How to Create eCovers For Free
eCovers are everywhere. Whether it’s an eCover for an eBook, software or videos, they are an essential part of packaging and promoting your online product.
Given how popular eCovers are, it’s no surprise there’s a huge amount of options for creating them. Of course, a lot of those options include having to purchase eCover creator software to generate your covers. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the eCover software creators can be quite powerful, but you generally need to have a graphics package to create the images and text in the first place to load into the software.
So What Are The Free Options?
If you have a graphics package like Photoshop or GIMP, there are loads of action scripts you can download for free, however, I’m more interested in the options that are quick and easy to use.
After hunting around and trying out various options, I’ve come up with two sites that both do a really good job for free.
3D Box Makerallows you to create covers for a book, 3D-box, CD cover, CD cover and Box and DVD Box.
The thing I really like about this site is the ability to rotate the finished cover to whatever angle you prefer.
The one downside of this site is that you need to have pre-prepared graphics to upload in order to create your cover.
MyEcoverMaker is definitely the best site to use if you don’t have any pre-made graphics (although you can upload your own images if you have them). There are a whole bunch of backgrounds, graphics and images they provide which you can use for your eCover. It’s also very easy to add text with control over font, color, rotation and even an option to create text in an arc so that you can place it over a round logo or image.
With the free option, you have access to four different eCover styles:
- Binder Laying Open
- Ring Binder Laying
- Paperback Stack
- Software Box Open Top
The Ecover for this article was created using the Software Box Open Top style.
If you find the free templates don’t quite suit you, there’s another 30 styles you can choose from, which only cost $3.95 per cover.