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If you are just like me, a small business owner, are looking for graph design software to create your next book cover design or video/audio product, at some point you will be searching for the right piece of design software. While some of us may have some basic knowledge of using Photoshop to create great graphics and ecovers, the majority of us are not graphically trained. Hence, in this post today, I have outlined some useful resources for you to explore pertaining to making your own book cover.
Please kindly note that some of these links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission with no additional cost to you. I only recommend tools I have used and believe are genuinely beneficial, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to purchase them. Most importantly, I would never ask you to buy something that you cannot afford or that you are not yet ready to adopt.
1. CANVA (Free or Paid)
One of the most popular online software that you can use as a business owner is Canva. You can easily sign up a free account and start using it right away. It is an online graphic design tool, unlike photoshop, that enables you to create, edit any graphics, be it a book cover design, poster, DVD ecover design or even a ad banner anywhere and whenever you are. The only thing you need is a good reliable internet connection to work. The beautiful user interface is easy to use, intuitive and graphically manageable. You can simply use the free account all the while. But subscribing (upgrading) to a Canva for Work account will allow you to save custom graphics into its library and retrieve for further editing.
Nonetheless, the graphics that you can create out of Canva are usually more of a 2-dimensional kind. In other words, if you are looking to make a 3D type of ebook cover or graphic, then you will not be able to achieve that. The following tools that will be discussed will help you to achieve that. Below is a curated video that I have found to be informative and can give beginners in handling graphics on their own a great idea and insight on the how-tos. So check it out.
2. PIXEL STUDIO FX (Paid)
It is also an online ebook software. Using this ebook software, you can make all sorts of graphics, including 2D and 3D versions. If you need to create a book standing up (just like the real book in the bookstore) or a video product presentation, you can do all of these within it. Once, you bought Pixel Studio FX, you can create and edit your own graphics and make them in 3D and life-like with shadows, transparencies and stacking up against with series of books or DVDs to create product bundles.
Below is a video that showcases how one can create graphics easily and quickly using Pixel Studio FX.
3. My eCover Maker (Paid)
This is similar to Pixel Studio FX. My eCover Maker offers ebook cover design using an online browser experience. All options and steps can be easily achieved within the software, using the built-in templates and graphics. Of course, if you do not like what are presented there, you can import using your own graphics, and still be able to create your own custom 3D graphics by assembling all elements together. The following video should give you a better insight.
4. eCover Suite Elite (Paid)
This is a more specialized ebook cover maker. This set of actions will require Photoshop in order to work out properly. Therefore, you need some basic knowledge of using actions in Photoshop. eCoverSuiteElite consists of an amazingly huge set of actions, which you can utilize them fully to develop informational products such as ebook covers, video/audio presentation DVD ecovers, e-courses or even software box designs. And the best thing is that all these graphics can be generated at 300 dots per inch high resolutions for both print and web. You just have create once and apply them for all your printing needs and adapted further for the web medium at lower resolutions.
The only hurdle for beginners is that there will be a learning curve to understand fully how these actions worked within Photoshop. Once you get through that, it will be easier to use!
5. Cover Actions Premium (Paid)
Cover Actions Premium is an another useful ebook cover maker for making all sorts of 3D and 2D designs. The actions presented here are frequently updated. They offer a bit more uniqueness in that these actions contain more variations and choices which one can choose from. Help instructions are given for each action to assist you to get the results you wanted based on the end result of the 3D shots shown.
I did a video on Cover Actions Premium quite some time ago, demonstrating how I create a bundle of DVDs based on a mockup theme on Dog training. It was a bit dated, especially the quality of the video. Nevertheless, I feel that it can give you a good idea of how the action templates worked in Photoshop.
6. Photoshop Action Scripts (Paid)
Yet another vendor who offers the same action scripts as eCoverSuiteElite. Essentially, they have almost identical templates. Once you have installed the scripts inside Photoshop Actions panel, you are really to rock and roll. Simply create from a 2D image or photo collage of text and images, and you can achieve a 3D mockup of book cover design within Photoshop Action Scripts almost immediately. Check out my video below on how I did a magazine cover using this ebook creator.
So there you have it. Hope this list of ecover software can help you greatly in coming up with your own cover designs that you will be proud of. If there are any new ones, I shall add them in the next update. In the mean time, have fun with it!