Review: Create 3D Mockups With Box Shot 3D

Last week I had the opportunity to try out Box Shot 3D, a standalone program that allows you to quickly create 3D renderings of Books, software boxes, CD covers, brochures, and more. I was so impressed with this software that I decided to write a quick review and share it with my readers.

When I discovered this little gem of a program, I was looking for ways to quickly create a 3D rendering of my book Retro Style Graphics. I knew I could create a 3D rendering in Photoshop or Illustrator but to be honest I didn’t feel like spending that much time on it and I knew the results would lack the photo-realistic look that I desired. After several Google searches I came across an ad for Box Shot 3D. I’m always a bit skeptical of sponsored ads on Google but I clicked on the link anyway and I am glad that I did!


Before I downloaded the trial version I did a bit of research on the product and discovered quite a bit about it. Not only does Box Shot 3D create 3D renderings of books but it also allows you to create many more items such as software boxes, product packaging, DVD & CD Covers, business cards, binders, brochures, bottles, cans, bags, and more!


What I like most about Box Shot 3D is how configurable it is. With just a few clicks you can change your image’s dimensions, background color, camera angle, lighting, and reflection. There are also several templates to choose from so you can create several renderings of the same product. In addition, there are also several rendering options to choose from and you can export your images as high as 4000 x 4000 pixels.


While I first chose to use Box Shot 3D as a means to create 3D renderings of my book, I quickly found that it could be used as a way to present designs to clients. For instance, I could use Box Shot 3D to create 3 dimensional mockups for business cards or brochures that I designed; something that would have taken quite some time to do in Photoshop.


In conclusion, I highly recommend Box Shot 3D to anyone looking for a quick, low cost ($60 USD) way to mockup 3D renderings of documents. Feel free to browse to their website and check it out for yourself. While you are there download the trial version and take Box Shot 3D for a test drive.

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • I just knew about it since early versions and wow it’s amazing!

  • bebopdesigner

    This looks amazing… and it comes handy. Cheers!

  • I have this, it’s a great piece of software and can save LOADS of time! I use it purely to show my initial ideas to clients with things like DVD Cases, Packaging etc.

  • Nice program and a good investment. Very useful for drafting ideas.

  • Zak

    Great Review! This is a very nice product that will be a fantastic means to add professional presentational polish for product displays; be it one item or many.

  • I have it too!

    It’s an amazing tool and they’re kind to update it with new shapes now and then :-)

    Haven’t seen any alternatives on the Mac yet!?!


  • This program looks like a great alternative for those who would ordinarily pay someone to design their box or book cover for them. The next time that I need a cover designed, I will certainly have to check this program out.

  • Erick H. Cabrera

    This is a good software, but it doesn’t let modify the elements on the scene… I’m working with ($29.00 1 commercial license) and it has a nice interface to add or delete elements for your convenience:

  • Erick H. Cabrera

    Upssss… the software name is “Cover Expert”. it’s on 1.8 version.