Like almost 4, words long. I remember when I finished my first book, a thriller called The Golden Crystal.
Indeed, so small are my gifts in this area that several slugs have written in to complain that my statement is demeaning write and publish your own story book their creative abilities. So why am I doing this exactly? Because I can, of course, and because I want to make a point; that even a man with my stunning lack of skill can create an acceptable ebook cover in a few minutes with a minimum of fuss.
And if I can, then you can too. Also it costs hundreds of quid. So the chances of me being able to write a sensible post showing you how to use such an image editor are precisely nil. On the other hand, I do know how to make PowerPoint do this thing and PowerPoint is something that most of us are able to get our hands on relatively cheaply.
That being the case, much more powerful programs are overkill. This post is for the benefit of those who have absolutely no familiarity with the process. The rights to images are a bit of a legal minefield. If you use your own images and people appear in them, you are supposed to have the permission of those people to use the image.
The same is true of certain buildings and works of art. There are images out there in the public domain and there are also image libraries where you can search through and buy pictures which all the legal paperwork has already been done for.
Again, full disclosure; one of the many talents and skills I lack is being a lawyer. The image libraries I use are Dreamstime and iStockphoto.
A quick Google search will reveal more. You can find acceptable cover images in the paid libraries for only a few dollars. You may even recognise them from some of the books you own from big publishing houses.
I certainly did, which rather surprised me. The image I use here was 13 credits on Dreamstime. Most libraries use a system where you purchase credits in much the same way as systems like Xbox Live do.
The credit is a sort of borderless currency usable within the Image Library. There are differences in the Windows version of PowerPoint. I will mention these in the text and hopefully add some more pictures when I get screen capture software for Windows. I use PowerPoint for Windows, the only version I have any very limited experience of.
I will be following standard menu conventions shamelessly lifted from most of the technical books I have read. I will place the names of the main menu first and separate them with a greater than sign that tells you to go to a sub-menu and all of this will be in italics.
Pick a theme that suits what you want to do. In this case I am going to pick a doomy white on black theme that will go with my sword and sorcery story. Now you need to change Page Setup. You can use any unit of measurement you like and, within the restrictions I am about to mention, any size.
The main thing is that your proportions should be 6 to 8 or 3 to 4 if you like. By this I mean your page should be 6 units wide by 8 units high. You will eventually be exporting a by pixel cover and this will save you having to clip it to shape in an image manipulation program.
There is a page setup button there.
There is a Picture button. As I said, I am going to use a stock fantasy image I downloaded from Dreamstime. Since the story is a dark comedy about a pair of adventurers who are the henchmen of an evil wizard and in it they encounters some orcish creatures, this image does well enough.
It immediately tells the viewer something about genre and content.
I have made the image bleed over the side of the slide a little which is OK. This leaves a black bar at the top and bottom of the slide which is fine for my purposes.
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