Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Effective Ebook Cover Design

Need inspiration for your ebook cover? Payhip owner Abs Farah has written a blog post on effective ebook cover design. There are some excellent examples to motivate you to think more creatively about the first page that your potential customers will see. It's the cover but it is really the first page that helps lead readers to the other pages inside.

My favs are The Future of Data, for its simply-important design, The Burger Book, for strikingly-crisp photography, Pay Me Or Else, for its ransom note journaling design, which is a technique that I use in altered art, and Attention-Driven Design, for that smart graphic with the arrow pointing the eye in a persuasive direction.

Ebook cover design is no less important than paperback and hardback cover design. This post will help you to focus on how the design, whether simple or complex, should cleverly and effectively illustrate your manuscript.

10 Inspirational Ideas For Ebook Design by Abs Farah



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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Free Image Mondays

 

The image for today is this set of autumn botanical line drawings that can be used for Thanksgiving Day decor. The dimensions are 1721 x 1920 px and it is a .png file.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jBnwr_oBneunO7d5 

Click the Download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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The bonus image is this orange and white Happy Thanksgiving sign. Print it out and place in a photo frame for display on your holiday buffet. The dimensions are 2481 x 3508 px and it is a .jpeg file.

 


Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jBrI07y0S7zo5RJC 

Click the Download link at the top of the OneDrive page.

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HAPPY CREATING!

All Free Image Mondays pics are Royalty free for personal and commercial use, no fee, no attribution needed. Print out or use digitally.

 

 


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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Be Flexible And Adjust For Success

 

Press on in the thing that you love to do.

If you love it, you won't stop. 

If you don't love it, change it.

Be flexible and adjust to what your heart is telling you.

Don't lose time, effort and money on something that you don't love.

Success comes to those creatives who are determined and flexible. 


Failures are teaching grounds.

Failures are clues about changes to make.

Failures are tools to use to our advantage.

Failures are vital and critical keys to success.

Stay awake!

Pay attention!

 

HAPPY CREATING!



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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Snipbit: Long-Tail Keyword Titles

According to WordStream, Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific keyword phrases that visitors are more likely to use when they’re closer to a point-of-purchase or when they're using voice search. I try to use long-tail keyword titles in all of my listings. Short keyword titles can draw more views, but long-tail keyword titles can draw more sales.



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Monday, November 15, 2021

Free Image Mondays

The free image for today is this autumn or Thanksgiving table scene of steaming, holiday drinks in bright orange ceramic cups. The dimensions are 1622 x 1279 px. 

Free Image Mondays at Printaphoria & Creative Living

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jBjl9KHPt-DDWe5q

 

Here's a bonus image of mini orange and white pumpkin goards. The dimensions are 1280 x 853 px.

Download It Here From My Files At Microsoft OneDrive:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AucUJVHYQ3s5jBeh09hKhicv69YH
 

HAPPY CREATING!

 


All Free Image Mondays pics are Royalty free for personal and commercial use, no fee, no attribution needed. Print out or use digitally.




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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Pre-Made Logos: Diamond Hearts

 

My first pre-made logo design pkg project has been dragging along behind other projects for some time. This past week, I was inspired for some reason and pushed myself, working all day for several days to refine the first logo and write up the pkg.

I won't have to prepare the marketing content and documents again, since they will serve as templates for new logo designs. That first preparation is the most time-consuming one.

The logos that I design appeal more to handmades sellers, makers, designers, sole proprietors and other creatives. You'll see me list more detailed, artsy designs rather than the simplified, geometric designs used by companies and corporations.

I like using artwork for logo design, rather than vector work, like what I used for this Diamond Hearts logo. Vector design is fun too, so you may see them popping up in my logo shop every now and then.

I never re-sell a logo that a customer buys from me. While I may take some elements from a logo and re-work them into new designs, I never re-sell any sold designs. Any new designs will not be confused with the design from which I may have taken elements. My sold logos are exclusively owned by and identifiable with purchasers.

While I take steps to protect my images, it is important to note that I am not responsible for the possible digital theft and reuse of my logos, before or after sale.

It is the responsibility of the brand owner to become educated about protecting his/her logo and brand name. My design services do not include registering brand names or trademarking logos or providing legal business advice.

Listing For Diamond Hearts Pre-Made Logo Pkg 



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Friday, November 5, 2021

How To Create Easy Altered Art Book Pages

I love this altered art book pages tute by Aldridge Crafts & Gifts, a craft retailer out of Norfolk, United Kingdom. I particularly like how the die cuts are used to accent the pages. I have a supply of die cuts from other projects and my testing of new dies.

Notice how the spray inks stain the pages with colors that are too dark and an opaque coverage with at first does not allow the underlying work to show through? Well, they usually dry lighter in tint. Some of it can also be mopped up with a tissue, making the end result even lighter if needed.

I also like the technique of adhering elements that extend beyond the edges on the pages  and snipping the extra off. This technique gives the pages such a neat, finished appearance.

The process of altered art is really not as confusing and intimidating as it looks. It's just step by step, starting with laying down a surface for you work, either using paint or paper. You begin to add elements and accents as you see fit.

There is no perfect way to create it. It's what you feel should be added as you work along. The artwork will also guide you. Art creates itself. It also helps that you can work on it over a period of days or weeks. Do a little and come back to it later. Your nerves will have rested and you'll have a fresh perspective with new ideas on how to proceed.

For an old book, the flatter the additions to the pages, the better. There are so many pages and the book needs to close. With a handmade book, you can add as many or as few pages as you want, so your pages can have thicker elements.

This video is a perfect example of how easy it is to create, in a few, non-intimidating steps, altered artwork that is stunning! Give it a try. In the end, you'll be surprised that you did it!

Have a Happy Creative Weekend!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Easy Gel Press Storage

I like Carolyn Dube's personality and spirit of teaching. She's a fun person. Here she talks about the ways to store gel presses based on her experiences. As she says, the info is often conflicting and I'm glad I found her explanations. I find her suggestions to be sensible and very easy to understand.



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Free Color Psychology Course

 


Coolors, my fav color schemes generator, has teamed up with Uxcel, an interactive online learning platform, to offer a color theory/psychology class.

If you want to learn how to skillfully use colors in your products and/or brands, you can do it through this fun course. Uxcel offers a pro subscription but this course is free. 

I like the colorful graphics and the easy click and read interface. I am excited that Fabrizio Bianchi offered this course through his website, Coolors.

Color Psychology for Designers



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