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Printing Comic Books and Other Items

Hello! My name is Peter and this is my new blog. Between Monday and Friday, I work a boring job in a shop in down town Sydney. However, I spend my weekends writing and drawing a comic strip. It is a lot of fun and it is something I really enjoy. I started the comic as a kind of a hobby but after 2 years of drawing and writing and I decided to print and publish it. It took me a while to find a good printing service, but when I did they really helped me out and I learnt an awful lot about colours and formatting. I hope you like my blog.


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Designing the Graphics For Your Book Cover: 3 Top Tips

Electronic and on-demand publishing has made it possible for anyone to publish a book. If you want to write a novel, a memoir of your time spent abroad or a useful guide which will help others interested in a particular hobby, now you can. While your first concern may be the words which make up the text, once you have written your masterpiece, you will need to turn your attention to the cover of the book. Traditionally, a publishing house would have full control over the design of a book cover. However, if you are self-publishing, you get to design your own. Below is a guide which will help you to design the perfect cover for your book.

Evoke the right emotion

When considering the images and text you wish to use as part of the design of the book, you should carefully consider your audience. If you have written a teen vampire novel, you may wish to use a gothic typeface with an image of blood and sharp teeth set on a background. However, if you are producing a book about fly fishing, you may wish to use an image of a lake or a fishing rod on a tranquil blue background. Evoking the right emotions can help to attract the right kind of reader to your book. A graphic designer will be able to offer further advice.

Be careful of copyright laws

When looking for images for your book cover, it is important that you do not fall foul of copyright law. When a person paints a painting or takes a photograph, they automatically have the rights to that image. If you wish to use the image, you will typically need the permission of the person who controls the rights to the image. If you do not do so, and you use the image, you could face legal action. You may have to pay a fee for the rights to use an image. Graphic designers will often have banks of stock images to which they control the rights.

Test multiple designs

If you were publishing with a traditional publisher, you would end up with boxes of books which all feature the same cover. If you discover that this cover doesn't appeal to your target audience, you will have a problem. However, the beauty of e-book and on-demand publishing is that you can test out multiple cover designs to see what works best. When designing your cover, you should play around with the configuration of images, colours and typeface. You should try out these different designs over a period of time and see if one particular design performs better than all the rest.

If you would like further advice about designing your book cover, you should contact a graphic design company.