Looking to create a great-looking 3D cover image to help promote your latest book? Save yourself the time and money of having to hire someone to create this 3D cover image by spending just a few minutes and watching our latest YouTube tutorial that will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Why would you want a 3D image of your Book?
- As part of an attractive author email signature.
- As part of posts on your social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.
- Helps to make great-looking book-banners.
- As marketing images directly on your author-website
Here is what you need
Part 1 - Download your favorite 3D Book template image
No prior software experience is needed to create the 3D image, this easy-to-understand online tutorial will walk you through each step of the process.
Firstly pick the 3D template that most suites your book-type:
Standard large book template
The spiral-bound book 3D template (Added June 29th 2016).
The thin book 3D template (Added September 22nd 2016).
The hard-cover book 3D template (Added June 2nd, 2017).
Part 2 - Access Pixlr: The free platform to create the simple 3D Book Image
This tutorial does not rely on Adobe Photoshop at all. Instead we will show you how to use the free online image editor found here; pixlr.com/editor/ to create the basic 3D image.
Part 3 - (Optional) Remove the background of the 3D book cover image using GIMP
I then use the free image-editing software called GIMP to touch up the image. (Download GIMP Here.) Please note, this step is entirely optional and will just polish the 3D cover-image further by removing the background "space".
YouTube not your thing?
Here is our step-by-step instructions on how to create your own 3D Cover image.
First: Download your preferred 3D book image template file.
- Option 1: Standard 3D template.
- Option 2: Spiral-bound 3D template.
- Option 3: Thin 3D book template.
- Option 4: Hard-cover 3D template.
(You will need to have the high-resolution image file of your Book cover ready.)
First: Open up the template image in Pixlr (Select the "Open image from Computer" option)
Second: Select: Layer - Open image as layer.
Then browse your PC and find, select and open the rectangular book cover image.
Third: Select: Edit - Free Distort.
Drag the corners of the book cover image to match the four corners of the 3D book template. When prompted if you want to save the update, click yes.
Fourth: Select: File - Save,
Save the image to your computer as a PNG file with an appropriate name For example: 3D-Book-Image-MyBookName.png
Hint: You might want to adjust the 3D image dimensions before saving the file, this is done through the following menu: Select the "Image" menu and then select "Image Size".
Congrats - You now have a professional-looking 3D image of your book cover!
I have deliberately left out the steps to tweak the image through GIMP. If you are more of a geek, please view the YouTube video demonstrating how to remove the background of the 3D image at the beginning of the article.
If you find this tutorial useful, please let me know, I would love to hear your feedback.