eBook Cover Design – Yes, You Can Do it for Free!

It has been statistically shown that eBooks with an attractive cover graphic, outsell those that don’t have a cover graphic. So, if you are creating any kind of written information product, it is imperative that you have a Cover Graphic with it, and let’s face some facts, people like to “see” what they are buying…So, an eBook Cover Graphic gives folks a visualization of your product.

There are two ways to acquire a nice eBook cover graphic:

1) Pay a designer to make you one…This can cost anywhere from $50 to $100+.

2) Design the cover graphic yourself.

Now, I realize that you may NOT want the hassle of learning a piece of software, or you may only produce one information product (eBook)…If that is the case, then paying a designer would be the logical solution. But, for those who have more time than money, or for those who will want to create many information products (and doesn’t want to pay multiple fees to designers), there is a simple & FREE alternative: GIMP

GIMP is a 100% FREE software, and you can find the download link by searching at Google or Yahoo for “GIMP download”…You’ll find many different web sites offering it for free.

GIMP has a very similar user interface as the Adobe PhotoShop software (which costs around $600), and was really the only way to make professional looking eBook covers, until the GIMP software was available.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still prefer Photoshop, as it’s the program I’ve always used and am familiar with. Plus, I’ve already paid for it, so I might as well use it. But, for those who have a limited budget, you can start producing web graphics for just about any purpose: eBooks, banners, Headers, etc…for FREE with the GIMP software.

There is something to be said about making your own graphics:

1) You have FULL control of the outcome: You know how you want your product to be represented, so doing it yourself puts you in complete control of every aspect of your products look, feel, and design.

2) The cost savings will add up VERY quickly: You can change your products graphics at any time, with NO additional fees that you would have to pay a designer. This alone is well worth the time involved with learning a new piece of software.

After downloading and Installing the GIMP software…Below, are the basic steps to making your own eBook cover:

STEP #1
– From the top Menu Bar…click: File, New.
– Width = 500, Height = 750
– Click “OK”

STEP #2
– From the top Menu Bar…click: Layer, New Layer.
– Layer Name = Front
– Width = 250, Height = 350
– Set “Layer Fill Type” = Foreground Color
– Click “OK”
Change color of layer to a “blue”…

STEP #3
– From the top Menu Bar…click: Layer, New Layer.
– Layer Name = Top
– Width = 250, Height = 50
– Set “Layer Fill Type” = Foreground Color
– Click “OK”
– Change color to a Light Gray

STEP #4
– From the top Menu Bar…click: Layer, New Layer.
– Layer Name = Side
– Width = 375, Height = 50
– Set “Layer Fill Type” = Foreground Color
– Click “OK”
Change color to a Yellow

Move the layers around so you can see all Three of them.

STEP #5
– Click “front” layer in Layers box
– Click “text tool”
– Make text box on front layer image
– Type in text, then click close
– Adjust text as needed (size, font, etc).

STEP #6
– Click “side” layer in Layers box
– Click “text tool”
– Make Text box on side layer image
– Type in text, then click close
– Adjust text as needed

STEP #7
– In Layers Box, you can “merge down” by RIGHT clicking the text layers, and then click the “merge down” option. Make sure text is directly above the layer you want to merge with.

STEP #8
– Flip side layer around…by:
– Click on Side layer in Layers box
– Click Layer from top menu bar
– Click Transform Layer
– Click Rotate 90′ Clockwise

STEP #9
– Save File…by:
– Click on File from top menu bar
– Click Save
– Name file…be sure to label with the.xcf extension
– Save in Folder where you’d like it to be saved on YOUR computer

STEP #10
– Add Finished layer
– Click Layer from top menu bar
– Click New Layer
– Name “Finished”
– Width = 250
– Height = 375
– Layer Fill Type = white
– Click OK

STEP #11
– From Top menu bar, click Filters
– Click Map
– Click Map Object
– On new window…change “Plane” to “Box”
– Click on Show Preview Wireframe
– Click on “Orientation” tab…
– Under “Rotation” heading, change X to 15
– Change Y to -20
– Leave Z set to 0
– Click on “Box” tab
– Under “Map images to box faces” heading, change Front to front.
– Change Top to top
– Change Right to side
– Scale X =.50
– Scale Y =.50
– Scale Z =.08
– Click Preview – NOTE: preview dimensions will NOT be to scale.
– Click OK

Finished eBook will appear in Finished Layer.

The above steps are the VERY BASICS of creating an eBook Cover Design with the GIMP software.