HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN BOOK COVER ..... FOR FREE

Friday, November 7, 2014


HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN BOOK COVER FOR FREE
article written by Felica Devers copyright 2014 

NO PERMISSION GIVEN TO COPY, DISTRIBUTE OR TRANSMIT THIS ARTICLE IN PART OR IT'S ENTIRETY WITHOUT PROPER ATTRIBUTION TO MYSELF, FELICA DEVERS.

using public domain photo from http://www.public-domain-image.com/wallpapers-public-domain-images-pictures/fluoresce-figures.jpg.html

As a writer/ author looking into self publishing, having a COVER for your book ranks at the top of your priority list right under where are you  going to self-publish our now finished book.

As a writer and aspiring novelist myself who has already taken to self publishing some of my poetry and early chapters of a current novel I  am writing, I have found that creating my book covers myself has been cheaper, easier and more fun than paying someone else to create one for me.

I decided to write a on how to create your own book cover using FREE online tools available to anyone with a laptop and wifi access because I have come across soo many writers with questions about design and prices. 

Plus when you look at the book covers of what books are already on brick and mortar book store shelves, you will notice many covers are pretty straightforward looking. 
 For example, check out these covers of some bestselling books:



BOOK COVERS I HAVE CREATED FOR MYSELF... for FREE using either photos I own or public domain images...

novel currently writing... FINAL COVER


original public domain photo


another cover using my own personal photo...I own ALL RIGHTS incl. person in photo....
















using another Pub. domain photo. playing around with color and fonts



original public domain photo






STEPS:

1. LOCATE the photo/picture you want to use:  PHOTO/PICTURE OPTIONS
YOU OWN RIGHTS- Photo/Picture either needs to be one where you own BOTH the rights to the image seen and the rights as the owner of the photo/picture.   For example…. You took a photo of a plant in in your apt… you own the rights to the plant seen and since you yourself took the photo , you are also own the owner rights. If you took a photo of a person or thing that you DO NOT OWN the rights to….it does NOT matter that you were the person that took the photo.  For example… you go to a café and snap a photo of a cute girl sitting in the corner….if the girl in your photo did NOT SIGN over her rights to be shown in your photo for public display, you can NOT use this photo even though you own the rights to the photo itself. You also CANNOT take a photo of a piece of art, a book, another photo or anything else created by another person and use this photo as your cover.

PUBLIC DOMAIN- Online there are beaucoup websites with oodles of PUBLIC DOMAIN photos/pictures that you can use FREE OF CHARGE as your Book Cover art.  You just want to make absolutely sure that the photo you download states it is PUBLIC DOMAIN and you are free to download, copy, distribute, transmit and change the photo without requiring any permissions, attribution or fees. 

 FREE PUBLIC DOMAIN PICTURE SOURCES... I trust:
PUBLIC DOMAIN ARCHIVE  http://publicdomainarchive.com/

There are many more public domain images sites online, but I just wanted to give the links to the sites that would make it easiest for you to choose a free PD photo and start creating.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN THE PHOTO/PICTURE YOU WANT  TO USE AS YOUR COVER, let’s proceed

2. EDITING the photo/pic and ADDING BOOK TITLE & NAME TEXT to photo/picture.
To begin editing your chosen photo/pic and adding text to the photo you will need to use a Photoshop type program. 
There are many FREE options available for you online, but I have used the 2 named below and have created cool, unique book covers for myself, so I can attest the 2 below work fine and for FREE.
                 FREE ONLINE PHOTO EDITORS
FOTOR Photo Editor  http://www.fotor.com
IPICCY Photo Editor  http://ipiccy.com/

The photo editors listed above allow you to change the colors, hues and contrast/saturation of your original photo/picture as well as cropping, resizing, and most importantly ADDING TEXT to the photo/picture.
I suggest checking out the covers of books you like, books in your genre and then playing around online with your photos and the online photo editors until you create the cover of your dreams….. it’s really not difficult and only takes a few hours…. Just between you and me, I think I liked the different options at IPICCY better.

If you have ANY questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via the comment section on this post or if you’d like ME to create your cover for you for cheap, contact me via my email address: felicadlp at gmail.com.


HAPPY WRITING AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR AWESOME NEW FREE BOOK COVER!!

NO PERMISSION GIVEN TO COPY, DISTRIBUTE OR TRANSMIT THIS ARTICLE IN PART OR IT'S ENTIRETY WITHOUT PROPER ATTRIBUTION TO MYSELF, FELICA DEVERS.




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