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.

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  • 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

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  • Now go and open Photoshop


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

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  • Then click on the tiny little menu icon button

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  • Choose “Load Actions”

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

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

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Part 2: Using Photoshop Actions


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

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  •  Drag and drop your cover art onto the template

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

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

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  • Then sit back and watch the magic happen!

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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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  • Joseph, I am so disappointed that this post isn’t get the love it deserves! This is AWESOME.

    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.

  • this is the mist important for me. what i was looking for …

  • 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!

  • 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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  • Awesome tutorial, just what I needed! Thanks so much :)

    • Joseph Michael

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      You’re welcome! Glad you found it helpful.

  • How cool are you Joseph ?

    You made me become a Photoshop Ebook Cover Maker Master in 5 Minutes.

    Awesome stuff

    I will definitely share your blog right now in my Mastermind.

    All the best
    Corrado Izzo

  • Thank you so much! This is exactly what I needed today! And will use in future. Very cool stuff. Bookmarked & shared.
    Kind Regards,

  • 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!

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

  • Great collection of actions! By the way, I hand-pick the best free Photoshop Actions from all over the web, from all different developers, and sort them into categories on my website!

    I’ll be adding some of these Actions to my website, Have a browse through our collection of: Free Photoshop Actions

    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!

  • Really thanks for this mate, I was looking for something like this for ages and finaly found it! Very helpfull tutorial!

  • Thanks 4 Sharing. :-)

  • Thanks very much , nice info very nice , keep giving us tutorials like this :)

  • 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!

  • Wooow.. so cool!! ^_^
    I like this tutorial. Now, I can make a profesional cover and it’s FREE!!
    Because many site offer their software with Pay.

  • Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Featured this tutorial on our blog.

  • Bam! Magic! Thanks!

  • Thanks a lot… awesome tutorial for making ecover for Jom Hantar Tesis (Malay edition)

  • Wow! I’m impressed. Thanks so much for creating a simple to follow content to design gorgeous ebook covers. You are awesome.

    Stacie Walker

  • This is exactly what I needed today! And will use in future. Very cool stuff. Bookmarked & shared.

  • David Isu

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    This is a life-changing tutorial. May you be blessed..

  • 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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  • Wow…this is very nice. I didn’t know it was this easy.

    Thanks a lot

  • 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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