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Mayday
05-11-2014, 10:33 PM
I'm working on a cover for a volume of several books. I'd like something like this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Murder-Option-Collection-ebook/dp/B00DANV74C/ref=zg_bs_362249031_7

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirth-Murder-Mystery-Jenna-Bennett-ebook/dp/B00CEL5530/ref=zg_bs_362249031_2

Can anyone tell me what kind of software I'd need? (Free, preferably.)

Thanks

Alessandra Kelley
05-11-2014, 11:24 PM
Hello and welcome to Absolute Write. If you need some help getting your sea legs, may I suggest reading the Newbie Guide, which is chock-full of useful information about the site: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66315

Can you be more specific? Are you looking for software which can show a design in perspective like your examples?

Mayday
05-12-2014, 01:39 AM
Can you be more specific? Are you looking for software which can show a design in perspective like your examples?

Yes, the basic outline so I can fill in the images and text. Or if there's another way to do this I'd be interested in that also. I tried sketching it out on Paint.Net, but the lines were not even enough.

Thanks

Polenth
05-12-2014, 03:50 AM
Your answer is a bit confusing, but if what you mean is you want to design a basic book cover, GIMP is free. It doesn't have templates as such, but there are a lot of tutorials.

If you want to make a virtual 3D book, that's a whole lot more complicated. I'm not sure why you'd want to, because if you're releasing a paperback set or something, you'd just photograph the set. That's a lot simpler than creating 3D models.

kevinwaynewilliams
05-12-2014, 10:26 AM
Gimp and PaintShop Pro are cost-effective and full featured tools. I made the cover for my soon-to-be-self-published book entirely with PaintShop Pro. I hear good things about Gimp, but have never tried it myself.http://kwwilliams.com/completebindersmaller.png

Hapax Legomenon
05-12-2014, 11:14 PM
I hear good things about Gimp, but have never tried it myself.

It's strange. I've only ever heard the Gimp mentioned in that context: "I hear good things about it, but I've never used it!" It can't be from me because I don't say good things about it but it makes me suspicious because that implies that there are others out there who have actually used it before besides me :tongue

Then again if you're looking to edit photos then GIMP probably is the best free option. Drawing, not so much.

Toothpaste
05-12-2014, 11:50 PM
I've tried it. It's not bad, it's a lot like photoshop. And this means that if you have no experience with photoshop there might be a bit of a learning curve. But I liked it. Not enough that I was content to do without photoshop mind you, I missed it like crazy and wound up just buying the latest one. But if you can't afford photoshop (SO EXPENSIVE ugh), GIMP is an excellent option.

Polenth
05-13-2014, 04:00 AM
My covers were all done in GIMP. One was a traditional art piece where I started from a photograph of it, one was photo manipulation and one started from a hand-drawn outline which I coloured on the computer. I also use it to create textures for Second Life, which is a mix of photo manipulation and computer painting on the photos. The old versions of GIMP were a bit basic on the text tool side, but the new one allows settings to be changed for each character separately, which gives a lot more control. Any flaws in the covers are down to my art skills, not the software.

For computing painting an image from scratch, it's probably not the best tool (though not impossible, as it does allow for custom brushes and things). But most cover design comes down to pushing elements around, layering and editing of elements you've already got. Someone who can draw/paint can sidestep needing to computer paint by producing the art traditionally. And if they can't draw, a computer painting package won't help very much.

tylertoo
05-13-2014, 05:19 AM
I find paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/) easier to use than GIMP. Both are free. Sometimes I switch back and forth.

Mayday
05-13-2014, 10:02 PM
I find paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/) easier to use than GIMP. Both are free. Sometimes I switch back and forth.

I like Paint.net too, and I came across another one recently that's good, and it's free as well. http://pixlr.com/editor/

I also found a site that helps with the 3D covers, and where you can download them. http://www.ohchrys.net/blog-tut-how-to-make-a-3d-book-cover-for-free/

Thank you for the responses.

WeaselFire
05-28-2014, 08:32 PM
It's strange. I've only ever heard the Gimp mentioned in that context: "I hear good things about it, but I've never used it!"
I've used Gimp on and off for years. It's the main reason I pay for Adobe's products. :)

Jeff