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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...

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...

Two journals and a new book: Canva & CreateSpace magic

HypothyroidWriter.com new Canva book post Sarah Lentz

Looking for a gift for your writing friends? Or have you ever wanted to design your own journal or planner — 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...

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

What does it take to create your own journal (or planner or workbook) using Canva? And what is the best or the easiest way to go about designing its interior pages? What if you start with a Word document? What do you need to know in order to make sure it will look as good in a printed book as it does on your screen — or better? I spent several days designing the interior of my journal on Canva....

Book release and journal update

The Hypothyroid Writer book by Sarah Lentz

The Hypothyroid Writer is released upon the world — and open for reviews! My first book, The Hypothyroid Writer, is ready for launch, and I’m now working on a companion journal, which I’m designing with Canva, Word, and CreateSpace. 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...

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...