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Book Cover Design Tip: Adding Depth to Text with Canva

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...

Freelance Book Cover Design for Writers on a Budget

I’ve been making my own covers for books #2, #3, and #4 (for better or for worse), but not all writers want to do that. It takes time, after all, and I’m still learning as I go. Sometimes I’ll look back at a cover I’ve made (which I thought looked amazing when I first uploaded it to KDP) and think, “Oh, wow! That needs fixing. Back to Canva!” But not all authors want — or can afford — to spend...

Two journals and a new book: Canva & CreateSpace magic

Looking for a gift for your writing friends? Or have you ever wanted to design your own journal — and even publish it (because how can it hurt to earn a little extra money for creating something that makes your life — and could make other people’s lives — better?) My second journal (same interior, different cover) arrived in the mail today, and it has the corrections I made to the interior file, which have fixed the small but noticeable...

Journal creation — a marriage of Canva & CreateSpace templates for Word

I spent several days designing the interior of my journal on Canva. And then I spent several more days making changes, as I learned more about the formatting requirements for CreateSpace. After figuring out a way to easily design a book cover template, create the parts (front, back, and spine), and snap those parts into place using one of Canva’s layouts, I thought I’d nailed the process of designing a journal — inside and out — using only Canva. Because...

Book release and journal update

The Hypothyroid Writer book by Sarah Lentz

The Hypothyroid Writer is released upon the world — and open for reviews! The Kindle copy of The Hypothyroid Writer can now be bought and immediately downloaded to your Kindle e-reader / tablet or Kindle app. Launch day is three days from now — on Sunday, October 23rd — and the Kindle book will be free for three days (23 – 25). If you sign up for my launch team before the 23rd, you’ll receive an email on that day,...

Designing a new blog header

After spending hours trying out font after font for my new blog’s title, I went to Canva to see if they had a template for creating blog headers. Turns out they do (“Blog Title”). You can see the results at the top of this blog.  Now, when I look at it, I don’t think, “I’m really not sold on that font.” I have the font I wanted – the one I’ve used many times in my blog graphics and which...