Book Mockup: Free and Paid Ways to Show Off Your Book

Book Mockups Free and Paid

A book mockup is a way in which authors can turn their book cover file into a professionally-created 3D rendition of the book and or place it in a professional advertisement.

In short, mockups are a book marketer's best friend.

Boy, he must have paid a fortune to get that model to read his book…

In the past, most authors believed you needed to either be a professional photographer or have high-end expensive software to create images like these.

However, in this article I’ll not only show you how to create book mockups without a photography degree or pricey software, I’ll even list websites where you can get book mockups for free.

See this?

With a free or inexpensive book mockup, you can easily turn something blase into oh yay!

So, in this article, you will learn:

  • How to create a book mockup for cheap
  • How to find free book mockups
  • How to create video book mockups

Let's see what kind of images you can create with your book for free, something we all appreciate.

List of Free Book Mockups

Here is a list of free book mockups that you can click, download, and use right away with your book cover image.

By clicking the link, you can download each of the free book mockups shown above. If you’d like to learn how you can turn that download into a mockup of your book, scroll down to my instructions below in the section called “How to Create a Book Mockup Yourself.”

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Also, here are some websites that do a great job of presenting even more book mockups:

More Book Mockup Sites

WebsitePriceSoftware Required
Behance.netFreeYes - Adobe
Mockupsjar.comFreeNo
Shapingrain.comFreeYes - Adobe
Zippypixels.comVaries Per ImageYes - Adobe
Smartmockups.comFreeNo
Originalmockups.comVaries Per ImageYes - Adobe
Webdesigndev.comFreeYes - Adobe
Mediamodifier.comVaries Per ImageNo
Fiverr.comVaries Per ImageNo
Mockupcloud.com$8Yes
Placeit.netVaries Per ImageNo

Paid Book Mockup Services

While the free versions of a book mockup might be all you need, there are some high-end hardcover or 3D book mockups that you should check out as well. More specifically, some of these sites show better advertisement mockups:

Paid Mockup Services

WebsitePriceSoftware Required
Placeit.net$14.95/monthNo
Envato.com$29/monthYes - Adobe
Shutterstock.com$29/monthYes - Adobe
Creativemarket.comVaries per imageYes - Adobe
Pixeden.com$10/monthYes - Adobe

How to Create a Book Mockup Yourself

There are 3 ways you can create a book mockup:

  1. Download a book mockup PSD file and use Photoshop to insert your book cover into the mockup PSD (Photoshop costs $10/month)
  2. Use a paid book mockup service like Placeit where you can drag and drop your book cover into the mockup (~$8 for one or $29/month for unlimited)
  3. Send the downloaded book mockup file and your book cover to someone on Fiverr, who will use their Photoshop to create it for you (~$5)

Update: A 4th option if you only need one book mockup that is free and does not require software is a section below, but it's not covered in the video yet.

To see each of these in action, check out the video below:


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If you decide to publish a hardcover version of your book, you definitely want to make a book mockup for that as a hardcover book gives customers more perceived value. Plus, a mockup can be a way for you to showcase all the different versions customers can get of your book.

Use a Book Mockup Generator

A fourth way you can create a mockup for a book is to use this book mockup generator. Within seconds you'll have an incredible mockup for free, no fancy software required.

You can choose one of the following templates for your book mockup:

adazing book mockup generator templates

To get one of these book mockups, all you need is:

  • your nmae
  • your email
  • cover image of your book

You can choose just one for free, or after you create your free one you'll have the option of buying a pack of 28 more mockups with your same book cover image at a really affordable price.

Example Book Mockups – Amazing Images You Can Create

A book mockup can really make your book look super professional.

 

 

But you don’t just have to do physical books.  You can create mockups on Kindles, iPhones, desktops, pamphlets, for audiobooks, etc.

 

 

If you’re creating a course or software, you can create a mockup for that as well.

There are so many options, and many of the book mockups are free or super cheap.

Now, Start Creating Your 3D Book Mockup

As you can see, book mockups are super professional looking and can be great for putting on your website, social media, or even in an email.

And creating them is super easy too.  You can just download a free book mockup or use a service for less than ten bucks.

Once you have a mockup, you have the ability to change it to make it perfectly fit your author brand if you'd like.

It’s that simple.

So, get going to start turning your 2D book covers into stellar 3D book mockups.

Cheers,

36 Comments

  1. Ann Vanhuysse on May 22, 2020 at 2:18 am

    Hi, Thank you for the great article.
    I would like to know how you get the mockup on your book page.
    Do you write a review and upload the picture there, or is there another way to go about this?
    Or do you need Author Central to be able to do this?

    • Dave Chesson on May 25, 2020 at 11:50 am

      As the image file for your book? Or to show up in your review? If it’s the file for your book, I ‘believe’ (because I don’t know for sure) that they setup the book as a Fulfillment By Amazon (basically drop ship it as a product and not a ‘book’) and then they can update product images. I wouldn’t recommend doing that.

  2. Beth Cody on October 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I could not make any of the free mockup files work either, and I figured out that It is because Photoshop Elements doesn’t open the Smart Object layers — only the full Photoshop program does this. Bummer.

  3. lili on May 23, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Mockup can be good or bad I think. Sometimes, a book where a mockup is visible, seems too much a “marketing” book for me.

  4. designserviceasia on March 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Your job type and work is very good. Thanks

  5. Susan Tilghman Hawthorne on January 1, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Tried mockupjar, not free. You can create your mockup, but when you try to download it says you have to login. Tried to register and you have to create a paid account to create an account.

  6. Jan VG on December 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Does anyone uses a mockup on their actual product listing? If so can you somehow create an image for the listing and a seperate one for the actual book cover? As having a mockup for front cover looks a bit silly.

  7. Hazel, HuiTzy on May 14, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Smartmockups does have a paid version, which is what I am using. I am a landing page and web designer so I create product mockups often, I used to design Kindle book covers for my clients as well.My “secret”: 1) Create a flat cover in Canva with the right dimensions, save as PNG 2) Pick your template and upload the image to Smartmockup. 3) Remove the white background to make it transparent, crop the picture if necessary. 4) Export!Derek Murphy from CreativIndie.com has created a free book cover mockup for authors as well. http://diybookcovers.com/3D

    • Dave Chesson on May 14, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Yeah, I just heard about that. I’m getting in contact with him so as to add to this article.

      • JoAnn Hogenson on May 31, 2018 at 10:34 am

        I’m surprised you have not heard about Derek before this, because I could have sworn I found you through him. The only 2 things I’ve bought as an author is your KDP Rocket and Derek`s tutorial. I highly recommend both.

        • Dave Chesson on May 31, 2018 at 12:03 pm

          No, I’m actually good friends with Derek. I said I just heard about “that” – as in his new diy book covers thing. He has so many awesome projects and irons n the fire. It showed I needed to reconnect with him to find out more about what he`s up to. I think he`s back in the States now…but he jumps between Portland and Taiwan a lot.

          • JoAnn Hogenson on May 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

            Yes, I see. So sorry! And yup, he`s definitely livin’ the dream life! And I love both of you guys for the help you’re providing! I told Derek I’m putting in a dedication to him in my next book and I’m serious. He gives hope to the hopelessly overwhelmed.



          • Dave Chesson on May 31, 2018 at 2:24 pm

            Yeah, his book “Book Marketing is Dead” was one of my favorites. Iove his stuff too.



    • JoAnn Hogenson on May 31, 2018 at 10:28 am

      I’ve used Derek`s software, It is awesome! I’ve even created a cover myself (and I’m no artist, cannot even draw a stick person without making them look like trees) using his tutorials and free software!

  8. barticle35 on May 12, 2018 at 3:09 am

    I have watched that video several times and still have no clue how you did that. I have Photoshop 2018 and I downloaded a template. Dragging and dropping my book cover into the template does nothing. Is there anywhere I can go to find exact detailed instructions on how to accomplish this?

    • Dave Chesson on May 14, 2018 at 1:42 am

      Some of the psd book mockup files you download come with a video on specifically which layer or mask you need to drop it in.

  9. Hannah on May 11, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hi, will these work in Photoscape X on Mac?

    • Dave Chesson on May 11, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      I’m not sure. I do not have that program. But if it will open up a .psd, then yes.

  10. Holly Hazen on May 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Awesome! again!

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks – glad to help 🙂

  11. Elle Marie (Elle Meyer) on May 10, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks, Dave, for the great article. What I’d love to find is a mockup that includes a paperback, ebook, and headphones in one image so I can show all the formats my book is available in. Do you know where I could find a mockup like that (free, if possible)?

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Not off the top of my head, but check out the free mockup sites listed in the table above. They might have one.

    • lili on May 23, 2019 at 5:03 am

      Why do not you make real photos? This way, you could also be creative.

  12. Tam Francis: Jitterbug typer on May 10, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Thank you. These are great. Are the first two supposed to link to the same site?

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      Hmm…let me check in to that.

  13. Emily Mast on May 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Really appreciate these resources! Love seeing what you recommend in your articles!

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  14. Rhoda Baxter on May 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Pixlr is free and lets you fit your image to the book mockup. Not as easy as dragging and dropping into the PSD file, but if you do not have Adobe CC or work on a chromebook, It is handy. There are a few videos on YouTube. Or this: http://www.myebook.co.za/ho

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      I’ll check that out.

  15. Chris Brooks on May 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Personally I’d like to know where you went to get that mock-up of you carrying that baby 😉

    • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 10:52 am

      haha..the jungles of Sri Lanka – right before i was going to get on an elephant for a ride…no joke.

  16. Anthony Pero on May 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    If you own photoshop, there are zillions of these PSD files you can download for free, and its just as easy as dragging and dropping your book cover into the right place. Glad to see a new article!

    • Dave Chesson on May 9, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Yup – absolutely. In the video above, I actually show how people can do exactly that and in the table above, I provide a couple of sources where authors can download those .psd files. It is really beneficial and easy to do.

      • Anthony Pero on May 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        I will admit to not watching the video, lol, so sorry if this is covered, but if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can also find templates for this by searching within the CC Desktop App.

        • Dave Chesson on May 10, 2018 at 10:53 am

          No worries. I’ll have to check out the Creative Cloud.

    • pattyloof on May 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      GIMP (which is free) opens PSD files as well. Super free!

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