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5 places to find free and helpful instruction in book cover design

HypothyroidWriter.com book cover design blog post Sarah Lentz

Design PrinciplesBefore we explore the tutorials that help you make the most of your design program of choice, we need to address a common misconception: the idea that the beauty of a design is entirely subjective. It isn't. To be clear, I'm talking about external beauty. While different people are drawn to different designs, the beauty of a particular design isn't all in the eye of the beholder. Some design principles are universal. And flouting these principals generally leads to a disappointing...

From idea to brain dump to outline to writing your first book

HypothyroidWriter.com book outline blog post Sarah Lentz

In the beginning...Every book starts with an idea. Then we take that idea and build on it -- breaking it down into sub-ideas -- often by creating an outline. Often that outline starts out as a list or a mind-map -- a visual brain-dump. From there, we flesh it out. We take the big ideas that sprang from that first idea and expand on them, seeing where each one takes us and making connections as we go. We turn those big ideas into...

Book Cover Design Tip: Adding Depth to Text with Canva

HypothyroidWriter.com Aesthetic craftsmanship Canva post Sarah Lentz

One of the things I learned to do fairly recently with Canva is to add depth to the text on my book covers — without giving them a thick and ungainly drop-shadow. Photoshop (PS) fans may point out that their program of choice makes it easy to add shadow and adjust the settings (glow, transparency, etc.) until it looks just right. Maybe Canva doesn’t have all the features PS has, but for me and many others, it’s a heck of a...

Find the perfect font for your creative project — and use it legally

*This post contains some affiliate links, which I only share for things I would buy myself or believe would be worth your time to consider. For more information, visit my Affiliate Disclosure page.  So, you found a font you love …  Can you use that font for your e-book, your blog, or your promotional graphics — or for all three? Does the font license allow for commercial or only personal use? Or does it say you can only use it...