The Proofreader's Parlour
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In the past 18 months, a number of people have asked me how I went about getting those images of book stacks on my website. Did I hire a graphic artist? Did I take the photos myself and upload them? Or did I fork out for some horrendously expensive piece of software? None of these, actually. I did use software but it wasn't expensive: Box Shot 3D costs $49 and is available for Windows or Mac.
The following is a sample of some of the projects styles I've set up, but there you can tweak to suit your own needs. Book jackets aren't the only option - there are also presets for business cards; software boxes; reports and binders; phones, tablets, and other devices; brochures; and even cans and bottles. As well as choosing which types of image you want to include, you can tinker with the perspective, and with shadow, lighting and reflection.
I've used the images I've created not only on my website but also on brochures and other marketing material.
As with any new piece of kit, it does take a little time to get used to making the software work for you, and I did find it a little fiddly to use at first. My perseverance paid off, though, and the images are very high quality. All in all, this is an inexpensive tool that delivers excellent results.
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