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Design a Book Cover and 3D Mock Up in GIMP 2.10

Michael Davies, GIMP Photo Editing Tutorials

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9 Lessons (29m) View My Notes
    • 1. Design a Book Cover: Setting Up Your Template

      3:54
    • 2. Design a Book Cover: Adding Photos and Text

      4:57
    • 3. Design a Book Cover: Transforming Your Text

      2:37
    • 4. Design a Book Cover: Add a Gradient Background

      1:05
    • 5. Design a Book Cover: Add Photo Effects

      2:55
    • 6. Design a Book Cover: Add Best-Seller Text

      2:29
    • 7. How to Create a 3D Book Cover Mock Up Part 1

      3:05
    • 8. How to Create a Book Cover Mockup Part 2

      3:33
    • 9. How to Create a Book Cover Mockup Part 3

      3:57

About This Class

Learn how to design book covers for print or digital using the latest version of GIMP! This is perfect for self-publishing authors (including business owners creating eBooks) or for publishers. You'll learn how to create a book cover design from start to finish, understanding the best settings for print vs. digital and how to properly set your text and photo elements. 

You'll also learn how to create a 3D mock up design to display your final work for clients or customers. 3D mock ups display your book in an eye-catching and professional design, attracting more potential readers and improving your book sales. Or, for freelance designers, 3D mock ups can be a great way to show off your previous work or to win bids for future work.

This course is beginner friendly, though some basic knowledge of GIMP will come in handy to make the subject matter easier to follow (you can always enroll in my Getting Started with GIMP: A Comprehensive Overview class if you are totally new to GIMP). 

Transcripts

1. Design a Book Cover: Setting Up Your Template: hello and welcome to yet another tutorial by Davies Media Design. My name is Michael Davies, and in today's tutorial, I'll be showing you how to design a book cover using gimp. This is game version 2.10 point 10 which is the latest version of gimp. At the time of this tutorial, I'll be using this free vindicate font for this tutorial. I'll also be using this free photo from picks Obey. You can click the free download option here, and I just want with the 12 79 by 1920 Option and Click Download. So here is the final book cover design inside of Gimp, and I also created a three D mock up here. I'll be creating a separate video on how to design a three D book cover mock up. We'll come back over here to my book cover design, and we'll start by going to file new. Of course, you'll need to know the dimensions of your book cover before he gets started. So I use this Web page here from Lulu, and this just tells you the book size here. This is your actual book cover size and then on the right side here. It has your book cover size plus a bleed area. So this number on the right is going to be the number I use for this tutorial. You can also use any of these book cover sizes if they match the book cover you're trying to design. So first I'll start by changing this unit here two inches and these numbers are a little bit off, but I don't think they're off enough for it to be a problem. I think most printers will be okay if you are 0.2 inches off. But I'll come down here and click the advanced options and you'll notice that my X and Y resolution are both sets of 300. I highly recommend setting your resolutions to this unless you're using it for digital, in which case you could send it to 72 pixels per inch. I also recommend setting the gamma here to perceptual gamma s RGB. You could match my other settings here and you could fill this with background color for now. Once you're ready, just click. OK, And here is our book cover design template now will need to create some guides, so that we know which area is our bleed area, and we can keep all of our main design elements outside of that area. So to do that, I'm going to start by creating some horizontal and vertical guides at the exact center of my composition. And you'll see why at the end of this, so come over to image guides new guy by percent, and I'll set the direction to vertical in the position to 50 and click. OK, I'll just do that one more time. So image guides, new guide by percent. And I'm gonna change this now, toe horizontal and click OK again. So now we have our center guys here. Next, I need to create the guides for the bleed area. To do that, I'm going to create a selection area at the exact size of my final book cover dimensions. And then I'm just going to center up that selection area to the center guys I created here . So come over here and grab my rectangle select will and just draw a random area at first, and I'll come over here and change the size two inches so you could see the current size of my selection area here. And if I come back to this lulu page, you'll notice that the book size is supposed to be 4.25 by 6.87 So I'll come over here to the size area again, and I'll just changes to 4.25 hit the tab key and changes to 6.87 And you could hit the tab key again. And now you can click and hold your selection area here and just drag it until it snaps to the center and release. So all of this area outside here is going to be your bleed area. We want to now place guides at these positions. So to do that, I can just go to image guides and new guys from selection. Now we have guys right at the selection area lines here. So hey, control shift A. That'll get rid of my selection area. You can either keep these senator guys here if you want him, or you can hit the M key to grab your move tool and just move these off the canvas here or the image window, and now they'll disappear 2. Design a Book Cover: Adding Photos and Text: So now that we have our book cover template, we could start bringing in design elements. And I started with the photo that I used, which I downloaded for free from picks. Obey and I can come over here to file open or open recent and just click on that file name there so that I'll open up my image file that I used for this. And I started by converting this to black and white by going to colors de saturate de saturate, and I set the mode to luminous and clicked. Okay. Next, I use the foreground Select tool to select the foreground object from the background object . That way, I didn't bring in the whole background into my book cover design. I do have an entire tutorial on how to erase image backgrounds using the foreground select tool, which I will link in the description of this video. I'm not gonna go over all that for this tutorial, but if I come over here, you could see this was the final product after using the foreground selectable. So once I have this converted to black and white and I have it selected, I can just hit control C to copy inside the selection area. And then I'll come over here to my book cover design and hit Control V. That'll paces as a floating selection layer, which you could see over here in the in layers tab. I'll come down here and click the Create a new layer option, and I could just change this to girl or woman and hit the enter key. Of course, we will need to clean some of this up a little bit later. But for now I'm just going to hit em to grab my move tool and move this into the bottom corner here or just sort of on the right side of my cover design. And then I'll head shift s and that is going to activate my scale tool. I can also just grab my scale tools from my tool box and click on this layer, and I'm just going to scale this down a little bit here. So let's go with about right there. You can also move this over using these center handles here a little bit and make sure, by the way, your interpolation option is set so low halo here that's going to produce the best quality after you apply your transformation and I'll come over here and click scale so that will scale my image down aren't so next I need to add my text in here. And to do that, I'll come over and grab my text tool and you'll see I'm using this vindictive font. That's the free font download. You could just click on your fonts right here. After you've downloaded this and then just click on indica. You may need to close down and reopen gimp before that fund will show up. But now I'm just going to click on my composition, and I actually want to change the color of this to a yellowish color. I'm gonna go with this color right here. You can, of course, copy my HTML notation and I'll click. OK, so my first line of text and I'll put my caps lock key on. Make sure I click on my text box and all type love is a So this is all capitalized. Well, they control a and now I'm just going to u turn my turning down to negative 20. That's just going to make sure my letters aren't space. So far apart. And I'm also going to italicize this so quick the italics button that'll I Tallis eyes that text and I'll just leave that there for now. So now I'll do my second line of text. I'll just click to create a text box. And I'm gonna change my color here to an off white color so you can copy my html notation there and I'll click. OK, I'm also going to change the size of this to 300 and I'm just gonna click of my text blocks here again. And I'm just going to type paradox here. Hit control A to select all your text and again put the current ing to negative 20 to decrease the spacing between your text and also make this text italicized. I'm gonna turn my caps lock key off and grab my move tool. And I'm just going to temporarily move this in the place here. We're going to do a little bit more editing to this text in a second. But for now, I'll just put this up here. I'll grab my text tool again, and now we need to add the author's name. So click on here. And this time with the caps lock key off all tight by and I'll hit control A to select on my text And I'm gonna change the code of this text to a darker blue here. So there's the HTML notation and I'll click OK, and I want to decrease the size of this to 100 Hit the tab key and also italicize this And now I'll click again to put my author's name And I just went with a fictitious author So with Becky and let me turn my caps lock key on Becky Silverman and hit control eight is select all this text again I'm going to change the color of this to a dark blue click OK, and I tell a size that text grab my move tool And now I can move both of these in the place and you do need a hover over the actual characters here to be able to move the text and actually let me just grab my text will again select all this text and I will bold in this text as well. In addition to italicize ing it, grab my move tool again and that looks fine for now 3. Design a Book Cover: Transforming Your Text: All right, so all of my text is written out, but I want to rotate the text because I think right now looks a little bit boring. And I think with the I italicized text, we have the ability to rotate it a little bit, which will almost make it look straight. Will also make it look like it is going upwards. So it gives the text a little bit more action and just makes the book cover look a bit more dynamic. So to do that, I'm just going to use my rotate tool, and I'm going to start with my top line of text, which is the love is a text. So come over here and grab my rotate tool. I'm just going to click on this text, and I can drag it down like so, And I decided to go with negative 15 as my angle here and I can hit the tab key. So there you could see our text has been rotated, so just click rotate, and I'll repeat that for my other text layers. So grab my paradox text layer, click on this and just change the angle to negative 15 again. And now I'll click on this by text here and click on this and just change the angle to negative 15. And I'm just making all the text the same angle because it just looks a little bit more uniform that way, and I'll rotate again. So a couple of problems that stand out to me right now. Number one, the text isn't aligned. And number two, I think the photo is a little bit too large on the page right now, and it's not allowing there to be enough room for the text. So I'm just going to start by shrinking the photo so I'll click on that woman layer Hit Shift s on my keyboard and now I'm just gonna shrink this down. I don't recommend using these scale tool or any transformation too many times because each time you perform, a transformation on an object is going to reduce the quality of that object. So just keep that in mind When you are scaling things, I'll just scale that down a little bit and hit scale. Once I've done that, I'll hit em to grab my move tool, and I'll hold control and use my mouse wheel to zoom in. I'm just going to click and drag a guide from my rulers there and just lined this up with one line of my text in this case, the paradox text. And now I'm going to grab the text with my move tool and just move it so that the far left portion of my text aligns with my guide here. I'll do that with all of my text, and I'll just move this by text down a little bit, and I can move the author text up a little bit and move it over just a little, and I'll hold control and zoom out so you could see that looks a little bit better and I can just move this guide out of the wave. 4. Design a Book Cover: Add a Gradient Background: next, I'm going to add a Grady and background to our book cover just to spice it up a bit. So I'll come over here to my background layer and then I'll grab my Grady and tool. I'm just going to switch this off white color to that yellow color we used for the font here. And you can copy my HTML notation and I'll click. OK, now come over here to my actual Grady in, and I'm gonna change this to foreground and background hard edge. Make sure the shape is set to linear. And now I'll come over here while I'm on the background layer and just click and drag from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner, and you could see this is going to create a pretty cool shape here. And what I did is I came over here to the midpoint and I just dragged the midpoint down a little bit so that the colors are offset and that just again made this look a little bit more dynamic. Just like that. Once you have the great it where you want it, just hit the enter key to apply it. If you wanted to. You could do a slightly better job of matching the angle of your heart edge, Grady, and to the angle of your text. But I think this looks fine for now. 5. Design a Book Cover: Add Photo Effects: So the next thing I would do is clean up the layer here that we brought in. So to do that, I'll hold control and zoom in, and I'm going to right click on that woman layer and go to add layer mask and just cheese white, full opacity and click ed. Then I can grab my paintbrush tool, and I'm just going to select a brush with a nice hard edge so you could see here. It says hardness of 100. Ah, hold control and zoom in a bit and I'll come over here and change my color to black and white by clicking on this icon. And when you paint black on a layer mask, it's going to hide that object you painted black on. So in this case, we're just going to paint over the parts that maybe look a little bit sloppy, like so, and I'll hold control and zoom in with my mouse. We all hit control Z, so just clean up some of this hair, too. All right, so that looks pretty good to me. The last thing I'll do is I'll just pain a little bit of pink on these subjects. Lips here. That's just going to add a little bit more of depth to our design and make it a little bit more eye catching. So hold control and zoom in a bit and I'll come over here and create a new layer. I'll just name this lips and make sure it's filled with transparency and I'll click OK now with my paint brush tool still selected, I'm going to come over here and change my color back to pink and click. OK, hold control and zoom in and I can decrease the size of my brush using the left bracket on my keyboard. And then I could just sort of sloppily pain over the lips like this. Don't worry, we're gonna fix this now. I'll come up here to mode and change the lay remote here to LCH color and now All right, click and go to add layer mask and go with white full opacity and click add Change my color back to black and white, hold control and zoom in. And now I can paint black on my layer mask where I don't want the pink on the lips. Well, hey, control Z, just do a slightly better job here, and you can also switch over to a softer brush. If you don't want such a hard brush that allow you to you sort of fadeout as you paint. It'll fade out in the layer mask. And if you painted out too much pink, you could switch over to white by hitting the X key on your keyboard, and he could just paint those areas back in. So now I'm painting with this softer brush around the edges here to help it blend a little bit better, so hold control and zoom out. 6. Design a Book Cover: Add Best-Seller Text: There's actually one more thing I need to do here. And that is add the text of the top I just created, like in New York Times bestseller text. Except I went with Colorado Times best seller, obviously something I totally made up. But to add this text, I'll just grab my text tool. I'll click towards the top of my composition and just type number one c o times the seller . I don't like this font for the top portion. So I'm just going to hit control A to select everything and I'll come up here and I'm just going to type Georgia. And I went with Georgia or Georgia Bold. I forget which one I think Georgia Bold. Also, I'm going to just increase the crooning of this toe about five. And I think the overall size of this text is too large. So I'm going to turn this down to 50. That looks pretty good to me. So I'm gonna grab my move tool, hold control and zoom in a bit. And I'm just going to move this in the place. Let me grab my text tool again. I actually want Teoh italicize this text right here let me hold control and zoom out, and I'll click this italics button that'll I italicized the Colorado Times text. I'm gonna grab my move tool, and I want to change the size of this layer. So Aiken, center it up, so come over here to layer crop to content. Then I'll grab my alignment tool. Make sure relative to is set to image and then click on this layer here and just click the center line button. I'll come over here and click on my background layer and hit em on my keyboard to grab my move tool. I actually want to move this stuff down some of the hold control and move everything down a little bit. Give that top text a little bit of room and there we go. Once you finished the design, I recommend exporting this as well. A. Saving this as a dot XY F file by saving it as a dot XY F file, you'll maintain all the layers that you created when you designed this. So to do that, just go to file save and to export this as any of the commonly used file types that your printer may request you can come over here and go to file export as and you can come down here and go to select file type by extension and choose for many of these file types here. I just want with P and G. Then just click export and I'll hit. Replace cause already exported this once hit export again and there is our final book cover design. 7. How to Create a 3D Book Cover Mock Up Part 1: everyone in this series of lectures, I'll be showing you how to create a three D book cover mock up. This goes with the videos I did on how to create a book cover design. And so that was a two D design, as you could see here inside of gimp. And this could be used to send off to your printer or to upload as your e book cover design . But now I want to get into actually creating a mock up for this design because although this is the design your printers actually going to want to print off your book cover, it does help toe have a three D mock up to be able to sell your book. Maybe before you actually print off your books or toe have as thief featured image for something like e commerce. If you're gonna be selling this as an e book. So if I come over here, you can see my final three D book cover mock up design. Luckily, this is pretty easy to do because I'm using a free template that I downloaded online, and I will include a link to that download in. The resource is but if I come over here to my browser, you could see this is the website where I got the mock up. And this is what the mock up looks like. And you can click the download Photoshopped PSD number 92 link here. And you can see there's a description of what comes with the download. So this is for a 5.5 by 8.5 cover, and the cover that we design is a little bit smaller than that, but because we included a bleed, it's not much smaller. And we can still just scale this up. And we're not gonna lose much quality, Especially since we're uploading this probably somewhere online. So the quality loss isn't gonna be noticeable, but I'm going to minimize my browser. And if I open up my file Explorer here, you could see this is where I downloaded the file and this will show up first as a ZIP file . So you'll have to write quick on the zip file and go to extract all and I just shows thes same file location here. So my downloads folder, and once you've extracted it, you can just double click to enter the folder and here you'll see we have a photo shop document. And if you're using a Mac, there's also the Mac files over here. And I know what you're thinking. We're not using photo shop. So why use a Photoshopped document gimp 2.10 or newer, especially the latest versions of gimp. In my case, game 2.10 point 10 can handle Photoshopped documents really well. So we can just work with Photoshopped documents inside again, and it can save us some work. So right, click on this photo shop document Goto open with and go with gimp organ new image manipulation program. If you don't see this listed here, you can just go to choose another app and search for gimp on your computer. Or if you still don't see the app here, you can just click and drag the file onto the Wilbur icon here and release. And it's going to ask you if you want to convert this to Gibbs built in s RGB color space. Go ahead and hate convert. And now we have our Photoshopped document opened up here in the gimp and you could see it includes all the layers from the original download. So if I hide this layer here is going to hide all of the book layers, I can also just hide the top layer, which is going to be the cover. And I can hide any of the individual elements in here if I want to. And we're gonna be working with some of these elements throughout the tutorial. 8. How to Create a Book Cover Mockup Part 2: All right, so we have the template opened up in the gimp. Now we need to add in our design, because right now we have the default design that comes with this template. So in order to do this, we're going to come over to the two d design. You can see I'm working with my original dot XY F file Here. You guys can work with whatever file you have open currently, and gimp or whatever follow you export in this, too. I'm just gonna go with the original X cf file because there's no compression on here. And what I'll do is I'll click on this tab and I'm just going to drag the tab over to this tab here where we have our template. And then I'm just going to come down here and drop the file. And so now you'll see we have the design here, and I'll hold control and zoom out a bit. And although this is a little bit smaller than what this template is supposed to be for, so this is supposed to be for 5.5 by 8.5, as you could see on the top here all the controls, the amount It still fits pretty well on here. In fact, it's actually a little bit bigger than this template file here. So this is going to work? Fine. The next thing we need to do is we need to fix the perspective of our designs so that it fits the perspective of the template. So to do that, I'll come over here and grab my unified transform tool, and then I'll just click on this layer. And right now this is just name dropped Buffer. We can come over here. It name this final cover where you can just name it. Whatever name you have for the cover of your book. And if I hover my mouse over the corner here, you'll see this will change my mouse to the perspective tool. I'm just going to click and drag this, and I'm just going to roughly place this at first. And by the way, you could see my preview of my image right now is a little bit transparent. You can come over here and adjust your image opacity to make it a little bit more transparent so you could see the template book cover behind our book cover that just helps to be able to place this a little bit more easily. So roughly put this in place. For now, I am going to hold control and zoom in a bit. One thing I want to point out is that you want all portions of your book cover going a little bit outside of the Temple book cover, and the reason for that is that we're going to use the selection to crop out the excess areas here. And we're also going to adjust the top and bottom of our book covers so that it sort of bows out like it does here on the template. So I don't need this to exactly match up like this. I can have it go a little bit above like so, and that's actually more so what we want. We'll just move over on the image. So if I hold controlling Zoom and you could see there's a little bit of the original book cover poking out here, that won't really be a problem after we apply a certain effect to this. But I do want that to be covered anyway, so I'm going to just move over on my image a little bit. Hold control and zoom out and just raise this portion. So there you can see we're now overlapping all portions of the book, so hold controls the amount, and you could just follow the line here and make sure that this is overlapping the corner on the right and make sure it's overlapping the bottom and then come over here and make sure everything's overlapping there. So hold control and zoom out. So the perspective of our book cover matches the perspective of the template book cover Pretty well. It's not perfect, but we're going to adjust it a little bit here in a second, but now come over here and click Transform, and that will transform our original book cover. 9. How to Create a Book Cover Mockup Part 3: The next thing I'll do is I'll come over and just lower the opacity of our book cover layer a little bit so we could see the template book cover below it. Even though we've adjusted the perspective of our book cover, it still looks a little bit too d and flat. So what we need to do is bow out the top in the bottom a little bit to give it more of that three d look. And to do that, I'll come over here to filters, distorts and there's a few options here. But the one I like the best was the world and pinch option. So right now, obviously this does not look right, and that's because we have the world turned up. I'm going to turn the world down to zero, and that'll reset everything. But now what I'll do is just adjust the pinch a little bit. If I decrease it and set this to a negative value, you'll see that the top and bottom portions of my book will bow out a little bit. And that helps to match the bow of the book cover in the template, and that is what is going to give this an additional three D. Look, you don't have to do this too much. Just a little bit will do the job. And I think right there looks pretty good, so I'll click. OK, the next thing I need to do is a need to trim our cover so that it fits the exact dimensions of the template cover. And so to do that, I'm gonna come over here to the cover layer and you'll notice that this layer not only is the shape a little bit smaller than our shape currently, it also has a layer mask on here. So what I'll do is all all to click on this cover layer, and that's going to add a selection area in the shape of that template cover. And I'll hit control I to invert that selection, or it can come over here and go to select invert, and now I'll come over to our cover layer, so make sure you clicked on that layer and I'll hit the delete key that is going to make our cover the exact same shape as the template cover. And I'll hit control Shift A to de Select that. So our cover is mostly the same size as theory journal template cover here, but it's not quite the same. If you come over here, you'll see that this cover layer actually has a layer mask. So what I'll do is I'll right click on this layer mask and come over to mask to selection. And then I'll come over here to our final cover layer, Right click Go to add layer mask. Make sure we have selection. Checked and click. Add. No one had control shift A. So now our final cover layers should be the exact same size as the original template cover . I'm just gonna come up here and make sure I'm clicked on my final cover layer and not the layer mask and just turn the opacity all the way up to 100. Then I'll come down here and delete the original cover layer, and I'll click this delete this layer icon and the last thing I need to do to make sure that we can see all the highlights and shadows to make this a little bit more polished and have those finishing touches is I need to come over here to the mode and change this mode to overlay, and I could see all the original highlight and shadow effects on our final cover. So now we can export this as something like a J. Peg. If you want to upload this to an e commerce site, we can save this as an XY F file. So we always have the layers with us if we want to go back and revisit this design for any reason. And we can export this as a PNG file without a background. And so if I come over here, you could see there's a studio backdrop in a background layer. We could just hide both of these layers before we export this. And if I hold control and zoom out, you could see we can export our design without a background. But I'm going to a hide these two layers and just export this as a J peg. So I'll come over here and go to file export as they'll name this book cover mock up, and I'm going to change the file extension to dot J. Peg and I'll navigate to the folder where I want to save this and I'll just hit export. I'll keep the quality set at 70. Assuming I'm gonna upload this is something like a website, and that's going to keep our file size down a little bit. So hit export again and there we go. That's it for this lecture on how to create a three d book cover mock up.