Filed Under Ecover Action Scripts
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to Make an Ebook Cover by using Photoshop Action Scripts from http://www.photoshopactionscripts.com
First, Run the action of the cover you wish to create (you will do this again later… I am only running it the first time in order to get the exact dimensions of my ecover template.)
Then you want to Flatten the Image so that you can create your ecover design over it.
Next, Start with a base color for the background. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, select the entire area and then fill it with a color by going to, Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color (then choose the color of your choice) I used a darker blue for this example.
Next, you want to add in some contrasting colors or designs. The easiest way is to use the polygon lasso tool to select some more
areas to fill in (usin the same fill in technique as before) like shown. In this example, I drew diagonal selections of white and green on the ebook cover design template.
Next you want to add some text. I always like to use gradients inside of my text to make it stand out more. You can do this by going to:
Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay.
You can also highlight your text and press CTRL + H
This will allow you to change fonts without showing the highlight bar, and let you see exactly how the font will look on your ecover.
After you choose the best font for your text, you should experiment with adding in some drop shadows, strokes, inner shadows, outer glows, and any other blending option of your choice to your ecover. You can do this by going to:
Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options.
I always start wit the drop shadow, and move on from there,. remember each blending option is completely customizable with the slider bars provided.
After you are done with your text, you need to add some images related to your niche. You can find good stock images for your ebook covers etc.. at http://www.stockxchange.com , http://www.sxc.hu , and many others. Just do a search on Google for “stock images”. Always be sure to read the rights first before using them!
On a side note, if you aren’t quite up to speed with the inner workings of Photoshop, I recommend either
I always like to add a sub-headline and a couple images to the cover as shown: (notice I changed the white diagonal background layer to grey. all you have to do is click on the color in the layer pallette and choose a new color.
Note: always remember where your guide marks were from when you ran the action at the beginning. This is to make sure your design doesn’t run off onto the spine of the ebook cover you are creating, or the box cover top etc…
Here’s how it looks so far: (please remember to always save your PSD with all layers in tact!!!)
Next step is to run the Photoshop action again for a 2nd time. This time you will paste your work onto the new template. To do this you will need to make sure your design is 100% complete, and then flatten it again like at the beginning.
Go to: Layer > Flatten Image
Then you simply drag your design with your mouse over to the new action template.
***Once again this WILL NOT WORK if you don’t flatten your entire design image first!!!!
Then simply click on step 2, and press play like shown and hit continue:
Now, since the action scripts from PhotoshopActionScripts.com are 300 DPI , you will need to re-size the image for web use. (You can make these Photoshop actions the size of a wall poster if you wanted to)
ALl you have to do is go to:
Image > Image Size
and make sure the “constrain proportions” checkbox is checked, and then change the height or width to something acceptable for your use. I usually change the width to 500 pixels. It will automatically adjust the
height to match.
Now you need to view the image at 100% by changing the percentage on the bottom right of your resized image window to 100%.
That’s it! now you have your finished ebook cover.
Now You can easily make any of the 50 different ecovers and add your own custom cover graphics by using our ecover action scripts cover software. It really is that easy. Not to mention, you will also get 40 pre-made PSD templates for you to mess around with on your own. Purchase the entire set of 50 here >> Photoshop Action Scripts