GIMP for Beginners 7: Make a 3D Book Cover for Free

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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9 Videos (29m)
    • Introduction

    • Work Area and 2D Cover

    • Create a Cover Reflection

    • Bend the Cover

    • Create the Spine

    • Cant Spine Into Place

    • Add the Pages

    • Add a Shadow

    • GIMP for Beginners to Intermediate, 3D Book Cover, Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this GIMP for beginners class, you'll learn how to use the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to create a 3D book cover.  I'll be using the book cover I created in my 2D book cover class in this demonstration.

Note that this is a fairly advanced class so you should be familiar with the GIMP.

In this class, you'll follow this seven step process to complete the project:

  1. Work Area & 2D Book Cover
  2. Create a Reflection
  3. Bend the Cover
  4. Create Spine & Reflection
  5. Cant Spine into Place
  6. Add the Pages
  7. Add a Shadow

So if you're ready to take the GIMP and your book covers to the next level, let me show you the way.

See you in the classroom,


4 of 4 students recommendSee All

This class is a great tutorial on the technique of putting together a 3D book cover that will work for GIMP users and can be easily adapted for anyone using Photoshop.
Marv Ruona

2D Illustrator and 3D Artist

The course is good and straightforward. Ease to Mastery





Brian Jackson


Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My last endeavor, begun in July of 2014, was to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal was to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I then expanded my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

My new goal is to begin recording custom material for distribution on SkillShare!!!

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.