Thanks to huge advances in computer technology making your own book covers is not nearly as hard as it used to be. You can use drag and drop image building apps online. My favorite of these is Canva.
For those few things that you cannot do inside Canva, there is also no need to invest in expensive image manipulation software because you can do them in Gimp for free.
Even though designing a book cover can get a little technical, it's a skill you can easily learn. In this course I will teach you the software you need so that you too can get stuck in and create great covers for your books.
Designing images for book covers and designing them for social media banners and posts is very similar, so once you know how to use the software, you can go on to create all the marketing material to go with your book as well.
A quick overview of the Udemy interface showing you short cuts to the curriculum so that you can skip to particular lectures, where to adjust the speed and volume of your videos, and how to download videos to your computer for offline viewing.
How to find out what kind of covers are doing well for other authors in your genre and where to find inspitarion for designing your own covers.
An explanation of the basics of copyright according to my research and the experiences of a couple of my author friends who have inadvertently used copyrighted images by mistake.
In this video I am going to show you my favorite places for finding cheap or free images and then later; where to find paid images.
A list of the current specifications for the catalogue images that go on each of the different publishing platforms and the aspect ratios of the different tablets so that you can choose a size for your embedded eBook Covers.
In this video we are going to take a look at the specifications you need for a print cover. Then we will open up Gimp and learn how to crop Createspace's book cover template so that we can use it inside Canva.
In this video we are going to design a paperback book cover in Canva using the guides we set up in Canva based on the Createspace template we imported from Gimp. Then I'll show you how to save the completed cover in preparation for placing it back within the Createspace template to export as a PDF for print.
In this video we are going to make sure that the book cover you designed in Canva, fits back on to your original template in gimp. Then I'll show you how to export a print ready PDF of your book cover.
In this video I'm going to show you how to make a layers mask so that you can see through parts of an image to the layer below. Then we will use the blend mode to turn a castle to pure gold and design a fantasy background for it.
My writing life began when I decided to write a quick novel while I was between Interior Design jobs because that was what I had always wanted to do — Yeah, Right! It was a lot harder than I expected.
I bought Scrivener, learned a couple of the main functions and got to work on my novel. It was only at the end of the novel that I discovered I could convert my manuscript to .mobi for Kindle right there inside Scrivener. Upon closer inspection I discovered that Scrivener had some fantastic functions that I had hardly begun to tap in to. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had told all my writing friends about this cool new thing and was offering to convert their manuscripts, and was urging them to switch to Scrivener in order to convert their own manuscripts. In my enthusiasm I inadvertently ended up being the 'the go' to person for their Scrivener problems so I had to learn Scrivener fast.
Once I delved deeper into the software, I could have kicked myself for not learning it properly in the first place. The time I could have saved! Don't get me wrong. Knowing your way around Scrivener does not make you a better writer — you have to learn that skill separately — but it sure does make everything else in your writing project easier.
The problem is, learning it all via the User's Manual can be time consuming and confusing so I found myself popping around to people's houses to get them started or taking step by step screen captures to email to them. This is no way to work, so I learned how to make screen capture videos so that it would be really easy to learn, and my writers could get on with the important work which is writing great content.