How to Make an eBook Cover

by on June 19, 2003


Hello Barbara,
Found your site from Fred Langa. Great site. Very interesting and informative. Please tell me from where did you get your three book cover designs? They are most eye catching and professional.
Regards,
Robert

Thanks, Robert. I designed all my own book covers except “How to Add Games to Your Site” which was designed by Brian Terry of eBookWow.

To create the others, I followed the free tutorial and used the free templates available at Cover Art Guide. This fabulous free tutorial teaches you how to use Compact Draw (a $28 try-before-you-buy download.) I highly recommend it.

On the other hand, many gurus swear that information products with “ugly” book covers do much better. For example, take a look at these covers: Sherpa Store>, 101 Public Relations, and Succeeding in Business.

One day I will test my “pretty” How-to-Add-Games cover against an “ugly” one. How will I do the test? I am installing Split Hit to run a split-test run. I will let you know how it turns out.

P.S. Many of the resources I mentioned in this post are gone. Here’s an updated recommendation for making ebook covers with a Photoshop plugin.


Home Improvements December 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I really like making my own eBook covers – I use photoshop though and action scripts and usually purchase a nice image to put on the cover :)

andrea 77 December 3, 2009 at 1:21 am

I just found a free resource for creating amazing ebook covers:
http://www.absolutecovers.com/blog/2008/06/03/free-ebook-cover-action-script/

Adrienne Lee November 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for your Great info!!!
It is so difficult to find a good way to make an ecover for free.
I did however come across a way without paying for anything!!!!
You can make great covers with FREE TOOLs.
http://www.ecoversusingfreetools.com
It’s free and shows you how to make the covers free. No Photoshop involved.
I love that everyone is out there trying to help each other..
We can all get our ebooks out there and not break the bank!
Thanks again.

Mike July 21, 2009 at 1:41 am

Hey Barbra Great Guide very informative. I prefer using photoshop actions. There is a great resources at http://www.designmediacovers.com which has an awesome collection of cover actions for photoshop.
Take care and thanks for the great info!

Poze July 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I use e very good software from here: http://www.n-ebook.com/product.php?products_id=159 .
It is the best.
Keep up the good work Barbara!

Ovi Dogar June 17, 2009 at 12:41 am

Hey Barbara,
Nice post!…
Keep up the great work!
Ovi Dogar
AbsoluteCovers.com

joe May 22, 2009 at 5:55 am

That coverartguide site you refer to no longer appears to exist. Do you have another site you recommend?

Make eBook Covers March 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I prefer GIMP just because it’s about as powerful as Photoshop, but it’s free. (I use it for 3D covers as well as other web graphics like banners, ads, etc.)
I always thought that an ugly cover would hurt your sales more than help it, though.

jr December 19, 2008 at 7:35 am

How do you attach ecover to ebook itself once the ecover is created?

Iklan Malaysia December 17, 2008 at 11:38 pm

any disadvantages using free trial software? any ads or limited features?

Nathan October 23, 2008 at 10:33 am

I just use GFX writer.

Rob October 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

Hey Barbara, couldn’t get to the guide (might be an error with my browser?) Hmmm…
Like the other stuff here though, really informative thanks!
P.S I use eCoverSuiteElite actionscripts for most of my design work. Only bad thing is that it requires photoshop.
Here’s the link if anyone’s interested…
http://www.ecoversuiteelite.com

David Reeves October 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm

hello, i tried to find Cover Art Guide but cannot get it. is there a another similar source that i can use?
thanks, David…

mike d March 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

thanks for your insight and generoisity in sharing this information…should help me tremendously as i write my book “Hiring Secrets Revealed” a complete expose of hirng secrets HR wont ever tell you…help to land a great job in a tough economy…i want to help people too
mike

mike d March 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

thanks for your insight and generoisity in sharing this information…should help me tremendously as i write my book “Hiring Secrets Revealed” a complete expose of hirng secrets HR wont ever tell you…help to land a great job in a tough economy…i want to help people too
mike

Salina K. March 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Mustaqeem Adam, you asked “where do you know any free ebook cover maker without any trial period?”….you can use 3d box shot for free. Its at http://www.bosseye.com/boxshot/index.htm. Be sure to check out http://www.richkits.com to learn how to best use it to make money.

Mustaqeem Adam January 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Hi Barbara, do you know any free ebook cover maker without any trial period?

ebook covers October 1, 2007 at 5:36 pm

I found a nice ebook cover maker: http://www.3dcovers.com. They have a free trial and you can instantly make 102 different types of ecovers.

Bum Marketing Method December 28, 2006 at 6:50 am

Hey Barbara,
EXACTLY what I was looking for…thank you.

Nikki December 5, 2006 at 3:02 pm

This information is invaluable for me. I really appreciate you posting. It doesn’t matter to me if you receive revenue from you links as it is well deserved when you share information that people can actually use. Thanks!!!

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