Monday, May 30, 2011

Make your own book cover

Today’s blog is a short one as I am going to lead you to a few tutorials on making your own book cover using the free program called GIMP.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool and is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

In addition to detailed image retouching and free-form drawing, GIMP can accomplish essential image editing tasks such as resizing, editing and cropping photos, photomontages combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.

GIMP's product vision is that GIMP is or will become a free software high-end graphics application for the editing and creation of original images, icons, graphical elements of web pages and art for user interface elements.

You can download the free GIMP program here and the user manual here. Once the program is installed on your computer, download the two free book cover tutorials here and here have fun. You can make covers for your eBook too.

It took me three days to get a handle on the GIMP program. The tutorials cut through the mist and confusion. My first success is above when I tried to make a logo for my book. I know it is pitiful but it is a start and I will improve it as time goes by.

I found an editor who charges $1.00 a page (200-word count) or .005¢ a word. Her link is here.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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