Make a 3D Book Cover

Step 1: Find an image

Before you do anything, you’ll need to have a blank 3D cover template to begin. Hop over to Google Images and search for “3d book cover”.

Make sure your book cover is large. Do this by going to the Google menu bar, clicking “search tools” and then selecting “size” and then “large.”

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Once you’ve found one you like, save it to your computer.

Step 2: Open your picture in an image editor

For this tutorial, I’ll be using Pixlr as my image editor and recommend doing the same, but you can use any image editor you prefer.

Once you get to the home page of your image editor, select the option that says “Open image from computer” and select the blank 3D cover you’ve just saved.

Once you have done that, your screen should look something like this:

step 2 graphic

Step 3: Find a book cover

Using the same search strategy as Step 1, find the cover of the book you’d like to create a graphic for. Copy the URL of this image.

Once you’ve copied the URL of the book cover, go back to your photo editor.

Step 4: Insert your book cover

Now that you’re back at your photo editor, go to the menu bar, click Layer, and then select “Open image URL as layer.”

open as layer

Once you’ve clicked that a box will come up and ask for the URL of the image you’d like to insert. Paste the URL of the book cover you’ve chosen.

Once you’ve inserted the link, your screen should now look something like this:

hunger games 1Step 5: Use the distort property

You’ve probably noticed that our two covers are not perfectly aligned. To fix that, we’re going to use the distort property, which you can find by going to the menu and selecting the “edit” tab.Using the free distort property to align the two images together.

Once you’ve clicked the distort property, keep pulling the handles at the edges of the image until everything is perfectly aligned. By the end, your image should look something like this:

3D Book Template Transparent

And there you have it – how to make a 3D cover!

Were you able to make a 3D cover? Any additional questions or comments?

59 thoughts on “Make a 3D Book Cover

  1. Great tutorial, Zoe! I’ve always been interested in knowing how people do those 3d Covers, and have been testing with them myself but decided to just go with the traditional route because I’d have to reformat and redo almost the 300 reviews I’ve made on my site XDD Uploading and downloading is such a pain πŸ˜›

    Nevertheless, I’m glad you posted this tutorial. I know so many others who’ve been wanting to know how to do this!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  2. This is the best tutorial ever! I’ve tried to create those fancy looking covers and have always admired them on your blog and had no idea how you did it. I assumed it would have been a complicated Photoshop process that would baffle me and take me hours, but how easy is that! Awesome post Zoe, and thanks so much for sharing how you do it <3 <3

  3. YAY THIS IS AWESOME! πŸ˜€ I already knew….from asking you I think?! And I was actually going to write a tutorial myself, but, hehe you saved me doing it. I’ll just link to yours now. πŸ˜‰ I love pixlr for this. And I do this for ebook photos too. Like I just layer the bookcover onto an actual photo of my ipod so I get a nice crisp clear cover. πŸ™‚

    1. Ooh…I never thought of using it for ebook photos Cait! What a clever idea! (Well, I shouldn’t be surprised, you’re like the queen of creativity. xD)

    1. It seems really hard, but it’s actually quite simple once you figure out how to do it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment Kara!

  4. OMG thank you so much for this. I’ve always wanted to learn how to do it. I’m just going to ask my sister to do it for me because she’s better with all the photoshop stuff. Thanks again!

    1. It seems hard, but it’s actually really easy once you get the hang of it Shannon. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment!


    And now I know you use Photoshop. I have solved the mystery.

    1. I can’t give all my secrets away Val. What fun would that be? πŸ˜‰ But haha – I’ll definitely let a few (like this one) leak. xD

  6. Oh this is so cool! I always wondered how people made such amazing images. I have got to try this myself at some point. I’m sure mine won’y look any good at all, but it’d be cool anyway.

  7. I didn’t really read the entire post (don’t kill me. please?) but I just wanted to say that 1) I’m pretty sure this was helpful for someone and I’ve never seen a post explaining how to make a 3D book cover – that’s cool! and 2) You know what you should totally do? When reviewing a trilogy or a duology using an image like the last one on the image of step 1. Now that I think of it…that’s not a great idea and probably hard.Forget I said it *doesn’t go hiding because I’m not even ashamed*

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