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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 www.psdcovers.com. They are a huge resource for covers and mockups of all kinds.
- Here is a link to the template I’ll be using if you want to follow along.
- Click the Download Action button
- When you download the action it will be a zip format.
- Unzip it.
- I use a program called The Unarchiver. Mac users can download it here
- Now go and open Photoshop
- Open the actions panel by clicking on the play button icon.
- Then click on the tiny little menu icon button
- Choose “Load Actions”
- Navigate to the action you downloaded and unzipped. Select it and choose open.
- Now you will see it loaded into your actions. Click the arrow to expand and see the 2 step action process.
Part 2: Using Photoshop Actions
- Click on STEP 1 and then select the play button.
- Drag and drop your cover art onto the template
- Drag your cover image to fill the template space and hit enter/return when sized correctly.
- Now you are read to go back to the actions panel.
- Choose STEP 2 and click play
- Then sit back and watch the magic happen!
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)
Now 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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