Daniel John contacted me a few days ago to ask how I designed the stack of eBooks which you see on the right column of Blogging Tips. I thought that this was something that you would all want to know so I thought I would answer the question in a blog post 🙂
It was only a few months ago that I launched my first eBook. I was kind of late to the party in many respects so before I could even start to write the first book, I had to do a lot of research. I researched many things like the fonts which are used in eBooks, formatting techniques and the best way to design the eBook cover.
The two most popular methods used to create an eBook cover is manually via a graphics program like Photoshop or automatically using eBook cover design software. Creating an eBook cover manually via Photoshop didn’t seem too difficult but since I am not a designer, I was not keen on going down this route as I would inevitably spend a lot time getting it right only for the finished article to be average at best.
I spoke to Nate from Unique Blog Designs about designing a cover but the more I looked into the whole thing, the more I wanted to do this myself so that I wasn’t relying on anyone else.
So my attention turned to an eBook creation program. Photoshop action scripts like Cover Action Pro looked too complicated for what I needed whereas other scripts produced covers of questionable quality. I finally decided on a eBook design application called Box Shot 3D
Box Shot 3D
Box Shot 3D is an design application which lets you design eBook covers, software boxes, DVD boxes and more. You can even create brochures and business cards and put your logo on bottles and cans too.
The application retails for $60. When compared to more expensive programs or hiring a designer, it proves to be a real bargain. The main thing that convinced me to buy it though was that I could try it out.
You can download a complete version to use at your leisure. The trial version has everything that the premium version has but the final image is rendered with a copyright. This allowed me to design a few covers to see if it was what I was looking for, and I quickly realised it was.
Here is an example of how easy it is to create an eBook cover with Box Shot 3D.
First thing you need to do is decide on what shape you want:
You then load the image you designed for your book and load up each section. You can load a unique front cover, side, back cover, paper leaves and headband.
At first I thought that designing the image would prove to be difficult. Thankfully, Box Shot provides a template image for every shape you can use. All you need to do is edit the default template to your liking, making sure you keep the dimensions the same (you could obviously design one from scratch but I found this to be the most practical way of designing the cover).
Here is the image I used for the front and side of my last ebook. I simply chose this image for the front cover and the side of the book, and Box Shot 3D put it all together.
After choosing the camera angle, lighting and shading; you need to decide on the quality of the image. The higher the quality, the longer it will take for Box Shot 3D to render the final image.
As you can see, the whole process is quick and painless. I haven’t used all of the eBook applications out there so I am not going to say that this is the best available to you. However, it is the one I decided to purchase and I am very happy with it.
Box Shot 3D currently retails for $60 and is available for both Windows and Mac. You don’t need a particularly powerful computer to use the application though it’s worth downloading the trial version first to see how your computer handles it (and to try the software out too!).
If you have any questions about Box Shot 3D please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them 🙂
Link : Box Shot 3D