How to Create EBook Cover Art
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Where to Start?
So you're thinking about creating your own cover art?
YOU CAN DO IT!
When I started to learn the craft, I found myself immersed on the internet, studying the process for hours upon hours. It took me about three months before I fully understood, and soon, I began to pick up on a new talent.
So where do I start?
What Grabs You Attention?
Let's say you're surfing through Amazon, and you see an EBook that you think you might like to buy, what is the first thing that grabs your attention?
Of course, the cover art.
You immediately sense the image, the way in which the story suddenly comes to life, a visual foretelling, giving off vibrant colors that pop, emoting excitement, or even hinting at a bit of a mystery, one which needs to be solved. Suddenly you are intrigued, and then WHAM ... you're hooked. You need to know the rest of the story; how it ends.
The first step one must take is to study the market.
1.Who are the readers?
2.What are the latest trends?
3.Which genres in the mass book market sell better than others?
Take for instance, my genre - romance, which, by the way, scales 50% of the fiction EBOOK market.
Since I'm a published writer, I already know what the reader expects. Either a Hero, or a Heroine, or better yet, a couple clinging passionately to each other. Along with the perfect setting, whether contemporary, or historical, the backdrop must visually enhance, and appeal to the prospective buyer's senses, and most important it must welcome and meet their anticipation
I think choosing the proper digital software program is the most important step in creating an EBook cover. There are many programs out there, and the cost to acquire the proper tools range from hundreds of dollars to absolutely free, depending on your need. Had I been able to afford the entire Adobe Suite, I would have had the perfect imaging tools; however, this wasn't a practical option for me, but I did find other alternatives:
- You can download a copy of GNU Image Manipulation Program a reputable freeware imaging and retouching tool also known as GIMP, which is very similar in its operation as with Adobe Photoshop. I found GIMP to be a big frustration that took me hours to figure out.
I'll be honest. I gave up on GIMP. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I was looking for something much more simplified, and I did eventually find the trick. It came in the form of an IPHONE 5 (IPAD) app, believe it or not! My saving grace was a dummied-down, more simplified version of Adobe Photoshop, and boy am I still happy about that! Photoshop Touch has all the elements that you will need. The application allows you to create mind-blowing images by using digital photo editing techniques such as multiple layering and professional effects. I have not regretted the switch, nor will I make a change because really, the app is all I need.
Your next step will be to find a reputable Stock Photography supplier, which will allow you to download professional images. There are many different venues with specified licensing agreements. You must be very careful when reading the terms, especially when it comes to model and property releases. If the terms do not include these two elements, and you use images without permission, then you'll end up getting sued for using the images!
I would highly recommend:
If you can't afford their rates of buying blocks of credit, then there are other cheaper alternatives, which seem to be more reasonable as far as pricing and legal terms:
Using Photoshop Touch
Cover Art Design
Having the ability to understand the basics of design is extremely important when creating phenomenal cover art. This step is where you will do the most research. Attention to detail is very important, especially if you want to succeed. So here are some important tips that I will share with you: •Find a few 'How To' books or scour the internet for information
•Better yet, take a Digital Photography Class
•Understand the Publishing Industry and its standards
•Choose your genre niche: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Suspense
•Know the basics: Clarity of Composition, Balance and Proportion, Color Story and Scheme, and Principles of Graphic Design
Premade Cover Art
Ok, so you're a writer, but you don't have a bunch of time and patience?
This could be an easy fix, but do realize it is going to cost you!
There are many websites out there that cater to Pre-Made Cover Art. Be very careful when choosing your cover artist. You want to make sure that they have legally purchased the images that they have acquired. Usually, cover artists who sell their works will have a page on their website dedicated to legal terms. If you don't see a legal terms section on their site, then I would be very wary!
Most cover artists who sell their designs are usually reasonable. You might shell out anywhere from $10 to $250, depending on the level of work, though the average rate is around $50 - $75 for Pre Made cover art.
A great way to find a cover artist for your EBook or print design needs is by checking out the Goodread's "COVER ARTIST FORUM"
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