3-D Covers for E-Books and Boxes
Assuming you are reading this on your own computer and that you
have downloaded this from the net, you obviously have access to a
computer and Internet connection. That takes care of the obvious.
The programs you will need are already available to you free of charge.
One very useful (and seldom mentioned) program comes with
Windows – Paint. Don’t expect to do painting or life like photos with it,
but it is the easiest program to use for creating framework and quick
cut and run type work.
Since Paint does not support many options we will need, we must turn
our attention towards more specified freeware programs. One of the
best I’ve found that can open many file types, save them in many ways
and provide a large range of filters, effects and color manipulation is
called “Photo Filter” (see link page).
Since boxes and books are images of cubes when displayed in 3
dimensions, many of you may not feel comfortable or ready to produce
these cubes. One easy program is often found in Windows; Word
(2003 and up). We can use this program to create a cube or box and
transfer the image to an image program.
You may have similar programs that you already work with. If you
prefer WordPerfect and know how to create a cube, use it. If you have
a good photo program and know it, use it.
The point is using free or already owned technology. Don’t go out to
buy programs, there’s just too many more that adequate free programs
If you do decide to hunt the Internet to download a program, make sure
you are searching for “freeware” not “shareware”. Shareware will let
you use something for a predetermined amount of time then (just as
you figured out how it works) it stops functioning and you must either
buy it or hunt for another program and start over.
Don’t copy pirated versions of high power programs. For one thing it’s
illegal, for another, it’s not necessary. You just want to create a
professional cover for your own use, not start a business of creating