7 Best Free Tools for Creating Your Book Cover Mockups

If you want to promote your digital book, report or booklet, it is very important to make it look tangible to attract the attention of your target audience. The good news is that you don’t need to hire an expensive designer to create your book cover mockup. If you have created your book cover design,  (you can easily create it with PowerPoint), then all you need to do is to convert it into a beautiful mockup.

There are several possible solutions you can use:

1.A cool tool that generates rather good quality book cover mockups is Absolute Covers. Simply upload your images and get the mockup. Click with the right click button of your mouse to save it to your computer as a png file. It’s free. You will get a result like this. Looks professional. Doesn’t it?

  1. A useful tool is also MyCoverMaker, which will create a good quality book and notebook mockups. The advantage of this tool is the possibility to create book cover mockups for a paperback stack like in my example, binder, DVD stack and other interesting formats. You will need to sign in to get access to the free templates.

  1. If you need to create your book or DVD cover mockup, or even put your image on a notepad screen, you might want to try Adazing. This is the result you might expect. For an additional small price, you will get also other mockups and visuals with your book cover.

4. One of my favorite tools is MagicMockups. It doesn’t provide the possibility to create a book cover mockup, but you can visualize how your web page, online course or even Kindle book would look like on a desktop, laptop or a notepad screen.

5. A cool tool for generating mockups is Placeit. It offers more than 2800 templates to choose from. You can generate a mockup of your book, web page, online course, logo, t-shirt or even a hat. Actually, there are much more categories. Simply check them out.

Watch this YouTube video to see how it works in practice. Of course, not all of the templates are for free; however, you can find useful resources also for zero cost. Just sign up and log in.

Sure, free services won’t give you a large, high-resolution file. However, the quality will be good enough for your website and social networks.

Tutorial – Create a Book Cover Mockup with Pixlr and PowerPoint

6. One more option that takes a little bit more effort is to create your book cover mockup yourself with online editing tool Pixlr. First, find a good-looking book image on Google. Like this one.

You can download it here. Then open this image in Pixlr. And open your book cover image as a layer. Go to Edit –> Free Transform and resize it. Hold the shift button to get a proportional resize without distorting. When finished, go to Free Distort to align your book’s corners. Press Enter, when you are satisfied with the result. Watch a video tutorial here.

7. If you want to show your eBook or a screenshot of your online course on the screen of a notepad,  use PowerPoint. You can easily create a mockup like this without using any additional tools.

All you need is a picture with a frontal view of a laptop or notepad (download my samples here). Then open this picture in any image editing tool or software, or even in MS Word or MS PowerPoint. Insert image of your book cover or online course screenshot and place it on the screen area and adjust its size. When finished, save it as a png file with the right click of your mouse.

In conclusion, remember that it is important to create a good quality book cover before you start working on its mockup. Because having a poor one might reduce your book’s success. Therefore, consider your book’s content and target audience when you are designing its cover. It must attract their attention either in printed or digital format if you are selling it as an eBook.


Author: Anita Nipane

Marketing professional, blogger, book author and Udemy instructor.

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