How to Create a 3d Ebook Cover Image – Free and Non-Free Methods

hey this is pat flynn from the smart passive income blog thanks for joining me today I’m gonna go over really quick how to create an e-book cover two really simple methods using Photoshop you can use any other programs that you like for this first method but the first method it’s totally free you can do it on your own just follow the instructions the second method requires a payment to ActionScript that you can use to create ebook covers it makes it really easy almost automatic and it looks a whole lot better but it does cost a lot more and I’ll show you that in a second so the first method like I said it’s totally free the first thing you want to do is create a cover that is the same size as your ebook so whatever size your ebook is you want to create a cover that’s the same size I already did this free really quick here this is my sample ebook cover by Pat and it’s an eight and a half by 11 size because my you know theoretical hypothetical ebook is a nap by 11 I usually like to divide them into three sections and put the you know top middle bottom and then put the title in the middle and then my name on the bottom or the top somewhere and just add some little decorative elements you can do whatever you want for your cover but the trick is to put this cover onto a 3d looking box or book so that it you know we have a 3d image of it so we can use it on our sales page option forms our websites blogs whatever so in order to get that free blank template you want to go to and this is just one place you can go to but I mean it has exactly what you need you can go to ebook template source com that’s ebook template source calm and at the top click on ebook covers and then you can download these free kind of templates that you can place whatever ebook cover that you make on and there’s different sizes here I just downloaded this first one here because it looks like an eight and a half by 11 and let me pull that up for you right here now there it is in Photoshop now so I have them side by side so what I want to do is take this ebook cover and drag it on top of this 3d book now we don’t need this one anymore now you’ll see that the 3d cover you know the template is on top so we want to make sure that the one we just dropped in is on top I’m gonna reduce the opacity to maybe 50% so I can you know so it’s transparent so I could see what I’m doing and I like to scale it so that I get the top left we match the the top-left corner matched up and a little bit around the same size so I’m gonna go to edit transform you know I make sure the layer that we just dropped in is highlighted layers transform and scale and I’m going to scale it down if you hold shift and drag a corner it’ll stay at the same constraints but we are the same proportions so I’m just gonna drag it so the top right corners or the top left corner of this matches I’m gonna zoom in just so I can see that so there you go and press Enter and then now I’m gonna transform it again but this time I’m gonna distort it and this this is where the magic happens I’m gonna click distort edit transform distort and now I can drag each corner to their respective corner of the e-book cover like that zoom out and it kind of just skews everything nicely for you let’s see right there and then this one goes right down there and bam let me zoom in just so I can get a closer look and there you go now you make sure one press it returned and then put the opacity all the way back up so it’s like it was before and there you go instant ebook cover in a 3d image you know in perspective and it looks it looks pretty good now the second way is a totally ninja way and it’s it’s a little bit more expensive you have to go to cover action procom to get this software cover action Pro and you’ll see just an example of all the crazy-looking things that you can design with this this is just amazing software I’m show you exactly how it works right now the way it works is it’s it’s you download these action scripts after you purchase from cover actual Pro you download these action scripts and you put them in a certain directory in Photoshop and they they show up in this actions tab here and then what you can do is you select the book that you want you know I’m gonna do a CH book v you’ll see what that looks like in a second you I like create and press play down here and then it gives me a little flat looking template now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna drop in our cover once again and then go down to render and click play and then that’s when everything happens for you so I’m gonna go back to my ebook here ebook cover I’m gonna select everything again drag on top of this you’ll see that’s a lot smaller these templates from from the ActionScript from cover option Pro are quite large so you’re gonna have to scale things so we can scale things in the same way transform scale and I’m gonna scale it big make sure it all lines up correctly and the size might be a little off but that’s when you can make adjustments so you’ll see here let me let me bring this down really really quick just because I want to show you the middle part here says cover and then the left side says spine so the spine is the the side of the book so you want to make sure that you can you’ll have everything in place and you can see my spine isn’t totally covered so I’m gonna go to this layer and transform it again and scale it so it’s it’s going so that all the edges are filled and you can see when I make this layer transparent that you can see what’s gonna be on the cover and what’s gonna be on spine so I’m gonna keep that there go to my text layers center it just so I know that it’s centered on the cover part and then I’m gonna bring back the opacity so it’s full level and like I said before I’m gonna go over here to step two which is render click play and then I’m not doing anything right now I’m hands-free it’s all doing the stuff for me I’m not even I’m not touching anything and it’s gonna go through and create all the layers and it’s kind of like someone is doing it for you and it just takes a moment so we’ll see what comes up it should be BAM right there instant and you even get like nice little reflections and you can see how the spined it looks like it’s kind of rounded a little bit and the back of the book comes through it’s pretty amazing software and then you can use this to create you know your opt-in form sales pages or whatever and get more sales and more leads or whatever you’re looking for so if you visit WWF income com you’ll see an opt-in form for my ebook on how to make ebooks if you’re watching this through YouTube I go over there and check out what my cover looks like and sign up for the form and get your own copy of e-books a smart way so that you can make a books just like me and make money online and and be successful so thank you so much for watching this tutorial again we did that free method with ebook template source calm and then we just dragged and drop it onto that free template or we use cover after procom to create these fancy looking ones so thanks again I hope to talk to you soon and I’ll see you in the next video again or drop by my facebook page slash smart passive income thanks take care