GIMP for Beginners 6: Make a Simple Book Cover for Free

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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9 Videos (25m)
    • Introduction

    • Book Cover Size

    • Create a White Book Cover

    • Scale and Crop the Image

    • Free and Pay For Images

    • Add Text

    • Add Colored Boxes

    • Make Your Text Pop

    • GIMP for Beginners, Book Cover, Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this GIMP for beginners class I will teach you how to create stunning, professional looking book covers using only three simple components: a background image, text and colored boxes.  Following my simple technique you'll have a book cover in no time that will attract readers to buying your book.

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free software program that runs on the Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.  For the cost of a few dollars for a background image, we'll be using the GIMP to create inexpensive and easy professional quality book covers.

This class addresses the following topics:

  • Book Cover Size and Resolution
  • Create a White Book Cover
  • Acquiring a Background Image
  • Sizing Your Background
  • Add Text
  • Add Colored Boxes
  • Make Your Text Pop

If you need a professional looking book cover and you need it cheap then this class on the GIMP is the one for you.

I'll see you in the classroom,






Brian Jackson


Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My last endeavor, begun in July of 2014, was to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal was to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I then expanded my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

My new goal is to begin recording custom material for distribution on SkillShare!!!

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.