So I want to fold my sticker image in a way to make it appear that it is stuck to the box. I’ve tried playing with perspective, but everything I try looks really off.

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Is there a way to do this that I’m completely missing?

I would prefer to do this in Photoshop or Illustrator.

  • @Wrzlprmft I used your method but in Photoshop and it worked great! First I cut the image in half with a guide and the rectangular marquee tool. Then copied it with a coloured square layer. Then used Edit > Transform > Distort and aligned the edges to the edge of the box top and then deleted the square layer! Rinse and repeat with the second half et voila! Thanks a bunch !image – Libby May 13 '15 at 14:14

Here is an overview on how I would do it with Inkscape, which should be easily translatable to Illustrator (if not, Inkscape is free). I won’t go into the details, as it is not your desired program.

  1. Create something like this:

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    The rectangles on the left are squares with a border length corresponding to the border length of your cube.

  2. Group the top square and top half of your sticker.

  3. Select it and then the top element of the cube. Then apply modify path → perspective. (This step might be somewhat different in Illustrator.) You should get something like this:

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    If the sticker is misplaced, mirroring and rotating should help. Alternatively, you can mirror, reverse and rotate the top element of the cube before applying perspective.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the lowerer half. The result should look like this:

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  5. Ungroup everything and remove the remnants of what once were the squares, if desired.

  • Feel free to edit in Illustrator-specific informations as required. – Wrzlprmft May 13 '15 at 13:41
  • @Libby this question is actually a near duplicate of: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/53266/… – joojaa May 13 '15 at 15:40
  • This is a great explanation, but the essence of it is that you need to apply different shear transforms to the two halves of the stickers. – Caleb May 13 '15 at 17:56

What i usually do when I'm faced with a problem I can't seem to solve is try to find some example pictures.

In your case, the circle will become more of an ellipse. You could start by 'dumbing it down' to a square, and then see what that gives you.

Here are some examples:

square sticker Round sticker

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