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The success of your book heavily depends on the marketing strategy which you use. Some of the authors prefer to do all the marketing by themselves, and it requires a lot of marketing materials. There are a lot of free tools such as Canva, which allows creating a lot of different banners, flyers, and bookmarks. But for the creation of these graphics, you need to have a 3D mockup of your book.
Let’s find out where can you get a free 3D mockup of your cover.
The first option is to ask your designer to create such mockup. Most of the designers create 3D mockups for free or include them in their packages like my team MiblArt. If you want to get not a simple but advanced mockup, you should tell about it to your designer, and you will get it.
The designer will format your file up to your requirements and make it look awesome. You should never forget to ask the designer for png file of your 3D mockup. That means that you will get a mockup with a transparent background and can use it anywhere without cutting it out of the picture.
But what should you do if you created a book cover by yourself and need to create a 3D mockup by yourself? No worries about that. There are a lot of free online tools which allow you to create such files.
http://www.adazing.com/cover-mocks/ allows creating the basic 3D mockups for free. It has got a paid versions of more advanced mockups, but if you are a beginner, it would be enough to get the free version. The only disadvantage of this tool is that it is impossible to modify the spine where it is visible, it will always be black. So if you want to create a 3D mockup of your book with the visible spine, you should move on to another tool.
https://www.myecovermaker.com/ offers free and paid templates. It is an online tool, which means that you do not need to install any additional software. You just need to sign up and start working on your cover mockup. It is easy to use for anybody. The cost of membership is lower compared to other websites so if you need more advanced 3D mockups, you should try it. To my personal opinion, there are not enough free templates. Nevertheless, it is one of the best online tools.
https://boxshot.com/3d-pack/3d-book/ This is the right tool if you want to create a 3D mockup of hardback cover with a visible spine. The mockup looks awesome. But for using this tool, you need to have three different files; they are front cover, back cover, and spine. So if you have a full cover, you need to cut it into three parts and upload each file separately. You may also upload front cover only, but the look of the final picture will not be so attractive as with the spine and back cover.
https://covervault.com/ is a personal website of the designer who creates 3D mockups. This is not an online tool but more like a storage of free mockups. All mockups are created with Adobe Photoshop, so if you want to use this website, you should install this software and know how to use it. There are a lot of mockups with the backgrounds which you can use as a banner just by adding the text. Also, there is the possibility to change the background picture up to your wishes.
As all of the tools have got a limited number of free templates to use one of the best options is to install Adobe Photoshop on your computer and use different free templates. They are wittier and have a more creative look. The customization of PSD template does not require any advanced skills. You need to watch a few video guides and follow the instructions. There are dozens of such videos, just surf YouTube.
A lot of professional designers have their blogs about the design. If you are a self-published author who creates all the graphics on your own, you should follow them. They may teach you a lot of creative tricks which you will never find in any video guide. It would be useful to read graphic design forums to find out what new has happened in their world of creativity.
Another example of the website with free PSD templates of book covers is Pixeden. On this page https://www.pixeden.com/free-print-template enter in the search field the word “book,” and you will see almost all possible variants of 3D book cover templates. Except for 3D models of the closed book, there are a lot of the other models of open books, templates for the series, box sets, etc.
Just check this catalog https://www.psdcovers.com/product-catalogue/. The templates of the covers here are very elegant. You will see on some templates the label “free.” As you already guessed, this website offers free and paid templates. But some of them are very different than on the other sites, so do not miss the opportunity to go through more than 20 pages of mockups.
If you have enough time to surf through all the templates, I am sure that you will find a perfect one, just as you imagine.
Now you know all major websites where you can create a terrific 3D mockup of your book. Some of them are easy to use and some of them not. But all of those online tools work. I checked each of them before to recommend you as I know how important it is not to waste your time searching for right solutions. Now it is up to you to check them and decide which one is the best for you. Find the best templates, learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, write more books and get more readers.
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