The Finished Cover Painting

The Finished Cover Painting for my latest book.

My latest book, The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds. Using another software program, Paint Shop Pro, also by Corel I added a border with the border command. The next step is placing it in the cover! Copyright by JD Holiday

Creating a bookcover by JD Holiday!

Find at: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Snowball-Escapade-J-Holiday/dp/0981861423

Putting a book cover together!

To put a bookcover together you need to make a template or get one from your
print company. This is a mock-up of the one I got from my printer. The cover must extend to the
outer lines of the template in order for the book to have the trim line which gives the book its
nice neat final look. In other words, the whole area of the template must have the book's cover color in it, back and front. The area right inside the outer line is called the Bleed area which is cut off at the second line in on the template all the way around the bookcover. That will be the actual book size when it is done.
The front of the book is on your right hand side and the back cover is on the left side.
The spine is the middle area between the back and front covers. The spine size is based on the number of pages and the paper size of the book and that is calulated by the printer.
The red lines (a 1/2 inch from the trim line) on both the covers is the area you must keep all text and graphics in.



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Next I painted the front cover and top part of the back cover in Corel Painter Essentials


Then I brought the cover into Indesign CS 3 to work.
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I used Indesign CS 3 to create my book and cover, though I do most of the artwork in art/graphic software.
This is a example of a text frame which using the Text Tool you put in the template and do your typing.
You use the Selection Tool to resize the Text frame when needed by grabbing any of the small squares around the frame and dragging it. You can also copy and paste your text from your word processor into the text frames.
For graphics you would go to File> Place find your picture on your computer (tif) and click Open.
The Selection Tool in Indesign will become loaded and you just click the place in your template or frame that you want the picture or graphic to go.



I rotated the cover to the left and typed in the spine text.
Adding all the items needed  I created the book's cover!

My latest book, The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds.

Copyright by JD Holiday

This is the drawing for the cover picture for my latest book, The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 year olds. I used the art software program, Painter Essentials 4 by Corel. This is the fifth time I've painted using this art software. It is very different for me from real painting!

The finish painting. Next I will add a border to place in the book's cover template. I left white dots and used Celulean Blue and a medium gray to give the snow color.



The Finished Cover Painting.
Using another software program, Paint Shop Pro, also by Corel I added a border with the border command. The next step is placing it in the cover! Copyright by JD Holiday

Find at: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Snowball-Escapade-J-Holiday/dp/0981861423