Free EBook Covers – How to Create Yours For Free With GIMP – Part 1 of 2

If you want to create an eBook cover by yourself, without buying eBook creator cover software or buying Photoshop, or paying a graphics designer to do it for you, then read on. I’m not promising to make an artist of you! I don’t claim any artistic talents myself, just the technical know-how you will need to create your ecover!

1. Download and install GIMP – a free open source image manipulation program. If you have time, you can have lots of fun getting to know what you can do with it. If you don’t have much time, be careful not to get distracted from the task in hand – follow these steps to get your eBook cover finished! Then, you can play 😉

Just Google GIMP and you will find the download page easily.

2.Get yourself a free template eBook cover by googling ‘free eBook cover’. The one I use in this tutorial will probably be the first site you come across at ebooktemplatesource.com.

There are three types of covers to choose from – for this tutorial I will be using the first type, called ‘cover01’

Download and save this to your hard drive. Then extract all files to a convenient folder.
You will be using the file called ‘cover01.psd’ later in the Gimp software.

3.Start up Gimp.

4.First we have to create the front of your cover. This is the part you have to design for yourself to suit your own eBook. I’ll show you how to do a simple one here and then you can go and play around with it when you have time.

After that we need to stick it onto the cover we’ve already downloaded to make your eBook cover and save it properly for you to use in your eBooks.

5.Click on File – New

6.Set Width and Height at 500 pixels each and click OK.

7.You should now have the Gimp window and a new Image window open. Go to the image window, select Layer – New Layer. A New Layer window will open up. Give your new layer a name eg Front Cover and click OK.

8.On the main Gimp window, you should have a list of the layers so far; Front Cover and Background. Click on the Front Cover layer to make sure that’s the one you are working on.
Now, select Tools – Selection Tools – Rectangle Select

Click any where on your image window and drag to create a rectangle to represent the front of your eBook.

9.Now we are going to colour in your cover. Once you start to play with Gimp you can do all sorts of fun things here. For now, we are going to create what’s called a gradient i.e. the page will have a colour that blends gradually from the foreground colour to the background colour.

Pick your foreground and background colours by clicking on the little coloured boxes on the main Gimp window.

Go to Tools – Paint Tools – Blend Tool
Click any where in the middle of your rectangle near the top and drag down to the bottom and release. Your page will be filled with your chosen colours.

Play around with clicking and dragging from and to different places and with your foreground and background colours until you get something you like.

10.At this point you could insert your photo and or text. For now we’ll keep it simple and just add text.
Click on Tools – Text.

Click on your cover where you want to start the text. A text editor will open up. Type in your text in this editor. To change the colour, font, size etc of your text click on Dialogs – Tool Options. A Dialog will open in the main Gimp window where you can click on the properties of your text and play around with it.

11.Add text wherever you need to. Each block of text will be added as a new layer so that you can edit it at any stage by clicking on Tools – Text and then clicking on the text you want to change.

12.Now you have the basics of your front cover!

Next we have to attach this to our eBook template.

Harness the Power of Internet Marketing Video Tutorials to Make Money Online

The Internet is constantly evolving and growing rapidly. Access to information in the form of ebooks will be greatly enhanced by video. These brand new Internet Marketing videos come with full audio commentary and instructions. It gives everyone an opportunity to learn about Internet Marketing and start your own internet online business.

Internet Marketing Video tutorials are now becoming the new wave of the future. You can now earn money online by learning a huge range of video tutorials that will properly teach you all you ever need to know about internet marketing concepts with complete step-by-step instructions. Basically, this new wave of learning involves 3 steps to secure your income online: “Watching videos on specific internet marketing topics, Copying easy step-by-step instructions, and Earning a secure income online with these tutorials.”

Video tutorials enhance your ability to learn faster, easier, and quicker in order to make money online. It complements the eBook which usually shows you the step in writing. Videos help you to overcome the confusion and frustration because working through an eBook which at times can be quite technical and complicating.

A video tutorial when watched on your computer, simply takes you through the steps, showing you how to maneuver implementing these steps. It is less time consuming to learn especially for a newcomer with a lack of technical knowledge and experience in internet marketing. All it takes is simply that you “watch, copy and earn.”

There are many money making systems available in the Internet that teaches newcomers how to make money online with affiliate marketing, presented entirely in video format. Basically all the videos are geared towards the basics. These new video tutorials give very explicit step-by-step instructions on how to implement the system. Most newcomers start out with affiliate marketing, using free methods of making money online by selling other people’s products in exchange for a commission.

There is now absolutely every opportunity for everyone to make money on the Internet, to be able to quit their jobs, enough to pay all their bills and live comfortably.

Caricature EBook – How Much Of A Difference Will One Of These Make?

It really is amazing how many talented people there are out there! A caricature eBook is just another example of the diversity and skills that a few individuals possess. Figuring out which resource is going to be the best one for you is often the challenge.

The old saying “giving something back” is something we all think about particularly as we get older. Fortunately, there are some very successful and honest artists that want their legacy to live on after they are gone.

Many struggling artists could have saved themselves a lot of headaches if they would have had a mentor along the way. Drawing caricatures is something that takes years of practice to be good at it. There is no shame in admitting that you might need some help along the way!

Your local library has some wonderful materials that can be checked out. The problem with that is that you can only keep them for a limited period of time. Sometimes, it is really nice to have a DVD or written documents on hand.

If you have never tried cartooning and think you have a knack for it a caricature eBook might be a good way to get started. The satisfaction of seeing people grin and laugh with glee at your portrait is “worth it’s weight in gold”.

The trick is knowing how to draw your subject correctly with the right proportions. To be interesting the picture needs to highlight the right features and accentuate them.

The person that you are drawing may have a grumpy disposition. If they are always frowning you are going to accentuate some “frown lines” in their face. Somehow a caricature of Andy Rooney isn’t going to look right if he has a big smile on his face! Those bushy eyebrows are a gold mine for a caricature artist.

Finding a way to make a living drawing caricatures may be your dream. Keep in mind you will probably be paid by the hour or on a “contract” basis with an existing firm. You will have to figure out a way to get your own benefits such as health insurance.

If you are working on your own you can probably make more money. The tradeoff is the sporadic earnings that any self employed person has to deal with. Fortunately, you can even find a caricature drawing tutorial that “fits the bill” for that!

If you want to really get serious about drawing caricatures there are all kinds of materials available. Whatever your goals are don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuing them if you know you have the “right stuff”.