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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...

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...

Upgrade your book cover design with Glitterboo, Deeezy, and Creative Market

HypothyroidWriter.com Glitterboo blog post Sarah Lentz

Free and low-cost resources for the DIY Book Cover Designer DIY Book cover design can be a rewarding adventure for some, and a growing number of free and low-cost design tools can make it budget-friendly, too. Canva is my favorite design program — intuitively-designed and ADHD-friendly (from my experience, anyway). But it can’t do everything. Some of the book covers I’ve seen on Amazon take my breath away, and I’ve saved images of them to a folder on my desktop —...

Freelance Book Cover Design for Writers on a Budget

Where can an author get a good book cover design — without going broke or (deeper) into debt? The good news is we do have options, though it can be harder to find a good low-cost freelance book cover designer. So, it really helps when other authors share the names of those who’ve designed covers they love. I’ve been making my own covers for books #2, #3, and #4 (for better or for worse), but not all writers want to...

What does it mean to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing?

In order to rock the D.I.Y. approach to self-publishing, indie authors need to know what the professionals know … about writing a book your target readers will want to buy and read  about editing your book about designing a book cover that will get your target readers clicking on it to learn more about writing a book description that gets people to buy your book about publishing and launching your book to get better and better results about short- and...