The Fun of Designing Covers

As an author on a tight budget, and when I started it was non-existent, learning to do many of the things others paid for was necessary. One of those was designing my own book covers. Keeping costs low wasn't hard, using programs/sites like Canva and royalty free photos from places like Unsplash, and a cover - though basic- could be easily produced.

But there is a lot more to it that. One needs to understand colour, proportion, and how different fonts work together, complementing each other. Understandbly at first I was not very good. Sure, I had the basics down: name, title and proportions sort of right, but they still looked very amateurish, unable to manipulate images and very dark. Not to mention the struggle to find the right images to convey what the stories were about.
My first blundering attempts at creating a book cover.
Soon I figured out how to manipulate images a bit more, combining them and altering the colour. But while they definitely looked better, they still didn't feel right.
My second attempt at making covers for this series.
But I didn't give up. I just pushed myself to learn more and where I didnt know something, got my seventeen year old to help me - for a cost of course. 

I learnt a how to use overlays; to remove portions of an image, to use the layer function and change the background using Pixlr. I still need to learn how to blend and manipulate images further... but I'm proud of the way my covers for this series look as well as the others that I'm doing.
The latest covers for this series that will be uploaded soon.

The Yakuza and the English Teacher Series

Dangerous Lessons: Dangerous Love: Dangerous Life
Crossing the Line

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