Virtual Bookbinding

In preparation for an impending Care and Handling Training video, I did some virtual bookbinding! The process was executed in Adobe AfterEffects, and was based on the 3D animation example here.

The nice thing about making this, was that many of the components of a book were still there (the spine, covers, text block); albeit with strange new names, such as “fake bottom” (tail of the text-block); “fake front” (fore-edge of the text-block); and “pivot” (the spine).

This was all a relatively steep learning curve to jump into a project, figure out what each element was doing, then apply it to my own needs, but I guess that’s essentially what conservators need to be able to do! Here are some of the less successful iterations of the process… I wish there was an undo button on my real workbench!!

The 3D construction of a book, mid-animation - not going so well.

The 3D construction of a book, mid-animation – not going so well.

The cover seems to have become detached from the spine. “Instead of a Japanese tissue repair, I’ll just hit undo”.

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