The work required to create professional looking covers is surprising. While our parents told us not to judge a book by its cover; that adage ill applies. People predominantly decides what to pick-up based on nothing more than a glance.
This tutorial is not designed to teach someone on how to create the perfect cover. There are a myriad of resources in both digital and print form that cover this topic.
Instead, it focuses on the process of taking a picture of a portrait and transform it into a usable cover for a novel using Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate. Users following this tutorial should be able to follow the process and gain familiarity with concepts like:
- Font selection and licensing;
- Caveats and workarounds;
- Layer styles;
- Notes and variations; and
- Creating cover swatches.
Skills learned in this tutorial will enable you to experiment with and prototype your own covers. While it may be advantageous for the author to outsource the final design; it serves as useful a stop-gap for posting on sites like Medium or Wattpad.
This tutorial has been broken down into the following seven parts:
- Part 1 – Selecting the Font
- Part 2 – Caveats and Workarounds
- Part 3 – New Image and Lady Shade
- Part 4 – Borders and Text
- Part 5 – Taglines and Layer Styles
- Part 6 – Notes and Variants
- Part 7 – Creating a Cover Swatch
While Corel PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate was used to make this tutorial people employing previous version including X should have no trouble following along. However, some screens may may differ and require more experimentation.