I’ve been using Photoshop for few years now; it’s part of my expertise. If you want to create an eBook cover, there are number of websites that can generate a cover for you without bothering yourself about knowing how to use Photoshop, all you have to do is to upload your front page, back page, and side page, an example is http://www.3d-pack.com/#swf. If you like exploring like me, you can try out Photoshop, you will find it interesting. In case you need a cover for your eBook, and you can’t afford to hire a professional (hiring a professional can be expensive), all you need to do is to follow the steps below. I have made this tutorial applicable to everybody, irrespective of your status. It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or a Photoshop geek you can still apply and get results from this tutorial.
I assume that you have Photoshop installed on your PC, if you don’t, try and get it installed. I’m using Photoshop CS6, par adventure the screenshots you will be seeing doesn’t look like yours, don’t worry.
This design will be based on using an existing Photoshop template; you can download the template here. Once you have downloaded the template, extract it to your computer and launch Photoshop. Once you are in Photoshop you can follow the steps below to design your first eBook cover.
NOTE: There are two file types in the template you downloaded above, .psd and .jpg we only need the .psd
Open cover01_blank.psd – You should see something like in the image below. (You can do that by going to File >> Open >> and by selecting the file from where it is located on the desktop)
Design your front page. Pick up your “Rectangle Tool” on the left, and draw a rectangle that will cover the whole template, and press Enter.
You can change the color by clicking on “Fill”; you will find it at the left side of the toolbar at the top. If you are using Photoshop 7, the position may be different, just try and locate it.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I have decided to use “Chocolate” color, here we go.
Now, pick up your “Rectangle Tool” again and draw another rectangle at the top of the design, you can give it any color you want. This is where I want to input the title of my eBook.
Pick up your “Text tool” on the left toolbar. The text tool is denoted as “T” on the tool bar (Its before the rectangle tool). Write the title of your eBook on the layer where you drew your rectangle and give the text your desired color.
You can add any other contents you want to include. I have decided the author’s picture, and his name.
When you are done with the design, you should flatten the image. Click on Layers >> Flatten Image. The purpose of flattening the image is to combine all the layers into one layer.
The last thing to do under this stage is to Copy the Image. Click on Select >> All (you will see a mask surrounding the image), then Go to Edit >> Copy.
Open cover01.psd – You should see something like in the image below. (You can do that by going to File >> Open >> and by selecting the file from where it is located on the desktop)
Go to Edit >> Paste, you will see the image you copied earlier (something like the image below)
Move the image in such a way that it aligns with Cover template.
Press Cltr+T, right click, and click on Distort
Press Ctrl (hold it down) and drag each of the edges of the image and adjust it until it aligns with the edges of the cover template.
You should have an end product like this one.
Go ahead to Save by Clicking on File >> Save As. Save as JPEG, GIF, PNG.
Please use the comment box for any question. I hope the tutorial was helpful.
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