I sat down the other day, and designed this Ebook / eCover Creator Action for Photoshop. Actions are great, since they let you automate processes in Photoshop. In this case, you can create a template, design your eBook cover, then with just one click, you can convert that flat cover into a 3d looking eBook! If you would like to know more about how actions work or how to create your own, make sure to check out my previous post.
This action will allow you to turn this:
Into this, with just one click!
This eBook Action is entirely FREE to download, so head on after the break for a quick tutorial on how to load up actions and use them in Photoshop, as well as the download link.
First, download the Ebook Creator Action:
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Unzip that file.
Open up the Actions palette in Photoshop. You should find something that looks like this:
Select the button in the top right corner of that window. A dropdown menu should appear. Select ‘Load Actions’.
Now just find the place on your computer where Ebook Creator.atn is currently residing, and select that file.
It should now appear in your actions palette. Extend the Ebook Creator folder, and select ‘Create Template’. Hit the play button in the lower edge of the window.
This should create the following template.
I’ve set it so the template is pretty large, which should cover most of the uses your should have for it. However, if you want it smaller at this step, just go to Image – Image Size – and change the RESOLUTION from 72 to something smaller. Don’t try to change the actual size of the document, it’ll mess up the generator action!
Now you’re ready to design your eCover! Just follow the simple instructions on the template – the front cover will go to the right of the guideline, the side cover to the left. You can either cover up or delete the text that is there. Here is an example of what a cover can look like:
Now comes the magic! Go back to your Actions Palette, and this time select Convert to Ebook. Press Play again, sit back, relax….
And watch as your brand new eBook pops out!
All you need to do now is select the folder that says Delete This, and, well, get rid of the sucker.
Delete/move your guideline, and there is your eBook, in its pure and unadulterated form.
From here you’ll have to make the changes you want manually. You can easily delete the Reflections Folder, change the Background layer to something else (maybe a sleek black or sunny yellow?). You can get rid of the highlights, or merge the layers and plop the book into another graphic. It’s up to you!
It was pretty exciting making this action and I’m currently looking for other useful actions that people would want. Do you have any suggestions? Ideas? Leave a comment! Also, I’m excited to see what kind of eBooks people are coming up with. Do you have a design you’d like to share? Please, post a comment – if I include your photo on the site I’ll credit you with your name and link.
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