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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,


5 of 5 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 p...

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