Recently, I had the opportunity to sign up for a free trial at a site called Book Brush.
What is Book Brush?
✔️ Book Brush can create ads with 3D cover images (30+ templates) in minutes
✔️ Book Brush will let you choose pre-made templates for Amazon ads, BookBub ads, Facebook ads, and more…
✔️ … which you can create with over 1 million royalty-free images and book stamps
✔️ It has a Video Creator to easily create Video Effects behind a Promotional Image
Now, I’m no stranger to making my own graphics. I’ve been using Canva for years (and I used PicMonkey before that – when it was still free).
But I never have mastered the art of making 3D covers. Apparently, there is some way you can do this with Canva, but I’ve never discovered how. So, I thought I would give it a whirl with my free Book Brush trial. You can’t beat free, right?
My first thoughts about Book Brush
When I first logged into Book Brush and got to the edit screen, I’ll admit it. I was stumped. And I was a little pressed for time, so I didn’t bother watching the tutorial video.
Yes, there’s a tutorial video. If you give Book Brush a try, watch the video. It’s definitely worth it.
After a few minutes of looking around, I closed out the site and went on to something else.
But I came back to Book Brush
A few days later, I decided to give the site another try. And this time I was determined to watch the tutorial video. It helped a lot, and I was uploading my cover images and playing around with them in no time.
Note: You can’t really make book covers with Book Brush. You will have to use Canva or something else for that. But if you already have a cover image, you can simply upload it and start working with it.
My first book ad on Book Brush
Here’s a glimpse at the Book Brush work screen and the very first ad I created – for my book, Sun’s Parting Ray. I used the Facebook post template because I’m more used to posting on Facebook than anywhere else.
Next in my Book Brush experimentation…
After I downloaded the image for this book ad, I decided to do one for my Christian thriller, Shadows of Things to Come.
I began with switching up the background. I put the term “thriller” in the search bar and hoped for the best. I wasn’t exactly sure what I would come up with, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Look at these choices (to the left of the screenshot)!
I went with the first one because it was awesome, and I really thought it matched the colors and mood of my cover well.
Here’s what the final product looked like:
How long does it take to create with Book Brush, really?
I was surprised by the awesome selection of backgrounds, and I was just as surprised by how quickly I was moving through the ad creation process. But was it really going as quickly as I thought it was?
I decided to time myself doing a third ad for my Christmas novella, Believe in Me.
Here’s what I came up with:
And here’s how long it took:
Let’s not forget the Book Brush videos
Now, we’re really talking more about video effects rather than actual videos here, but it’s still a pretty cool feature of this site… and it takes no time at all to whip these up.
You can see the ones I created over on my Facebook page here:
For Sun’s Parting Ray: https://www.facebook.com/MishaelAustinWitty/videos/331457687501477
For Shadows of Things to Come: https://www.facebook.com/MishaelAustinWitty/videos/588672531653274
And for Believe in Me: https://www.facebook.com/MishaelAustinWitty/videos/381595085790229
As I said, these are video effects more than they are actual video ads. The ad part is the same as the static image. Still, the effects are pretty cool. And it literally only took me a few minutes to add the effects and tweak them according to my preferences.
How much does Book Brush cost?
You can register on the site for free. You can even use Book Brush for free – with limits, of course. The Free Plan lets you create up to 3 images per month, with access to the complete library of 1 million+ background images. The templates, stamps, and fonts are all limited, however. This is a great plan to sign up for if you’re just starting out as an author.
If you want a little – actually, a LOT – more flexibility, you can upgrade to the Plus Plan. The Book Brush Plus plan costs $8/month, and you can see all the benefits that come with the plan in the image below.
And, if you want even more from Book Brush… Say you decide you want to start making book ads for other authors. This might not be a bad idea for a side gig, but you would need to sign up for a Professional Plan, which starts at $29/month for 50 downloads/month.
I’m having so much fun playing with the site, I’m actually considering signing up for the Professional Plan once my trial is over. I’m all about having fun AND making money. 🙂
The verdict about Book Brush?
Book Brush is a great site. It’s fun and easy to use, and the images you can create with it are stunning. I highly recommend it to any fellow author or blogger – really, anyone who needs to make Facebook images or ads.
And, by the way, as mentioned above Book Brush has other image templates too, including Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, BookBub, Amazon ads – and it even has business card templates!
It’s really an amazing tool, and I don’t think you can miss by signing up for the free plan. Go visit the site and sign up today!