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Making my second ebook cover

Jul 8, 2012, 10:47
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Making my second ebook cover
I'm trying to make my second ebook cover with GIMP, and would appreciate some comments on the process I intend to follow. The ebook is 'The Man in Black' by Stanley J Weyman, and the cover must be 600px wide by 800px high - this fits most readers.

I have cropped a monochrome image to show the head and torso of the Man, and scaled it to 280*400px - though I may want to make it bigger later depending on how the cover looks.

I want this image to be on a black background, with the book title above the image and the author's name below - both in white.

The next step, I think, should be to make a layer 600*800px which I'll colour black, then put the book title towards the top of the layer/image and the author's name towards the bottom.

Then I think I'll need to make a transparent area in the middle of this layer just big enough for the Man image to show through, then put the Man image on another layer, then combine the layers.

Is this making sense? Is there a simpler way of doing it? If the way I've described is the best way how do I go through these steps? Is there a tutorial somewhere which I can follow?

Regards, Alex
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Jul 8, 2012, 13:58
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RE: Making my second ebook cover
What you need is, from bottom to top:

- a black background, 600x800
- a layer with the image of the man, properly cut out, or with a fading border
- a text layer with the title at the top of the picture
- a text layer with the authors name at the bottom of the picture

Never combine layers... combining is easy but changing your mind later is impossible. When you export to JPEG/PNG, the image is automatically flattened. When it seems you can't avoid combining some layers, use Layer/New from visible and keep the old ones around?

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Jul 8, 2012, 23:23
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RE: Making my second ebook cover
(Jul 8, 2012 13:58)ofnuts Wrote:  What you need is, from bottom to top:

- a black background, 600x800
- a layer with the image of the man, properly cut out, or with a fading border
- a text layer with the title at the top of the picture
- a text layer with the authors name at the bottom of the picture

Never combine layers... combining is easy but changing your mind later is impossible. When you export to JPEG/PNG, the image is automatically flattened. When it seems you can't avoid combining some layers, use Layer/New from visible and keep the old ones around?

Thanks, Ofnuts, that's most helpful. I completely missed in my reading about never combining layers and automatic flattening, and didn't realise that I would need a separate layer for the author's name.

I'll do some more reading and then have a try at it.

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