count, becouse it reuses textures, so with large libraries you will have variety at the same cost of number of textures. This translates also in a lower memory usage. Book Wizard works well with books and with graphics provided with the script. However, it is also possible to use it with your own models of books and your covers textures, although this does not allow you to set the color of the books according to a palette.
The books provided have big realism and naturalness, thanks to their shape keys that allows for realistic and various deformations. No more libraries made of rigid paper bricks! The only restriction is on the material, which must be the one provided with the base books to work with the script. In addition to the script are included groups of books already arranged in rows and stacks, with varied sizes and thicknesses, so as to allow to quickly fill entire libraries without noticing repetitions. Once positioned the books, it will be a matter of seconds to randomize all the covers to get a library perfect for your scene.
Unzip the zip file you download, the Book Wizard Pack.zip. In this archive you will find the following elements: - The book_wizard.zip file needed for the installation. Don't unpack this file. - The graphic elements to generates the covers textures, with 90 different textures to generate over a thousand different covers. - 10 color palettes defined by professionals to start colouring your library. - The books base models. - The groups of about 600 randomized books. - The manual.
Notes This add-on works with Blender 2.68 and over, and must be used with Cycles render engine.
You can refer to the Blender artists thread for any comment, requests, questions and to show us your works where you used the Book Wizard, at this link: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?352359-Book-Wizard-Covers-Generator