Design Your Teasers, Graphics & Covers – the basics

Design Basics pic for blog

Hi lovelies,

As you know, I’m not a professional when it comes to designing teasers, graphics or covers, but I find that the more I work, the harder I try and the better I get. Good thing I enjoy designing! šŸ™‚

If you’d like to give it a try I’ve decided to cover the basics first before we start.

Leave a comment if you have a question or if you’d like me to talk about something in particular.

dpi? Is it important?

I won’t go into technical details because I’m pretty sure if a pro stumbles on this post and sees what I’m saying they’re going to cringe, so I’ll keep it simple.

When you make a cover or a teaser and you want a good quality for your picture (more so if you want to print something like the cover for your paperback or a bookmark), you have to create an image with 300 dpi minimum. For example, Createspace won’t publish your book unless your images (cover, chapter headers, etc) have 300 dpi.

As a rule, so I don’t mess up when I’m making something, I always create my graphics, teasers, formatting images and covers with 300 dpi. It makes for large files, but at least that gives me options later on.

Pictures – where can I find them?

You have to be very careful when it comes to pictures and their use. I can’t stress it enough.

You can’t just go on Google and handpick a picture you like to make a teaser. As an author yourself it’s like when you find your books on piracy websites. See what I mean?

There are many stock photos websites available. Some are more expensive than others, but they offer a large variety of pictures you can use. Personally, I look out for a sale to get a few credits so I can download pictures throughout the year.

  • Depositphotos is very well-known. I’ve found several pictures there.
  • Shutterstock.
  • Dreamstime
  • Bigstock

These are a short selection of stock photos websites, but there are many more. Usually, you will often find the same photographies on these websites so research before you buy credits.

Note that you have the choice to download different sizes of pictures. As a preference so you don’t lose in quality, select a large option. When I get a picture from Depositphoto I pick the XL option.

Be careful of not downloading an editorial picture from these websites. These pictures can’t be modified for a teaser or cover. For more information, check the websites.

  • Tip: Sometimes, when you want to make teasers and you don’t necessarily find anything appealing on these websites, you can find a few websites that offer free stock photos. I don’t know many, but I find Pexels very interesting.

What about fonts?

I will not list websites where you can find fonts because as soon as you Google “fonts” you’ll be shown many websites so you don’t need me there. šŸ˜‰

What you need to keep in mind though is that most fonts aren’t free to use for professional purposes. Some are completely free, some are free to use for a personal purpose and most ask for payment in exchange for a professional use (think covers, graphics, and teasers).

Be careful and don’t be too hasty.

And that’s all for now. I know, it’s not much but I don’t want to bore you just yet. That being said, next I’ll talk about teasers unless you’d like me to cover something else. šŸ™‚

One last thing…

In my opinion, when you make a cover or work on a teaser and you’re new to it, avoid the use of more than two different fonts. You don’t want to clutter your cover or teaser and catch someone’s attention for the wrong reason.

Do you have a question? What would you like to see on the blog?

See you soon for the first post regarding the design of teasers. x

New banner for 2017 SW stephanie Witter




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