Making Covers: A Quick Guide

by , Thursday January 26, 2017
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Making Covers: A Quick Guide

A Quick Guide to Making Covers

Read more about the concepts involved in creating your own covers for your stories

 

On Movellas, there's a whole lot of stories to read, and with every story comes a cover. Covers tell a bit about your story and visually represent it for everyone else to see. Since making your own covers is not exactly a straightforward process, we wanted to provide a quick guide to discuss everything there is to Photoshop and designing your own covers. We may elaborate on this subject in further blog posts, but for now we'll be focusing on the concepts one encounters when making covers because it's those things that are often the most confusing ;) We also know the terms they use in these programs can be difficult to understand so we'll do our best to be both brief and specific. 

 

 

Photoshop Program Features

Covering some of the more popular features & concepts

 

Layer - when working with covers and images, this puts layers on top of each other. A layer can

define one of the images or the background, as they all function as a "layer."

 

Opacity - translates into transparency. If the image is at 100% opacity you can see it clearly, but if it is at 50%, you can see some of the other layers underneath. See the red circle. 

 

Blend Modes / Blending* - you can change the properties of a layer depending on the blend mode you choose. If you choose, for example, lighten a person on a black background, some of the person will become more transparent. See the green arrow.

 

Brush - ahh, the brushes . You use them inter alia to draw or erase. If you download some, you can also use them for effects. 

 

Stamp Tool - this feature allows you to copy an area on an image and put it in a different location on the photo. This is just an example, and this feature can also be used to extend a dress or a shirt that has a special pattern. 

 

Selections - when you select an area of an image, it is called a selection. This can be used to, for example, remove the background from behind a person. See the couple in the picture.

 

 

Materials for the Cover

 

Textures - these are different concepts for backgrounds and they can be used as the back layer or the effects

Coloring* - this is an effect that gives the entire cover or image a new color. It is typically the final touch.

Persons / Objects - there are typically either persons and / or objects on a cover. Search for these and be sure that the images you use are CC0, or from the public domain. Some advice: add 'PNG'  at the end of the search term(s) you use to get pictures without a background.

Font - this refers to the design of your title and other words on the cover. You can find textures and colorings on the website deviantart.com and fonts on dafont.com .

 

 

Other Concepts

 

Manip - the abbreviation of the word  manipulation  into "manip" is basically a feature involving manipulating two or more images. It's often used in making fanfic covers by taking a picture of two people, maybe one is Harry Styles' head and putting that on top of a man so that it all looks like it is Harry Styles. This effect is at work in the cover on the left.

 

PNG - PNG is a file type that is optimal for Movellas. The quality will be much better if you save your files as PNGs. A PNG is, as mentioned earlier, also something you can add to your search for an image when looking for illustrations that do not have the background. 

 

                                                

 

We hope this guide is helpful or at least easy to understand :) Otherwise it's our fault for talking about these concepts in the first place! If you have tips, resources, or the like when it comes to making covers - please comment about it below as we would all like to learn more about Photoshop and how to go about creating covers quickly and easily. 

 

*Not all programs that have these features.

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