Book covers: I don’t know why I’m thinking about this right now. My book isn’t finished and I haven’t even TRIED to find an agent or a publisher yet, so I don’t need a book cover yet. And yet...
There are several sources online for how to design a cover. Font advice. Image types. Treatments. Color. It’s great. So of course, that’s not really what I’m looking for. I need software.
“Use Photoshop.” Even if I used my daughter’s identity it would cost about 450.00. How many book covers is that? At least two or three. I’ve used this program in school myself, and it’s a complex thing with a learning curve. Hours of my writing time.
At the rate I write, it would be a maximum of three covers a year. Um, no.
“Use Gimp. It’s just like Photoshop, but free.” Yes, it’s free. It seems to work pretty well. If you already know how to use Photoshop. Same learning curve, less money. Better…
An online search gives me these choices:
- http://www.trueboxshot.com/ 80.00
- https://www.createspace.com/ I’m waiting for them to let me in so I can see what their software is like.
- http://www.ecovercreator3d.com/ I’m not sure what the 3D is all about, but it’s only 47.00. No idea how hard it is to use.
- http://onlineecovercreator.com/ 10.00 bucks a month or 49.00 per year. That doesn’t sound too bad.
The more I look, the more software I find. Many of them are online-only. A few have reviews that are more like adverts. Each and every one would take some kind of learning curve, an unknown which is a little daunting.
So, friends. What do you think? What do you use? How do you go about making your covers?