Design an Ebook Cover In Photoshop Using Action


November 12, 2012Tutorial24 Comments

Hello friends, After a long time, I am back with another Photoshop Tutorial , we will be creating an Ebook cover Using Photoshop Ebook Cover action. Well its not an advance Tutorial, but you can design cool looking ebook cover. Bloggers and Internet Marketers often need ebook cover for their Products. So I decide ti show a basic tutorial on How to Design an Ebook Cover in Photoshop.

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#1. So, let get started. First you need to download Ebook Cover Action Download Cover Action Pro – Paperback

#2. Once you downloaded it, now Load the action and play the first set. Please take a look at the screen shot, it will generate the plain cover design and we need to change the complete design.

#3. After you played the Step 1, you will see the Plain Cover design, like this:

Design an ebook cover in photoshop

#4. Ok so, First we will change the background, go to the Layer Panel and you will see the Background layer but it will be locked, so to unlock double click on that layer. Change the Foreground and background color to #ffffff and #d6d6d6 respectively. And then double click on the Background layer to open the Blending options and select Gradient overlay then select the first gradient.

Do these setting in the Gradient Overlay panel

#5. Ok let us delete the Text first so that we can design some elements. Delete all the Text layers from the Layer panel. After deleting the text layers, you will see only one layer which is background.

#6. Its time to add some design elements, remember the design elements not to overlay the Spine parts.

#7. Now Add some text accordingly and some Images to spice up the cover. Have a look what I have done with my design.

Some Text in the spine Area

#8. We are ready to convert the design into 3D appearance, Now select the Step 2 from the action panel and click on play.

#9. And finally here is the cool Ebook cover Design

Some Close look ups.

Hope you enjoyed designing an Ebook Cover In Photoshop. Let me know if you face any problem. Thanks for visiting :)

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24 Responses to “Design an Ebook Cover In Photoshop Using Action”
  1. Awesome work brother, really Very useful articles for me.

  2. jassi says:

    Really.. Creativity .. Awesome Work

  3. Fabio says:

    nice work, but I still prefer real 3d design with Blender :-)

  4. Chari Ross says:

    Hey, great tutorial Ifham. I also got a Photoshop Action for creating eBook Covers on my website. Anyone interested, have a look! Cheers!

  5. Zubair says:

    Thank you for this action and tutorial loved it. Was able to get my own eBook cover done in 10mins flat using this tip.

    Keep up the good work.



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  7. Rhyza says:

    Hi. I was all the way through step 1 and designing it but right after I play step 2 to produce the 3D version, the design looks so messed up (looks like a disaster). It looks far from what you’ve shown here! LOL I’m a noob so that explains the probable errors I made. Something keeps popping up and says ‘Background is not available’ or something like that. Any ideas?

  8. Arnaud says:

    I do have the same error than Rhyza. Does this work on mac?

  9. nesh says:

    thanks sooo much! you have saved my night! :)

  10. Excellent tutorial to design ebook covers. We have featured it here :

  11. Mike says:

    Hi Ifham khan,

    Very nice work. I have a quick question if you can help me. I already have front book cover and spine images. How can I use them with your action. Can you please help me?



  12. Ifham khan says:

    Hello Mike,

    Just use both the spine and front cover exactly as the action generate, then play the action and you will get the full E-Book cover design in no time :)


    Ifham Khan

  13. Mei says:

    Thank you for this. It worked perfectly!

  14. PhilP says:

    Please, I got every other things right but i don’t know how to add image to the cover and how to re-size the cover. Can someone put me through?

  15. jose says:

    I have the same problem than Rhyza and Arnaud. Someone can help, please?

  16. Alongxp says:

    i had probably the same error of some people above, when continue on step 2, lots of error, some of them is the object “Background” is not currently available, The command “Cut” is not currently available, The command “Paste” is not currently available, the object “layer “Layer 2″” is not currently available and lot more, please advise.

    thank you

  17. Kimsea Sok says:

    thanks for sharing..! That is really useful tips for me since I have plan to write an ebook for my blog readers. Actually, it is just only the free gift from blog. I was a bit worry about working with cover designing but now it seem a bit better after read the post

  18. Katie says:

    Unlocking the background layer changes it to Layer 0, which I see you have. I followed the steps exactly. After many failures, I reduced it down to just that Layer 0, not adding any design elements. It still says “Background” is not currently available. I am running the newest photoshop. Has anyone been able to work around this?

  19. Katie says:

    If I don’t change the background image it gets to “Set” layer and then gives me an error that Set doesn’t exist. I think I’ll give up. :)

  20. Sarah says:

    I have CS5 and the first action (Step 1) plays perfectly
    Step 2 is not working so well :( I am trying to rearrange the layers but I cannot figure it out :(

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  22. Kara says:

    I cannot get step 2 to work either. Please help.

  23. Kara says:

    I cannot get step 2 to work either. Please help. This simply does NOT work! what a waste of my time. it works if you do not change the design!! if you try to change anything at all nothing works. have gotten all the same errors people mention above. anyone saying this works must be a friend of the author!!

  24. Johnny says:

    For those of you having trouble getting this to work, I had the same problem with the Step 2 Action. Here is what I did…

    1. Prepare your cover image to be the same dimensions as the background.
    2. Remove visibility from all text and layers that are not your cover image and the background.
    3. Merge visible layers (should only be your cover and the background).
    4. Unhide all of the layers you hid in Step 2 above.
    5. Play the Step 2 Action.

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