DIY Ebook Covers

I am a terrible horrible YIKES! bad artist, if you’re talking about drawing or any of the plastic arts.

And I would prefer lovely cover art by a real artist.

But until that blissful day, here is a tutorial by writer Joleene Naylor. She shows, step by step, how to make the cover in this post.

[edit] The link here goes to a GIMP tutorial, but she also gives tips in Paint Brush and Paint Shop Pro.

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3 Responses to “DIY Ebook Covers”

  1. zoewinters Says:

    The only problem with using GIMP is that you can only really use it for web-based design, i.e. ebook covers. If you want to design something for print, you’re going to run into some problems.

    And I’m not knocking GIMP. I used it for Kept, Claimed, and Mated.

    The reason you run into problems for print is… you need CMYK color space for print. With GIMP you get RGB which is standard for the web so it’s great for web-based design.

    There are some plugins out there to mimic CMYK for print.

    Here’s one:

    http://www.blackfiveservices.co.uk/separate.shtml

    I may try to experiment with this or something like it to make covers for print under my other pen name.

    Also, if you have PhotoShop too there is some way to take work you made in GIMP and import it to PhotoShop to turn it into CMYK color space.

  2. likari Says:

    That’s awesome. Thanks Zoe. You’re amazingly generous with the knowledge base you’re acquiring!


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