Creating Book Covers Workshop: 4 Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects

4 Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects In this lesson, we will: Learn about selecting fonts and using multiple text layers Learn to align and center text Load new fonts off the internet Manipulate fonts with effects View book covers as thumbnails 4.1 Choosing Fonts When choosing fonts for your cover, you should opt for… More Creating Book Covers Workshop: 4 Loading Fonts and Using Text Effects

Creating Book Covers Workshop: 3 Working with Layers and Selections

3 Working with Layers and Selections In the lesson, we will learn: About layers and the Layer Window How to manipulate layers How to select text and graphic regions How to copy and cut text and graphics 3.1 Using the Layer Window Layers are a fundemental building blocks of an image. They allow you to… More Creating Book Covers Workshop: 3 Working with Layers and Selections

Creating Book Covers Workshop: 2 Creating a Simple Book Cover

2 Creating a Simple Book Cover In this lesson, we will: Learn the three visual components of a book cover. Learn how to save experimental images off the Internet onto our computer. Bring an image into the GIMP and resize it to exactly fit a book cover. Change your view to fit the image in… More Creating Book Covers Workshop: 2 Creating a Simple Book Cover

Creating Book Covers Workshop: 1 Installing and Running the GIMP

1 Installing and Running the GIMP In this lesson, we will: Learn a little about the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Install the GIMP on our computer. Learn to start and stop the GIMP and review its major components. Create a blank white image and save it. Use the GIMP “Create”feature to create some cool… More Creating Book Covers Workshop: 1 Installing and Running the GIMP

Ten Pieces of Advice to the Fledgling Writer/Publisher

I was recently asked to provide advice to the fledgling writer/publisher, so I put this blog entry together as a response.  Hope it helps. 1 Read. 2 Take a Creative Writing Course.  When I was ready to start writing fiction, I took a creative writing course at my junior college to get the juices flowing. … More Ten Pieces of Advice to the Fledgling Writer/Publisher

How the Heck Did We Get Ourselves Into This Racket?

It all began at the end of July, 2010, when I got bored. I already had three books selfpublished on Amazon. They sold the selfpublished author average of four copies a month. I had recently received my latest rejection letter from a small publishing house and was fed-up with trying to get myself published. I… More How the Heck Did We Get Ourselves Into This Racket?