How to Make a Cover
Get our guide through the free, online program Picmonkey
On Movellas it's important to have a cover that will capture your readers straight away and make them want to go read your Movellas story! A cover can have many different looks, ranging from the very detailed kinds to the simpler art. I prefer to keep my covers simple, because I'm not in possession of advanced editing programs, or the skills to use them ;-)
If you've ever tried to make a cover before or made one that you were not satisfied with, do not despair! By using simple tricks and free programs you can actually make a great cover in no time.
I use the program Picmonkey, and that is the program this guide will be about!
It’s a free program on the internet, but you can pay to get more functions, fonts, and so on. If you don’t want to pay for the upgrades, but still need the different options for making covers, you can use it through Facebook. That way, you get access to all the tools that you otherwise would have to pay for. NOTE: The payment-functions are marked with a little orange money symbols on the right side.
I have chosen to let this guide be based on three different functions that can be used in Picmonkey, without any payment needed: text, overlay, and texture. Personally I think that these three functions are easy to use and will give you the ability to make some really beautiful covers!
When you make a cover, it’s important to pick a font that goes together with the pictures you are editing. If you are creating a lot of covers, which are all going to be on the same profile, it would be a good idea to keep the same font on all of the covers (this is of course not a requirement).
In general, it looks really cool if a user’s covers match each other or when there is a recurring theme throughout. If you like your covers more detailed, you can choose to combine different fonts. When I combine fonts, I normally choose a simpler one to put up against a more advanced type. This creates a good balance but still doesn’t look too overdone. In the end it’s a matter of taste.
This function is quite possibly the most useful function for me when I am making more complex covers. This is a function that’s quite easy to use, and it will really transform your cover from boring to breathtaking. You will find the “overlay”-function in the menu by pressing the butterfly that is the symbol of the function. When you press on the butterfly, you will get the choice between using “overlays” which are made in advance or to make your own by pressing on the top where is says “your own”.
You can make overlays with all pictures but since, in most cases, it is easiest to get an overlay to look good with a single picture, I recommend that you start out with that. I have chosen to make an example on how you can use “overlay” in a way that will have a defining effect on a picture, which can be seen on my before-and-after pictures below.
To start, I have chosen “dark”, which is a blend mode you pick yourself when you are placing your overlay where you want it on your background picture. It is possible to choose between ten blend modes, which makes it easy to find just the right one.
Another thing I would recommend when diving into the “overlay” function, is that you use that eraser tool you will find in the box that comes up when you are adding an overlay. The box also contains several blendmodes, which gives you the opportunity to make the overlay fade, etc. This eraser can help get your overlay to blend in with the background picture because the function allows you to remove a background or anything that’s a part of the picture used to create overlays with but ends up not fitting in.
Texture is the last of the three functions that I will write about. It has many similarities with the overlay function and is another function in the menu. When using Texture – you can choose if you want to make your own or use a prefabricated one – you simply take a picture and place it into the background, making it a part of it without looking to fake. It is possible to choose how much you want the picture to fade in order to create the finest expression :-)
If you ask me, textures are easier to use than overlay, and therefore the perfect place to start.
I really hope this guide was helpful for those with wishes of making beautiful and detailed covers!
Thank you to Danish movellian Cibena for writing this blog