I just found out about this and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
I want to introduce David Henderson · Founder at My eBook and his post: How To Make a Free 3D Cover Image of Your Book.
First, I must explain that his video was what made it possible for me to write down this information. I’ve watched the video, followed his instructions and wrote down step by step directions so a person (me) won’t have to watch the video every time I want to make a 3D image. I’ll just print out these steps and make life a hell of a lot easier. My brain is so overloaded; I don’t retain data unless I use it constantly.
After watching many times and carrying out instructions, I’ve finally hit the jackpot – have a beautiful 3D image of one of my covers and will be making a lot more.
Instructions: (Watch the video so this all makes sense!! Seriously!!)
- Download this 3D template for a book cover and save it. (I’ve kept mine on my desktop but you can file it where you’ll be able to access it easily.
- Decide which cover you want to use.
- Download Gimp – it’s free – it’s easy and you can install the icon on your taskbar like I did for easy access.
- Open the Pixlr Editor Link
- Click 'Open Image' from computer (2nd choice) and load the template here.
- Go to Layer and select “Open Image as Layer” – get your book cover now. You’ll see that it will completely cover the template but not to worry.
- Now go to Edit – and select Free Distort. Your cursor becomes an arrow and you will go to each of the 4 little boxes at the corners of your cover and drag them to fit over the corners of the template so your image now covers the front of the template.
- Click on File and Apply Change – yes! Click on File again and save and when the little window opens, in the first slot, fill in the title you want to use for this cover.
- Important!!! In the second option called Format, you must change this to save the file from a Jpeg to a PNG. (If you don’t do this, the white around the cover will not become transparent. Once you click ok it will take a few seconds and then click save.
- Now open Gimp. You might find it a bit strange to begin with; I did until I realized that you can move the side panels around easily by just clicking on them, holding and tug down so the top part is visible.
- Click on file and open so you can browse for the 3D book cover you just made.
- Go to the tool section on left and scroll at the top you’ll see one called Free Select Tool. Click on it and then carefully, slowly - do not hold down on the mouse - click on the corner edge of the cover and then go to each corner and click until the book has been circled. You’ll see that there’s like a string it tugs along but that’s okay.
- Once you get back to the first corner, the lines will change to a moving dotted line ----.
- Now go to Select and click on Invert. Then click your computer’s Delete button.
- Next you want to reduce the size of the canvas (grey area around the image which I believe is the transparency) so… Go to Image and click on Canvas size and hold down on the top arrow (width) and watch the image shrink. Do the same for the bottom arrow (Height).
- Now we want to reduce the size of the image. If you look on the scale surrounding the cover, you’ll see it’s really large. To make it smaller: go to Image. Click on scale image. And see where you like to have yours. I changed the width to 1,000. And everything changed with it and then I hit resize.
- Now go to File and Export as you’ll want to Export what you’ve created. I opened a folder in my documents just for 3D covers.***See I told you. Easy- Shmeasy~!!!Hold it – There’s one more lesson~*** If, like me, you close the red x’s on the two sidebars in Gimp (don’t ask….sigh!!) this is how to recover them. On the Gimp page, click Edit, then scroll down until you see Preferences. Click there and scroll down again and choose Window Management. Choose the bottom choice: Reset Windows Positions to Default Values and then click on OK.And - keep your cool!! Have fun...