I am now in the middle of product creation process and I was a little bit worried about the graphics creation for the sales pages. I’m referring mainly to the cover mock-ups or eCovers. Yes, those fancy 3D covers representing different components of a complex information product.
My mentor, John Thornhill, was sending me to GFX-1 website where you can order a complete product graphics package, including cover mock-ups, ad banners and other graphic elements useful for any new product. You can order this package for $247 (+ VAT in Europe), which seems a little bit too pricey to me. 🙁
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 wouldn’t dare to draw anything.
Fortunately, you can find plenty of stock images out there. All you need for a product is a logo, a background and some kind of stock image(s) suggesting what your product does or the problems it solves. With a little bit of imagination, you can compose something that would do. Some funny cartoons would be also a good addition.
Or if you prefer, you can order the banner for $5 on fiverr.com where you can find plenty of capable gigs.
While Fiverr is by far the most well known freelance website among product creators and webmasters, you may find others as well, where you can order quality banners and logos from talented graphic designers. Here is a list of them, which is by far incomplete:
But what about eCovers? The 3D eBook covers, boxes, DVDs, video players, etc? Well, this is another story.
My eCover Maker
The first resource I found was MyECoverMaker.com. It’s an amazing tool that includes 100+ cover templates to choose from. It’s not free, but it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either: you can pay as little as $4.95 per download or $14.95 per month.
If you need a complete package for your product, you can edit all the covers you need, subscribe for a month, download all your resulting covers, and then suspend the subscription. Thus you pay barely $15 for all the graphics you need for one product, instead of $247.
But I wasn’t fully pleased, I was thinking 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 reports, books, magazines, CDs/DVDs and alike, but also for a whole bunch of packages and physical products, like bottles, cans, t-shirts, even mannequins.
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 and thus I put it to good work.
Other Adobe Photoshop and Stock Image Resources
Later on, I found many other Photoshop resources, actions and PSD templates alike. Some of these resources are free, others not. Anyway, there is an ocean of possibilities out there:
- psdgraphics.com – Photoshop resources
- webdesigndev.com/20-free-high-quality-psd-actions-mock-ups/ – Photoshop resources
- blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/articles/25-free-psd-templates-to-mockup-your-print-designs – Photoshop resources
- soultravelmultimedia.com/2014/03/07/58-super-cool-and-free-psd-mock-ups-perfect-for-designers/ – Photoshop resources
- 99designs.com/designer-blog/2013/09/03/creating-professional-mock-ups/ – Photoshop resources
- designrfix.com/freebies/psd-mockup-template – Photoshop resources
- pixeden.com – mostly cover mockups
- fotolia.com – stock images
And here are some 100% FREE and quality resources on the Internet:
- psdcovers.com – the most comprehensive resource of cover mockups compatible with Photoshop
Also some additional Photoshop resources, mostly PSD or Action Scripts:
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!