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Design your Own eBook Cover that Sells!

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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Lessons in This Class

34 Lessons (2h 45m)
    • 1. What is this Course?

    • 2. Course Overview

    • 3. Instructor Introductions

    • 4. Get Photoshop FREE Trial

    • 5. eBook Research

    • 6. Rules of Graphic Design

    • 7. Amy's Top 10 Tips

    • 8. Starting a Project in Photoshop

    • 9. Basic Photoshop Tools

    • 10. Adding Text in Photoshop

    • 11. Saving in Photoshop

    • 12. Design for a Purpose | BONUS Cover Size and Format Quick Guide PDF & Photoshop Templates

    • 13. Think Thumbnail - Lecture

    • 14. Think Thumbnail - Samples

    • 15. Using Images

    • 16. Stock Image Website and Research Practice

    • 17. Sample 1

    • 18. Sample 2

    • 19. Sample 3

    • 20. Sample 4

    • 21. Sample 5

    • 22. Sample 6

    • 23. Sample 7

    • 24. Choosing a Style

    • 25. Setting Up the Project

    • 26. Importing Content

    • 27. Designing the Cover

    • 28. Adding Text

    • 29. Saving the Cover

    • 30. Converting to Another Size

    • 31. Carbon Book Cover - Session 1

    • 32. Carbon Book Cover - Session 2

    • 33. Carbon Book Cover - Session 3

    • 34. Carbon Book Cover - Session 4

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About This Class

Why pay someone to create a cover for you when you can do it yourself, over and over again.

If you have ever thought about writing an eBook or have already written one, you know having a killer eBook cover is very important. eBook covers make or break the life of an eBook. Unfortunately, the adage don't judge a book by its cover doesn't work online. Buyers browsing through the Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, or Google Play stores first and foremost judge a book by its cover.

Your eBook cover has to stand out from the hundreds of other books online. This takes a lot of skill and knowledge of not only design but marketing. In this course, you'll learn how to make a cover that stands out, gets more clicks, and more sales.

Learn from two great instructors! I teach thousands of students online who love my courses. Just check out all the reviews to my other courses. I have brought in another instructor from the UK to co-teach this course.

Amy from the UK is a professional graphic designer with a knack for teaching online. She'll take us through some basic graphic design theory, teach eBook cover research and theory, and give us her top 10 tips on creating an awesome eBook cover.

This course will have demonstrations and follow-along tutorials so you can easily learn how to make an eBook in Photoshop. Follow along with me as I create my own eBook cover for my eBook Diary of a Film Student.

Some of the other highlights of this course include:

✓ Learning Photoshop basics for non-designers

✓ How to get Photoshop for FREE

✓ Designing for a purpose and for the thumbnail version

✓ Learning the different formats and sizes for all online eBook publishers

✓ Follow Amy in real time as she creates an eBook cover

✓ Saving your eBook cover in the proper format for upload

…and so much more!!

Please let me know if you have any questions or are hesitant to take the course. I'd be happy to let you pick my brain. I hope to see you inside! Have a beautiful day!

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Phil Ebiner

Video | Photo | Design


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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

I pride myself on creating high quality courses from real world experience.


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife, twin boys and a baby girl, and dog Ashby.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Tele... See full profile

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1. What is this Course?: - Hey, - guys, - what's up? - My name is Philip Dinner. - I'm an instructor for the design. - Your own e book cover course. - This is the promo video, - and I just want to tell you a little bit about it a little bit about myself so that you - feel confident that this is the course for you. - What's this course all about? - I'm going to teach you everything you need to know to create a professional, - great looking cover that sells more books. - We're gonna teach you all the formats sizing, - right font choice, - right? - Color choices, - right? - Image choices. - Thinking about the thumbnail version. - Thinking about all the different formats and sizes for Apple, - Barnes and Noble Google, - um, - Amazon kindle all the different marketplaces. - This is the course for you. - The classes taught by myself. - I have a background in video production and design and a professional graphic designer from - the UK. - Amy. - So you're getting too great teachers in one great course who should take this course? - Anyone that's writing a book, - anyone that writes e books, - anyone that just wants to learn how to design e book covers. - Really? - It's for beginners. - You don't have to have a design background at all. - You don't know I have to know anything about photo shop. - I teach the course and photo shop, - but I give you great tips on the basic tools on how to use Photoshopped. - Four e book designers. - So if you've never opened Photoshopped before and even if you don't have Photoshopped, - don't worry. - I'm gonna teach you how to get photo shopped for free for this course, - and I'm gonna teach you. - Like I said, - all the basics you'll need to know for creating great e book cover. - So don't worry about that. - Thank you for watching. - If you have any questions, - please let me know. - I'm sure you're going to enjoy joined this chorus and I'll see you inside by 2. Course Overview: - Hey, - what's up? - This is Phil Hebner with video school online bringing you another great course. - Design your own e book cover. - I'm very excited to be teaching this course. - I'm actually writing an e book myself, - and it's so popular nowadays, - and there's tons of courses on how to write books, - how to write E books, - how to format e books. - But I couldn't find any course on how to design an e book cover, - and there's articles here and there online, - but I thought it would be great toe actually teach a full course on how to design a - professional e book cover on your own. - So what is this course all about? - This course? - As I mentioned, - it's all about designing an e book cover. - So I go from, - you know, - not only the practical how to where I actually go into photo shop and show you how you - create an e book cover. - But I also talked about, - you know, - the behind the scenes stuff. - Why are you creating this cover? - What sort of cover should you be creating? - What are the do's and don't of e book covers? - So I give you lots of tips and rules of thumbs for thumbs for ah, - creating your own e book cover s So it's really a complete guide. - Uh, - I'll go over, - you know, - the all the basic stuff. - All the advanced stuff get really nitty gritty into actually creating cover. - I'm gonna actually you're gonna follow me, - creating cover eso. - It's gonna be great. - Why? - E books e books are super popular. - And this cut, - this course is actually it could be for creating a book cover for, - ah, - traditional paperback book. - Ah, - but since e books are so popular nowadays, - I wanted to create one specifically for e books because there are certain things you have - to keep in mind when you are making an e book cover versus a paperback cover, - for example, - one of the main rules is you got to be careful because people see Yuri but cover as a tiny - tiny thumbnail online in the Amazon store on the Kindle store. - The bronze Noble nook store. - You know, - they're seeing this little itty bitty cover. - They're not in a bookstore where they can, - you know, - pull a book office shelf. - Ah, - and read it. - So that's why this course is so important because E books are so unpopular. - But a lot of people fail to recognize that there's a difference in creating e book cover - and a regular book cover. - And there is So we're gonna go into that. - What will the lessons to be like? - I kind of told you already. - Ah, - lot of the theory lessons are gonna be just like this. - We're gonna have some notes up here. - I'm gonna talk to you, - give you my expertise. - Ah, - and expertise that I've learned along the way. - And then there's going to be hands on follow how to demonstrations. - Uh, - those lessons will be screen cast of me working in photo shop. - Um, - and, - uh, - yes. - So those are gonna be more how to and you're gonna get to see and follow along in real time - . - So what software do I need? - Well, - you don't necessarily need any software, - because this course contains a lot of theory as a zwelling practical practice. - Um, - but for the theory part, - you know, - you just need to listen. - You just have to learn it, - understand it, - and then you can do what you wouldn't want with it. - Uh, - I used photo shop because it's a great software program for creating art, - creating, - you know, - manipulating photos. - But it's also great for creating, - you know, - even covers. - But there's other, - you know, - programs out there free programs that you know you can use four creating your own e book - cover. - But I used photo shop because I think it's very professional. - You can pretty much do anything you want with it. - Um, - and there I'm gonna show you how to get Photoshopped for free. - Ah, - in a couple lessons. - So don't worry. - If you don't have Photoshopped, - you can get it for free for this course. - What is video school online you'll met. - You'll hear me mention it a few times throughout this course on. - I'm not gonna mention it. - I'm not gonna keep blasting it at you because I don't want you to get distracted, - but I just wanted toe, - uh, - let you know about it. - Now. - Video school online is a website that I created in conjunction with all of these lessons to - sort of give you mawr content More free content on creating videos, - creating products, - creating art, - making beer, - uh, - you know, - motion graphics, - all sorts of stuff. - I Blawg I podcast. - I do free videos on YouTube. - I have a YouTube channel. - Eso go over to video school online dot com and subscribed. - You'll get lots of great free stuff discounts to some of my courses, - and it's a great resource for you. - So video school online. - I wanted to start it, - you know, - in conjunction with these these lessons in these courses because I have so much to give and - someone so much I would call expertise in fields in creative fields and I couldn't just do - it all in lessons I wanted to block about it. - I wanted to write about. - I wanted to talk about in a podcast so you might even see a couple of these lessons for - free on the YouTube channel. - Ah, - because I want to give some of this content out for free. - Um, - so thank you for watching this lesson. - If you need to get a hold of me, - message me through the course website or email me at Video school online at gmail dot com. - It's I'll get back to you super fast if you have any questions about this course about - another course or about creating e book covers or anything else. - Thank you. - For what? - Thank you for watching. - Um, - Have a great day and I'll see you next time. - Bye. 3. Instructor Introductions: - Hey, - what's up, - Philip? - Dinner here. - Welcome to this. - Next lesson in the design. - Your own e book cover course. - Today I'm gonna give you a little bit more background about myself so you can get to know - me. - Feel more comfortable with me as your instructor for this course, - uh, - and just give you some fun facts about my life. - Eso Thank you for joining. - So who My My name Philip. - Inner Swiss origin. - Ah, - large family. - Um, - basically a European money, - But none of that really matters. - What you want to know is why should I be teaching this course? - Well, - I actually started my creative, - you know, - life taking photos way back when I was a teenager. - Um, - I mean, - I'm not that old, - but, - uh, - 10 years ago or so, - Um um, - from this point at the time of this recording, - So I started taking photos. - I wanted to be an action sports photographer, - photographing surfing and skaters and stuff like that that grew into mawr, - uh, - of a love for video. - I started taking video clips with my little digital camera, - so that was fun. - Getting more and more into that in high school. - I started a talk show on the local cable access channel, - where we did over 150 baseball talk lessons. - I talked all about baseball that led me to apply to film school in college. - Why Went toe loyal? - Ameren, - Mount Universities Film School and I graduated in 2011 with the major are majoring in film - production, - and I focused in documentary and editing there. - I had a wonderful time. - College was a terrific four years for myself. - I got to travel around the world. - I was very lucky. - I did some service projects around the world. - I studied abroad in Germany. - I went all around Europe making documentaries, - Um, - in my junior year and studying under European professors there. - My senior year, - I made a documentary in India on a service trip there. - I went to Mexico made documentary there. - Since graduating, - I have worked at some great companies. - I worked at Participant Media. - They are a great company behind an Inconvenient Truth Food Inc waiting for Superman. - Some great documentaries. - They help produce Lincoln on a bunch of other Oscar award winning and nominated films. - There I was working on their digital arm, - www dot take part dot com, - which is kind of a social, - socially engaged, - social conscious, - conscious minded website. - I did editing for their videos there. - I edited and helped shoot over 100 short documentaries and videos, - so I was a great time there over in Beverly Hills that was right out of school. - From there, - I had a couple of great opportunities to freelance and do some big projects for major non - profits in the Los Angeles area. - So I did that for a while. - I did motion graphics of during motion graphics for a future length documentary. - I got a job at a college in Orange County doing being there, - lead videographer and photographer eso on the marketing and media team. - So there I've been able to really get a hold on marketing and just like all the intricacies - of design fonts, - sizes, - shapes, - getting to an audience. - And that's why I feel like I have a good background for teaching this course about E books - because creamier cover is so much about marketing your product. - Um, - just as much as it's about creating a cool looking cover, - it's almost Maura about, - you know, - being able to grab the attention of the target audience. - And so at the college I worked at one of the main goals was to to get students to come to - the school, - and so we had a market and target them. - And so we spent lots and lots of time researching that audience and creating content for - them. - I also started producing online video content for that school. - Um, - so for their online classes and from that, - I fell in love with online education, - and I started my own online education courses. - My first course was video editing 101 And it was a great success. - Had lots and lots of students sign up in the first couple months. - And then I was like, - Wow, - this is amazing. - I want to do this. - So I just started, - started producing more classes. - I basically took everything that I felt that I had an expertise or at least mawr knowledge - than the next person and taught it. - I've you know, - my first classes are a little bit rough, - but since then I've been able to hone the skill of teaching online, - being able Teoh, - you know, - communicate what I'm trying to teach through a screen with visuals with my voice just with - following along with me doing things on a computer because it's definitely different than - being in a classroom and being able to have ah, - in person interaction. - So I really think that you will learn a lot from this course. - Um, - and I'm glad you're here. - How did I get into E book designed, - though, - So e book design is something that I've recently got into because I'm writing my own e book - diary of a film student. - I'm currently writing it and I'm not done, - but I will let you know when it's done. - By the time you're watching this, - it may have maybe published, - uh, - and you can get all the information at video school online dot com. - But because I was writing that course, - I want to learn more about designing a book covers. - I knew a lot about graphic design and how to use photo shops and all that stuff, - but I wanna learn specifically about e books, - and I couldn't find anything. - I found like little blogged articles online about it giving you tips here and there. - But I wanted more, - so I hired a personal teacher to teach me. - Ah, - how to create a book covers. - So I hired a me who is a wonderful British lady, - and she actually creates some lessons personally for me. - Toe learn how to design an e book. - Cover eso Amy taught me a lot of the things that I'm actually going to be teaching you. - And actually, - Amy is going to be in this course. - She has given us permission to use some of the lessons that she gave to me. - And I hope you learn from them cause they're great. - She is a great teacher, - and it's basically how I got started in e book cover design. - So you'll hear from a me in the in the next few lessons. - Um and I hope you enjoy those as well. - So I hope you I learned a lot about me and you enjoyed this lesson. - I hope you feel comfortable taking this class. - Have you ever need anything? - Please contact me at video school online dot com. - Thank you for watching. - Have a great day. - Have a beautiful day. - Get active, - start creating and get your brains ready for e book cover design. - Seeing the next lesson 4. Get Photoshop FREE Trial: - Hey, - guys, - Welcome to another lesson in the e book cover design course. - Today's lesson is how to get Photoshopped for free. - I told you in the course introduction that I would be letting know how to get Photoshopped - for free. - And this is that lesson. - So there is a free demo online, - and sorry if you guys were really excited and thought that I was gonna teach you, - Teoh somehow get a full version for free, - But that would be illegal, - so I'm not gonna teach you that. - But there is a free demo that you can download for 30 days, - which is a great deal. - I mean, - you're gonna take this class. - You could take this class in one day if you wanted to sit through all these lessons today, - Um and then you'll have 30 days to design your own e book cover. - And if you like voters shop, - you can purchase it. - But it is expensive. - And that's why I think downloading the demo is a great way to practice the software if you - don't have it already. - So whether you're using a PC or a Mac, - I'm a Mac user. - Um so I have Photoshopped for Mac. - Um, - but Adobe makes Photoshopped for both both types of computers. - Eso goaded www dot adobe dot com slash download To download your free demo of Photoshopped - . - You can also find all of adobes programs there for free for 30 days. - So this is what I, - you know, - recommend for all my other courses when I'm editing in Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe after - effects. - It's a great resource. - Are there other Softwares that you can use? - Yes. - Um, - there are other photo editing. - Image editing software is the gimp is a free one. - Um, - that you can use a swell. - You can even use something like a word processor like Microsoft Word. - Um, - any kind of program that allows you to put images onto a size of paper. - Um, - you can you can use if you have Adobe Illustrator or another, - you know, - program and the adobe sweet. - You can use those, - but I really have a highly recommend using photo shop, - and that's what I'm going to be using in this course to show you and why not? - It's free for 30 days. - Eso go ahead and download it at www dot adobe dot com slash download Thanks. - Have a great day. - I'll see next time. - Bye. - Hey, - guys, - here we are on adobes page there. - Download page www dot adobe dot com slash downloads. - As you can see here, - they have all their featured product downloads. - So if you want to download the entire creative suite, - you can do that. - Um, - or you can do a, - uh, - adobe photo shop. - CSX extended Photoshopped elements or any of their other programs. - If you scroll down, - you can drop. - Go to this drop down menu and just find photo shop CS six, - and then press go. - And this will take you to a page where you have to accept some terms and then just go ahead - and click the download button, - and that will give you the full trial version, - um, - to photo shop. - And you can do everything you would do if you bought the program itself. - Eyes just last for 30 days, - so check it out, - download it for this class and have fun talk to you later. 5. eBook Research: - they say Never due to a book by its cover, - This is wrong. - It is the number one thing, - a custom all see what purchasing book and access the hook, - that realism in the story and how it's condensed down in the blurb made while be what - eventually sells the book. - But if the customer never picks it up off the shelf or clicks on with them now from the - Vendors website, - they'll never get to read that live. - It's like when you apply for a job. - The interview is the most important aspect, - but if you'll see the is so bad that you know they get offered an interview while you don't - stand a chance when designing anything, - your number one step is research. - Really? - Look at what is going on. - Are there any recurring themes that would work for you? - Put your ideas in a brainstorm. - Link it all together, - write everything down. - Maybe you want something completely original, - and that's okay, - too. - You don't have to follow the trend, - but you can only make that decision after really looking at what side they're on deciding - that none of it works for you. - So let's have a look at some covers and see what you can learn from them. - What did they tell you? - The title and the author. - But also you should be able to tell just by looking at the what sort of book it is. - What genre is that happy or sad? - Maybe even what market is aimed at. - In reality, - the covers the advertisement for the book like a TV commercial for a brand or logo for a - company. - So I'm going to do a little experiment. - Look at these covers and write down everything you can tell me about the book. - The 100 year old man is a comedy book about an old man ventures. - After he runs away from home. - It's reviewed as hilarious, - but heart warming Obviously the title and illustration on the front should have suggested - to you that the book was a vaginal man who runs away from her. - The use of Freestyle fund gives the title an element of fun, - suggesting comedy. - The use of color sends mixed messages, - however, - but they're the blues warm, - suggesting fun times. - The character is also quite a saturated, - which should have clued us into that the character of interesting and sad backstory. - The second book, - Safe House, - is a thriller on a mystery about a man who is called to remote every of the woods. - But not all is as it seems. - It couldn't be anything other than a thriller or horrible, - really. - The front is bold, - which dressed Given the sense of hard times, - the house is a point of warmth in another wise, - cold and isolated surrounding note, - the use of a tagline. - A good tagline can be enough in itself to gain a person's interest. - Book three Thursdays in the Park is a good old fashioned love story. - The main characters are older and past their prime. - The husband leaves her, - and she thinks all hope is lost until she meets Ray in the park and everything starts to - get better. - The use of the heart shapes and the oranges and pink. - This is a blatant giveaway. - It's obviously a love story, - the use of the tree and the titled houses that occurs in the park. - The fact that it's autumn the leaves are falling suggest that the main character is older. - They're no longer in the prime of their life. - The following three books are from the crime and sort of section on Amazon when we get to - analyze them. - What strikes me first is the colors. - They're largely cold colors, - blue and green, - too saturated to make the characters look drained, - the first use of bold but worn and damaged. - This gives a sense of about things happening. - A loss of hope. - The use of yellow in the Texas interesting Yellow is a complementary color to blue, - so it stands out and catches the eye. - But it's not a warm of friendly yellow. - It's a sickly, - disturbing yellow like puss or infection. - Looking at safe house For a moment, - you have this house which has let up on warm. - It's comforting. - You feel safer. - Also, - other characters in the book will think they're so there. - But it's not slam bang in the middle of the cover. - It's off to the side and obviously isolated location, - but could have dark and scary. - The outside is compared to the board for the house. - I would feel frightened to step outside the door. - Similarly, - little girl lost. - She's isolated again in a wooded area to use a silhouette, - a lack of detail in the environment, - scream lost and perhaps far from home. - It could be anywhere. - The fog removes any sense of size, - so the forest could literally go on forever. - More importantly, - there could be anything in that forest. - The use of reds in the sky again, - contrast ing against the blue. - Catching your attention could be like the house, - the promise of salvation. - Or perhaps it's danger in the woods. - I'd have to read the book to find out. - But look, - it's never want to click on the link and start reading the description. - Its mission is accomplished. - You can now let the pros do the rest of the work. - Stalkers is slightly different. - The position of the female character still suggests isolation, - but also fear and maybe even Southerners. - Had she been alone on the cover, - I may think this story was about two characters, - depression and downward spiral. - But look at the guy in the background is blue that he could be anyone. - Is this the guy who's terrifying? - This certainly isn't currently father figure watching over the daughter had one out. - My dad, - really, - But does it feel like a currently father watching over his daughter? - Or is there something more sinister at work. - These three covers a great examples of what evil covers should do. - They give a little bit away, - but then they pose more questions. - Now you want to know what's going to happen. - You feel chilled already. - If you will enter through the stories you would be up to. - Casually glance of the covers on by the France and the coloring would know that the book - was a Jonah for you. - If you're not usually into that general book, - it might take you a moment longer, - but I think it would pique your interest. - All the company to do is get them to click on the link and read the blood, - and then the job is done. - That is all it's there to do. - So now we're going to make a mind map. - Using the example Diary of a film student. - Ask yourself this What shoulder is? - The book is Huma boiled with is humorous biographies. - What is it about the film industry, - student life students entering the film industry? - And who are you? - I am in the book at young adults will be attracted to a different kind of cover than some - news, - perhaps older, - So I've selected a few books that would fall into these categories. - Take a look at these examples also suggest you go online and look for more. - Look in and around the categories that you would place your book. - Write down everything you noticed. - Fonts, - colors, - images. - Ask yourself why they're there. - If you like something, - why do you like it? - Saved the picture and stick it into your own? - My map. - Look at the selection of books I've chosen for the example. - Humorous books tend to be brightly colored, - with illustrated covers and bright freestyle funds. - They're fun. - You've almost decided you're going to enjoy this book before you've even pictured up. - All of the biography is Have a picture of the subject will recover because they're likely - to be instantly recognizable. - The faults are interesting. - There is a combination script, - and Sarah Fonts Scripts look like elegant handwriting and give it that personal touch. - While Sarah seems to indicate quality comparatively, - the books in the film industry uses sunset of funds. - They're in your face, - attention grabbing much like the industry itself. - No use of reds and goals. - Together, - they give the idea of luxury celebrities walk down the red carpet sitting velvet chairs. - All three examples use iconic images associated with the industry. - The camera, - the directors, - Jet cinema You would know the glance what it is about. - No, - I just has similar. - They are. - I don't have a look. - A runner. - This is a great example of using lateral thinking in the design process. - Of course, - being a runner is the first job you'll get on the film set. - When you're straight out of university, - it's standard to work your way up from the bottom. - But what does he want to say to you? - Run in. - The film industry is quite different from running an athletic terms, - and yet they deliberately chosen an image in color that will make you think athletics. - Why? - It's very different, - and it will start their two mile imagine going on Amazon page full of red and gold e book - for males with a picture of cameras on them. - And then there is runner, - Which one will automatically catcher. - I lesson here is by all means do a ton of research. - I recommend it usual new knowledge to make the sign decisions, - but never be afraid to be original 6. Rules of Graphic Design: - before we do anything else we're going to discuss and general rules of graphic design that - should be taken into consideration when creating anything. - The use of color in graphic design is very important. - Different colors can represent different things when using advertise could be very powerful - tools. - Seeing is an evil cover is effectively the first and foremost wave advertising your story - color theory May 10. - It's very important we discussed this briefly in our last name research. - We could break down what the story was about, - but just looking at the colors and false images on the color. - So let's start simple. - This is a color will. - I'm certain you will have seen one before. - Colors opposite each other are complementary colors. - When using compliment tree colors together, - for example, - a blue background with orange funds felt will start out significantly more so than if it - were on any of the color. - This is often a good words. - Catch attention. - Color slowly split its two groupings cold colors on warm colors. - This is exactly what it sounds like. - Colors can be used to apply the atmospheres of an image or the aspects of the character - psyche. - Calculus, - blues and greens often used to give the viewer chill. - Comparatively warmer colors of red orange can make a viewer feel safe and secure. - It is important to consider what mood your book has and choose a color palette accordingly - . - In your example of Funny and I am a total book about life experiences, - they use warmer colors to depict the humor. - If, - however, - your story was tragic or frightening, - you may use cold colors if that isn't complicated enough in advertising different colors - and different things to the viewer. - This is based on symbolism and can be deeply ingrained in the person's mind. - This also varies from country to country. - And so, - if you're planning on marketing your e book abroad, - it may be worth ensuring the colors you were using are appropriate for that market. - It's not unusual. - Top different covers for different countries. - Red is strong, - A noticeable it is often uses warning in both nature. - If you consider bread barriers and poisonous insects and in traffic signs, - it's also hot color, - the hottest of all the warm colors, - in fact, - and is often used to represent love and lust, - anger and hate. - Oranges are comfortable, - warm color consider a lock fire in the winter or the summer sun. - It is often used when advertising chop holidays, - healthy foods and healthy young people. - It is spun unpleasant. - Darker orange is calling to mind. - The autumn considered piles of fallen leaves and hot cups of coffee in the cold are just - comforting and safe, - but I will catch your eye almost as readily is red again. - It confuses a warning in nature. - You think about bees and wasps but is generally considered to be fun and playful color. - It cannot. - It would be difficult to read in some here, - so depending on your background color, - you may want to avoid. - It is a font color. - Also note that yellow they usually considered warm slips into the cold color part of - spectrum. - There's green yellows like we saw in the history. - Books can be sickly disturbing. - Green is a natural color. - It's often used with advertising fresh organic foods. - Minty toothpastes are also often in green. - Package in darker greens could be associating with military. - But surely this is because the green uniform they were considered, - why those uniforms A green blue is cool. - It can be cold and uncomfortable and this is often used in horror and thriller book covers - . - But it could also be that gentle, - cool, - like diving into a swimming pool on a hot summer's day. - Here's off colors are very important. - It should be considered when choosing. - A color palette historically has been associated with luxury and royalty, - often used to permit things of high quality such chocolate and luxury food items. - It also has links to Magic Wizard through the ages, - air after depicted wearing purple. - So bearing these things in mind and also what you learned from the research video, - you should be in a position to at least start thinking about what moves and colors you want - for the cover of your book. - The rule of thirds is a general that can be applied to all graphics to create what's - considered good composition. - If you divide your blank canvas into nine equal segments, - the wrong of Thursday indicates that for the most striking composition, - objects of interest should lie upon the intersex, - and then horizon should lie upon one of the horizontal lines. - Essentially, - an image can diminish the tension and energy in the graphic. - You can also use natural lines to bring the eye into the image will automatically follow s - shapes into the picture. - For example, - in the landscape, - having a river leading to the object of interest will draw the eye towards it. - Natural lighting is also quite useful. - One bringing the eye into the shot. - Naturally, - you'll follow the light, - so backlighting object, - and getting around the edge will improve your composition greatly. - When choosing a forms, - it is important to know what you're trying to convey. - For example, - if you were releasing a romantic novel, - you would choose a very different from. - And if you were really seeing a science fiction based adventure, - think about what you want your audience to think when they see your e book. - In your case, - perhaps you're looking to sell the idea of fun and humor. - Therefore, - you're wanted to pick this. - You may have an idea of what fund she want based on your research. - Don't just pick something because it looks cool. - Choose something that fits with your design. - Consider how much space you have to fill. - If the fault will make the graphic look crowded, - it will give the sense of claustrophobia. - Also, - be aware that we need the space around the front just as much as wants itself to be able to - read it quickly. - This is often why published documents double spaced the type needs be eligible, - have known can read it, - and then they know what it is about. - Similarly, - don't use to many different types of funds. - They're having a selection can create a nice design. - Too many makes you look unprofessional. - If you are intended, - use a tagline. - It is not unacceptable to have a different front feel tagline underneath the title, - but France should complement each other. - They're different types of Fox serif. - These are the folks with the kicks and tails on each letter, - San serif, - those ones without any kicks and tails and script, - which looks like handwriting. - There are also sub categories, - such as Decorative, - Modern Slab and Damage Fund. - There were a time in place all these phones, - in my opinion, - for books. - Similar tools. - I might use a modern son, - Sarah, - with perhaps a classic Sunseri for the tagline and author. - Play off the idea that it is humorous biographical book as opposed to a factual book, - something that will give the sense that you have been there and seen it, - though it is often standard practice to take images and photos of Google images for school - in college work. - When creating a graphic for commercial distribution, - you can get into all sorts of trouble with copyright infringement. - You can avoid this by either purchasing stock images or downloading royalty free images - from stock websites. - Alternatively, - you could buy your own camera equipment or hire a photographer. - Shoot your own images this way, - you get exactly what virtue you want and you have no issues with copyright in the future. - Of course, - this could also be pricey. - The following websites. - Awesome, - free and reasonably priced royalty free stop photographs. - Similarly, - fonts can also be covered by copyright. - There are a number of websites where you can purchase months and also don't open for free. - Die funds is probably the largest archives of Free France on the Internet. - But be wary that some artist dating the day load conditions that they're for personal use - only and therefore cannot be used. - Commercial projects. - The majority of evil vendors require file to be 2000 pixels and quite with a height to - width ratio of 1.6. - The work therefore would be 1250 pixels. - There are few lenders that request 1000 pixels in height, - but because the height to width ratio remains the same at 1.6, - it is simply a natural to use the same image and scale it down. - In my experience, - it is only Apple that request different shape this because of the way they advertise their - books on the iBooks. - Maybe that you want to totally different co fry books. - Or perhaps you wish to use the same cover just adopted to the four by three ratio. - Whatever you decide, - remember all evil vendors advertise your book has a thumbnail on a page full of some nails - . - It is important, - therefore, - have an image that could be clearly recognized as small as 202 100 pixels. 7. Amy's Top 10 Tips: - number one is research I cannot emphasize enough have important research is not because you - should copy of the people or steal their ideas, - but because the only way we can develop our artistic eye is by really looking and oversee - what's getting on and other people's work. - The only way to strengthen the muscle is to exercise it, - and it's the same for creativity. - Don't let your mind stagnate. - Look everything. - You never know what inspiration may strike your strengths and weaknesses. - Graphic design is equal parts technical knowledge and artistic talent of content. - You Photoshopped. - I can teach you the rules and methods of design, - but I cannot teach you how to be an artist. - If that's not you, - that's okay. - Just be aware of it. - There plenty of designs that there who could do the job for You identify what you can - realistically bring to the project. - And don't be afraid to look elsewhere to fill the gaps in your skill set. - Collaborate. - You can only mourn over an idea alone for so long before you decide you hate it. - Don't be afraid to seek out of this opinions. - Bites ideas off each other, - developed your plans with someone who is enthusiastic as you are, - you'll be amazed at how much bigger ideas will become is also much more fun. - Carry a note part and pencil Everywhere you go, - you'll be amazed at the weirdest times and places. - Inspiration will hit you. - Often. - Trying too hard to brainstorm will kill creative juices. - I find the best ideas come to me in the bathroom when I'm carrying out monotonous tasks - such as laundry, - a washing dishes. - Make sure you're able to drop down these ideas for later. - You don't want to forget them. - Straight lines of boring Try and think laterally around a problem. - Why have a camera on your cover when you can prepare of running shoes? - Even things that may not see relevant might well tie back into your design. - Write everything down. - No idea is too stupid. - If it resonates with you, - it may well resonate with your audience. - Who would have sought after drumming Gorilla would sell chocolate or announced up. - Erratic meerkat could sell car insurance. - Experiment like no idea. - Try right. - There's nothing to say that you have to stick with it once you get into photo shop. - Not sure how to get in effect to work pressing buttons. - Look in the menus play. - You can always delete the layer if nothing good comes over it. - Some of the best effects over and came from mistakes you can take is much time and have as - much fun as you like. - Why second, - for one idea when you can have a choice of three or four, - get feedback. - Constructive criticism, - though it's hard to hear it first, - is how we learn to improve. - In my third year at university, - I showed off my work to industry professionals. - They ripped me to shreds. - They also gave me about eight pages of suggested alterations that year went from being - distinctly average to be one of the top of my class. - Don't work inside it bubble. - If you could get help, - get help. - Choose wisely. - When you're picking a freelancer, - perhaps you could do the job yourself. - But be aware that there are brilliant creative people out there who have tried hard - university to become graphic artists. - These people can do things beyond your wildest dreams. - But remember, - dreams take time to achieve. - Artists have to eat, - but an artist or designed pictures for your project he or she is making a calculation based - on how many hours it will take to complete and how much they think they're time is worth. - Often get quality. - You have to pay the price. - Always take a look at their portfolios, - will share riel to see what sort of work they have done in the past. - Be aware that more experienced designers often worth their weight in gold, - but also don't overlook recent graduates and final year students. - Usually they will charge us and perhaps even nothing at all and use an innovation often - come hand in hand. - Of course, - Jews a stereo typically unreliable, - so it becomes a gamble. - But sometimes it pays off brilliantly and finally enjoy yourself. - Graphic designers like any other art form, - Good results stems from creativity. - If you don't love what you're doing, - you'll find that that creative flow becomes blocked. - The burning passion can take you a long way. - If you find yourself banging your head against the dash just to get it done, - then prompting you to take a break. - Relax, - watching TV. - Always sit down to work with the positive mental attitude. - Boredom only leads to procrastination. - If you love, - the project will have fun with it. - This will be over before you can blink 8. Starting a Project in Photoshop: - Let's learn some basics in photo shop for e book cover design. - First, - we're gonna talk about starting a project. - But even before that, - how are you doing? - Take a deep breath in and out. - Enjoy this moment. - Enjoy your life. - Enjoy learning something new, - Enjoy being productive. - And after this lesson again, - take a deep breath in and out this. - Enjoy your life. - And that's all right. - Now I'm going to switch gears. - You're gonna be behind my screen, - and I'm going to be showing you how to start a project in photo shop. - Hey, - guys. - So let's talk about starting a project in photo shop. - If this is the first time you have opened up photo shop, - then welcome. - I'm going to go slow for you beginners and non designers so that you hopefully get the gist - of everything I'm talking about. - If you have any questions, - please feel free to ask me, - um, - in the course page or anywhere. - Um, - get ahold of me at video school online dot com, - but yes. - So if you open up photo shop and you go up to file new, - you'll get a dialog box that opens up, - and it will have all these options for size resolution color mode, - so basically, - you have to pick a size for your cover. - That's the first thing we're going to do, - so we're going to do a custom size. - So in this drop down box, - just go ahead and click Custom, - then for the with. - You just have to pick whatever size you want. - Say we want to do the standard smash words size the one that some asteroids recommends - we're going to do with of 1600 the height 2400. - And make sure this isn't pixels and not inches or any of these other options. - Resolution 300 pixels per inch is great. - This more has to do with printing out for a digital images. - Uh, - the resolution isn't going to make that much of a difference between, - say, - 72 which is a standard standard or 1 50 or 300. - So but three hundreds is very high, - so the resolution is gonna be great color mode. - We want to be RGB gray scale is gonna be black and white cm like a This is more for print - outs as well. - And, - uh, - eight bits find Aziz well the background contents. - I like to keep it transparent. - Um, - that just means that when you had when we open up this project and open up this composition - , - the background is just going to be a transparent image and not like a white or black image - . - So they have, - ah, - white option. - Or you can select a color. - Say, - you know, - you want your project to have a white background, - you can click white, - and that is it. - So you can tie to the title of your project here. - So we'll do you book cover. - I'm going to underscore version one. - So v one, - I do that for version numbers. - Um, - and then you just click, - OK, - and a new project pops up. - And here is our project size. - You can see that is the 1600 wide by 2400 height s O. - This is the perfect size for our project. - All right, - so that's how you start a project in photo shop. - I hope you learned a lot and we'll see you next time. - Bye. 9. Basic Photoshop Tools: - I hope you enjoyed learning how to start a project in photo shop. - Now let's talk about some of the basic tools that you'll be using in photo shop. - E book cover design. - Hey, - guys, - let's talk about some of the basic tools were going to be using when creating R E book - covers, - So the tools are all over here on the left. - You'll see, - um, - lots of different tools have if you hover over them and just leave your mouse over them. - We have magic wands, - crop tools, - eye droppers, - all these tools. - If you take the photo shop tools course, - you'll learn a lot more about all these. - But I'm just going to show you the basics if you don't want to take that course, - and then if you hold down on one of these tools, - more tools pop up in that category. - But there's only a few that I think you will absolutely need. - For Eva. - Cover one is the main move tool, - and in parentheses. - When you hot hover over it, - you see a V next to the word move tool, - and that means the hot key on your keyboard shortcut is V, - so if you are on the Magic Wand tool, - for example. - But if you press the key on your keyboard, - the move to will pop up to demonstrate how this works. - I'm going to import an image from my finder. - So just if you have images or or content that you want to bring in tow footage up, - you can drag and drop into your project just like that. - Um, - so now I have this image, - and with my move tool selected, - what I can do is move this around. - I can't change the size of it. - Make sure that you have this show transform tools selected up here in the check box, - and then you can increase and decrease the size. - When you're in Greece in decreasing the size, - you will notice that you're able to stretch and squeeze it like so if you press shift while - holding down, - one of the side arrows are at one of these corners and dragging you press shift and hold. - It will lock the aspect so you're not squeezing it or stretching it, - which is very handy because you don't want to be stretching your image. - Typically, - you can also rotate by moving your mouse towards the edge of this image and you will see Ah - , - this kind of curved arrow pop up. - You can click and then drag and drop and again if you press shift and kind of locks it to a - couple of different positions. - So that's an easy way to rotate images exactly 90 degrees, - for example. - So that's the move toe another another, - um, - thing you will be using another tool is the marquee tool. - This one is great for selecting portions of an image to delete or to duplicate. - So, - for example, - if I have this image selected by clicking on it over here in our layers panel, - this is where you will see all your layers. - So, - for example, - if I bring in another no, - the version of this image you have two layers over here, - so I want to edit this bottom one. - Um, - I can click on this bottom one. - I could even drag this click and drag it over so it becomes the top version. - So say I want to edit this top version that I have to have this selected. - Then I go over to this marquee tool and say, - I just want this His trolley car and the people around it just click and drag and it - creates a box around this image. - Then I want to copy and paste this section. - So I'm going to all Michael pewter. - If you're on a Mac, - you can press command, - see on a PC Control. - See, - you're in control V and then it creates this new layer one. - I can make these other layers disappear by clicking off this eyeball to the left of the - layers and you will see that the new layer I copied is still there. - I can then go into this layer by pressing the move tool, - um, - that we learned about and increased this this layer or decrease the size or whatnot, - you know, - moving around, - rotated, - etcetera. - So I have this, - but I want to get rid of some of the street. - I can go back to the marquee tool, - make a selection I want to delete, - and then just press the delete and then click anywhere to get rid of the Marquis. - And there I have my image. - So that's a great tool toe to know about. - Another great tool is the shape tool, - which is down here or the rectangle tool. - You can also create squares, - ellipses, - pog, - polygons and lines and different shapes with it. - So once you click the shape tool, - you can see all these options up here as well on the top. - And when you have your shape tool selected, - you want to select a color first over here in your color palette, - you go to the white box right here or whatever color this is, - and then you go ahead and select a color. - Or when you are hovering over an image on your canvas, - it turns into this eye. - Dropper a mouse and cancel ECT in a color in here. - So say, - I want some of this on this red of the caboose or the trolley car Stanek abuse, - and it's likes that color or the green of the tree. - You will see that sex the green tree so they don't want that red triangle car color. - I'll select. - Okay, - I now have that read selected, - and I still have my shape. - It's still on my shape tool, - and then I can go ahead and drag and drop or click and drag, - and it creates this shape. - I want to put this shape underneath like the image. - So I go ahead. - And, - um, - actually, - what I did was I created that shape on top of this layer. - So it's part of this layer to create on a new layer I would go up to, - ah, - layer new layer and then I click and driving. - Create that shit because I want them to be on separate layers. - Then I have a layer to, - which is the shape I'll rename it by double clicking the word right here. - And I'll say, - shape one and I'll move it below the image. - Say, - I want a new shape. - We're all put some texts. - I'll go upto layering you, - layer. - I'll call it shape, - too. - I wanted to be white, - say Wait, - then we will make a strip right Here is where we'll put more information. - They will put the author's name down here. - The in the title of the book here, - whatever it is. - A very bad example of an even cover. - But I'm just showing you the tools, - and so that is the shape tool. - We're going to cover the textile in a completely different lesson in the next lesson. - But for now, - those air, - the main tools you're going to be using. - You're going to be using the move tool, - the marquee tool and the shape tool. - Thank you for watching, - and we'll see next time. 10. Adding Text in Photoshop: - now that you kind of know your way around photo shop, - You know, - some of the basic tools. - We're gonna learn how toe use text at it, - change it, - customize it, - choose funds. - All that great stuff. - Um, - in this short lesson, - Okay, - so let's talk about using text. - So last time we talked about some of the other basic tools and the text tool is one that we - didn't talk about. - Um, - so let's go ahead and click that. - And then when you have your text tool selected, - you just want click onto your canvas anywhere and then up here, - you have all your font choices and options. - So I'm going to go ahead and select a font. - We'll try out this motor oil. - We'll do the size for now. - We're just gonna say, - 24 points fun and the rest of us I'll leave. - Maybe all used center. - I'll center it center, - justify it and then you just type. - So I'm going to say this is Oh, - and you see my text is white. - So when I go ahead over here and make sure that my Texas black or whatever color I want - before you can go up here and do that as well. - I'll say this is my look. - Then, - to get out of this text mode, - you just want to go overhearing. - Click the move tool, - and I'm gonna move this around to get back the option. - The text options. - You just have to press t or go and impress the text tool over here. - Here, - you can increase your decrease the size of the font by either typing in by using the drop - down menu or just covering over that this tea and clicking and dragging to the right or - left. - So you have to play around with it to get the right size on and click the move tool and - just move it around. - Or you can use the arrow keys. - You can use the arrow keys to move, - nudge left or right or up or down, - or the arrow and the shift key to nudge a little bit more. - And that is basically ah, - the text tool. - Um, - there's lots more options if you go over to the paragraph, - this paragraph button right here, - um, - or the character option over here. - If you don't see these options, - go up and make sure you can click this character window, - make sure up in window you have character selected, - and then we have lots more options for turning and bull. - You could make your text bold or italics or italics and bold. - You can make it all caps, - um, - or stretch it or squeeze it all sorts of things in this character palette as well, - and we're gonna get more into that later. - Um, - but that is how you add tax and the basics of text. - Have you enjoyed and have a great day. - I'll see you next time. 11. Saving in Photoshop: - learn how to start a project. - How do you some of the basic tools how to add text. - And now we're going to learn how to save a project. - But first, - like it in the very first lesson in this section. - Let's take a deep breath. - Thank you for being here. - Thank you for learning. - Thank you for supporting me. - And I hope you're having a great time and you're learning a lot. - Okay, - let's get to it. - Saving a project. - Hey there. - So let's talk. - Hey there. - So let's talk about saving our projects. - So we've done. - We're done. - We've created this wonderful cover. - This is the best cover I've ever created. - And then we want to save it. - So we got to file. - Then you go ahead and say, - Save eyes, - um, - and then go ahead and click. - Save as and then just wanna do your settings you want If you want it to be a j peg or ah, - PNG or a tiff, - which are usually the options for for, - uh, - uploading to Amazon or apple. - Uh, - you have to select one of these, - and then you just select where you want to save it. - I'm just gonna save to my desktop, - and then you go ahead and save it out for a PNG. - It always asked If you want inter Lace will say none. - Then if I go to my finder, - you go to my desktop and I find my e book Cover 20 Version one. - You'll see that I can view it now and you'll notice down here in the information that the - dimensions are 1600 by 2400. - And that's exactly what we want. - If we look at more information, - the color spaces RGB, - which is good, - Um, - and that's perfect sizes, - right, - And we have a great looking version of R E book cover, - So that is how you quickly and easily save out a project in a photo shop. - Hope you enjoy this lesson and all of these lessons learning the basics of photo shop. - If you have any questions, - don't hesitate to contact me through video school online dot com. - Um, - and we'll see you in the next section by 12. Design for a Purpose | BONUS Cover Size and Format Quick Guide PDF & Photoshop Templates: - Hey, - guys, - I've got a great lesson for you guys today. - It's called Designed for a purpose. - So what is my life mantra it's designed for? - I'm just kidding. - My life mantra is to be present. - I'm not that crazy about you because designed that it's my life mantra. - My mantra is to be president, - to enjoy what I'm doing enjoyed my surroundings. - And so right now I'm enjoying this. - I mean joint teaching, - you guys, - I'm enjoying teaching while to a camera, - which in the future will be you. - Um, - so I'm really enjoying this, - and I hope you're enjoying taking this lesson, - listening to my voice, - hearing my thoughts, - reading the text and doing everything you can to learn about a book covers. - But the mantra designed for a purpose is a great one toe have and Amy already talked about - this a little bit in her lessons, - but I wanted to give you my spin on it. - She talked a lot about how the purpose of a book cover is to get the reader's attention. - And while I think that's very, - very true and it is the most important thing, - I think there are two most important things, - actually, - and they have They go hand in hand. - Um, - So the 1st 1 is to represent your work and think about this. - When throughout your design process, - when you're adding a font when you're adding images, - when you're changing the size of things, - it doesn't have a purpose. - Why are you doing this? - Why adding this image? - You know why? - If you are making a book about cat lovers, - why you have a You have an image about your on image of your face on it. - Well, - maybe you're a cat lover, - but the reader doesn't know that maybe we should have a cat on it. - Or if you are writing a book about family camping, - how to go camping with your family? - Why do you have a image of a camping picnic basket or a tent? - You know, - a tent is great, - but I'm sure there are thousands of books with a camping tent on it. - Why not have a picture of a happy family sitting around a campfire? - Something like that. - So have a purpose for your design. - And just remember, - um, - to represent your work. - So what are you writing about? - Who are you? - What is your style. - Represent yourself in your e book cover design, - and if you represent yourself well in the right way, - you are going to grab the attention of the audience or the potential audience. - Your target audience. - And that is, - you know, - a rule number two of why we create a book covers or the purpose behind anemic cover is to - grab the attention of the reader or potential reader because, - like Amy said, - people judge books by their cover and especially e books, - because with e books, - you can't take it down from a shelf and read the first few pages or flip toe. - You know through the book to see how it's formatted, - how it looks If there's images. - Um, - I always like to see if those images in my books, - um so you have to create a great cover that will translate into a sale. - If that's your end purpose. - And if you're in purpose is just to give away a book for free, - then it might be different. - Your cover might be different than if the purpose is to sell on Amazon. - What not to dio. - There's so many things not to do. - Don't not be yourself. - Don't be cliche. - Don't be cheesy. - Don't use cheesy graft graphics or photos. - Don't use the same photos as everyone else. - Um, - there's lots of things not to do. - Um, - don't not pay attention to font choice to photo choice to font size. - Um, - so you have a pan tinged everything have a purpose for everything. - And if you do that, - it will be great. - Thank you for watching. - I hope you enjoyed this lesson and I'll see you next time. - Bye. 13. Think Thumbnail - Lecture: - think thumb. - Now What I mean by that thumbnail is a very small representation of your Eva covered that - most of your cover customers are going to see. - First thing is going to be the first thing they see when they're looking on Amazon or - Google or wherever they're looking for your book. - And the thing is, - it's so tiny. - It's 80 by 115 pixels, - pixels wide 115 pixels high, - at least for standard e book cover sizes. - Um, - and from that anybody thumbnail, - you have to get a customer to purchase your book. - So whatever they see in the any bidding picture is has to translate to their brain as to - tell them, - Hey, - pick me, - pick me And that's really hard to do. - And so this is rule number rule of thumb number one when it comes to designing your E book - cover. - So first, - do your research, - check out some, - uh, - some thumbnails and in the supplemental material, - if you're taking this course on you to meet, - you'll find some supplemental material in this lesson where I show you some great thumbnail - , - he would cover some great even covers that translate well into thumbnail version and some - that don't. - So do your own research. - Uh, - and you'll be able to see, - you know, - some fonts don't work well in thumbnails. - Some images, - some color, - some shapes. - Um, - all different things go into creating great e book cover and and creating a great book - cover for thumbnail version is one of them. - And then test out your design while you're making your thumb. - Now, - while you're making your cover, - make sure you zoom out and you can do that easily. - In photo shop, - you can zoom out to where your your canvas is about the size of a thumbnail. - Um, - and just make sure you can read your tax. - You can, - you know, - see the photos. - Because I didn't do that the first time I was creating the design for my diary of a film - student cover. - In fact, - I was so bad at it, - I was designed. - My cover was, - you know, - hang all these cool effects and and you know, - I had this, - like nice script fund looked like I was writing. - I wrote out the title, - but then I zoomed out. - I couldn't see anything. - You couldn't even see the words you couldn't tell what the book was about. - And so I turned the page and went in a new direction. - So keep in mind all those rules. - Um, - so 80 by 1 15 pixels. - That's how big it is. - Do your research and then test out your own design while you're actually creating it. - Thank you for watching and remember it. - Roll Thunder number one. - I think some now. 14. Think Thumbnail - Samples: - Hey, - guys, - let's look at some thumbnails on both Amazon and the iTunes bookstore to kind of give you - some examples of what some good thumbnails are and what some bad thumbnails are. - So this is basically the live page. - Uh, - this is today's, - like, - recommended for you. - Um, - so I didn't really go in and try to find specific thumbnails to show you, - because I just want to show you kind of at random the vast array of types of books that we - have. - So let's just go through a couple of these on top. - So this 1st 1 19 lessons on T. - This is a great example of what to do. - The top title, - the title is, - is bold. - You can easily read it. - The image is a great image of, - so I'm pouring tea into some teacups. - That's great. - Ah, - this Celtic fairytales is also a decent version. - Although the cover is not that interesting, - you can tell you can read the title. - At least this one right here, - Buddhism and Buddhist teachings is hard to read. - Eyes kind of a lot. - There's a lot going on in it, - and it's not my favorite. - Let's go down here a bit. - So you have this Emma Dilemma By Patricia Herms ARMIES Siri's It looks like. - And the good thing about this is that the style is similar throughout the covers. - And you can tell, - you know, - if you're just browsing and you saw these few books, - you would be able to tell that they were all from the same Siri's. - The illustrations are very similar, - and you can even kind of tell what it says. - The end. - The dilemma part. - Anyways, - You see this Emma Dilemma written in In Red but is a more unique fun, - and it's not easy to read. - So if you haven't heard of em a dilemma and that's not what you're looking for, - it might not catch your eye as much as another book cover. - And it's definitely hard to read you. - You have to read it down here, - so it's good that they match each other, - but not good. - The font choice. - I would say. - Illustrations are nice, - though, - and they definitely show what the book is all about. - Down here we have the Kindle Select 25 right here. - Uh, - definitely not my favorite font choice, - but it is bold and you can see what is going on. - They kind of got the Star Wars style going with the text fading into the back. - You can tell who the author is, - and the author is definitely, - um, - that he believes in himself enough to put his name in big, - bold letters at the top of the book. - That's the first thing you see. - And so some authors like to do that for new authors. - I would suggest not putting your name big and bold at the top, - because people I don't If they don't know you, - then they won't really care. - Um, - a couple of these other ones, - this one right here. - Even though the text is bold, - the bones are forever. - There is a lot going on. - The background image is a little bit hectic. - There's lots of different shapes. - Eso, - I would say, - give that five out of 10 star rating. - This one's kind of interesting. - The Trial by Fury Um, - this book right here, - the background image, - the right side is pixelated. - And that's because, - ah, - the subtitle is Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox case. - So this is Amanda Knox right here, - and the picks elation. - It kind of is the gives off that theme of being online, - Um, - this Jackie Robinson book. - If you haven't seen the movie poster, - then this would be the first time you see this great image, - and it's kind of striking because you have an image of Jackie Robinson. - Or I think it's the actor playing Jackie Robinson Robinson in the In the new movie about - him. - And instead of being horizontal, - they turned the image 90 degrees and make it vertical. - Which is really interesting because you cannot. - If you turn your head to the left, - you'll see. - That's kind of like a typical image of a baseball player sliding. - But now he looks like he's sliding down the side of the book cover. - So that's that's really cool. - How they do that. - Um, - let's go over to the iTunes library. - So this is on the home page of the library, - and you can tell that the image thumbnail images are even smaller in iTunes than the Amazon - kindle marketplace. - So that's not good for you guys. - So this one right here, - the orphan master's son, - I can't tell anything about this way too small, - can't read the texts and Ah, - all all around. - Not too good of a title or cover page. - This s Scott's Fitzgerald. - The Great Gas recover. - Although you can't see that read the text. - That much is an iconic cover. - And so most people who have seen this cover will recognize it. - So that's what they have going for them. - Is, - is the popularity of this book. - Another book about Amanda Knox again? - Um, - she is kind of the selling point, - so they put an image of her at the start on on the cover on. - And they're hoping that image Selzer, - because and her name big and bold of the top. - But the title of the actual book Waiting to be Heard is kind of hard to see, - So I don't think they're counting on the tattle. - The book t to sell this book. - Um, - let's look over here. - So this cover right here is kind of interesting. - You have this tattooed muscly harm. - It's called walking Disaster. - The title of the book is a little bit hard to see, - but the colors are nice and that images kind of striking. - So that's that's pretty cool. - Um, - this book right here, - the way of the knife kind of hard to see. - Um, - at first I didn't know exactly what that image was in the background, - but it looks like a helicopter from below, - if I'm guessing right and you can kind of tell the the text. - But it's hard to see because it's white text on a light background. - So something you want to try to do is create contrast with the background of your e book - cover and the color and font choice of your text. - Kind of like this one, - this Marc Maron book, - you see this bold yellow text. - It's really easy to see in the contrast in black background. - Go down here a little bit. - This is an inch very interesting. - Good cover. - This is definitely what you should do. - It's got his big mouth, - and the title of the book is gulp. - Definitely. - Get that from the imagery, - and you can easily read it. - You can even read the dock. - The writer's name up here. - Ah, - this is another one where it's kind of hard to read. - All that is by James Salter. - You can't really see read the text that easily. - Eso Maybe you want a better background or color choice for that. - This one. - A death in the lucky holiday, - Another one that's hard, - really hard to see. - These two, - actually, - next to each other, - the font choices, - this liberates extravaganza. - You can't really us. - You can't really read that, - too. - Clearly, - the font script is this. - The fun is a script font, - which means it's very curvy and skinny and kind of hard to see, - not the bold font choices that are easily read. - So those are some great examples of what you can and cannot do and what you shouldn't. - What you should not do with your font choices, - Andi especially. - It's a good thing to look at these and see how different a book cover looks when it's a - thumbnail and not, - you know, - full screen when you're creating it in photo shop. - So go ahead and take a look through iTunes or the Amazon Kindle Bookstore and check out - some more thumbnails on your own. - Just to get a better idea of what you should and should not be doing. - Thanks for watching, - and I'll see in the next lesson 15. Using Images: - Hey, - guys, - let's talk about images and their use in e book cover design. - So there are a couple of types of images. - There's photos and animation or graphics. - Um, - obviously, - you know what both of those are. - And both have a purpose in in e book cover design. - Sometimes photo the use of photos is hard. - Um, - it's cheesy. - Uh, - it might not look great. - It might look no cliche, - or it might just look like any other Eva cover. - So you have to be careful when using using photos. - But you also have to be careful when using graphics or animations because you don't want it - to look again cheesy. - You don't want it to look like clip art from 90 Windows 97 Marcus off Word or Power Point. - You wanted to look professional, - s. - So just be careful when you're you're using photos and, - um, - in graphics. - What is the best photo to use while the best photo is the one that represents your book? - The best and at the same time catches the attention of the reader or potential reader. - Um and so sometimes you're not gonna have that photo on your gun going to have to purchase - it on a stock site. - Uh, - or you might have a photo in mind. - Something that you've taken. - Uh, - that would be perfect for your cover. - Um, - so I can't really tell you what the best photo is, - but just make sure you know the basics of photography. - Make sure that it's in focus. - Make sure the lighting's right. - Um, - make sure the colors look good. - Um, - so in all those areas, - you might have to do a little bit of photo editing or tweaking if you're if you have your - own photos. - But if you don't have a photo that you want to use, - you can use stock photography. - Um, - there are lots of sites such a shutter stock upon five Revo stock and a ton more. - If you just search stock photography in Google, - you'll come up with a ton of of sites that sell stock. - Retire feet. - Be careful using these, - uh, - these sites, - because there's a lot of cheesy stock voters. - Um, - that will make your e book cover look nonprofessional, - and there's lots of cliche cover photos or photos so you know there's sunsets and blades of - grass and flowers and money or a guy in a suit. - You know all those images you know, - Arconic cliche. - When you think about a business book, - you think of a guy in a suit, - you know, - or a lot of money or something like that. - And so be careful when you're picking out image on this stock site for Eva cover because - you want to be unique. - You don't want to be cliche or cheesy. - So you've been warned. - Thank you for watching this lesson. - Good luck with choosing a great image for your input cover. - Sometimes you don't even need images. - Sometimes you can just use shapes, - colors, - um, - or just textures. - Textures are another great thing to use for e book covers, - so thank you for watching and have a great day by 16. Stock Image Website and Research Practice: - Okay, - so here are some of the stock photo sites available. - First we have shutter stock. - We also have upon five that I told you about in the last. - We have Rego stock, - and all of them are going toe to turn back, - give you back a lot of great results. - Eso, - for example. - Let's use the example of my e book Diary of a film student. - If I was going to look for a stock photo for one of these sites, - maybe I would just look up movie. - I want a film camera to be on the cover. - And, - uh so when you search that a lot of stuff comes up, - you have, - you know, - you have a lens, - you have film itself. - Um, - you have this clapper with a reel of film. - You have an old film camera, - and so all these are actually some pretty cool, - cool images. - But like I said before, - we want to stay away from being generic. - Um, - you know, - if I put just a camera like this just like a clapper and a reel of film, - I'm sure there's going to be lots and lots of other books that have that on the cover right - here. - You have some standard film icons, - and while it may be good to use some of these within the design of my book cover, - I don't know if I would want these to be the main image because I wanted to be more unique - . - I also don't want to use just like a random image of someone else carrying a camera. - Um, - if it's not me, - I feel like that is a little bit, - um, - I guess Alleys. - It's not my style of filmmaking, - and I wanna but this girl's face high on the cover of my E book, - although that might attract some some users, - some readers to buy my riel or my book. - Um, - but all of these, - you know, - images. - There's lots of nice ones. - Is this cool? - You know, - you got illustrations, - icons, - graphics, - actual images. - Let's go over to, - uh, - upon five and see what they bring back. - Um, - so if I go to this photos, - I say, - let's look up Film school. - Well, - just like a film school to see what it brings up. - Eso you get. - You know this camera, - you have more cameras. - You have people that looks like there may be in film school. - This guy's on the couch watching TV. - This is kind of interesting. - The end. - Um, - that could be like a play on on with the end of a movie. - If you want to put that on the cover, - maybe on the back of your book cover. - If you're actually printing out your book, - Um, - but it looks like shutter stock actually comes up with some better images. - When you look up camera, - let's look, - look a film camera in Pawn five just to see what they bring out. - So this Pawn five also has some good images of some cameras, - people taking pictures. - And as you can see, - there's lots and lots to look through. - You know, - we got these cool graphics and this is very cool. - Um, - an image, - and this might inspire me to do something similar to this, - but do I actually want this image on my cover? - I'm not sure, - because I want my cover to be unique. - I don't want another e book to purchase this image and put it on their cover because then - my book doesn't have a unique cover anymore. - So maybe using this for inspiration, - um, - is a good idea. - So as you can see, - there's lots and lots of choices, - and I just want to show you an example of how you search for images within these sites and - all of them. - The pricing is different for the different images, - so you're gonna have to play around. - But pawn five is pretty cheap. - Uh, - as you can see, - ranging from a couple bucks to 2030 bucks. - I so have fun looking at up images for your book, - and I'll see you in the next lesson. 17. Sample 1: - Hey, - guys, - In the following few lessons, - I want to take a look at some e book covers and just kind of get a feel for someone more - examples and go a little bit more in depth talking about all of the elements of the cover. - I find that when I'm learning, - I love looking at samples when I'm learning to make videos or learning a new style of video - , - which is what I do professionally, - full time. - I love looking at samples and watching others do a project a certain way to do a new style - , - do a new effect. - And so I thought I'd take a little bit more time toe look at some of these e book covers. - So I picked out a few from a great website. - Um, - and these air just samples that I've found that I really like, - um and I think they're great. - E book covers eso um, - breaking the spell. - The truth about money, - success and the pursuit of happiness. - Great. - Clean cover. - Great use of color in the cover. - They used the green Ah, - with this nice dark blue, - um, - and the green, - obviously a symbol for money, - which is a great metaphor, - great symbol. - And so that's what this cover is designing for a purpose. - They thought about those things. - They made the color of the text green for a purpose, - and they made the cover color of that chain link that is breaking. - They made it green, - and you can see you know, - you can tell what this is about without even reading the subtitle. - Breaking the Spell. - You know it's about something breaking free. - The chain images really great. - Um, - you know, - it's an iconic image, - but it's not, - you know, - clip already cheesy image of a chain. - It's very original. - Andi really did a good job. - The font choice is a Sarah Palin Sarah Font. - So big block texts. - No, - uh, - it's not fancy or script e down below. - You can easily read the author's name and ah, - they use multiple styles of of text breaking The spell and the author's name are in all - capitals, - while the subtitle is Ah, - Capitals and lower case eso. - That's a choice of theirs as well. - And this this cover also is great when you zoom out and and look at it from afar, - so as a thumb now, - so This is a great example. - Well, - I hope you enjoyed this one and are inspired for it. - And we'll see you in the next lesson by 18. Sample 2: - another great cover on the great cover with a great image on it. - Ah, - different, - different style than the last one. - Um, - but the text choice. - The font choices. - Similar. - Big block, - Bold Sohn Sarah Font. - This time the the author's name is at the top, - and the fonts use a transfer modes. - So when we were playing with, - for example, - the coffee stain in My Practice and my My Diary of a film student student, - ah, - cover, - we used the multiply transfer mode. - They probably use something like an overlay or a soft light for the casualty of war. - You can kind of see the background image in that in the font itself, - but it's still dark enough, - and it's still contrast enough. - The bottom, - the bottom World war. - It does kind. - It's a little bit harder to see than the rest, - just because the bottom of the images darker. - But then look at this great image. - You know, - there's peer going out into the ocean. - And then there is this dark silhouette at the end of the the pier, - and he looks lonely here. - She looks very lonely. - It looks like it's a soldier with like a helmet on on there all alone. - And this pier is kind of eerie. - The colors are eerie. - Um, - I like going through these these samples, - like Amy did for us on. - I have. - You're enjoying this. - And the the thumbnail for this one is really great. - You can clearly see casualty of war. - You can read the title. - The image isn't as as captivating in thumbnail mode as it is in large mode, - but is a great cover. - Okay. - Have you like this inspiration? - Start thinking of ideas for your own cover. - We'll see you next time. 19. Sample 3: - Okay, - check out this cover. - Rogue elephants, - One PR girls fight through the human jungle. - Not only is a great title, - but the imagery is just terrific. - You got this elephant walking a type tightrope, - and this girl that looks like she's a PR girl standing on top of the elephant. - The elephant is an acrobat in this jungle human jungle. - Ah, - the font choices a little bit different than some of the past covers we've seen. - Um but it is still a bold font, - which makes it easy to see when New York viewing the thumbnail version so you can - definitely read rogue elephants. - The rest of the title is very hard to see in the thumbnail version, - but like I mentioned when I was playing my own diary of a film student cover our really - care about the subtitle or that I want them just to see the title and get caught by that - rogue elephants. - That's I mean, - that's ah, - curious title. - If I saw this this image while I was looking through Amazon, - I would totally be curious about what this book is, - and I would probably check out the page and then I would see the full version of the cover - . - Um, - and the imagery is just great. - The blending of the sky into the light negative space is wonderful. - Um, - obviously the the foreground elephant and the lady eyes really striking, - and they, - like I just mentioned, - they use a great sense of negative space, - the sky blending into this negative space where you can clearly put the title of your film - or of your book. - Rather, - the colors of the font are great. - They pick Hughes from the sky above the rogue elephants is a dark blue that you can see in - the upper the top, - very corners of the sky. - And the subtitle is a nice blue from the middle of the sky and the the author's name is in - black, - and there's a nice texture down at the bottom as well I have. - This image inspires you to make some great e book covers. - See you next time 20. Sample 4: - Providence by Jamie Maguire, - another striking image and a great cover for an e book. - The text is very simple. - One word makes it really easy to create a tie cover for this, - Um, - and the use of contrast is perfectly done. - Eso the text title of the book Providence is amongst ah, - bright over exposed image of these trees and down below. - The author's name is in white with the backdrop of the dark ground, - and then you have the silhouette of a man walking away. - And while this cover doesn't really tell me much about the story, - I don't really know what it's about from the title. - I don't really know what it's about, - Um, - but it does get me intrigued, - and it does get me interested in in this book. - It's a little bit cliche. - The cover. - I've seen this a lot, - this type of imagery, - some a silhouette of someone walking down a tree lined road. - Um, - but I really love the use of contrast between the text and the background, - and the providence, - the top of Providence is actually blurred out a little bit. - It's not just the video you're watching. - It actually is like that on the cover itself. - So that kind of creates this weird effect of of, - you know, - the surrounding being blurred out. - You know, - the tops of the trees are blurred out. - The top of the letters are blurred out. - The thing that is in complete focus is the silhouette of the man walking away and in the - bottom of the title. - In thumbnail of you like this, - you can see that is a great title. - Providence is easily read. - Um, - and one of the best examples of a good choice of font and placement and color for - thumbnails. - I have you enjoyed this This, - uh, - cover and we'll see you next time. - Bye. 21. Sample 5: - saving Ben. - So this is, - Ah, - fiction novel with, - ah, - very interesting cover. - The title of of the cover is is saving Ben and it really doesn't explain too much about - what this book is. - But it's got to be something to do with Ben being in trouble in the image of this house on - the water. - Uh, - definitely. - It shows, - you know, - something in trouble. - And, - you know, - it doesn't mean that this book is about Ben who is trapped in a house. - Put in a flood. - It just means, - you know, - it is a symbol. - The house is a symbol for the title. - Um, - the author's name is in a Sarah Sohn Sarah font at the bottom, - and, - you know, - they place it on top of the darker part of the image. - So the reflection of the house and the water is it's a nice, - dark background. - Oh, - and that's why the white text works on top. - The text of the title and the subtitle is a Serra font, - so it's a little bit fancier, - um, - on and they use excusing. - They used to different colors. - Save me for saving in Ben s. - Oh, - that's interesting. - An interesting choice there as well, - and that might have to do with the fact that saving is partly in the darker clouds. - And so they needed a brighter font. - Tiu are brighter text toe. - Make it stand out and again. - The text here on this book is a little blurred out. - You know this image. - Parts of it are blurry. - Partner and focus eso. - That's a recurring theme. - We have something to make Your cover a little bit more interesting is to play with being in - focus or not as a thumb. - Now you can see the title Saving Ben. - You see the image. - The image is very striking, - and that's one of the things that would make me as a reader. - Click it just because the images very striking and you can definitely read the title of the - book. - So another great example of simplicity. - The boat. - The cover is very simple. - There's not too much going on. - There's not tons of shapes is just one image with text over it. - That's a great example of how to do that. - All right, - thanks for watching, - and we'll see next time 22. Sample 6: - okay. - Some are sicker than others. - This is another cover that just has an image and text on it. - The Texas bright, - bold font. - The text is they space it out the letters. - There's a lot of space between the letters. - That's an interesting choice. - It's all right, - aligned, - which is nice. - So it's all online. - The letters appear to be aligned as well, - and there's a little bit of blurriness. - They duplicated the fun, - and they kind of blurted out in the background to give it a cool effect. - The image, - you know, - a great This has a great balance in it. - The man on the left is standing, - you know, - taking up 1/3 on the left and then is balanced by the text on the right. - And the author's name is right there above the image. - Which makes me believe that this is a ah nonfiction book and Andrew Seaward is actually the - person, - um, - in the photo. - You know, - I don't know if that's true necessarily true or not, - but that's what this cover looks like as a thumbnail. - Uh, - this is a little bit harder to read than the rest, - and that's because the contrast between the the colors of the title in the background isn't - as high as I would like. - The white blends in with the light part of the image. - You can read some and others, - but it really, - you know, - takes a little bit bit of effort to read it. - Some are sicker than others, - so that's one thing to keep in mind. - Um, - and that's I guess if I had to knock this this image this cover a little bit, - it would be because it's hard to read when it's a thumbnail view thumbnail version. - But that being said, - it's a nice image. - The color is very nice. - It subdued. - It doesn't look like a happy book. - The title doesn't make it sound like Happy book. - And that's perfect. - I mean, - not that I don't want I don't want it to be, - Ah, - sad book, - but the title and the imagery match. - I hope you enjoyed this one and we'll see you next time. - Like 23. Sample 7: - Okay, - This is the last sample that we're going to look at another one of our covers that uses a - nice image that blends into negative space. - It's called whatever it takes a bold as love novel. - This is a fiction book, - and it's by Lindsay Page and all that you can read very clearly. - The font choice is very nice. - It's very interesting. - It's curvy. - It, - you know, - make sense for a love novel toe have a Serra font that has more curves and is a little bit - more fancy rather than a serious book. - It's in lower case, - which is a a bold choices. - Well, - some people love lower case. - Some people hate it. - I usually use all caps, - but sometimes a lower case title like this looks looks good. - Um, - the image, - the colors of the image, - it's nicely edited. - It's very de saturated, - but it has somewhat of, - ah, - warm look, - and it definitely looks happy. - I mean, - the couple was holding hands walking away, - and so it's not over the top. - You. - There's not hearts or there's not like a hunky guy with ripped abs and a girl hanging off - of him on the cover But it does look like a nice, - uh, - love story in thumbnail view. - Whatever it takes, - ah is clearly seen. - And ah, - you know, - the image isn't as unique as some of the other ones that we saw, - like the elephant, - but or the house on the water. - But it is is easy, - easily read. - And you know, - if you're looking for a love novel, - it might catch her eye. - So good job, - toe Lindsay Page and their team. - And lastly, - I just want to mention I love the texture of this, - this image on top, - you know, - it's not just blank white, - it has this rough texture. - And that's something that I I want you guys to get into is to play with textures, - play with transfer moods. - You know, - this texture just blends into the image below, - and that's really, - really nice. - So I hope you enjoyed these samples of some of the covers that I think work. - And, - uh, - if you want me to go through more, - please let me know. - But for now, - that's it. - And I hope you have enjoyed this section. - Have a great day, - and I hope you're very inspired and you're brainstorming about ideas for your own cover. - Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time 24. Choosing a Style: - Hey, - guys, - let's talk about picking a style for my e book cover. - Diary of a film student is going to be a practice round. - So you're gonna follow along with me. - You're gonna look at more samples. - I'm gonna show you some of samples and talk about the different samples in my genre. - We're going to talk about what the mood of my book is and get a feel for what type of - Bieber cover and lots, - lots more. - So enjoy this lesson. - Okay, - so now I want to do a little bit of research on other cover is similar to my book Diary of - a film student Before I actually go in and design my cover just like Amy did when she was - showing us her, - uh, - her way of of building an e book cover. - She kind of looked at all sorts of different covers. - You did a big brainstorm kind of brain map for this, - and that was really nice of her. - And for me, - I just want to go into Amazon. - I'm under the Kindle store under the book department, - and I just want to look up some some books that are similar. - So first thing I did was type in film school to see what pops up this book. - Film school, - The true story of a Midwestern family man who went to the world's most famous film school - fell flat. - Ah, - and about that, - um, - this book actually is probably one that's the most similar to my story because it's an - autobiography and it looks like it has a similar. - It's in this similar genre, - you know, - it looks like it might be a little bit funny, - but also contains some lessons about film school now the cover. - It's hard to see, - of course, - because it's a thumbnail, - but you can see the title foam school. - That's nice, - and that's a good title toe have because I'm sure a lot of people a lot of film students, - are looking up film school books on Amazon. - So the key word for that for that book is good. - Um, - and it often pops up when I look up film books. - The cover is this guy looks like a post apocalyptic ah, - seen with Hollywood in the background. - He's raising camera above. - There's some women grabbing onto his legs. - Ah, - river of blood. - Look, - I mean, - the cover. - It's hard to tell exactly what this is about. - Maybe some redemption story. - Um, - but that being said does kind of have a similar feel to mine where I like the illustration - . - The boldness of the Texas Nice down here, - Um, - 101 things I learned in film school. - Another book, - it looks like written by a film students that's similar to me. - The cover is quite boring. - The text basically just a black background. - It's got this red stripe over here. - I don't really like it. - And this looks like a stock images you found online. - So not my favorite. - Here we have a clapper. - We were looking at Clapper's in the stock photography before, - and she did this. - Are this guy Tom, - Edgar Rather and Karen? - Both of them. - They got a good design going. - The text of the books. - The title is actually within the film Clapper, - so that's kind of cool. - So I have a good idea of, - you know, - the different styles. - A lot have different of different film iconic film in images in them, - like the Clapper, - and this guy's carrying a camera down here we have ah guy Caron cameras well, - So I went ahead and looked up film student to see what that brought up. - And, - ah, - the first result. - Making movies without Money. - This is a book for filmmakers, - for students, - photographers and other starving artists. - The background of this book is hard to see, - but it is a countdown. - So at the start of movie, - want to go 10 97 6 You got that countdown. - So that's kind of cool down here, - student. - This book isn't about filmmaking, - I noticed, - but it does have film in the the about section. - So that's probably why it popped up when I typed in films doing. - But I do like how it is the It's like a paper. - The thought of the text is kind of looks like it's hand ridden. - It's got these crumpled up pieces of paper strewn around, - and so I like that it's got this coffee cup right here in the middle of the coffee is the - author's name. - So I really like that style. - And maybe combining something like this with the animation kind of a graphic of the first - book. - Um, - this film school book would be something that I'd be interested in last or second last, - I looked up diary to see what pops up, - and a lot of the diary books looks similar to what we just saw. - It's got this funny that looks like it's hand written lots of scribbles. - No, - these aren't related to film school at all, - but it does give you a sense of what type of book. - It is definitely personal stories. - The story of a six great ninja. - This looks like a fiction book, - or it's actually a Siri's, - Um, - but you can see from the writing that's got the paper background like we saw before, - so it's pretty cool. - I like this one diary of an almost cool girl because you see this image of this girl who - looks like a superhero and that really stands out amongst the bright pink background. - I don't like that background, - but for this book, - it works. - Last, - I just looked up autobiography to see what that would would bring up. - Um, - and similar amongst all of these is that you have an image of the person who is the subject - of the autobiography, - and so that is something I want to keep in mind when I'm doing my project. - While I don't want to have my face on the cover. - Maybe I want to have some sort of animation version or caricatured version of myself on the - cover, - like in these other examples, - such as the diary of 1/6 Grade Ninja or Dari Oven. - Almost cool girl. - So now I can have a better idea of what I want to do. - My cover as I like the comedy and lightness of this style. - But I also like having the elements of film school in It may be a camera, - Um, - and I also like the background the backdrop of, - you know, - a journal or a piece of paper or something similar to that. - So I'm gonna put that all those ideas together into creating my actual e book cover in the - next few lessons. - Thanks for watching, - and I'll see you next time 25. Setting Up the Project: - Hey, - guys, - welcome to a great section in this course on creating my cover. - Finally, - we're gonna take everything we learn actually put it to use. - So in the next few lessons fall along with me as I set up my project as I add my content as - I line and adjust my content as I do that finishing touches saved my project and convert to - apple sizing because I'm going to be be editing first for a standard e book cover size for - , - like, - Amazon or Google on. - Then I'm going to show you how to convert your cover to apple sizing. - So enjoy the rest of these lessons in this section and I'll see you inside by Hey, - guys, - the let's practice creating an e book cover. - And this isn't actually practice. - This is me creating a real cover for my e book diary of a film student. - So first thing you need to do is create your composition and how big it is. - So you go up to file and New and Photoshopped, - and just like we learned, - you just have to set your settings right to meet for me. - I'm actually going to use the Amazon Kindle recommended size for this e book cover. - So it's going to be 15. - 63 by 2500. - Um and so I'm gonna keep that rgb color transparent. - That's great. - Gonna create new new composition. - So that was actually the same size as this other composition that I already started. - Four. - Diary of a film student. - Another way to do this is to just simply use the supplemental material. - If you're watching this on you to me or a skill feed, - I have added some supplemental material Photoshopped files for both the 15 63 by 2500 size - and the 14 or 1600 by 2400 size. - So go ahead and download those. - And you can just open up those projects and you already have a blank template ready to go. - You just have to delete the text from that and you're ready to go. - So thank you for watching. - And next we're going to be adding our content and talking a little bit about that. - I talk you later. - Bye. 26. Importing Content: - Hey, - guys. - So the next step in creating R E book cover is too Import our content and get all the - content Meaning all the images, - the shapes, - the layers, - the textures that we have that we've either downloaded from the Internet or that we've - taken with our cameras all those pieces we want to bring into Photoshopped I've already - brought my content in, - but the way you do that is to go upto file and then place. - Then you just go through your finder. - If you're on a Mac or your documents on a PC and you just click him and then press open - another way is just to go to your finder and, - uh, - click and drag and drop images into your you're even cover. - Uh, - canvas right here. - I don't want that in here, - though, - So I have brought in some of my raw images. - And first let me show you, - actually, - Ah, - what we're going to be creating so that you have an idea of while we're going through this - . - I want to show you the end product so you can see the process that got there. - So here is the final cover that I've created four diary of a film student. - It took the elements of Of, - of the even the diary. - The theme of a diary with lined paper is coffee stain the scribbles over the side and then - the boldness of the text up here, - we're gonna talk all more all about all these elements more and why I chose them. - But basically, - you get that idea of the U book from this design right here. - Um, - so let me go through, - you know, - one by one through these these layers and show you what I have. - First I have this paper texture layer. - This is how it came. - Ah, - it's just I downloaded from the Internet, - and it's just going to be the background texture. - I have a couple different coffee stains that I also downloaded from online, - and so that that gives me a couple of different options. - Most importantly, - I have this, - uh, - this image of this traffic of me, - actually that was created by someone on fiber dot com. - I didn't create this graphic, - but I knew I wanted something a little bit fun and unique. - Ah, - I wanted I didn't want to just put a picture of a camera on my cover. - I wanted to do something unique like this, - but I couldn't. - I couldn't, - you know, - draw this myself. - And I didn't want to just put my image on the cover. - I just I felt weird about that. - I wanted to do something else. - So I thought maybe like a caricature or some sort of cartoon version of myself would be - cool. - So on fiber dot com That's fiber. - F i v e r r dot com. - It's a site where you can pay people to do awesome things for $5 in the front thing from - creating and a caricature to, - um, - I don't know, - writing a message for you. - Or there's all sorts of things that people will do on the marketplace. - And so someone created this for $5 for me, - which is such a great teal, - I have this awesome cartoon version of myself. - Um and so these are the basic elements, - and you can see where I'm going to go with this. - And, - uh, - how I'm actually going to design the cover from all of these images to get this final look - . - Something like this. - Okay, - so that's it for adding my content. - Um, - for now, - we're gonna be adding text and that stuff late in the next lessons. - But for now, - that's my content. - I hope you enjoyed this lesson. - And you understand why I am using this content and we'll talk more in the next lesson. - See you then. - Bye. 27. Designing the Cover: - Hey, - guys, - let's create my cover. - So I want toe rewind a little bit and pretend like we didn't even see the complete - finalized cover that I showed you last time. - And the reason why is because I want to be in a blank mindset. - I want to be in the mindset of just having done my research, - having seen all of the other samples of of e book covers that are related toe filmmaking in - auto by our fees and go from there, - Um, - rather than going backwards from my final product. - And so I have these amazing content layers right now and now is just what do I do with them - ? - So first thing first is I want to create the backdrop of my e book cover. - Sometimes it could be a solid color. - Sometimes it could be a texture. - Today I want to use some do something with this line paper, - so I'm going to make these other layers disappear for now. - So I have this line paper. - I wanted to cover the entire space, - so I'm going to just increase the size by using the move tool clicking and dragging while - holding shift to make sure that the entire thing that the image increases in size but - doesn't stretch. - So that's about right right there. - I like that spot and then I'm going to show, - see what it looks like with the image of myself on it. - So it's pretty good. - I like it. - But the background might be a little bit too dark for me, - and I want my image to pop a little bit more off of the background. - Right now, - it's kind of a little bit, - too. - It blends into the background too much. - So I want this to be a little bit lighter. - What I need to do is drop the opacity of this background. - So if you go click this layer and you go up to this opacity over here, - drop down the menu and then just drop it down, - you can see that I could make it more or less opaque. - But when I make it more opaque, - you can tell that the background is transparent. - I need a light background so that it becomes that the whole backdrop itself becomes lighter - , - so I'm going to go over to my shape tool. - I'm going to create a new layer by selecting layer new layer. - We'll do background. - Then I want to make sure my color is white or something lighter than this was gonna click - and drag across the entire background. - So I have this background layer, - and I'm going to put this underneath my layer. - Three. - This is my paper texture. - We'll rename that. - So now I'm going to drop the opacity. - So 50 is a little bit too bright. - Maybe I'll do something like 70. - That's looking pretty good. - Another thing I can do is play with these layer modes where it says normal. - There's a drop down menu. - You can go through these to see if there's one that looks good. - Um, - and there's also some of them you know, - you'll have to play with them. - Some of them don't do anythings at all, - but some do something cool, - um, - and make it a unique kind of overlay effect. - So But I like just dropping the passenger to 70%. - This makes my emit the image of myself pop out a little bit more, - and I like that a lot. - Okay, - Next is I e. - I want I want to add, - uh, - this coffee stain to the image itself. - And so I'm going to get rid of the image of myself for a second coming of these coffee - stains. - And just speaking of lair, - uh, - layer modes, - transfer modes. - I want to change this to multiply, - and this gets rid of the white. - It's a multiple. - Using multiple. - I will get rid of the white. - I'm going to just move these around, - see what they look like, - maybe rotate them so I can put it up top or put it down in the corner. - I can even drop the opacity a little bit if I think it's too bright. - Something like that. - I like it being in the bottom corner because I know I want text on the top. - And I don't want this to distract the viewer from being on the top. - And bottom left corner is a good places to put it. - For now, - I might move it to the bottom, - right or on my might leave it in the bottom left. - But this is good for now. - So now I want to see what my two options are. - So now placed boast both of them there. - So there is one option. - There is the other option. - I kind of like this option because a little bit smaller and less distracting them. - This one. - But I don't like Ah, - these circles right here. - The circle of drops right here. - I just like the circle of the coffee stain. - So I'm gonna select this and I'm going to use my race tool racer tool and just go ahead and - a race Thies this part of the image right there. - So now I just have the coffee stain like this that's looking pretty good. - And I like that a lot. - No, - I'm gonna put my my care picture of myself right here, - going to drop the size a little bit. - Well, - in the center, - I know I'm going to want to add text of the top and maybe add my name at the bottom. - Um, - And for this e book, - I am for this version, - I'm just doing year one, - and so I'm gonna have to have that somewhere as well. - So in the next lesson, - I'm going to talk about adding the text. - But for now, - I have the content of my e book laid out in a way that I like And then from here I'm just - going toe, - add text and then play with the sizing and the colors and shapes of of the rest of the - content. - Thank you for watching, - and I'll see you in the next lesson. 28. Adding Text: - Okay, - guys, - how is it going today? - I want to start adding some text to my e book cover, - so I'm going to use my text tool. - And first, - I'm just gonna go ahead and write out the, - uh, - title of my book Diary of a Film Student. - And I'm just gonna place it in the middle on the top, - like so about where I want it. - Lums, - where I'm going to want it. - I'm just gonna make it, - have black suit up here, - change it to black. - So this thought that it's actually on isn't a bad font. - I like it. - It's motor oil. - It's it's called motor Oil 1937. - It's bold, - it's clean and it's easy to see. - And so, - like I mentioned in ah, - previous lessons, - I want to think thumb now. - So I decrease the size to 8% and this is about what the thumbnail is going to look like. - And you can still read Diary of a film student. - So it's a good fun. - For example, - I'm going to change this to try changing it to something like, - Ah, - this party Hell e t. - And then I'm going to decrease decrease the size of this are comp, - and the way you do that is by clicking this magnifying glass and then going up here to this - minus and then clicking. - Or you can use the hot ki Z and use that changes it to the magnifying glass. - As you can see here in some now version, - with this fun, - you cannot read the text at all. - So as a bad fun, - that's because it's a uh, - it's a script fun and not a bold sawn Sarah farm. - Um, - so let us, - uh, - change it to a font that I know I'm going to like called the league Gothic Lee Gothic is a - great fun that I used for a lot of my projects. - Just get a bold. - It's clean and it's stylish. - It's great. - Um, - it's very condensed, - so you can fit a lot into a line and still make it big. - I also want to make this all capital, - so I'm just gonna go over here, - um, - and click this all caps and this is again underneath your character option over here Gonna - decrease the side size a little bit. - Sorry of a film student of time, - student. - Then I want to just decrease the size of just the of an A. - So I'm going to highlight those. - I'm going to decrease the size of those ones a little bit more than the rest so that the - other words stand out. - So that's looking pretty good right now. - Um, - I don't mind it going straight across, - but I want to try changing it up a little bit. - So I want to select this fun. - Select the text, - Presti, - or go to the text tool and then go up to this create warp text option up here. - No, - I didn't click it. - I want to create an ark. - So here you can see that it shows that it's art. - Here, - let me bring down this text so that we can see it all for sure. - Because I wanted to kind of arc over my care pictures head. - So go back to our text tool or text are I'm just gonna play with this a little bit. - You can play with different distortions if you want. - I don't like those distortions at all. - Um, - but the bend is what I'm gonna be playing with. - So maybe about 30 is good. - So let's zoom out Z and then zoom out. - You can also press, - alter or option to toggle between Zoom in and zoom out and here you can see that it's - looking very good already. - I like that fun. - I like the sizing. - You can see it when it's in the thumbnail view. - And now I want to add the text below me for, - um, - my name. - So I'm just gonna go open the text tool click down here and I'm going to say right my first - and last name. - I'm gonna put it underneath my feet. - And I don't want it to be Aziz big as my title of my film or of my book. - So I'm just gonna make it a little bit smaller and I like how it aligns. - I wanted some lines, - sort of with his feet right here. - The characters feet because aligning things, - it makes it look good. - Um, - just having straight lines and edges of things lining up. - So something like this is looking good like this. - So you have my name down here? - I don't have to put by or author or anything like that. - People will understand that that is my name. - So there I have my title of my book, - my name, - but I still want to add the year one. - I'm gonna move this up a little bit, - so I have room to put year one below this as a subtitle. - So I'm gonna add some text, - another text layer. - So just go to text click on your composition. - I got right year one, - and I could move this up here and just leave it like that. - But I want to change the farm. - And it was kind of a rule that you should only use two for up to two fonts in your on your - e book cover Just because if you start doing mawr, - um, - it starts to get a little hectic and crazy. - I downloaded a free font from de font dot com and it's a nice fun that looks like a hand - written, - and it's free public domain, - so I can use this on my e book cover. - So actually, - the size of that is looking pretty nice already. - I could maybe increase it a little bit. - I don't want to be too big. - I actually wanted to be small in that, - so I'll just go back to 35.5. - And I know I'm not going to read this when it zoomed out in some now view. - But I do know also that, - um, - people will be able to read it when it's full frame when you're viewing in the full mode. - I don't really care of people. - Use it reading it in the thumbnail do because I want people to see Diary of a film student - first. - Actually, - very first, - I think the image of myself, - um, - really takes the cake and it will be eye catching was like cute Kerik it cartoon of myself - . - Um and then next they'll see that See the text. - I think that's pretty good. - I'm also going to add an element of text down here with some scribbles. - So it looks like this is kind of like a note pad of mine that I was right ideas down. - So I'm gonna take this same layer, - and I'm just going to duplicate it. - And then I'm going to drag and drop it down here that I'm going to change the font using - the text tool or change the actual writing. - So I'm going to say life goals on underneath. - I'm gonna write yeah, - into college, - make new friends and watch more movies because these were some of the goals I had. - Freshman year of college. - I'm going to select them. - Goto, - pair up and left. - Justify X. - I'm gonna left justify all of it. - Then I'm going to shrink the text by just selecting using the move tool, - shrinking it a bit, - then rotating. - I want to be all be seen. - So I might have toe decrease the size a little bit more or even decrease the size of my my - cartoon myself and then the life goals. - I want to actually move this so that it's more centered above the list of bulls. - So something like that, - I was gonna make sure that my character is above at the top of my you big cover of all the - layers so that it's on top of everything. - So I'm just gonna make sure that everything's centered. - Maybe increase the size of my guy, - uh, - play around with all of the elements a little bit. - Make sure that you know it's rotated the right amount so that people can still read it. - Something like that. - Align my text of the bottom imagine over a little bit that is looking pretty good. - I like it a lot. - So let's see what my final cover looks like. - So as you can see, - it's pretty good. - 01 thing I forgot to do is add my nose, - which I got this caricature from, - Ah, - the girl in fiber. - But they forgot to add my nose. - And my girlfriend was like, - You need to had your nose because your nose is very distinctive. - Gets along my life. - We call it an ebb in your nose because it's my the avenues off long noses. - So I'm going to use the brush tool for this. - I'm gonna go ahead and start a new layer. - Okay? - I'm gonna go over to this brush tool. - I'm gonna go up here to the option right here to change the size and the brush. - I'm gonna use one of the flat angle little bristle. - Actually, - I'm gonna use maybe this round point stiff and then just gonna decrease the size. - And then I'm going to zoom in to my composition so I can see what I'm doing. - Go back to my brush and groups make sure that I'm using black to match the rest of my - features and then just draw Quick knows, - just like that There have my Evan or knows maybe move it up a little bit on my face. - Something like that. - So now to see the final version, - it is very similar. - I mean, - my final version it's a little bit brighter, - so maybe I will, - um, - drop the past a little bit more. - Um, - and, - uh, - yeah, - I think it's looking pretty good. - So that is how you design an e book cover. - I hope you really like mine. - Ah, - the text is bold. - It's easily seen. - Um, - the text against the background is a good color contrast. - You have a light background with dark text. - The image is very unique and eye catching. - The texture in the background adds quality to it. - If this was just a white background, - didn't have this coffee stain or this text on the side. - Look out. - Boring. - This this cover is. - But then you add all those elements and you start to see this really professional nice - looking, - unique fun e book cover. - All right. - Thank you for watching next. - We're going to save it, - um, - into different formats and we'll see you then. - Thanks for watching 29. Saving the Cover: - Hey, - guys. - So we created my cover. - Now I want to export to different formats that I have all of them. - So I'm going to go up to save save as I'm just gonna go format. - I'm going to save it as a JPEG. - You can save it out. - J pig options 12 maximum is the quality. - Just leave these settings alone, - and then you press OK, - then I'm gonna go up and save as again and save it as a PNG right click save. - Okay on that will save it out as a PNG go up to file, - save eyes go down to tiff clicks click, - save do know emit in his complexion. - Compression None. - All the stuff you can leave alone, - then press OK. - And then you will have all the major file formats for any of the e book publishers online. - So all the using all those, - um, - they're having all those you should be taking care of. - If there are other versions, - then you can of course, - go ahead and just go up up to file, - save as and save has a different version. - All right. - Thanks for watching. - Next time, - we're gonna be learning about converting this to a different size. - Okay, - We'll see you then. 30. Converting to Another Size: - Hey there. - So one thing you might come across or run into is, - uh, - having to convert your e book cover to a different size. - Um, - because some of the different e book publishers recommend different size, - and maybe you created it in one size, - and I'm gonna show you easy ways to stay, - uh, - converted to that new size. - So this one is 15 63 pixels by 2500. - I'm going to start a new composition that is the, - uh, - app like an apple standard. - Ah, - apple iBook, - which is 1400 or 1600 by 20. - 400. - So it's a little bit taller and a little bit skinnier. - Um, - and so a little bit, - I guess. - Fat shorter and a little fatter, - actually. - Um, - so, - to what I want to do is copy all of these layers into my new composition. - So to do that, - I'm just gonna select all layers just by selecting the top one. - And I go into the last one and pressing shift and clicking. - Or you can just go through them one by one and collect command or control. - If you're on a PC and selecting all of them, - I'm going to right click and say Duplicate layers destination. - I want to do it to my untitled two, - which is my new composition. - That's 14 1600 by 2400 pixels and click OK, - and now I'll see When I brought it in all of my layers air here, - but you can see that they aren't aligned properly because the sizes different, - so we just have to adjust them. - So go ahead and I'm going to move this paper texture background, - um, - around on the white background, - actually make it bigger. - That covers the whole background, - the dire of film soon in Texas, - looking pretty good. - But since it a little bit shorter, - I might decrease the size of my cartoon a little bit to make room for my text at the bottom - . - Um, - make sure that these life goals are aligned. - How they were in the other cover. - And when I duplicated the layers, - it made both coffee stains appear, - um, - and so I'm gonna get rid of the one that I don't like. - Then the one that I do like I'm going Teoh, - move up a little bit. - Make sure that the rotation looks good. - Maybe decrease the size of a little bit and then just practice re sizing everything. - Make sure that everything is where you want it to be. - And that's pretty much all you have to do. - So it's not too hard. - You can see my nose is now in my on my lips. - So the nose up and there you have it, - an even cover that is converted to the new size. - You just go up file, - save as then you can save as all of your different options. - Okay, - so that is it. - I hope you enjoyed that quick lesson. - And I helped you a lot. - If you have any questions, - please feel free to contact me. - And if not, - have a great day by 31. Carbon Book Cover - Session 1: - Hey, - students, - I hope you're really enjoying this class and really getting a feel for creating e book - covers. - And you're inspired by the covers that we've seen and the covers that we've created so far - . - Um, - and I want to give you another example, - so you get more of feel for creating at cover from scratch. - So let's say we have a book about carbon, - your carbon footprint. - It's called carbon. - The honest truth is the subtitle that is completely made up, - but I want to show you how I create a cover for that foot. - So first I want to start, - um, - are start a new project. - So I go up to file You knew 1600 by 2400 is a great with hype. - We've learned that already. - So I won't waste your time talking about all of that. - Now we have our basic e book cover layup. - I download some images from online that I think will help us. - These I just found on Google. - But if you're creating a cover, - make sure you find your images ah, - that are in public domain name. - I have to purchase them from a stock photography. - The site or just take them yourself. - But for this example, - I'm just going to show you some images that I found. - So I found a footprint because I thought maybe I could do something with a footprint for - carbon footprint. - Um, - let's see, - What else do I have here? - Um, - I have another footprint, - Some samples. - Okay. - So, - grass, - this might come in handy for for just a texture. - Something like that stars this one come in handy. - Basically, - I was thinking of the theme of earth and nature. - I have this texture that's kind of grungy and dark and kind of feels like carbon on. - Then I have the earth. - So I brought all these layers on here. - And so first, - what I want to do is look at my my footprints and isolate one of those footprints. - So I think I'm going to want to grab this left foot. - So a tool that I didn't teach you yet is this Ah, - polygonal lasso tool. - So if you go to your lasso tool and then click this middle one, - you have this tool where you can click, - and then I kind of just you create an outline of whatever image you want. - So just clicking on and it creates this outline and then to close to create this this - selection, - you have to close the loop. - So you make sure you go to the end and then click, - and then it creates this selection. - We're going to copy and paste this by pressing command Z command, - be on my Mac, - and then I can get rid of this background over here. - So I'm just going to go ahead and delete that. - You know, - I have this left foot print, - which is nice. - Rotate a little bit and increase the size. - And I'm going to make sure I have hold shift down while im increased increasing the size of - that. - Now, - I want, - uh I'm going to start out with a white background, - so I'm going to create a new layer. - So I'm just going to press command shift and which is the hockey on a Mac to create a new - layer. - I'm gonna call this white. - I'm just gonna select my shape tool, - go to color, - make sure I have white selected, - then click and drag. - So there I have my background. - So this is going to be the basic form of my cover. - There's lots more, - but I'm gonna stop now to break this lesson into a few different sections for you guys to - watch easily at your own pace. - We'll see you next time. 32. Carbon Book Cover - Session 2: - Okay, - We're back. - And we have our layers created Are cut out of our foot. - Now, - I just want to play with some transfer moods. - And I like, - you know, - this foot being, - Ah, - the texture that is it looks like a real footprint. - It's not just like a clip art version, - but maybe we can use some of these other images to fill in the foot itself and to create - kind of a cool, - cool image that way. - So first, - I'm going to increase the size of these in this grass image. - Could see what it looks like. - Sorry for the lag time on my computer. - It's not being friendly today, - so that covers the foot itself. - All right, - then I'm going to just play through these transfer modes on a Mac. - I can press shift and then the plus or minus keys to go through them just to scroll through - them. - Not exactly sure what it is on a PC. - So, - um, - if you know, - please let me know so I can tell everyone in the nose. - And as you can see this lighten or the screen mode, - it basically shows the grass through the black footprint and That's kind of cool. - Already doing something different thing, - just the black footprint. - So I like Khan that light 10 with the screen, - Maybe the screen that looks good. - Something like that Might be Might work. - How about let's try on the stars. - So I'm going to again. - I'm just going to wrote, - Take this, - actually. - And I'm going to increase the size holding shift down, - and then I'm going to go ahead and scroll through some of these transfer modes. - So again, - lighten or screen is gonna be a good one. - So that's kind of was Well, - um, - maybe I want, - you know, - the earth somewhere on here. - For now, - I'm just gonna leave the stars, - you know, - of the earth somewhere. - But I want to actually try and see what it looks like with the earth in the foot. - That would really get be a nice image for this cover the imagery of a carbon footprint, - You know, - your footprint on the earth. - So let's see what that looks like. - Yeah, - I like something like that. - A lot. - So, - lion screen Lyons seems to be the one that does the trick for this image. - Just gonna move these layers around put it below the texture. - So something like that is starting to look really cool. - I want to move up the foot. - So I'm just gonna select it press shift and up on the keep had and just kind of center it - so that there is the same amount of space on the top and bottom. - So there's, - you know, - you see the white space on the top and the bottom is about the same. - It's all about aligning things that way. - And my title is gonna go over here on the right s o. - I think I'm going to stick with that earth rather than the stars or the grass. - For now, - I'm not going to get rid of those layers because maybe those going come here come in handy - for now. - I really like this. - And where it's going next, - we're gonna add the text. - I Thanks for watching. - We'll see next time 33. Carbon Book Cover - Session 3: - Okay, - so we have Our cover is the basic layout is there now, - I just want to style eyes it. - So I have this texture that I, - um that I downloaded from the internet. - It's just an image. - And you can, - um you know, - you can totally find tons of textures. - Some are very free and available public domain. - You know, - there's a lot of great artists that like to create textures for free. - I'm just gonna make sure that this is big enough to cover entire cover itself. - And I'm just gonna play again with the transfer mode. - So I'm gonna press shift plus or minus to play around with this. - So, - as you can see, - sometimes it just gives texture to the earth. - Sometimes it gives texture to the white background. - I wanted to give a texture to the white background because the white back background - without this, - it's just too. - Why is to playing And I need some sort of feeling. - I need some sort of texture. - So this pin light is actually very nice. - Um is subtract contar knit black and white, - black, - and I actually kind of looks nice for the footprint itself, - but I like the colors popping out as well. - So maybe something like this. - Hard light see hard light and pin lights intimate my favorite, - but it's going. - It's too bright with hard light, - so I'm gonna drop the opacity with hard light. - I'm just gonna drop the opacity to around 50 and then I'm going to actually rotate this so - that the bright spot of this texture is where the text is. - I'm going to increase the size a little bit more, - and I like having it at kind of an angle. - Just gives it a little bit more uniqueness to it. - And it's not just completely straight lines, - and you know what you expect. - I like doing things that people don't expect. - So the bright part of this, - you know, - it is nice against the black text, - so it's easy to see. - But now, - Ah, - my earth is a little bit dark, - so let's just play around to see how we can make this a little bit brighter by putting on - top of the texture. - It doesn't really help me because the transfer modes make these clouds visible, - tried duplicating it. - That does not do anything. - I just ah, - let's try adding a brightness effect. - So if you go down here with your layer selected to this half, - sir, - the circle with half black, - half white, - select it and scroll down when they like brightness, - contrast, - the adjustments pop up here, - I'm gonna increase the brightness. - I mean, - something like that might work well, - so let's just play around a little bit more with these stars. - Stars are screen mood, - but I just want to make them normal. - I want to increase the size and see if this adds any cool texture by playing with the - transfer modes just to see what it does. - I like doing the hut. - You know, - I just like playing around to see what this does. - So I like this kind of because it adds some texture to the black. - You know, - it feels dirty. - That's what carbon makes me feel like it feels dirty, - but then it messes up my foot. - I'm just gonna continue to see if there's something else. - Do something like this. - So difference, - um, - or exclusion or subtract all of these three. - My work. - I like exclusion because for a subtract and difference, - you see the carbon over the footprint but for us, - attract are for exclusion. - Rather, - uh, - you It's white speckles on the footprint and black speckles on background. - And that's kind of cool. - I really dig that. - And who knew that image on image of stars would turn into dirt carbon on the front cover of - my book as a texture? - But it just takes playing around with so something like that's good. - I wanna erase the speckles around my title so they don't interferes. - I'm just gonna take my eraser tool, - um, - and quickly and easily erase this, - Uh, - you have to rast arise it to be on erase it. - That's flying. - Just gonna do that Erased the purr of the speckles Our Where the the covered title I saw a - sign like that So this cover looks actually pretty cool I'm come inspired. - Maybe all write a book about carbon footprints But this is just another example of a and - you but cover Ah, - the balance you know is nice on the left and then the right side is the title. - There's lots of negative space. - The contrast of the background is light enough so that the dark text pops out and the text - is big enough to see in a thumbnail version. - But really, - what stands out is the footprint itself. - Um, - and even though it's kind of a police shape image, - the footprint, - I think it's very nice and the a symbol of a carbon footprint, - you know, - as a footprint meat of the earth. - I think that's very nice. - And, - you know, - the texture is nice and everything about it I really like. - So I hope you like it, - too. - And I hope that these lessons helped you a lot in learning more about, - you know, - the creative process behind creating e book covers. - Um, - and you know, - just the practical how to use photo shop. - If you have any questions with what I was doing, - how it did something. - Please let me know. - I know always going fast through all this. - I'm sorry if you, - you know, - have to re one watch it. - But that's what learning is all about. - Thank you for watching, - and we'll see you in the next lesson by 34. Carbon Book Cover - Session 4: - so it's time to add the title of our book. - So I'm just gonna go ahead and write down carbon on me. - Select It was in white, - so I'm going to make sure that it's in black. - Sorry if I'm running through this lesson fast, - but I want you to get it all, - um, - and understand it, - and I don't want it to take too long. - So it's in black now. - And so I'm gonna linnet maybe around here, - it's gonna end up being around here in the middle of my book. - This book, - this foot kind of balances the left takes a lot of the left inside of this cover. - But there's a space right here for the for the title where you know, - the arc of your foot. - Um, - it creates this space. - So the font that was I was using last was this Mona Lisa. - Let's try something else. - I'm going to highlight that The font choice up here and then is click down on the arrow - keys to see what I can use. - Mossy is the font that I used for my other book Dire of film student. - I'm not going to use that again. - I definitely like, - you know, - the serif fonts. - Um, - something like this is very nice. - Uh, - I don't even know how you pronounce that any Oh, - you. - But it's going to be too thin for the some nail version, - but it does have a bold version, - so they use something like that. - Look good. - Let me just make sure I can read it from thumbnail version. - So yeah, - something like that you can definitely read, - especially if the background is going to be light like that. - So I'm going to decrease the size a little bit. - It's taking a little too much space. - I want to balance it out a bit. - It's a sign like that. - Then I'm going to duplicate this cool trick is to press option or Ault. - While you have a layer selected, - your mouse turns into like a duplication tour. - You just click and drag and you have created a new layer. - Easy as that Save the honest truth is the subtitle again. - This is just all made up that I'm going to decrease the size of this so that it aligns with - the farm with title above it. - So something like this my cool I want to make sure that the right and the left sides of - this title a line with the carbon itself something like this is going to look nice. - So very clean, - which actually contrast with the idea of carbon and carbon footprint, - which is kind of a cool, - um, - you know, - way of doing it. - I could make this, - like, - a very Renji looking font. - Maybe something like, - Let me show you one of my grungy fonts. - Um, - this capture it right here. - You know, - that's kind of a cool for this, - but I don't know. - I feel like that's cliche. - So something like this was clean. - No, - I are new. - What is very nice. - And you can see it when is thumbnail version and the subtitle is hard to see and that's the - thumbnail version. - But that's OK. - I think the image of the footprint looks very nice. - Um, - and it's very eye catching. - Let me just sent. - Make sure that this is centered. - And one way to make sure that it centered is to use these rulers up here. - So, - uh, - up here on the top, - you can You can show guys this little option. - I here make sure you have show guides checked and show rulers. - And then when you have your move, - tool select, - you can actually click in these rulers and then drag, - and it creates this line. - You can see, - um and you can place it in the middle of your composition just like that. - So my composition is about five and 1/4 of five and a little bit more than 1/4. - So half of that is gonna be 2.5 would see a little bit over to and, - uh, - you know, - between 2.5 and two and, - uh, - 3/4 of some something like this. - Then up and down, - my composition is eight inches. - Well, - hi. - And I could do this by pixels, - but then notice before and so this is pretty much in the center of the titles. - Let me this like both and, - you know, - just make sure they're completely centered. - There's about the same amount of white space on the right of the letters as there is on the - left of this foot, - which is very nice. - To get rid of these lines, - you can just select them and drag them off of the frame off your canvas. - So for now, - I'm gonna leave it like that. - I'm not done. - But I've finished out of my text. - And the next I'm going to add some more textures and make it really come to life. - I see next time.