How to design a book cover?

Kristina Howells By Kristina Howells, 15th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/14vagoof/
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This article is aimed at helping you produce your book cover using paintshop pro.

Destructive Melody Cover

This book cover was rather easy to design. You first of all need paint shop pro. I set the new image at 800 x 1280 pixels and resolution 300Dpi. I looked at what the book is about, and as the title was melody, I researched very early music manuscript archives, copied the pictures. I then used the fill tool and filled the image black, then cut and pasted the medieval manuscript into the image.
After I had done that, I then put the Title of the book using the text box and then the name of the author.
I saved it as a JPG file, and uploaded the cover when I had published the book, Destructive Melody.

The Battle in Dam

This was very easy to design. In fact I took a photograph of a river running through a small town in Northern France. I then opened up the new image at 800 x 1280 pixels at 300 Dpi, which is the resolution. I then copied and paste the image into the new image using new selection tool under edit.

After that I added the title of the book, and then the name of the author. It was then ready to publish as an ebook.

Violent Love

This book cover was very difficult to design. I had to find a lot of clipart to use. I had to first of all open a new image at 800 x 1280 pixels and 300 Dpi. I then had to search for appropriate images. I cut round them, played around with the patterns as the background before pasting the heart, and the couple into the main image.

Once I had finished, I was then able to add the title and name of the author. I wanted to make it an eye catching. It is not always easy to find the right design for the book. You have to rely on what the book is about, and not always on what the title says.

Santa's Daughter

If you run out of ideas for photographs for the front cover of your books, you can always ask family and friends to help out. My father helped me with this image. I didn't need to pay him. He was only too happy to help. He took the picture using his mobile phone.

I then opened up the new image at 800 x 1280 pixels at 300 Dpi, which is the resolution. I then copied and paste the image into the new image using new selection tool under edit.

After that I then added the title of the book and the name of the author. It is then ready to publish, as a free ebook at smashwords.com.

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Advice, Books, Covers, Design, Tips

Meet the author

author avatar Kristina Howells
I am a published author and poet. I currently live in Calais in France, I am a British expat. I have written non-fiction and fiction works.

My works include:
A Hatter goes Mad
Te Deum
Una voce
Lettre Fatale
Making sense of the Genesis Flood...(more)

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author avatar Retired
16th Oct 2011 (#)

very helpful kristina

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author avatar Kristina Howells
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Thankyou Shishir :)

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author avatar Buzz
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Great page, Kristina. Thanks for sharing. FB-liked.

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author avatar Kristina Howells
16th Oct 2011 (#)

You're welcome Buzz

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author avatar Luke Facey
16th Oct 2011 (#)

How did you get to become a published author?

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author avatar savaswriter
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Nice work!

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author avatar Kristina Howells
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Luke I decided to self publish since my publisher went bankrupt owing me thousands on Te Deum and Lettre Fatale. I have just relaunched them in Violent Love. If you want any help to publish I wrote an article how to become an indie author, you can then let me see what you have done and I can help with any thing as long as I get mentioned for helping you, and a free copy of course:)

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author avatar Kristina Howells
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks savaswriter

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author avatar Buzz
16th Oct 2011 (#)

Hi, Kristina,

If you happen to read this, let me invite you, or other authors on this page for that matter, to a "Writer Friends" group created on FB, which include international writers (Wikinut and others). Mark Gordon Brown and Johnny Dod are there, too.

Click my FB email address and you will find us here: jim546c@yahoo.com

Thank you.

Jimmy Cortez (Buzz)

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author avatar Kristina Howells
16th Oct 2011 (#)

No problems Buzz going to add you now, and Mark :)

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