Don’t judge a book by its cover. We all say it. Yet as readers, we often do the opposite of this. The truth is, the cover of a book does influence your willingness to read. If there is a dashing cover, you might be more compelled to take a look at it. If there isn’t, you are less likely to be compelled. It happens to the best of them too---hard copy, wattpad books, or even the covers to music albums. So, in short, we tend to actually judge a book by its cover. If you are like me, from wattpad, you know the horrors of certain book covers. Without me really mentioning any, a few have come to your mind. Right? Yeah, I know. I have seen my fair share. But do not get me wrong, there are many other factors in capturing readers. These consist of the title, the first sentence of the chapter, the plot of the book, etc. So yeah, there is hope if you haven’t become a professional at covers like me. However, covers are one of the good ways to attract readers.
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The second truth to this is that making covers is difficult. And if you are a rough beginner who does not understand editing apps like photoshop, it is just worse. Fret not though, I have something that will help you. Personally, I use the app canvas to make a lot of my book covers. To me, it is relatively easy to use. Plus, you can make covers on it on your phone--if you are lazy like me to whip out your laptop.
Because who really has the money to pay someone else to make covers? Especially when you are just starting out and want a quick cover for your wattpad story.
With canvas, you can be a step better at making eye-pleasing covers. The following are my steps to making covers on canvas. 1. Templates. Canvas has a lot of templates that you can use. For some time, I had been using templates to gain practice with different features. Now I can do it without using templates. If you are a beginner, this is your best friend from another mother. Your real ride and die. Using the templates, you can upload the photo you’re using and start editing without much hassle. You can change the title fonts, the position it’s in, flip it upside down, or even completely remove it. You can use various filters or go advance, to further change things to your heart’s desire. Let your inner creativity rage. 2. Upload Photo. Before this step though, I do a quick image search. Something that I can use to create a masterpiece. Usually, a quick google search is fine, but if it is not, Canvas has some images that you can use. But if you are a professional, you can make your own photo and upload it (or you could carry your gifted arse to photoshop). If you aren’t entirely sure what to do, or you’re practicing, try searching for simple aesthetic backgrounds to aid. On canvas, you can pinch the image in or out, to make sure it's adjusted to the template or to the cover blank sheet properly. Once again, feel free to go wild with it. 3. Edit. Here it is the fun part. Editing it. This is where you truly let your creativity run wild. This is also where you set the “tone” of your cover. Just how essays have “tones” to it, books have “tones” to them. So your covers need to have that “tone”. It is what is going to snatch your reader’s wigs/breaths without apologies. The reason why they go on to read the first chapter of the book. It is also what I think differs from a mystery book cover from a comedy cover book. In short, you need to add the tone of the cover. You can rely slowly on the generic filters given, or you can head to the advanced settings. 4. Advanced Edit. Couldn’t find the right tone in the generic filters? That’s absolutely fine. I hardly ever find the right feel to my covers either. This is why I go to advanced settings. Although, Canvas doesn’t entirely have enough options for those doing a free trial, what they have is relatively good enough. Especially for beginners. In the advanced settings, you have these options: brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, blur, vignette, etc. Here is where you do a little bit(or a lot) of each option to find the perfect feel for your book. Being able to change these myself helps me personally. I get to make it truly eye-pleasing. 5. Opinions. You thought I was done huh? Haha, no. Every cover maker/writer/starving artist knows the importance of having another eye look at it. Personally, I have four or five different people look at three different versions of the same cover to get the “best” cover. I strongly encourage those beginning to do this as well. It helps you improve making covers and helps you get the right feel for the cover. Hopefully, you’d receive good criticism and become comfortable at making covers.
Now, here are some covers that I have made.