Making a box shot for your own software can be difficult if you’re using an image editing program. What you really need is some software that is made just for doing such a task, but the problem is finding one that is free! When I was looking for something else I came across a program called 3D Box Shot Maker, and it does everything that I would expect it to.
Here’s what I had to do to make my own box shot:
- Set the side(left) and the Front(right) images.
- Adjust the boxshot size, shadow and reflection.
- Save the generated boxshot image out as image file. It supports 4 image format: BMP, JPG, PNG, and GIF.
I managed to find a cover image of Spider-Man 3 for the PS3 on the Internet, along with a nice thin snapshot that I could use for the side of the box. As you can see from the screenshot above the result wasn’t all that bad.
It takes some time getting the ratios (height, width, etc…) just right so that it’s not too distorted, and if you’re just playing around I would say that this software will be as good as any.
3D Box Shot Maker (freeware for Windows)