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Top Ebook Cover Design and Software Picks!

Top Ebook Cover Design and Software Picks!

by Vish

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to get a super cover design for your information product or ebook, let me assure you that the following picks won’t let you down.

There are many ebook cover design options available on the web. A simple search for “ebook cover software” will yield all kinds of results. What isn’t so obvious is deciphering the good from the bad. They all claim to be the best or the most affordable. We’ve personally spent many hours researching this ourselves before settling on the ebook cover design software we count on for our growing online businesses.

I’ve decided to share 3 of our personal favorites and have made sure to keep each of our top picks for ebook cover design very different in terms of application. They each have their own pros and cons but all of them will handle your cover design jobs with champion style.

This isn’t the absolute definitive list. There are many other wonderful options available. Feel free to spend some time surfing and reading reviews.

I can assure you that if you want to save yourself some agony, then these are all sure bets. You simply can’t go wrong with any of these:

Top 3 Ebook Cover Design Picks

    1. Cover Action Pro

This is what we currently use for our ebook cover design needs. It’s basically a premium collection of action scripts for PhotoShop. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Cover Action Pro. We’ve been very pleased with this catalog of action scripts and extremely high quality designs.

There are some important things to note which might be a drawback for some. Cover Action Pro does require PhotoShop CS2 or higher. You also need to have some PhotoShop skills. Beginners might not enjoy the process of working with huge files and action scripts in the first place. If you’re experienced in PhotoShop then you’ll love everything about CAP. It works extremely well and delivers ebook cover designs that aren’t just for online publishing but good enough for print projects.

Another con for CAP might be the price tag. The standard edition will run you $197. The extreme edition which comes with training courses and extra templates for bundles and is priced at $297. If you have decent PhotoShop skills then you can creatively create your own bundles by grouping individual designs. Though we picked up the extreme edition, I still think we would have been better off with the Standard build, which is what we recommend if you’re going to pick up CAP. Oh what we could have done with that extra $100 on Fiverr! :) The training and learning curve is pretty straightforward, especially if you’ve worked with actions before. If not, you can find plenty of “how to photoshop actions” help online. It only takes a few minutes to be up and running with your own super in-house ebook cover factory.

    2. eCover Creator 3D

This tool is the sweet spot for cover design. I personally haven’t used this online ebook cover software but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. The templates are a little more limited than CAP but the quality of the 3D covers are really impressive.

No need for PhotoShop or any super design skills either. It’s all very straightforward and very affordable at only $47. The editor interface and simple click functionality makes this is an easy choice for anyone.

(The only reason we opted for CAP over eCover Creator 3D is primarily because it’s PhotoShop based. We’re pro web designers and have been PhotoShopping for years so we’re suckers for PS add-ons. We also like the extensive list of template designs available with CAP. For example: Binders, notebooks, web graphics and more.)

The options and designs available with eCover Creator 3D are more than enough and they look awesome, which is the point. If you’re not a designer at heart and don’t want the hassle or to spend more than you have to – believe me, you’ll be straight with eCover Creator 3D.

    3. Outsourcing

Our third isn’t software or a specific ebook cover design tool but is just as viable and quite affordable. Outsourcing the job to someone that has any of the above tools or similar software is a wonderful way to get the job done.

Hit up Fiverr, Odesk or Elance and post up a job or look for “Ebook Cover Design”, you’ll find plenty of freelancers waiting for you to hire them.

With outsourcing the most important tip I can give you is to ask for samples so you can see if they’re in line with what you’re looking for. You should also make a point to be clear on how many designs you need and how many revisions you’re allowed to have.

The drawback to outsourcing is the one-time effect. You’ll have to pay up every time you need a design. You also have to delegate the creative work, which might be fine if you’re not artistically inclined, but might complicate the process if you’re picky about the exact look you want.

Using your own software or tool enables unlimited designs and covers down the stretch for a one-time initial investment. If you’re planning just one e-book, outsource it, you won’t be disappointed. If you think you’ll need many covers in the near future or plan to take over the world with your ebooks then go with one of our first 2 picks. You can also start by outsourcing and work your way up to the likes of eCover Creator 3D or Cover Action Pro. Or you can stick to outsourcing only. I know I’m babbling a little bit but I really just want to give you options and help you figure out what’s best.

Remember that having someone create the 3D ebook isn’t the same as having someone design your cover altogether or design your e-book (pages and all). That might run you extra so be clear on what you need.

With Cover Action Pro you have to design your cover then use the action scripts to output your designs in the 3D cover look. With eCover Creator 3D you can do everything online on your own quite easily. With outsourcing you have to provide a design or have someone else (this can also be outsourced) design an ebook cover as well.

It’s time to forget about old school crappy ebook cover design software or trying to give it a go with your own imaging suite. Nowadays, there are easy, affordable and painless ways to get the job done. The point is to quickly and efficiently produce an ebook cover design that will grab your reader’s and customer’s attention.

Let’s keep building on our top picks so others don’t have to do the extra legwork to find the very best ebook cover design software possible. Which ones have you used, or plan to use? Share them in the comments section below.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Iain October 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Vish been there and done that … you know what go to http://graphicriver.net/ you will find some great deals there!


Vish October 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

hey Iain thanks for the link, didn’t know of Graphic River until you posted, as a web designer, will find this quite useful. There’s quite an array of goodies for design heads… really appreciate the input!

Ross Canning August 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

Keep them coming, love the comments. I have to totally agree with you!


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