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Amazon Kindle eBook Publishing - Book Cover Typography

teacher avatar Kate Hall, Author and Designer of Bestselling Books

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12 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Finding Fonts

    • 4. Picking Font Styles for Your Cover

    • 5. How to Install Fonts (Safari)

    • 6. How to Install Fonts (Google Chrome)

    • 7. Basic Typography Design Principles

    • 8. Adding Text to Covers

    • 9. Advanced Type Design

    • 10. Book Cover Typography Examples

    • 11. The Difference Between Bad and Good Type

    • 12. Project

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About This Class

This cover is focused on creating stunning text to match your book cover design. This is an in-depth look at using fonts and formatting to ensure that your cover looks amazing. A good cover can be easily ruined by bad text design, so this class shows you how to understand the design that goes into typography as well as the steps you must take to make your covers stand out. 

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Kate Hall

Author and Designer of Bestselling Books


Hello, I'm Kate. 

I am a professional author, designer, and illustrator. I just started my publishing journey in May of 2019, but I have been writing for years. I have also been designing book covers for myself and friends since 2016, and I have been a professional graphic designer and illustrator since 2014. 

I have always loved books, ever since I was four years old and learned just how fun reading could be. Ever since then, I can be found with a book in my bag (or two, or three, or four...)

I hope that my classes are able to help you succeed as a writer and/or designer, or at least get an idea of the work it takes to self publish a novel.

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1. Introduction: I'm going to today teach you how to format your text for your book covers. I've had quite a few requests on making your text look really nice on your cover. And so that's what we're going to go over today. This one is just a example of some text that I have formatted, and this was more advanced, but we're also going to go over some more simple methods. 2. Materials: some things that you're going to need are going to be Adobe Photo Shop. You can use some other APS, but a photo shop is what I'm going to use today for this example. So if you don't have it and are using a different program, just know that all of these tips may not apply exactly. And you're also going to you to your stock images to create your book cover and several thoughts. 3. Finding Fonts: So the first step is I'm going to show you how to get some really good free fonts that you can use for book covers. I use defontes dot com just for free fonts. I usually don't buy phones off of here, but there's a specific way to do it that you want to use so that you're making sure that your thoughts are legal and you don't get sued by an artist for using that font. So the first thing you're going to do is you're going to go. I'm gonna click Fancy, just cause just a zone example and then under here you're going Teoh play the more options button, and then you're going to click 100% free because that means that the font is free for use, and it will also highlight the public domain fonts. And then you're going to click submit. So this is going to pop up fonts. Some of them you really want to steer clear from like this one is listed as Harry. He you don't want to use it because it's very clearly a copy of a very popular font. But there's going to be a lot of thoughts you can use like this. Rosetta font is kind of lovely. I'm gonna go ahead and download this one. Yes. Allow downloads. I'm just because it's pretty. So I'm not finding a ton of funds. I like here. And there's a lot of really obnoxious fonts that I would never use on a book cover. So what I'm gonna do next is I'm going to go over to Gothic and medieval. I really like a lot of these fonts, and you're gonna want to make sure under more options that your 100% free is still chosen, and then you're just gonna kind of go through This is kind of a cute font, this Deutsche Gothic cardinal. That looks really nice. I could use that for, like, an urban fantasy cover. And you want to think, what type of books am I creating? So, like, these medieval funds would look really good for fantasy. They would look really good for urban fantasy type books. Academy books used these types of fonts really often 4. Picking Font Styles for Your Cover: you're gonna follow your steps to make your book cover. And then just as an example, I click the T button on my keyboard to open up bonds. But you can also go over here to your sidebar and click this little T for text. And so I'm just gonna show you a few funds that I really like depending on what I'm using it for my most used sponsor Up here in this Ah, annabelle one is one that I've seen used quite a bit, you know, change the size just to show you so something I like to do. This one is an all caps font already. And then the capital letters have It's really fun, swirly things. So sometimes what I'll do is all experiment with making a different letter capital in this font specifically. And then we get those really pretty swirly designs on it. Um and then desire This one is really popular, but it is a paid font. And what I do here it is. I just click all cats. So something really cool about this type of bomb is if you highlight a letter in photo shop , you can actually change what that specific letter looks like, which is something I really love. It's the whole reason I bought this spot in the first place. It was $20 but it was super worth it, and you can go super overboard with it. I don't recommend it every single letter, because then it just gets really loud and noisy. But again, that's something that all go over in the future. And there are some other really good ones. ARB Atash regular. I use a lot. I use this one for my looks really often, but you can see that this has, like, that medieval look. You zoom in, you can kind of see, you know, it's got these little ticks that go out right here on the T. It's got these little flourishes, and it's just this really fun on. I use it for I'd say, like most of my book covers that I dio because it's just such a nice font. I've had some designers complain about me using it, saying it's unprofessional, but I don't really care because I like it and my readers like it and I sell a lot of books . So here's another really good one that is free. It's optimised Prince EPS. It's another one that is on de font. I actually got this one specifically for a client. You can also do like a more SciFi look like a need, a semi semi square. And that's one that you can go into different. And that's one that you could go into default aunt and click things like See Gothic techno and Saifi so I can click on that star jet. I. You don't use that fought again because it's a direct copy of, you know, Star Wars. So you don't want to accidentally get sued by Disney or something for using a thought that's too close to theirs. But you can generally find some really nice fonts. Dissolve is meat, but it can be difficult to read, which is something that you want to consider when picking up on. You want to make sure that your phones are really easy for people to read, so that whatever they're looking at this cover, they know exactly what they're getting. So that's kind of the idea. I also tend just occasionally to go through in the basic. I'm just kind of search through, see what's available some of These are really nice fonts. There are 100% free. Just make sure again that you're clicking this. So that's kind of how you're going to find your balance. Then you just click the download button, rounded elegance, lots of beautiful fonts that you can choose from that air free Aubrey's one that I used. So anyway, we're gonna move on. 5. How to Install Fonts (Safari): So then, after you've downloaded these fonts, you're gonna go into your downloads folder. I can show you a couple of ways to do this. So if you're on a Mac like me, you're gonna click this little download button here in the corner and it'll show all your downloads. So I'm just gonna pull open Rosetta, which was the 1st 1 I downloaded. And then sometimes it will have to files. Sometimes it'll just have one. It'll be a TTF file and an o. T. F file if it has both. So I'm gonna go with the O. T. F file. TTF is a slightly older format that holds less information. So if there's any fun stuff the font can do, it's gonna be the O. T. F format like I was showing you with the desire fought that I use. So I'm gonna double click this and then just click install font, and that's all you have to do. It's now installed on my computer. This one has some really neat stuff. See, I'm so glad I got that font dot like the r and I connect. I'm a little underline under the loaves and little Swiss cheese with the H, those connecting to each other. So that's pretty fought pretty glad I found it, But I'm going to just go in, and it might only have a TTF fonts. You just double click that, and then it's gonna throw a tantrum. If you have any concerns about the font, like if it has a message saying there's an issue with it, you might just go on the safe side and not down about it. I don't do that, though, but that's on me. If I get a virus, it's my fault. And sometimes it comes regular and italic. If you have that option, I would go ahead and just get both because it's nice to have, like, the italic or like the bold or underlying or whatever might come with so there. Now I have all my fonts and also go ahead and show you how to do this same thing on Google Chrome 6. How to Install Fonts (Google Chrome): So I'm going to open Google Chrome on my laptop. Get to dupont's dot com because I don't feel like buying new bonds today. I'm gonna go in here so that more options 100% free submit. I'm gonna go into a western because I've actually found some really good Gothic type fonts here. Bonds or San Francisco looks good. I know it doesn't. Might not seem amazing, but it actually looks like a very useful fund. This could be used easily for, like, steampunk novels or something. So I'm just gonna don't live there. Pillar tied face. That's kind of neat again. It could be really good for steampunk again. We don't want to use anything to cartoonish here. So then with chrome, it'll just pull it up down here. So then you just click it once it will open it, and then you're just double click and click install. Then again, it will open the right there and again. This might be different on a Windows computer. I don't know, um and then you might have to just open the folder and double click it like I did there. Then just install So chrome is actually sometimes easier because it's just right there at the bottom for you to use. So that is how we pick out our thoughts and download them. So now let's move on to actually laying out our phones and some basic design principles. 7. Basic Typography Design Principles: All right. So the first thing I'm going to do is go over some basic design principles here. I'm going to create new custom. I usually do 12 by 18 just because then it gives me plenty of extra space and then 300 pixels RGB eight bit, etcetera. So the first thing I'm gonna do here with making sure that I use thes basic design principles is I'm going to select my rectangle tool. You can also click the letter you or just go over here and then click rectangle. I'm gonna have no Fillon amount about stroke of about five pixels. You so that we could really see it here. So it's pretty decently centered and behaving badly. Gonna increase me. So I'm going to go ahead and center this top to bottom as well. So now I've got this rectangle and here's where we're going to start playing with Bonds. I'm just gonna go with something really basic like times New Roman for now and then we'll go into more advanced forms later because we don't want to use something too complex just out of the gate. So I'm going to just put book titles. I'm putting an asset, the engines so that they're not the same with I'm gonna make sure that my spacing here where it says v a is it zero? So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna move it so that the edge of tea entitles is right over at the edge. You can use your arrow keys to get really precise, and then I'm just gonna stretch it so that the edge of the letter s is touching the other side of this box. So now we have it bigger and centered, so it'll be readable from far. But the word book is a lot smaller than the word titles. So I'm going to just increase this and start by. You can either use this top are or if you click this file holder, this character thing will open up and you can put it here and you can just increase it now to 50 is a little too small. The edge of B and K are kind of out of the box, so I'm just gonna decrease it just a tiny bit and then click my check market the top. So the reason that I did all this is now the title of the book fits within this rectangle, and if I delete the rectangle, then the title is fairly square. The reason that this is considered good design is because the edges of the words line up really well, and it looks very square, and it's very easy to read. Even if I were to zoom out really far, I can still read the title of the book. So that's one example of something you can do with even a really basic fought to make it look really good. And you couldn't do this with more complex sponsors. Well, so I'm gonna use my arm Atash far. But I was telling you about increase the size, the word book, and I don't always use the box. But if you aren't very confident in your ability to fit it inside the box perfectly, then you might go ahead and draw the box for yourself. Something I like is whatever it's highlighted. My highlighted area kind of hovers over the word below it, so that's what I use as my box and my determination to see if it fits now with this. It's that box shape, but I don't really care for how much space there is between the two words. So we're gonna use all of these extra tools. So I'm gonna highlight the entire title and then here with this tool, where has the a on top of the other A I'm just gonna go and I can click Auto. But that is way too far apart. So I'm actually just gonna type in, like, 1 50 and then if I don't like 1 50 I'm gonna click, shift and down because that will take it down 10 at a time instead of one at a time. I'm just gonna bring it down a bit toe like 1 30 And this one is one of those things that you can just eyeball it, figure out what looks best to you, and then you can increase and decrease your title size from there. And this is a part of the process where you can actually have a lot of fun. Now we conduce this method to make them the same size within one text box. But if you then want to split the words apart, like I have on my wear wolf book covers, you have a really hard time getting it really precise, because if I just want to move it up or down a few spaces, it's gonna be really complex. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna delete this second word titles, and then I'm just gonna click my option key on my keyboard and then click and drag this word down and I'm gonna make sure they're both centered because it, like this one, wasn't That's close enough, I guess. And then I'm going. Teoh, double click on my bottom word and change it. This arbitrage fought, I really like because I could make the capital letters a different size just by capitalizing them. And then it gives them this extra flair as well. It's one of my favorite wants to use because of that purpose. And then I'm gonna go back. I'm gonna do it up top this time and just highlight the size. And then I'm gonna click shift and down and again, this is going to take it down by 10 at a time instead of just one at a time. And I'm going to do that until it fits how I want it. And then this way I can just click shift and then drag this up and down when I'm holding the shift key down. It's not gonna move to side to side unless I initially started out. Beings, I decide. So if I click it and then hit shift and the movement side to side, it's now not going to go up and down. So that's something I really like about using this tool, and it allows me to kind of move bonds around as I want, so I could drag this word book down, make it smaller and then just kind of put it in this cute little in between space on the word titles. And here's where you can really play around with your bonds. Something else I like to dio is if this is one of a series, especially with the thought that has the letters go further below the line if their capital , I just drag it over and then go ahead and decrease the size on it until it fits in between the tea and the s, because then it fits in there and I like tow. Line it up right at the bottom of the letter T. So I'm gonna change the word book Cheerio. No company. I don't when it does this, because the selecting the word book is being really difficult. So I'm just going to commanded up her shift and move it up someone with a lot further. And that way I could just select that somebody just change it to this title instead of book title. Just that way, I don't have the word book twice on here, and I can move this around. I could move all this around as needed. If I just click on it over in the Layers panel, I can shift and move it. Or another way to make sure that I don't end up clicking the word titles. And choosing that instead is I'll click the word this and then I'll just click once on one of the corners. I won't drag it or anything, but that brings open the size editor for this specific item, and it just makes it a lot easier to move it around on its own. So that's some really basic stuff, and this is something you can definitely play around with. And then you put Siri's name, and so then you can put the series name either up at the top or below your title, so I like messing around with this to decide where I want it to. Theo. I usually will put this either again at the top or then below the title, and then I'll just option and drag with the shift key press. Do you have to click option than start moving it and then press shift? It's a whole thing. And then you put your author name on the opposite, where of where the Siri's titled goes. This isn't a hard rule, but it can work really well. And then you kind of finagle to make sure that this is all centered and where you want it to be. And then you've got, like, a really nice looking title card without even having your book cover behind it. 8. Adding Text to Covers: Okay, so now that we've got an understanding of basic light out for these phones and text, Okay, so now that we've got an understanding of basic layout for these phones and text, I'm going to go ahead and show you an example of how we can make this work gonna pull this image. It's just a stock image that I took off of unspool ash, which is a free stock him into website. So this is just a picture of a cat. I'm going to click the T button to pull up my fonds, and then I'm gonna go ahead and change it till white. Since this is such a dark image and come up with a title, the title doesn't matter too much for this. So I'm gonna increase the size of my second word. Let's see, I think I'm gonna go ahead and do what I was telling you earlier about this form. I'm gonna change the first and last letter of both words, and then I'm gonna increase the spacing between these but like a lot. So I can see you that because of this little loop, it doesn't really look all that centered. So what I'm gonna do now is just not put a little space here, and I'm not even gonna have to be the same size has the regular farm. Just enough spacing so that it kind of matches there. So I'm gonna put it here, Put my calls her name. I like putting my author name at the top right of centre Rich doesn't want center. And then I'm going to just put the whole Siri's title in here. And then I'm gonna dio what I was showing you earlier. You can, either where it says book one. You can either like, just center it at the bottom or you could do what I like doing and just put it in here or you could even put it here. You just have to make it a lot smaller. To make fit was gonna put that they're just cause I like the way it looks and this is again . It's something you can play around a lot with. Figure out your personal preference. Now, parts of this air still kind of hard to see, and one solution a lot of people do is they'll put like a really bright, saturated color in able to try to make it more visible, but that never works. It doesn't make it look better. It just makes it look messy. So I'm gonna change it back toe white and then just to keep this one really simple, I'm just gonna add a little bitty drop shadow toe all of this, you click the FX button and then drop shadow, and then you can have the size be whatever you want. The opacity at 100. It'll set your blood moto, multiply up here, and it should automatically have. It is black. So if you want it to g o even thicker and further you can increase the spread. But if you do it too much, it will have these really ugly outlines. So you don't generally want to go more than, like 10 or 15 on the spread here, and then just one more drop shadow and you can see the drop Shadow is kind of going over the title. So I'm just gonna go over to my layers panel and drag this below there so that it's not obscuring the title. So right now I'm just kind of trying to decide how I feel about this cover in general, and I'm gonna show you a couple more tips and tricks you can use to make this even fancier looking. 9. Advanced Type Design: So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm actually gonna delete the first word of this just for this example. And then I'm gonna put it in a separate layer. Just click the T button and put it off somewhere where it's not touching any of the other I 100 set spell, which is wrong the first time. So that I'm going to bring this down here, that I'm just gonna not dragon. I'm going Teoh who grab this corner and then stretch it till it's the matching size again. You can use the box like I was shown you earlier, but I'm gonna put this right over talk where the cat's ears are in this picture and then I'm gonna just drag this other word back down and then click on here, click the corner to so it on. Lee moves this and then here it's still obscuring the cat a bit. So I'm just gonna cover up. I'm gonna click the I button next to the word witches, and then I'm going to just click on the cap, and then I'm gonna use my magnetic lasso tool. And this is a really fun thing that can enhance a book cover so long as you don't over do it. But I'm just gonna select over the cat and you literally just drag it over top of whatever you're making. Whatever you want to cover this item. So I've got that over. And I'm also going to select and mask just to kind of get these little fine hairs grabbed around here and then over here, bitch. So then I'm gonna click, OK, I'm going to click Command. Or if you're on a windows that we control command J, then I'm just gonna drag this over top of the world witches and then turn the word which is back on. So now the herd witches is somewhat obscured by the cat. And I have done this in the past. You could right click or control, click and rast arise this type and then just erase the parts that go over like the eaters and stuff. But I don't like doing that because then you can't move it and have control. Whereas here I can move it. This is a sfar down as I can move it. It's not changing the word at all, and it can look really nice. So change this And this is There's a lot of enabling that goes on with creating these book covers. You can change the left or the number one just drag this way down. It's throwing a fit about being too close to the word familiar. I'm gonna change the number one to the word one that could look a lot nicer and more polished. And it works a lot better for, like, serious type books, especially like paranormal type stuff, which is what I write. So I like doing that and you can just drag it down and make sure it fits. It's OK if it's a little obscured, but you don't want it to be obscured like the cat has obscured the word witches. So it's OK if it's just a little as long as it fits there and then you think kind of keep moving stuff around, figure out what you like. You could increase the size of your image by just dragon over. Just make sure you get that extra layer dragged over, and then you can put that where you want it, and then I'm gonna because it's obscuring the word, which too much I'm going to just grab these, drag him up because then we've got that. And the main thing you want about a book cover is that you want it to be easy to read. So then just for a little bit more of an effect and just a fun thing that I'm gonna show you, how do you say you know how to do? It is we're gonna in Boston, it's and then I'm going to put a player over. I can't get that center, but just know that you want to set it up. So I'm gonna click the FX key and then I'm going to click Bevel on it, boss. And then I'm gonna play around with this. Sometimes I like doing chisel soft because it gives it a more metallic effect. But then I'll go into here under gloss contour, click the arrow and then just kind of go through and see what I like and, you know, it's really fun to go through. I really like this arch. Look on chisel hard, and then you just kind of move the little dot for the angle. Where do you want? I always use global light so that they all follow the same rules, and then I just click each text layer and then just add that on top. I had an issue. It did not add the gloss Contour, See? Might have to have it do that if it's not doing it. So change that glass contour. So then you've got that Dublin and boss effect on here, and you do want to still leave that really like drop shadow again. You don't want anything too strong, just something subtle that will make sure that your text remains standing out on top. You can also go into your effects and click satin, which is a really fun one. It'll add a line through or some other type of effect and can make it look really nice and textured and finish, and it's usually set to multiply, but you can set it to other things. You can do color overlay under here and do just whatever color you want over the top. But I believe you have to have a item in there, or it can just be plain white. So I'm gonna click OK at that satin to there and then I'm gonna show you one more trick that I love to use. And this is where I will go into my stock photos folder and then I'm just gonna drag and drop this texture that I really like over top of my image. Drag it pretty large to said that the roses aren't actually in it. Drag it over the top of my word. And then I'm gonna go over here into my layers panel. I'm gonna right click or control, click and then click Create clipping mask. So that makes it so that Onley stays within the confines of this item. And I'm going to go ahead and rast arise and just mess around with the brightness and contrast of this. Because then I get this really nice bumpy texture without using the's somewhat obnoxious texture. He in the FX in the problem and boss, because you can do texture but it if you don't know how to use it, it can look really, really bad. But you can also make it look really good, depending on how much you want to mess around with it. But using a texture image over top and then turning it into a clipping mask can give you a really good effect without having to figure out how to use that weird texture. So now we've got kind of a basic idea of how we can dio really nice ones. So I'm gonna go, And instead of doing a drop shadow, I'm gonna do an outer glow on this one. I guess I never had a drop shadow on this word, and you can do any color. I like doing color Dodge or linear Dodger ad, and you can kind of dio whatever with this one. But one thing you want to do if you do an outer glow is you want to just add a stroke to the word and I'm just gonna dio a little tiny black stroke around the word like five pixels . That way, your outer glow doesn't obscure your word to awfully much like, If you have it absurdly right, then you can still see the highlights and such in your word, this one's not when I use nearly as often, but it can still be a fun one to use if you don't want to use drop shadow if you want your words to appear like they're glowing, makes him look really nice. So Those are the main tips and tricks. So next we're gonna move on to how to turn bad text design into good text design in just a few simple steps. 10. Book Cover Typography Examples: Okay, So I'm just gonna go over some examples of the covers that I've designed and just explain how I've used the's formatting things in the past. So here is one of my more popular Siri's. My author name is a bit smaller than my phones. You can see that these kind of fit in that box from the title all the way down to the Siri's name. I use a lot of these little fill, a great things. They're just little vector images. You can get them on shutter stock. Here is another paranormal romance, and this one has the really fancy phone. And remember how I talked about using it wisely? I didn't do the fancy stuff on all the letters. I used it on three letters in the word, claiming I used it in a couple of the letters here. But I only used like, really big, obnoxious ones twice for the sea in the first word and are in her and that I didn't use it in the Siri's titles or the names. And then again, there's one of those little, little great type things that I just got in a pack in a vector pack As you can see on this one, I did not do any extra textures. I just did a really basic bevel in Boss over a white fought and it looks fine if it's very simple and it stands out well over the background, especially with drop shadow. And then here is an example of a SciFi one that's a pre made that I have I used to fonts on here. I used to need a semi square and optimise Princess Optimus Princess ever since I downloaded it, used it a ton because it's just such a decent pot again, plain white. I didn't even use bevel on Boss. Plain White works really well on SciFi book covers, especially with these really big, complex backgrounds. You don't want to detract from your cover design with these fonts being way too overly detailed. The only reason you would want a really, really, really complex, overly detailed font is if you're making a really complex cover and really understand the design principles or if you're doing a text based cover. But again, you have to understand the design principles and really know what you're doing to pull something like that off. And then Here's a plane romance, but cover I did. And this one's a little different than the lessons I've taught you just slightly. There's a tiny bit of bevel in Boss on this one. It's just in the title. The words Thean hand. I used a really good script that's readable. It's thick, and when you're far away, you can still read it from this Siri's. I tried out something a little different. The white stood out so much against the characters. But the rest of the cover is so light I actually used a dark blue and almost indigo color with a very basic Sand Saref, the same Sand Saref that I used for the title and then put it over that with a little bit of a white glow and again that so that it stands out you can. Even from this far away, you can see my name, but it doesn't detract from this lovely couple who looks so romantic and the background and the dog. And here's one where I was saying, I use a really bright, obnoxious color, but that's actually because the images fairly de saturated. There's not a ton of colors in the image other than their red scarf, which I voted manipulated to be bright red because it was originally white. But then I actually made the Siri's name, the author name and then the word Christmas, all the exact same shade of red so that it got across like a really holiday ask feel. So that's where you want to. Just be careful about going too complex with your stuff if you make it too complex. If you make it too busy, then it's just gonna kind of great on the reader. But you also want to understand these basic concepts. You want to understand what types of wants to use. You want to understand how to place your bonds so that the covers are readable. 11. The Difference Between Bad and Good Type: so I'm going to just drag this image over its for that one. I'm co writing. It's gonna be really low quality because I don't feel like finding the image. So here is kind of an example of what a bad design might look like. You know, we've got this read. It clashes horribly with everything. It might be bright and really cool, Bond, not let's make it even more obnoxious. But we're gonna use a font that we actually could use. Actually, I'm going to use the font that I did use for this cover itself. But just to show you how even a great font can have bad design if you don't know what you're doing. So for this example, remember I talked about over using designed, so I'm not gonna change. The size is I'm not going to use the box method, but I want every one of these letters to be beautiful and fun and all sorts of stuff, that one. Just to kind of show how, even when you use a great bond that it seems like everyone is using the spot. And then you wonder, Why doesn't my book cover look good? Well, it's because all of these really neat designs on Lee look good in moderation. I mean, you can't even read that title. There is so much going on here, especially right here in the middle. Just all of these things overlapping. Plus, it's this really bright red, which, where bombs might be bloody and stuff. But there's no reason for it to be this breakfast. So then, even if we just make it white and, you know, add a little bit of a drop shadow, then you know it's still it's unreadable for one. Whereas if we just do it very plain heck, let's do just an example of how a great fought with bad design can be so much worse than a good font with decent design. So I'm gonna go to times New Roman, the most basic font in the universe. Oh, man, that's that Spacing is awful. We're gonna make that like to, you know, we had that beautiful fun. It's a great thought. I use that on all the time. But even just if you overdo it, it's gonna be worse than having like this really basic times. New Roman comes on. Every computer is the default default setting with everything. Can you spell my own name? But, you know, it's just you can make something really good with something really basic. You don't have to do all of these really fancy fonts. I was showing you the fancy phones and how to use thumb. But you really don't have to, and I'm gonna line this up, see, the size of this felt a little bit just so that it's kind of in that boxy type shape. And then I'm just gonna, like, move this up close to it like I did and then line it up on this side or put it right in between the queue and the end of the word. It's like that, and just this really basic fun can make a pretty decent cover. You don't have to have all these pro expensive fonts. I know that the first lesson in here was how to find really fancy bonds. But if you're not willing to, you know, risk having the wrong fonts and accidentally messing up your fonts, just use the funds that come on your computer. Just make sure they're simple. Make sure they're not ugly. Make sure you don't use comic sans or pop iris, please. I beg of you comic sans on papyrus or awful, I actually, at least on papyrus show you Why So Part of the reason people say don't use papyrus is like just as an example, the line on the age and the line on the e. R. A. Totally different levels and none of those lines match the line on the A. So, like that's just bad design. That's when people say not to use it. It's bad design. It's lazy design. And it's the first fought people look at whenever they first start learning about using new bonds and trying to make it like fancy and rustic. But it's very bad design in that, and comic sans are really gonna be the first time It you don't know what you're doing. But like this is just a basic times new Roman cover, and it looks a 1,000,000 times better than trying to do that really fancy, expensive. I think I spent $20 for, like a small package of that fancy bond, and just if you overdo it, then it looks worse than using times New Roman and taking two minutes to put this together because I used good design here. I use the basic concepts. I used a really basic color scheme. I didn't go overboard. I made sure that everything was centered spaced apart. Well, make sure that, like the title fit in this box, etcetera. 12. Project: Okay, so for your project for this class, I know this has been a long class, but for your project, I want you to make a very basic title card for a book you can use any thought you want. Like I want you to use the concepts of good design that I was telling you. But I want you to just kind of make a nice page with nice design and then throw it over a stock image. So I've got my basic design. So I want you to goto like unspool ash dot com, download a random image like it has to be. The image has to have a good layout. But my point here is that I want text to be what makes the book cover Good. So just use really basic color schemes. You know, don't go overboard. You can use bevel in boss and stuff like that. But I just want really basic book cover, just something that uses these concepts of good design and shows me that you understand how to design it. Like I said, you can use whatever funds you want. Don't just, you know, copy my project. Look, it images that you like, and then kind of put it together, See, how do you feel? But basically, the point here should be your font should look good and should look like a professional, but cover without depending on the graphics themselves. So, like, here's kind of a pretty picture of horses. Another example I can use. So I'm just gonna throw that right over the top. But here, Wow, those horses. Sure, pretty. And then whenever you close to your book cover project, make sure to tell me what John right you're going for because, you know, different covers are gonna work different, depending on the genre. So I would love to be able Teoh give you a critique that works for the genre that you're going for and you could make it funny. I don't mind if you make it funny. I just want to see, Like I said that you understand the's design concepts, I'm gonna do one more just as an example. Let's find a cool car picture. The thing I like about this one side, I will never, ever use an image from here for a paid project because I can't be certain that the licensing is all good, but it could be really fun for practice. British spies book one car car. Man, I'm gonna call this car, man. Just fun. But yes, it just kind of stuff. Just mess around. Show me what you got and let me see what you come up.