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Art & Design / Graphic Design

Photoshop Course: How to Design an eBook Cover

The ULTIMATE eBook cover design guide taught by 2 professional designers. Learn about sizing, format, style, and more.

Description

Why pay someone to create a cover for you when you can do it yourself, over and over again. If you have ever thought about writing an eBook or have already written one, you know having a killer eBook cover is very important. eBook covers make or break the life of an eBook. Unfortunately, the adage don't judge a book by its cover doesn't work online. Buyers browsing through the Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, or Google Play stores first and foremost judge a book by its cover. Your eBook cover has to stand out from the hundreds of other books online. This takes a lot of skill and knowledge of not only design but marketing. In this course, you'll learn how to make a cover that stands out, gets more clicks, and more sales. Learn from two great instructors! I teach thousands of students online who love my courses. Just check out all the reviews to my other courses. I have brought in another instructor from the UK to co-teach this course. Amy from the UK is a professional graphic designer with a knack for teaching online. She'll take us through some basic graphic design theory, teach eBook cover research and theory, and give us her top 10 tips on creating an awesome eBook cover. This course will have demonstrations and follow-along tutorials so you can easily learn how to make an eBook in Photoshop. Follow along with me as I create my own eBook cover for my eBook Diary of a Film Student. Some of the other highlights of this course include: ✓ Learning Photoshop basics for non-designers ✓ How to get Photoshop for FREE ✓ Designing for a purpose and for the thumbnail version ✓ Learning the different formats and sizes for all online eBook publishers ✓ Photoshop templates available for download ✓ Follow Amy in real time as she creates an eBook cover ✓ Saving your eBook cover in the proper format for upload ✓ …and so much more!! Please let me know if you have any questions or are hesitant to take the course. I'd be happy to let you pick my brain. I hope to see you inside! Have a beautiful day!
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Curriculum

  • Course Introduction
    Course Overview
    Let's go over what this course is going to be about, how I'm going to teach it, and why you'll have a great time!
    6:24
    Instructors Introduction
    Learn about the instructors: Phil Ebiner and Amy from the UK.
    8:12
    Get Photoshop for FREE!
    Learn how to get Photoshop for free so you can take this course and follow along.
    3:51
  • eBook and Graphic Design Basics
    eBook Research
    In this lesson, Amy goes over researching eBook covers.
    10:01
    Rules of Graphic Design
    In this lesson, Amy goes over some of the basic rules of graphic design.
    9:01
    Amy's Top Ten Tips
    In this lesson, Amy gives us her top 10 tips for designing an eBook cover.
    5:00
  • eBook Cover - Tips and Theory
    Design for a Purpose
    In this lesson, we'll talk about designing for a purpose. It is very important to have a reason for everything you to your eBook cover. We'll learn why and how to implement this tip.
    4:41
    Cover Size and Format Quick Guide
    Here is my eBook cover size and format quick guide.
    Photoshop Template 1463 x 2500
    Download the supplemental photoshop template.
    Photoshop Template 1600 x 2400
    Download the supplemental photoshop template.
    Think Thumbnail - Lecture
    An important tip to follow when designing your eBook cover is to always think about what it will look like as a thumbnail. Why? Watch this lesson to find out!
    2:54
    Think Thumbnail - Samples
    Let's look at some thumbnails and discuss if they are good or bad examples of how an eBook cover should be designed.
    8:48
    Using Images
    In this lesson, we'll talk about the use of images for your eBook cover.
    4:22
    Stock Image Websites and Research Practice
    In this lesson, we'll look at some stock photography websites to see how you can find professional images for your covers.
    3:37
  • Photoshop for Beginners
    How to Start a Project in Photoshop
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to start a project in Photoshop.
    4:04
    Photoshop Basic Tools
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the basic tools needed for eBook design.
    7:47
    Adding Text in Photoshop
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to add and format text.
    3:30
    Saving in Photoshop
    In this lesson, we'll learn about the proper way to save a photoshop project for uploading to Amazon, Google, Apple, etc.
    2:38
  • Breaking Down an eBook Cover
    Cover 1
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    3:04
    Cover 2
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:10
    Cover 3
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:29
    Cover 4
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:21
    Cover 5
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:43
    Cover 6
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:31
    Cover 7
    I love looking at examples. Whenever I learn something, I find that looking at samples helps me to understand the subject better. So in this section, I'll be breaking down covers, one by one, in more detail.
    2:45
  • eBook Cover Design - Practice Sessions
    Practice 1 - Picking a Style
    In this lesson, we'll start looking at styles and examples for the Diary of a Film Student book cover example.
    7:07
    Practice 2 - Setting Up the Project
    In these next few lessons, follow along as I create my own eBook cover. In this lesson, we'll set up my project settings.
    2:39
    Practice 3 - Importing Content
    In this lesson, we'll add content and talk about why I chose it for my cover design.
    4:24
    Practice 4 - Designing the Cover
    In this lesson, we'll actually design my cover and arrange all the content.
    6:39
    Practice 5 - Adding Text
    In this lesson, we'll add and format text for my eBook cover.
    13:25
    Practice 6 - Saving the Cover
    In this lesson, we'll save my project out in multiple formats.
    1:37
    Practice 7 - Converting to Another Size
    In this lesson, we'll learn how to take an existing project and convert it to another size.
    3:58
  • Let's Design a Cover
    Carbon Book Cover - Session 1
    In this section, we'll practice designing another cover.
    4:22
    Carbon Book Cover - Session 2
    In this section, we'll practice designing another cover.
    3:55
    Carbon Book Cover - Session 3
    In this section, we'll practice designing another cover.
    7:07
    Carbon Book Cover - Session 4
    In this section, we'll practice designing another cover.
    5:58
  • Course Wrap Up
    Thank You and Final Thoughts
    Thank you for taking this class. You have been a wonderful student. Find out what other classes are available for you and what your next steps should be.
    3:25

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Electronic Books (eBooks)

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