If you read my earlier post, you already know how awesome I am at creating graphics (not!) 🙂
Here’s a software box image I created many years ago (around 2001) for my then-active web site, WebmasterInABox.net – later renamed to MyWebmasterInABox.com, because Google banned the original domain when the site got hacked and was injected with malware for a period of time back in 2005 or so. And since I had not been actively maintaining the web site at that time (thanks to my J.O.B), I never even realized that my site had dropped out of the rankings until after a few months, when I noticed a big dip in sales.
Anyway, here’s the terrible CD box cover image that I created myself back in 2001.
Fast-forward many years later, I wanted a more professional image for DAP. So I paid someone about $200 for this software box image.
Then again in 2011, when we were getting ready to launch WickedCoolPlugins.com, since we were planning on launching multiple plugins, I figured $200 – or even $100 – per image was going to be wasteful and expensive. By this time, of course, there were many marketplaces where you could hire designers – like dribbble, odesk and even fiverr.
Still, I managed to overcome good sense, and tried creating this myself during that launch. Took me only about 5 hours!
And then I found the holy grail of “Graphics Tool For Noobs“.
The one below took me less than 10 minutes.
Drag, drop, done.
Box Shot King: Easily the best option even if you are a Photoshop guru, better than using Photoshop macros.