Book Cover 3 Software For Making Book Covers

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  1. Samantha Fury

    Samantha Fury Active Member

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    Lesson 3 Software

    I know you're like me you want to jump in and make a cover but we need to talk about the tools of the business first. Some are free, some are complicated and some are very expensive. An author needs to wear many hats, and one of them is book keeper, and time manger.

    You need to decide. Is it worth it to make my own covers. Do I want to spend the time necessary to do this, or would I rather be writing or spending time with my kids, or dogs, or should I just buy one. There are many nice places to buy covers and later. we'll spend some time on that topic.

    The next question that the bookkeeper in us all needs to ask, is what can I afford. Am I making enough money from my books to buy software at this time? Maybe you already have software, if not, try looking for something free. Once you find out if you have the ability to make good covers, then you can decide how much money to spend.

    I was blessed to have adobe Photoshop elements 2.0, (we got it with a camera we purchased years ago) it did everything I needed, until I did an upgrade and lost XP. Now I'm using three different kinds of software. I still have PS elements 2.0 but with 7, I have to use it in compatibility mode, and it's just not the same. I'm trying, with the free trial, Adobe Photo Shop 13. beta and Pixlr.

    Pixlris an online free service that allows you to set up an account and save your work online, or to your computer. It's a lot like adobe photo shop and I like it, but I prefer software to be on my computer, where I can feel a bit more safe, that no one can see, or steal my work. I'm loving the free trial of PS 13 from adobe, and more than likely will purchase this.

    I do enjoy making my own covers, but may purchase a few, here and there, when I don't have the time to do the work myself. As Mr. Eastwood said in the movie, Magnum Force, 'A man needs to know his limitations.' Well we authors need to know ours also. So if you are not good at something, find someone that is.

    I now have purchased Adobe Photo Shop Elements 10 and I just love it. Things change so much and so fast they already have Eleven outnow. You can go do adobeand try out all of their software.

    Here is some more I found but I don't know anything about them, if you use these feel free to tell us more or add something you prefer. :)

    Gimp

    Inkscape

    Photo Plus

    Other Lessons Topics
    Book Covers 1. . . So You Need A Book Cover

    Book Cover 2 Making A Cover With Create Space Cover Creator

    Book Cover 3 Software For Making Book Covers

    Book Cover 4 Making An E Book Cover

    Book Cover 5 Buying A Book Cover
     
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