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Amazon Kindle eBook Publishing - Design an Urban Fantasy Book Cover that SELLS

Kate Hall, Author and Designer of Bestselling Books

Amazon Kindle eBook Publishing - Design an Urban Fantasy Book Cover that SELLS

Kate Hall, Author and Designer of Bestselling Books

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10 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:59
    • 2. Materials

      0:57
    • 3. Research

      0:53
    • 4. Finding Stock

      2:10
    • 5. Basic Layout

      6:03
    • 6. Color Detail

      6:12
    • 7. Painted Look

      6:59
    • 8. Magical Elements

      4:56
    • 9. Text Layout

      6:41
    • 10. Class Project

      0:47
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Are you having a hard time selling your books? Or maybe your books are selling fine, but you're paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for book covers when you know that you can do the work yourself! Or you're just looking for a new skill that can make you a steady income. 

With this simple Urban Fantasy class, I will help you make the best Urban Fantasy covers that will help books SELL. They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but if you follow this class and take the instruction seriously, your covers will shine. You will learn not only to design a cover, but how to research the market to make sure you're staying up to date on design trends that will keep your covers cool and relevant to the market today.

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Kate Hall

Author and Designer of Bestselling Books

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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: Hi, My name is Kate Hall, and today I'm going to be teaching you how to design an urban fantasy book cover that will sell the first type of urban fantasy you're going to see. And it's the most common that I've seen out. There is academy style urban fantasy. Thes are urban fantasy books set at some sort of academy, usually for magical creatures, which is etcetera. There are also urban fantasy books that are based more around shifters like wear wolves or dragon shifters. And then another type of urban fantasy that you might get into is paranormal romance. In this class, I'm going to teach you how to design an urban fantasy book cover that will sell. This might be toe authors. Or it might just be for a book. Siri's that you're writing, that you want to sell more copies off on Amazon 2. Materials: for today's class, you're going to need a laptop or you could use an iPad. I personally prefer to use a laptop because of the capabilities, but iPads are wonderful and can be used to make some incredible covers. Nowadays, you're also going to want a photo manipulation app such as Adobe Photo Shop. This class is going to be centered around photo shop, but a lot of the topics applied through this class can be used in other APS, including Procreate for iPad and many other APS on iPad and on computers. The final thing you're going to need in order to complete your class project is going to be stock imagery. Stock images are images that are basically uploaded to a website and then sold for profit, or they can be offered for free. For the purpose of this class project, feel free to use free stock images and also be providing a few free items in the description link below 3. Research : the next topic that we're going to go over its research research is extremely important when you're designing book covers or anything for that matter, when it comes to research, I tend to go to the main source, amazon dot com. This way I can go directly into the paranormal section and look at the book covers and the books that are selling right now. This way I can see these beautiful covers that others have created and see what the trends are so that I could make sure that the covers I'm designing follow these trends. You definitely want your book cover to stand out, but you don't want it to not fit your genre. That's the most important part of creating a cover because of a reader sees your cover and doesn't believe that it fits what they want to read. They're going to skip right over it before they ever get to the description. So do your research before creating a book cover 4. Finding Stock: the next thing we're going to talk about, and I promise it's the last thing before we get to. Actually, designing your cover is picking the stock you're going to use. There are a few different places that you can get incredible stock. The first resource that I personally use all the time is Daz three D. Daz is a software that is available to anyone in the world, absolutely free, and you can use this three D software to create your own figures, backgrounds, etcetera and this way your covers can be perfectly unique. And by creating these figures, you can start from scratch and create the exact pose, the exact outfit and the exact character that you need for the perfect book cover I used as all the time, and I use that it and I use it for my own personal book covers as well as client covers. On a daily basis, of course, does isn't the perfect solution toe everything. You can also use actual stock imagery. I personally use shutter stock dot com to get most of my stock. Otherwise I'm outside in nature or in town, taking photos with my own camera that I can use for backgrounds to make it a little more unique, but it's a lot more time consuming, so I generally differ over to shutter stock because I can guarantee that the photos I'm using are properly licensed and that I won't have to pay royalties on them. Other elements that you might include in your cover includes sort of flair that you want to use. I personally use Photoshopped brushes as well as different brushes in the APP, procreate for iPad in order to create some incredible flair and magical effects or smoky effects or fiery effects for my images. This gives it just a little bit of extra flair and can make your images go from interesting to amazing. So make sure to use the resource is available to you to create your own thing. Or you can even find something similar on these stock websites that I mentioned before 5. Basic Layout: Okay, so we're going to go ahead and start designing our book cover, so the first thing you're going to do once you have photo shop open is go to file new. Now, make sure here where it has the preset under pixels, change it from pixels. Two inches. You really don't want to create an image that is six pixels by nine pixels. Now I'm going to do my wit. I would usually do it at 12 by 18. This is because I like to make it much larger than it needs to be, so the standard size for covers is a six inch by nine inch cover, but I like to make sure that it is plenty of big for any uses that I might use. And then for your resolution, you want to have a plenty high resolution of 300 pixels per inch here in this box for color mode. If you are creating an e book cover, you want it to be RGB color. If you are creating a paperback cover, however, you'll do see em like a. But today we're doing an e book cover only, so we're going to select RGB and then I always just you leave everything else how it is. Background contents, white, etcetera, etcetera. So then you're going to click the blue Create button and you have your canvas here. The first thing that I always import is my figure. Now. I've already got a folder in here where I've got my dad's figure. It is in a PNG format, so it's extremely easy for me to bring in, because once I bring it into my image, the background on it is clear just to show you how this works. If I go towards my background in this layer box and turn it off, you can see that there's this checkered background. That is because the background on my character is clear. So the first thing I'm going to do with this character is just bring her and make sure she's centered, and then I'm going to go in and find a background that I like for me. I go into desktop stock photos. I have tons of stock images. All of these ones are from unspool ash. I generally just use them for blogging because they're free and I don't make money off of my blawg. However, I also have a paid folder. Now these air the stock images that I have actually paid for, which means I'm not going to get sued if I end up selling this cover in the future. And then I also have this folder that is labelled mine. These are images I have taken myself, which I really like, because I can use them an unlimited number of times for an unlimited number of covers. So I'm going to grab the image click down on my mouse so that I'm holding the image and then just bring it over over my other image in photo shop and release it. So now that image is taking up my entire screen, and then once it's in there, you want to click this check mark button so that it's actually in there and you can do other things with it. I always right click or on a Mac, which I am using Click Control and then click and then click Rast Arise Layer. Now this makes it so that it's no longer a smart layer and makes it a lot easier for me personally toe work with, and I'm going to do that with both of my layers. Now we don't want the church to be in front of our character because we want to see the character in the image. So you're going to click on your character and then just drag of that layer above the church or whatever background you plan on using. The first thing I dio here is I'm going to adjust my church so that it's not so wonky and sideways. You can hover the mouse over, but if you cover it towards one of the corners, you're going to see this little sort of bendy arrow. So if you want to turn your image, just use this little bendy arrow and just turn it just a little. However, if you click on the check mark button again and then click out to the side so that you're no longer selecting it, there's all of this huge, ugly white space, and you really don't want that in a cover. So you're going to bring knees up and out just a little. I'm gonna make this church just ridiculously huge, put my mouse over that little corner and then just drag it out because I just want this church to take up the whole darn page and then I can see that it's still her, that it's turned a little sideways because of the warping of my Len my camera lens, cause I'm the one who took this image Turn it till it's pretty straight and then bring it in. So now my character isn't really centered on here, so I'm gonna grab her. And what I like to do with my characters is have them a bit larger. You know, I'm not gonna make this character available cause if you zoom her in her hands or just taking up too much space, so we're gonna just delete her and I'm gonna find a different character and I'll make sure to make some other characters available. Here's what I already had. Um, we'll make it an academy cover. Why not? It's paranormal still. So I've got this academy character. She Scott her hand out. She's super creepy looking gonna make her larger, and then I'm just gonna bring her down a little bit so that her knee is just a about touching the bottom edge, but not quite. So now we've got hurt here. So now I have my layout about where I want it. I'm pretty satisfied with how the layout looks, and we're going to go ahead and move on to the next section and bring some more detail into this image. 6. Color Detail: So now that we've got this basic layout, we're gonna add our details in this because it's really muddy looking and just all around. Awful. So the first thing I'm going to dio is create a new layer. There are a few ways you can do this. I just use shift command and the letter and is a neighbor. And then it'll pull up the new layer and click. OK, You can also click layer new layer in the top, click these little three lines here, and then click new layer. There's a ton of ways to create a new layer. It's up to you so that I'm gonna click my little brush tool. You can also just click the letter B, which is what I usually do. Since we made this file so big, I'm gonna make my brush really big. About 2000 pixels is what I'm going to dio for this. You're gonna want to know some color theory on the basic thing I'm gonna teach you is blue and yellow go really well together and also blue and purple. I like using blue and purple or purple and pink for this one. I'm gonna use a sort of indigo and probably a herbal on gonna make my brush even bigger for the rest of this mega like fourth, 4600 pixels. And I'm gonna go kind of diagonal across the canvas and you have to make sure this is in your new layer or you're going to ruin one of your old layers. If you are following along and doing this simultaneously and you did accidentally ruin one of your old layers, just click, edit, undo or command Z, or if you're not using a Mac, just control, Z said. You can click it as many times is needed. Now there is an issue with this, you can see that we can no longer see the church in the background. So to fix that issue, I'm going to go over here to the layer style and right here it said where it says normal, I'm gonna click the down arrow here and I'm gonna scrolled down, and I like to use the soft light or the overlay. The overlay is going to be a lot more saturated, so that's what I'm going to probably use. But you can kind of mix around and see what you prefer to use Hard light is also really popular. But I personally prefer over lane and then I could see that my church is a little bit too dark. So I'm just gonna just my brightness and contrast and you can do this as needed. So I'm gonna just add my brightness and decrease my contrast. And now, instead of repainting a new layer over this for one, I'm gonna make a little dimmer. Probably like 74%. Or you could do 100. Let's do 100. Let's make it really bright. So I'm going to just click Command J now. This is going to create an immediate copy of that layer, and it will still be overlay. And then I'm going to drag it over top of my character. But that just makes her really dark and blend in with the background. So what I'm going to Dio is go in and click colored dodge. But now she's way too bright and it's taking up all of the church background. So first I'm going to decrease the opacity pretty significantly toe like 18 or 20%. You can adjust this as needed, but I always use the color dodge here because it just looks a lot nicer over the character . And then you're going to right click. Or, if you're on a Mac again, control, click and then you're going to click this button that says, Create clipping mask. Now, what this does is it means that this layer is on Lee going to cover your character as long as that is the layer directly below your layer. And so that way it's only covering your character, and you could make it, you know, as high as you want. But you don't want to go too high or it's just gonna be overly obnoxious. She doesn't really stand out from the background, so I'm gonna create yet another layer shift command and new layer. Use my brush tool not at 4600 because that's ridiculous. 3200 is fine, and I'm going to just do I like to use the coupler white because it's very bright and I can adjust it later, and I'm gonna just center it right over her and then click and have this little glow behind her. I don't want to do something that's shaped like her. I like having it emanating from her, but not the exact same shape. And then just make sure that this layer is behind your character so that it's not obstructing them or if you put it in front of them, it's going to creep. Turn that into a clipping mask, and you really I don't want to do that unless you think it looks neat. It's up to you. You can also change the mode of this. I'm going to just leave it as normal, but I'm gonna decrease it just a little. And then the last thing I'm going to do as faras details go is I'm going to add an inner glow to my character. And for this, since I used blue and purple, I'm going to make mine either blue or purple. So you're going Teoh. In order to do this, you're going to have that Let your selected click F X here at the bottom and then click inner glow, and this is going to create this blowing factor effect around her. So I'm gonna increase the size just a little bit, and then I'm going to adjust. The A pass ity is needed. It should automatically on blend modes say, like lighter color or lighten or screen. Any of those options is going to be perfectly fine for what you're going to need it for. So I'm gonna do like a sort of darker purple and under lighter color. It still makes it lighter, but you can see with how this inner glow works is its surrounds her form pretty perfectly. So then I don't have to go in and do it all myself because that is a ton of work and I want to make these covers pretty quickly. 7. Painted Look: this still looks really fake and animated. There are a couple ways that you can change this one way I'm not going to go into in. This is to do a head swap on your character, which is where you photoshopped this head off and put a new head on. I can show you an example of a head that you might use, but I'm not personally going to do this today because it is a lot of work, and I prefer just doing this painted look. But here's one like a stock photo that I could use to replace instead of the image that's currently on there and then just adds a new hair or paints a new hair on. But instead of that, I'm going Teoh first, do this with the church because you want it to match, so I'm going to click filter style eyes, oil paint, and this is going to create a sort of painted look, but it's not going to look very realistic. I use my stylization at 2.3 cleanliness of 10 just kind of fiddle with it until you're happy, because I can tell you the exact settings I use. But those might not be settings you like. So then, once I've done that on the background, I usually just do the oil paint ones and then click blur surface, blur the surface blur. What it does is it adjusts the amount of blur on the background and can make this oil paint look more like actual paint, which I really, really like Doing on your computer might take longer than mine. Mind sometimes takes forever and sometimes goes really quickly. So now that you've got that done, you're going to do something similar with the character. However, first I'm gonna just take off my effects and turn off my clipping mask because if I don't release my clipping mask, this is going to get obnoxious. So I released my clipping mask. Usually I do this before I even add a clipping mask. I just wanted to show you the basic steps first. So with a character I go to imagines brightness contrast, and then I'm going to increase my contrast like a lot. Don't increase my brightness like a little. This is going to be fairly obnoxious looking to start and for a few minutes. But once you have the painted effect, it's going to look pretty decent. So then you're gonna command J again to duplicate your layer, and then you're going to click filter other high pass. This is gonna create this ugly gray nous, but that's pretty important for creating what, exactly we're going to do so in your layers styles like we did earlier. You're going to click linear light, and you can see how this makes it extremely sharp. There is some grain, for sure, but it makes a lot of the details stand out quite a bit. So then you're going to right, click or control. Click and quickly emerged down button so that merges together and just creates one layer with your original character. And now is the time when we're going to have that oil paint effects. So you goto filter style eyes, oil paint, and this time I'll show you the actual settings that I personally used. You don't have to use these settings with anything. You can fiddle around with it until you're happy idea. Stylization 2.3, Cleanliness, 10 scale 2.5 and versatile do tail 1.2. I don't generally change this unless it just looks really, really awful that it's going to look completely different when we're done. So the next thing I'm going to do is I'm gonna click on one of these corners and I'm just gonna click it really quick. I'm not gonna drag it. I'm not gonna make the image bigger or smaller, and then I'm going to right, click or control, click on the actual character and click rotate 180 degrees and she's gonna be upside down. And you're not even gonna see half of her for most of this, um, and then click the check mark, and then you're just gonna click filter oil paint again. Now this is going to reapply the exact same filter as before, which we want to do so that the oil paint designs aren't so much. It swirls as like actual brush strokes. And then you're going to once again click on that corner so that you can turn her right, click or control click, rotate 1 80 degrees and then click the check mark. And then it's a little less worldly than it was still squarely, less swirly. And then the final step on this is going to be filter, blur, surface blur. Now this one, you're going to want to do a lot of adjustments on. I generally keep my threshold around 15 but with this type of image, it's going to vary wildly. Exactly what you dio so just kind of use it and mess with it until you're happy. But basically, that'll make those flat surface is a lot less detailed, and it will make it look with it zoomed in. You'll see those swirly brushstrokes, but with it zoomed out, it's going to look a lot more painted. So I'm gonna bring us up to, like, 45 then I'm actually going to increase my threshold just cause I can see these lines on her legs. Still, I'm going to increase my threshold. Teoh, Probably 18. You don't want your threshold to be too high or it's going to look like a blurred mess. If I could get it to load, yeah, you can kind of see in my display box. It's gonna be an ugly, blurred mess, so you really don't want that? So bringing down around, like less than 20 generally keep it less than twice, so once you're happy with it, click OK on, wait for it to load. Okay, so now you've got your surface layer added. We're going to turn that other layer back on right click command again and click create clipping mask once again. And so now you can see it looks a lot less like an animated character and a lot more like a painted figure. It's not going to look perfectly painted, but there are ways you can do this and you can take my other classes That will go over these topics and a lot more detail. You might do some adjustments. For example. I don't like where that how the church is laid out. I don't like that. You can see the white sky behind it by move this and do I'm doing some micro adjustments. But I like how if I move this church just a little, we've got this sort of crown around her head. I think it looks really cool. So now she's not school like, and it's You can tell it's part of the church, but it's just a really cool like effect, because it kind of implies that she's wearing a crown so you could do a lot with your backgrounds. I'm gonna increase my color dodge on this. Just a little toe like 28. Just bring her a little more color. I think she's to reddish looking. So I'm gonna go into adjustments and I just go into vibrance and bring that down a little. And then you can also adjust your brightness and contrast until you're happy. And that looks OK. It's not the best I've done, but it looks OK. 8. Magical Elements : So now we're going to add some flair in here, and I keep my in my downloads folder because I am disorganized as heck. This was designed in procreate for iPad and I will do a class on creating, like flare effects in procreate. All of my flower effects air pink because I like pink. I don't know if you can tell that by everything about me. You don't need to Rast arise this one because we're just gonna throw it on there and then pick a mode a color mode. I like doing color dodge, but I also like doing linear light or pin light because they just look so bright and saturated. However, the pink doesn't really match this cover. So then I'm gonna go into image adjustments, hue, saturation. And then if you look, I can change the color by adjusting the hue who I really like this blue would see. You can adjust the hue on whatever color you end up making this. So I'm gonna do this like light ish blue color because I think it matches the cover and it's just really shiny. Then I'm gonna click option and see how the mouse has like two. Little mouse is mice When I just drag this over to her other hand control, I think No, but I'm gonna click the corner like I do right Click, flip horizontal. So it's not an exact match, and then I'm gonna bring the size down So we got that and it looks really cool. I just got magic hands. Another effect I'd like to do is I like to do some sort of border. So I'm gonna bring one in that I use pretty often, but I always change the color of it. This is my little fiery effect. This one I did before I realized I could just do the PNG's. So this one is not clear which could be an issue if I didn't know what I was doing. But if you have one that's got a black background, if you've got a light effect you really like, especially on a stock image, this is very common with a totally black background. Just switch the mode from normal over to something in this lighter panel. You can use lighten screen color, dodge, linear dodge or lighter color, and you will no longer have that black background I'm gonna use color Dodge. It's going to decrease the notice ability, I guess on this, but I don't care. So I'm gonna rotate this to my heart's content. Just kidding. I'm just gonna rotate it around cause I think he's look better on top on this particular image. I'm gonna click a little check, Mark. So now I've got these really cool magic flares on the image, and that brings kind of a lot of detail gonna move this one over. And if you have this on top because it's got the black under it, just click this little lock button. So if you're trying to move something else, it doesn't move that I just don't want to do that. And then I'm going to do one more effect. So that's how many's the shift, man. New again. I'm gonna pick a color. Since the bottom of this is purple, I'm gonna do purple, make it really dark, but not too awfully dark. Open up your brush tool and just brush this sort of U shape and have it take up the bottom of the screen, Then go into your layer modes and I use multiply on this and This just makes it a bit darker but still saturated, and you're going to get this really cool, dark, saturated color. I'm gonna darken it just a little by selecting another one and locking using powerful lock on that layer again. So now we have this really cool image that's all put together. She's this magical academy urban fantasy girl in front of It's actually a church, but we could call it a magical academy. She's got magic hands, magic flaring around her, and she looks like she was painted into the image instead of like she's a video game character because you don't want your characters looking like video game characters on book covers. Readers don't care that much, But a lot of authors air really exclusionary very 2020 about it. So you don't want it to look to like video gamey and you're gonna just any of these settings as needed. Like I'm kind of not feeling this, uh, clipping mask that I made. So I'm gonna sort of go through and see if I like a different mode better. You know, I'm gonna use soft light. I'm gonna do it, You soft light. And once you have it, how you wanted, you can add your next step 9. Text Layout: So our last step on our project is going to be the Funt. The fund is so important. So if you click on the top layer, which for me is my little flare e light magic thing he's and then you're just gonna click the letter T, which will open the text tool and then up here. I don't know if you saw that I selected this little box, which is the color and selected white, because it makes it a lot easier now The fund that I'm going to use today is a free font. You can get it on deaf onto dot com, and you can use it in commercial projects. Which is why I'm using it today because I don't want to make you pay for a font. It's fog like no 07 If you wanted to look it up and use the same fund, I don't mind. It's a fun font, and it looks really darn nice. I'm gonna just call this book academy magic. If you highlight the A, it'll show you different options on what they look like. So just play around with kind of designing your title to that like little swirly see, you can have it across the top, but for our purposes, we're not gonna have across the top because it covers your face. And we want our front to be big and huge and obnoxious and beautiful. We're gonna send to your fund. I'm gonna make the word magic bigger. Someone just going here. I'm gonna make it like size 200 because I wanted to be the same size as the word academy. Sometimes they're really hard to center and mind, for some reason doesn't show that centering tools that it's supposed to. You know what? I'll add my name because I have a short name and this might help you. So when I make it smaller, like a reasonable size for an author named to be, um, I do all caps on my author names just cause they look really neat. Click Little check. Mark, click the tea for your text tool. Highlight it. So go into this little folder, thinking with the dots when you're in your text tool and have your text highlighted and then click this little V A. That's your koerting. And then I'm gonna go all the way up to 200 My name is tiny and I want it really spread out and it makes the letters spaced a lot further apart That makes it look really neat. And then whatever you click your other thing, it's gonna keep that turning. So just like decreases that, um, best selling author And then you can also put like, oh, it all like Subtitle Magic Academy. Look, no man, that's so big. You can click on that, Decrease that, remember not to use your shift. He here, especially those of you who are used to using Adobe Illustrator because of you use it. It's going to warp your text. Do not work your text. You can see I've got all my text on here. However, you can't really see it very well. It's like, See, there's it goes over all the white, So I'm gonna select each individual piece quick FX I do bevel in boss because it makes it look all highlighted and pretty. I'm gonna do dark purple. So for your bevel in Boss, where it's a shadow mold mode, make sure it says multiply. And then I'm gonna bring my a pass ity up to, like, 74 because why not number my size really high just to make sure that it takes up the whole thing and meets right in the middle. Increase my depth toe 511. It makes it shiny er and then for screen. It doesn't really matter on here. You used white Fawn, but it'll matter more whenever year using different colors. Let's see how shiny that is. And then I'm just gonna click on Drop Shadow because I want to drop shadow. They look good and readers don't care. The biggest thing I see is designers talking about things that they hate or people saying trends that they hate. But if you look at the Amazon charts, you'll see that, like these things that people complain about are things that maybe they're just not making money off of. So anyway, I'm gonna do this bed, linen, boss and drop shadow with all of my things. I'm not gonna go into, like, a bunch of detail. I'm not gonna try to make them different. So just click drop shadow Bevel in, Boss, make sure that these are both chapter on bevel in Boston Drop shadow. And if it looks bad here, I'll show you how to alter it here in a second, because the Kate Hall part looks bad. Not because it's my name, but just because it looks awkward. So the devil look kind of awkward on my name here, and it looks, if you tell it looks a little weird on there. So just double click the baffling boss. You can actually click it on any of them because I'm going to change the shading and the angle. Make sure this little used global light is checked, and then you just play around with where your light is coming from. Play with it until you discover something you like. It's personal preference. Readers don't care that much. They'll care, like a little because they want to read books with pretty pretty covers, which is why you're taking this class. My favorite piece of design advice is done is better than perfect, so you don't want to spend weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks working on a cover . If it looks all right, if it looks if it looks like a good professional cover, use it. It doesn't have to be the cover to end all covers. It has to work, but anyway was falling, you know, do some beveling in Boston, you can play around with the different effects that you can put on it. Like if you double click effects, it'll pull up all the effects, like if you want to stroke around it again. If you want an inner shadow, you can just kind of play around with it. You could do a Grady into overlay, which could be really fun if you want, like gold. See how that turned it gold. So I have a little gold ingredient in here. There's all sorts of stuff you could do, like there is no limit, and I might do a class on just making your thoughts look amazing. But that's it, that is, that's the class. Now we've got this pretty cover to save it. You click file, save ads amazing a Kannami Magic cover, and then make sure on format you click J peg, because if you save it as a photo shop filed, then you're really, really not going to be able to upload it to Amazon. I'm on a low quality cause I don't need a high quality version of this cover. I'm never gonna use it ever, except for this class. And once it's done saving, you also need to save it as a photo shop file. Especially if this is for a client or for your own cover. So just amazing academy dot psd Leave it how it is. Save maximize compatibility, Okay. 10. Class Project: for your class project you're going to use the resource is provided or your own resource is in order to create an urban fantasy cover that fits the current trends. Now you can use the free resource is that provided? And you can also access free websites such as unspool ash dot com. I do have to warn you with using free websites like this, you want to make sure that you're just using these for practice because you can't always guarantee that these images were uploaded legally. So I would only recommend using websites like unspool, ash or pixels for practice, not for coverage that you plan on selling and making money off of. You don't want to get sued for using an image that was illegally uploaded that you didn't know wasn't licensed properly.