New Moves and New Sales

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and, for those who don’t celebrate this holiday, I hope you had a wonderful November. I am almost done with my college courses and should be back into full swing after next week. For now, I thought I post an update on the covers that recently got picked up.

Newest Covers Sold through PremadeCovers4U

Newest Covers Sold through SelfPubBookCovers

I am not sure if I already posted an update on these last two covers or not, but rest assured that all my covers are sold only once.

Now an update on the old shop. I am working with the owner of PremadeCovers 4U and am in the transition of getting that site transferred over to me, so it won’t be shutting down. That is great news, I am super excited to get back into creating new covers for you all very soon. But the move of many of the covers will still take place to clean up the site and provide newer covers for you all. This also means that after January 2nd the prices on most of the covers will go back up. So make sure to grab some awesome covers at very cheap prices.

Now for the covers that I moved over to SelfPubBookCovers if you like any of these covers make sure to check them out over there.

Thank you for stopping by. Till next time, keep creating and inspiring.

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Thank you and as always keep writing and inspiring. An update coming soon related to what I have been up to and covers I have sold since the last time I posted. Have a wonderful holiday season.

More Moving & Edits

I apologize for the lack of updates this week. Extremely busy with university courses, endless homework that comes with it and other daily life stuff. Everything is going pretty good, no worries just very busy.

I am still working as fast as I can at the moment to continue with the transition of my covers over to my shop SelfPubBookCovers and separating which covers will end up being sold here on my blog.

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I removed quite a bit of my covers from PremadeCovers and will be editing them to move them over. Here are the rest of the covers I have managed to finish editing and are already available at SelfPubBookCovers.

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You can see that some covers didn’t need any editing just some resizing while others had very minor to obvious big changes. This is all for today’s update. These updates might be weekly or biweekly since I have a very hectic schedule this semester. Till next time, keep writing and inspiring.

The Difference Years of Experience Makes

We all have heard “Practice makes Perfect” and we all most likely have gotten tired of it. But it is true. It still astonishes me how much years of experience can make a difference, especially in cover design. Like you all know I am busy moving covers from my old shop (PremadeCovers4U) to my more updated shop (SelfPubBookCovers) and today I tackled a very old cover.

Here are the results…

It goes to show that less is better and that a different perspective might just do the trick. I was falling asleep I have to admit while editing this cover and I went to flip the stars texture layer and ended up flipping the entire cover. To my surprise, I rather liked it and kept it like that.

Really happy to see how far I have come and maybe it isn’t so bad that I never sold this cover because this newly updated rendition of it would never have been possible. What new improvements have you made in your writing, work, or design ideas?

This cover will be available for purchase next week. Thanks for stopping by and till next time keep writing and inspiring.

Expanding Genres & Nonfiction

If you have been following me for the past few years or maybe the past few weeks you have noticed that most of my covers lean more to the sexy side. From time to time I do design covers that are more nonfiction themed or general genre.

Here are two new covers that fit that general/nonfiction allure.

Both covers will be available at SelfPubBookCovers. The one with the little girl and mother is already available for purchase. The one with the little boy needed some editing on the lettering so that one will most likely go up on Monday. Vetting team is off on the weekends.

And here is another cover that was designed a few days ago, but finally got the green light and was made available at SelfPubBookCovers. They had requested that I show more of the mermaid tail.

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This one was designed at the same time as the other mermaid cover I posted a few days ago. Other than an update on new covers, there isn’t much else to cover. Hope you all are enjoying the sale still happening over at PremadeCovers4U and don’t forget to keep writing and inspiring. Till next time.

Learn to make your own Book Covers Part Two

In Part One I showed you all some quick tips on how to create a book cover under 20 minutes in a 7-minute video using layers and grouped levels. In the video tutorial, I showed you how to blend two or more images to create a cover that is appealing and cost-effective to anyone on a tight budget.

 

Today, I will be covering places you can get FREE images to create beautifully stunning covers, images that are completely free for only a limited time or free for an unlimited time.

Pixabay

They have over 1.5 million royalty free images to use for both personal and commercial use. No credit is needed and even SelfPubBookCovers accepts images from this location as long as they aren’t of people, don’t have names, locations, and meet other certain requirements.

My recommendation to you if you plan to use images from here is that you check out their dimensions. Some images aren’t high quality enough where you can enlarge to meet book cover dimensions. Avoid Pixalation.

Pexels

This one seems very similar to Pixabay. Their images are also free to use for personal and commercial usage. No attribution is required. They do have certain requirements listed on their site like not using images of people in a bad light and you can’t sell unaltered photos. Requirements are pretty much the same as for all free images provided for commercial or personal use in other websites.

I have yet to use this site so I don’t have any advice other than always check the file size and download the largest size available to ensure best quality.

Morguefile.com

They have over 350,000 images free to use commercially. Some of the images found here don’t appear to be posted on other free sites. Their collection is always growing and there is even a place to seek out certain photos that are yet to be posted.

I remember using them briefly and again there are some very interesting images on there. Here are some past covers I created using at least one of their images per cover.

 

And one can’t forget the big guns like DepositPhotos and Fotolia. One can find weekly or monthly free images that remain free for a limited time. Before I could afford their service packs I would rely on such free images to create covers.

For DepositPhotos you simply click on photos on the top and their free photo of the week will be on the far right, the top section of the photos being showcased. Don’t miss out on checking them often, they have some great jewels at times. They also have free vectors and free videos.

And the best part is that if you do miss some you can go all the way to the bottom of the webpage and click on Free Pictures and they will have a collection of some of the past freebies.

As for Fotolia, they used to have weekly freebies but not anymore. They did have an event during December where they gave out a daily free image for Christmas. That was done over at their Facebook page. They do however have 10 free images when you sign up for Adobe Stock. Here are two covers created using at least one of the images they had free at the time.

 

Creating pleasing covers is possible you just need the know-how, which I covered in Part One of this segment, and good images to use, which I covered in this part. Use at least two images to make the cover interesting and unique. Don’t be afraid to use textures and textured backgrounds to add an extra touch to your covers.

And that is all the advice and resources I have on making your own covers on little to no budget. Best of luck and keep on writing.

A Very Productive Weekend

I was going to say day or week, but most of the work was done on the weekend. I managed to get 5 covers up on SelfPubBookCovers. One cover still needs further editing and no it isn’t the one that already went under 3 edits, thank goodness.

Talking about edits here is the cover that I had to edit three different times.

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The first edit consisted of having to change the couple because the image I used was quote “Used too often” by other designers. I had yet to use that image in any of my covers and the approval team was saying I could either crop it further to make it harder to recognize or change it. So, I changed it.

The couple got approved, but the second part of the edit, the “show more of the ships” was just not up to par. I had to edit those darn ships three times. Yup, three times to qualify them as showing enough. If you ask me, the second edit should have been enough.

While I waited for the approval or rather more suggestions to show more of the ships, I worked on more covers. Two were older covers I had designed and transferred over from PremadeCovers4U.

A few minor edits and size reformating and they were approved without any delays. Now if only the rest of my covers were that easy to get approved. 🙂 And on this note here are the two new covers I made and are already available through SelfPubBookCovers.

I now have over 60 covers at my shop over there. I used to have barely 40 covers. Now, that I call a productive weekend. Can’t wait to reach 100 covers there and once the majority of my covers are transferred over from PremadeCovers4U I might be once more over 300 covers in a single shop. Super excited to see how my design skills grow.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, keep writing and inspiring.