IWSG #57: DIY Book Covers

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OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

I’ve messed around with covers. What do you think?

It’s amazing what a person can find online these days.

Here’s the YouTube that started it all:

It’s a how-to series. I followed the advice and my heart and this is where I landed. Didn’t hurt that I got Photoshop (not the subscription but the disc) for Xmas in 2018. I’ve played. I’ve had fun. Learned a lot. A LOT!

Graphic design is nothing like drawing (I only dabbled in sketching, etc.). Some say I have the eye. I know what I like. It’s all subjective like choosing the perfect read.

On another note: still in a funk. Will it ever end?

Have a great month! This time you’ll need to do it for both of us. 🙂

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84 responses to “IWSG #57: DIY Book Covers

  1. I didn’t think of that one. Your covers are wonderful! I too do that to limited success but I have no choice. I have over a hundred e-resources that need covers and then there are all my YouTube videos. Can’t afford to pay for all that designing!

  2. Yours are excellent and quite artistic. I tried out of low income and was more or less pleased. I now use a trusted friend to design mine and am better pleased. 🙂 Does Wattpad help do you think? Whatever the funk, I hope the dawn comes soon for you.

  3. Nice images for the covers. The secret is in the text. That really can make or break a book cover.

    I’ve learned to just pass on the title, name, and concept to my illustrator and then just stay out of his way. LOL

  4. Glad you had fun with this. I really like your covers.

  5. I like your covers. I don’t dabble in the design myself but I appreciate a good cover. It can be really simple and still say something. I find the font for the title and author to be important too. The image and font should compliment, not crowd each other.

    • I spent hours and hours on Amazon checking out each genre. He suggested, looking to see what covers stood out and still fit in. Matching style of text and color was stressed.

      Thanks for dropping in, Laura. Nice to see you. 🙂

  6. Love your covers. Wish I was skilled in creating DIY covers. Subscribed to the YT to watch later. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Let me tell you about the funk I’m in. It’s bad. I have a fever, so that has everything to do with it. Here’s to me and you getting out of our funks!

  8. I’m sorry to hear you’re in a funk. However, those covers are really good. I’m impressed. You may just have discovered a hidden talent! 🙂

  9. Yeh for playing and having fun and learning!

  10. Those are nice covers. Maybe you should get a job as a book cover designer. BTW, where did you get the models?

    • Check out Pixabay.com for blog and ecovers or you can go to Dreamstime.com and buy like I did.

      I bought because I loved the pics and couldn’t find anything else close to what I wanted. Feel free to contact me if you need anything else. 🙂

  11. Isn’t it fun testing out different styles and combinations? I freaking love it. I do that a lot myself with my own books, and I query a lot of my friends for suggestions. It does tend to make me more critical of book covers, in the same way I get critical of writing when I’m focused on correcting mistakes in my own work.

    I really like the Minor Error cover. It’s got a great feel and good lighting. Plus, the dynamic pose really makes it pop and gives it a feel of movement. I am less keen on the Mexmur covers. Part of it is due to the typography (the choice of serif font for the subtitles) and another part is the lighting on the image (the harsh light source on the woman makes her seem disconnected from the background). I could give more feedback, if you were interested in my opinions on the matter. I’m not a professional, though, and all my experience is self-taught, so best to be taken with a grain of salt. I do find reading through the comments on the Monthy e-Book Cover Design Awards helpful, and I’ve also found a lot of fun free-for-commercial-use fonts at Font Squirrel, if you enjoy exploring.

    I hope you get out of your funk. 😦 Funks are no fun.

  12. Your covers are pretty. I wish I could do photoshop. I’ve tried a few times, but I just can’t wrap my head around it. I think I need someone to hold my hand through it. lol

  13. YouTube and Photoshop are like peanut butter and chocolate, they so go together! Sorry about the funk — hope you feel better.

  14. Love the covers!!! I’ve just started playing with Photoshop too – hoping to make my own covers as well. I’m definitely going to check out that link – thanks!!! 🙂

  15. I love your covers! I have fun with designing them, too. No pressure, just art. It’s really quite relaxing. Hope the funk lifts soon. I’m fighting that too, having just recovered from a very nasty virus.

  16. These look great, what a fun thing to do and very creative,

  17. Oh that’s really cool Anna! I have zero graphic design skills, so anyone who can make a decent cover seems amazing to me.

  18. Yay! Another book cover artist – a kindred spirit. I make book covers too.
    I hope your funk goes away soon.

  19. I love them all! Graphic design is fun. I am moving slower too than usual but I am blaming it on the weather 😉

  20. You do a great job on those. I’m happy to let my publisher do that for me but I admire those writers creative enough to do it themselves.

  21. I wish I had the skills to do my own covers. I did my non-fiction cover but there’s no way I’m brave enough to try fiction covers!

  22. Your covers look very nice. Well done! I’ll have to watch the video soon. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  23. Fun covers! That’s something I’d like to dabble in one day.

  24. Well done on the covers, Anna. Very creative! I think that counts towards book progress or learning new things in regards to publishing! And, it’s way more fun than whatever got you in this funk. I hope you’ll pop out of it soon, maybe when spring arrives?

    If I end up self-publishing my memoir, I’m looking forward to playing around with covers. Very time-consuming, though…

  25. I admire anyone who has an eye for these things. I don’t, unfortunately. 😦 @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  26. Nice on the covers. I’ve played around with some DIY myself. Another blogger I follow did a series of posts on making them using Canva. It’s fun to play around with, and for a while I’ll keep paying someone to make them. Sorry you’re still in a funk. Hopefully it ends soon.

  27. I think graphic design is awesome. Good covers. I’d like to learn. I’m sorry to hear you’re still in a funk. I’m hoping that funk will stop pestering you. Tell it to go away. 🙂

  28. Very cool. Book covers and graphic art is so much harder than it looks, kudos to you on an excellent job! And here’s good vibes to get you out of the current funk soon.

  29. Those are great covers that each has its style. I don’t finish often enough to do more than give suggestions to a designer. I can see the advantage if you have the creative spark as you do.

  30. I like the first cover the best!

  31. Nice work. Photoshop is fun to work in. I’ve done a few covers myself.

  32. Angela Wooldridge

    Oh, good luck coming out the other side of your funk 😦 Quite a few writer friends had slumps over the christmas period, me included. Fingers crossed things look up for you soon.

  33. Great covers, you should design my latest. Diane is right it’s all in the font, and I fail at that every time. The funk will pass, I tell myself that, and hold on! Wishing you all the best with lots of sunshine!

  34. I like your covers, but I think most should invest in a designer.

  35. I really like your covers! That sounds like a fun pursuit and helpful when publishing your own work.

    Sorry to hear you’re in a funk. I totally understand. I was there for a very long time and just recently got out of it. Here’s to sunny skies and the energy to focus on the creative pursuits you enjoy xo

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    You’ve done some very nice covers. I have dabbled a little but it’s a strong point for me. I can see how it would be fun to play around with though. Hope you ease out of your funk soon.

  37. Victoria Marie Lees

    Great covers here, Anna. And thanks for sharing this youtube video. I’ve listened to it, and you’re right. It’s not sketching or drawing as much as it’s putting together the elements of the story on the cover to entice readers and book stores to pick it up. You do have an eye, by the way!

    • Thanks. I felt the advice was good enough to get me going. I’d watch several more series if I wanted to design my covers to sell books though.

      But I doubt I ever will. Not a marketer. 🙂

  38. Thanks for sharing that resource, Anna! I hope you get out of your funk soon. I’m not sure how it is in your part of the world but the weather has been disheartening where I live. Here’s hoping it turns around for you soon!

  39. Sorry you’re in a funk. Is it the weather, I wonder? This is the most brutal winter in years. Ugh, so tired of snow and extreme cold warnings.

    The covers are great! Well done, you. I can barely manage to get my blog posts out in time.

  40. Covers are so important. I’ve been turned off by covers, esp. those that are amateurish. Since I have next to no talent with covers, I engaged a professional. Your covers are great.

  41. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    Love the covers 🙂 Perhaps LOTS of coffee, chocolate and long walks will help with the funk you’re in…

    Ronel visiting for Feb’s IWSG Day Being an Insecure Writer — And Happy About It

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