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post Nov 5 2020, 05:52 AM
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My first attempt at a custom cover. It's a W.I.P. but what do you think so far? Any input is appreciated.

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It is good to see you having a go at making covers 8834.gif

My first bit of advice, is to make sure you use a background image or texture that doesn't wash out the text on the back. You could try turning down the opacity, so the legal text is legible. Also, make sure when you resize images that you constrain the proportions. The front images are currently squashed.


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QUOTE (Bazzah @ Nov 5 2020, 10:15 AM) *
It is good to see you having a go at making covers 8834.gif

My first bit of advice, is to make sure you use a background image or texture that doesn't wash out the text on the back. You could try turning down the opacity, so the legal text is legible. Also, make sure when you resize images that you constrain the proportions. The front images are currently squashed.



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Here's the updated progress of my first attempt.
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Those front images are very low quality, and would not be accepted into the gallery. Can you find some that are a higher resolution?


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Not only that, but maybe you should look at some of the covers in our gallery. A standard template is a great tool for a beginner and makes it a bit easier when it comes to placing things correctly in a cover.


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QUOTE (Speedz0r @ Nov 6 2020, 09:38 PM) *
Not only that, but maybe you should look at some of the covers in our gallery. A standard template is a great tool for a beginner and makes it a bit easier when it comes to placing things correctly in a cover.


Exactly what I was going to say.

Looking at someone else’s work can really help you get ideas or even follow a layout to help structure the cover properly.
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Thanks for the pointers, I'm trying to learn on the fly and not very patient. I'll take the time to slow down and examine some other's work to help further my own learning.
Not only trying to learn design elements, but have zero experience with Photoshop (or GIMP which is what I am actually using) so the learning curve is severe.

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It is great to know you are keen to learn, but please create a new WIP thread for each cover you are making.


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Designing anything will always take time to learn, it’s best to take your time with it and practice whenever you get the time.

We’re all here to help as well, so if you have any questions just let us know.
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