Creating 3D graphics can be a real pain sometimes, especially if you’re not a natural born Photoshop Ninja.
A couple of years ago I had to pay a lot of money to buy a set of Photoshop actions to create my covers.
These days life is a lot easier!
My favourite resource is MyEcoverMaker.com, which offers both free and paid-for versions.
This web-based software allows you to create quality, 3D covers in a wide variety of formats.
Here’s a small selection of some of mine:
None of this required any hi-tech on my part though I had to have a basic flat cover to use first.
I’ll explain how I did it in three simple steps.
[Note: There is a step-by-step ‘how-to’ video at the bottom of the page showing this entire process]
Step 1: Use The Kindle Cover Maker
Whenever you create a new Kindle book, you get access to the free built-in cover creator at https://kdp.amazon.com
By uploading an image purchased from somewhere like Fotolia.com, the cover creator will offer you a variety of options based upon your title and author information:
Select your preferred option, put the image in ‘Preview’ mode, to get the highest quality, then take a screenshot using one of the following services:
Jing: Free at http://paulteague.com/jing
Snagit: Paid, but my preferred tool at http://paulteague.com/snagit
Awesome Screenshot free Chrome add-on at http://paulteague.com/awesome
Capture, Explain and Send Screenshots free Chrome add-on at http://paulteague.com/capture
Download the screen capture of your 2D cover to your PC or laptop.
Step 2: Upload Image To MyEcovermaker
I certainly recommend that your try a free account in the first instance, just take it out for a spin.
You only have a limited number of options, but it’s good enough to get you started:
I used option 2 (above) for my working copies of ‘The Grid’ covers (below):
Step 3: Create The 3D Cover
To get started, select the 3D cover template that you wish to use then upload your 2D book image via the ‘Upload Images’ button:
Tip: It’s usually best to make sure that your full cover image is used, MyEcoverMaker usually tries to display just a small area of it – I don’t know why!
The area is easily resizable, however, so just use the full area available to you.
Click ‘Select and continue’ and then ‘Finalize’ and after a few moments, you’ll have your completed 3D cover:
You now have a number of options, indicated by the digits in the image above.
1: Download a flattened 2D version of your cover, only applicable if you use the built-in backgrounds, graphics and images (see video)
2: 3D downloads area
3: White background image
4: Transparent background images
5: Change image size
I always download white and transparent backgrounds, you tend to need a mix of both.
I download full-size images and also smaller versions … 300 pixels and 250 pixels are usually handy widths to have around.
MyEcoverMaker also gives you a number of other options so that you can build your covers from scratch:
- Stock images gallery
- Abstract images
- Ready-made graphics
I show you how to use these options in the video below.
Advanced Cover Options
If you don’t fancy using MyEcoverMaker, here are two more ways of getting your covers made easily.
1: Get covers made my graphics designers from all over the world at http://paulteague.com/fiverr
2) Pay more, but get great cover designs at http://paulteague.com/99designs
I use MyEcoverMaker for two purposes.
Firstly, to help me make ‘working’ book covers so that I can promote books before I’ve had the proper covers made.
Secondly, to give me more 3D options to use once I’ve paid for the proper covers to be made.
I usually get just one 3D cover version when I pay for covers, so using MyEcoverMaker gives me a lot more options to play with.
Watch The Step-By-Step Video
Buy it on Amazon here
Buy it on Createspace here
Do you use anything different to create your covers? If so, please leave a comment below …