After a long period of silence, here I am back continuing my P2S journey. I am now in the middle of product creation process and it takes me all the time. I was a little bit worried about the graphics for the sales page. More precisely, I’m referring to the cover mock-ups or eCovers. Yes, those fancy 3D covers representing different components of a complex information product.
Within P2S, John Thornhill is directing us to GFX-1 website where you can order a complete product graphic package, containing everything you need, like cover mock-ups, ad banners and other graphic elements for your new product. You can order this package for $247 (+ VAT where available), which seems to me a little bit pricey. 🙁
So, I started to look for alternatives. I must confess, I’m not a graphic designer. On the contrary, I’m a terrible sketcher and I would’t dare to draw anything.
Fortunately there are stock images. All you need for a product is a logo, a background and some kind of stock image(s) suggesting what your product does. With a little bit of imagination you can compose something that would do. Or if you prefer, you can order the banner on fiverr.com, there are plenty of gigs out there where you can order a banner for $5.
For stock images I suggest you www.fotolia.com.
But what about eCovers? The 3D eBook covers, boxes, DVDs, video players, etc? Well this is another story:
My eCover Maker
The first resource that I found was MyECoverMaker.com. It’s an amazing tool which has 100+ cover templates to choose from, but it’s not free: you can pay $4.95 per download or $14.95 per month. You can even suspend the subscription without paying a dime during the suspension period.
So, you can edit all the covers you need for a product, subscribe for a month, then download all your resulting covers, and then suspend the subscription. Thus you pay barely $15 for all the graphics you need for one product.
But I wasn’t quite pleased, there has to be some other way, some free way. And I found it at PsdCovers.com. This is an amazing website containing 300+ mock-ups not only for creating reports, books, magazines, CDs/DVDs and alike, but also a whole bunch of packages and physical products: bottles, cans, t-shirts and many others.
The templates on this website, which are in fact Photoshop action scripts, are downloadable completely for free. But to use them you also need Adobe Photoshop, which is not quite cheap, but I already had it on my computer.
So, I created all my flat designs using GIMP free graphic editor (right now I’m more familiar with it than with Photoshop), and then used them for the 3D graphics using the Photoshop action scripts from PsdCovers.com. And voila! Oh, sorry, I won’t show the result until the right time. 😉
Other Adobe Photoshop and Stock Image Resources
Later on I found many other Photoshop resources, actions and PSD templates alike. There is an ocean of possibilities out there:
Please note that the online world can be extremely volatile and the links above may occasionally become unavailable. Yet I do my best to keep them up-to-date.
Until next time!