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Saturday, June 14, 2008

How to Customize eCover Templates

How to Customize eCover Templates

In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can easily turn our free ebox templates provided into your own sales generating product cover.
The idea is to add text to the template and then transform it to the right perspective.

For this example, I will be using Abode Photoshop CS.
It should work well with CS2 and the latest CS3.

If you don't have Photoshop, you can download a
30 day trial version here.

Let's begin

Step 1

Fire up Photoshop and open any of your
software box template of choice. You
can do this by clicking on File > Open
or simply dragging-and-dropping the
file onto your work area.

Create a new layer

On your new layer, you may now start
adding text and graphics.

Step 2

Create a workspace border for front and
spine of your cover.To do this, click
on the move tool in the tool box.Then
click on the vertical ruler and drag a
guide line out to the edge point of the
cover.Repeat this to get 3 vertical
lines. The same goes with the horizontal
guide lines .Refer to the pic below.

If ruler are not visible on your screen,
View > Ruler

The imaginary gray area represents
front and red area as your cover spine.

You may now start adding text and graphics.
I suggest you use seperate layers for all of your text and additional
graphics. This will help you change your design in the process with ease.

I came up with this.

Step 3

We are going to merge all of our layers into single flat layer except the background (template) layer.

So,let's start.

In layer pallette, click-away the 'eye' sign for background layer.

Go to Layer < Merge Visible
Your layer pallette should look like this:

Click 'eye' on to re-visualize your background.

Step 4

Our intention is to separate the merged layer into two; front and spine layer.
Select front area using rectangular marquee tool.

Edit > Paste.

Move the layer to reposition it.Rename
the layer to 'front' if you wish to
( right-click on the layer > Layer Properties)

Now,click back to your previous merged
layer and repeat step 3 for spine.

By now,your layer pallette should look like this:


Now come the fun part- to align front and spine layers to match background
(template) perspective.

On front layer, Edit > Transform > Distort

Click on checkmark sign on upper right of your screen to confirm the changes you made.

Repeat on spine layer.

Clear off the guidelines by View < clear guides


Step 6

Now you can make final adjustments and
save the completed ebook cover.

To crop the image, select the crop tool
near the top of the toolbar or press
'C' on your keyboard. Click and drag to
make your area-to-crop selection. Press
'Enter' or click on the checkmark when
you're happy with your selection.

To resize the image, click Image < Image Size.

To save the image, click File < Save for Web

Select the setting that looks the best
while keeping an eye on the filesize.

The goal is to get a good looking cover
with the smallest possible filesize for
a fast loading image on your website.

When you're done, click 'OK'.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Software Box Templates

6 More Blank Software Box Templates:

Just click on the images to download.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

People Do Judge a Book By Its Cover

"People do judge a book by its cover.First impression does count.
The same applies to digital products. Each one of them deserves an attractive face.Great sales page alone nowaday is
not enough.Great sales pages need great graphics.Great ebooks need great ecovers."

All graphics are original designed by me ;never-seen before and not available somewhere else. So you better put it in good use. Feel free to use it to promote your digital products as much as you like.

If you like what you see, please help us to share with others by placing a link to us on your site.

The ecovers are in .jpg files, standard graphic file extensions. This way you can edit them in any graphic program. Most of the ecovers have a white background, and look best on white backgrounds. Once you download them, you can edit them and re-size them to fit your needs.

Ecover action scripts require adobe photoshop CS and above.

Terms and Conditions:

You can freely distribute it for free, as an incentive, bonus, or by itself.
You can not sell it.
You can not sell it or give it away in conjunction with any adult, warez, or hate product/website.

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