Make A Professional Ebook Cover In 5 Minutes Using Free Photoshop Actions

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What you’ll learn in this tutorial

  • Where to find awesome free cover templates for ebooks & much more
  • How to download and install photoshop actions
  • How to use a photoshop action to create a professional cover for your ebook
  • How to reduce a large file size within photoshop
  • How to save your ebook image with a transparent background


What you’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop


Part 1: Downloading & Installing The Photoshop Action


  • Head over to They are a huge resource for covers and mockups of all kinds.

psd covers

  • Here is a link to the template I’ll be using if you want to follow along.

  • Click the Download Action button

psd covers screen

  • When you download the action it will be a zip format.unarchiver
  • Unzip it.
  • I use a program called The Unarchiver. Mac users can download it here

psd covers screen 2

  • Now go and open Photoshop


  • Open the actions panel by clicking on the play button icon.

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Then click on the tiny little menu icon button

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Choose “Load Actions”

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Navigate to the action you downloaded and unzipped. Select it and choose open.

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Now you will see it loaded into your actions. Click the arrow to expand and see the 2 step action process.

Using Photoshop Actions


Part 2: Using Photoshop Actions


  • Click on STEP 1 and then select the play button.

Using Photoshop Actions

Using Photoshop Actions

  •  Drag and drop your cover art onto the template

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Drag your cover image to fill the template space and hit enter/return when sized correctly.

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Now you are read to go back to the actions panel.
  • Choose STEP 2 and click play

Using Photoshop Actions

  • Then sit back and watch the magic happen!

Using Photoshop Actions


Part 3: Saving Your Image


  • From the Image menu select “Image Size”


  • Notice the size of your image. 138.9M is HUGE! We need to reduce this size first.



Follow these steps in this order to reduce the image.


  • Step 1: Change the resolution to 150


  • Step 2: Change the pixel width to 1000
  • *Note – make sure Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions, and Resample Image are all checked for these steps. 


  • Step 3: Choose Bicubic Sharper (best for reduction)

psd-covers-screen-3.98Now look at the difference!

  • Click “OK” when finished


  • After you click ok you may think your image is way too small. Don’t worry that’s only because it is at a zoom level of 12.5%


  • Double click the magnifying glass to bring it back to 100%


  • To continue saving the image with a transparent background navigate to the very bottom layer in the layers panel and turn it off by selecting the eye image.


  • Then choose File > Save for Web


  • Make sure you select PNG-24 and have a check mark next to Transparency.
  • Select Save and save it to a location you will remember on your computer.






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    Especially for someone like me who is photoshop-illiterate :x

    Keep up the great work man
    - Gotch

    • Joseph Michael

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      Thanks for the kind words Gotch. Glad to hear you found it helpful.

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  • Tara

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    I cannot thank you enough for this post! You just saved me!! (and my Ps grade for this semester) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    • Joseph Michael

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      Awesome! Glad I could help Tara :-)

  • Thanks for such step by step tutorial for creating awesome ebook cover by photoshop. I have done several tasks like this in before but that was another tricky way. Using Photoshop Action is really awesome and its a new stuff i have learned today for creating ebook cover.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Might I add, I also have some Photoshop Actions to Create Ebook Covers free on my website. They’re pretty easy to use without much knowledge of Photoshop. Anyone interested please have a look! Cheers guys!

    • Chari Ross, thanks for the actions you provide, it’s the one I’m looking for.

  • jujamal

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    AWESOME…. that’s the only word i can say now
    thank you man it’s really help me
    now i can design my own Ebook cover

    from Malaysia

    • Joseph Michael

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    • Joseph Michael

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      You’re welcome! Glad you found it helpful.

  • How cool are you Joseph ?

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  • Fantastic tutorial – mine worked perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to do this with all my articles now!

  • rain

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    I am blown away! This is incredible! Thank you so very much…I appreciate this gift and your time and energy. Thank you!

  • Super Tutorial, Thank Joseph!
    Can you share more template :)

  • hello nice pls how can i edit the text and put mine as in custormise both the color, text etc to my suit thNKS anticipating your reply thanks


  • Hi Joseph,

    This is a great tutorial – so easy to follow BUT I’m missing the step of actually pulling together the image with title etc. that I can then “drag and drop” into the template. Is there a tutorial that will help me to design a polished looking image for the front cover?

    Many thanks!

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    Cheers and happy Photoshopping!!

  • lily

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    Thank you very much….i really appreciate knowledge n skill shared….

  • Can’t wait to try this out! Such a great step by step tutorial! Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge!

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  • Thank you sooo much for this tutorial. This is the first time I had even heard of the Photoshop actions, and your tutorial is so well explained that I decided to give it a try! Writting my first ibook, the book is not finished yet, but the cover thanks to you looks awesome!! I would send you a picture if I could! I have shared and I am suscribing to your web, your content is great, even for people just starting! Many thanks,

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  • Adrain Clayton

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    Great tutorial – I was struggling with making ebook covers. Now it is as simple as pressing a button. Thanks for the info

  • you totally saved my night and my wallet!!! Thanks!

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    Because many site offer their software with Pay.

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  • David Isu

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  • Wow, I never thought creating cover would be this easy. I am not a designer and a bad one for sure but this tutorial makes me look like a professional designer. Thanks for the great post.

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  • ndam njoya

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    It’s just amazing very very nice.Thanks

  • Not bad ;P

    There’s also the option of getting in touch with whoever offers services on Fiverr, or even better:

    We’ve been doing covers for years and decided to finally set up shop to simplify getting a professionally crafted ebook cover.

  • This tutorial was just what I was looking for! Thank you SO much. I am a happy bunny.

  • This is really helpful.. I’m going to try to get it to work in Gimp. Thanks!

  • Thank You very much, I like this tutorial.It’s really helpful tutorial.

  • helpful post thanks joseph keep it up!!

  • Syed Muhammad Dawood

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    that was really helpfull :) Thanksalot for your help !! But i have one problem regarding pick the image for cover >>> how can i pick the best image that is regarding to cover ? if u know any website or such stuff then must tell me :@

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  • Joseph

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    This is the best post I had seen so far… keep up the good work

  • Tania

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    many thanks for sharing. You make it seem so simple!!

  • Sooooooooooooo awesome! Just exactly what I(photoshop armature *winks*) need. Thanks.

  • i tried doing it on my own and noticed it would end up wrong. i tried your technic which i was doinging the same thing and got the same results. the results im getting are that the final image on the book is flat. it doesn’t go to the end to look slanted such has in the mock up. it stays flat and it looks like the image (the top) does a 90 degree turn to make a slant. Now is it possible its staying flat because i cannot use 3D in my photoshop? i do other 3D mock ups other ways that are not actions but with this action it doesn’t work. any suggestions?

  • unyeawaji Nteogwuija

    Reply Reply 0

    nice tutorial i must say. my issue is this, i need a particular style to suit my own taste, how do i go about that since these templates are already customised. thanks for your response in advance.

  • Thank you for the tutorial! As a person who understands only half of what she is doing with Photoshop, I appreciate this. Bookmarking this for later :)

    • I understand the importance of creating a catchy cover for your ebooks so I love this tutorial and I am gonna apply what I have just learned in practice. Hope I create an attractive and entertaining cover following your tips.

  • Dorthe

    Reply Reply 0

    hi I have tried to do this book and its cutting the edges..
    what am I doing wrong.


  • this is a great post, I followed the steps and I got what I wanted. Thank you very much

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  • Ahsan

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    nice work.
    one question you have ebook/book style .??
    so you have more ebook / book style. kindly share link or email me …

    waiting replay….


  • Hi,

    Nicely done, thank you for a great tutorial.


  • selim

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    Hi, thanks a lot. What do I miss? I can only download the photoshop action file but not the PSD file with the cover. where to download the cover with all the layers that correspond with the action file? thanks

  • manije

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    thank you i think its great :)

  • Gabriella

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    This as an AWESOME tutorial! Thank you for taking the time

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  • This is the best tutorial I have seen tonight on using the Photoshop actions with a free psd template.

    Thanks for taking the time to do something of such quality.

  • Glade

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    Awesome, i really appreciate this , it would save a lot of time re-doing things

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    Good job Joseph

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  • Mary

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    B and C seem like great instructions…but you lose people when A is missing.

    Unzipping a file that lands in Windows is missing.

    Or say “Mac Users Only”at the top of your page would avoid wasting others time.

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  • Great, but i’m new in Photoshop Action. I’ll try soon. Thank you.

  • Currently I’m writing a ebook and was wondering to know how to create a pro ebook cover letter. undoubtedly this tutorial is very helpful for me. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • M Roberts

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    I’d also consider using Gimp (for those who don’t want to pay for Photoshop), it has some limitations with regards to color because you can’t create anything within the CMYK color profile, so it’s not recommended for use with printed covers (outside of Createspace that is). But for eBooks it’s a great option, check out the book ‘How to design an ebook for free’ too you can make a great eBook cover with out spending a fortune.

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