Sorry, your browser is not supported
To have the best experience using Skillshare, we recommend that you use one of these supported browsers.

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

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
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 p...

See full profile