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kenneth hillair...

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Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 11:37 AM
 
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Help, please.
I am attempting to create a paperback cover, so far I have the front completed but would appreciate it if anyone can advise how to flatten it. I am using Libre4.1.
Ward Rogers

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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 12:52 PM   in response to: kenneth hillair... in response to: kenneth hillair...
 
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If you're trying to design a complete cover, you need to create front, back and spine. The easiest way is with a template formatted for your spine width coupled with a graphics program. There are many available, several free.

Flatten it? I've no idea what you think you're asking, but I've found that a heavy dictionary left overnight will flatten most anything.

Some free advice: If you're using KDP, go to CreateSpace.
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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:53 PM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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Thanks, Ward. Yes, I have used a Create Space template but reading their info about cover imaging, they state that layered images (base with artwork plus title etc.) should be 'flattened'.
Question is, how is it done using Libre 4.1.
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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:56 PM   in response to: kenneth hillair... in response to: kenneth hillair...
 
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kenneth hillair-brady wrote:
Thanks, Ward. Yes, I have used a Create Space template but reading their info about cover imaging, they state that layered images (base with artwork plus title etc.) should be 'flattened'.
Question is, how is it done using Libre 4.1.

Ah! All that means is you don't upload the individual layers, you use the imaging software to create an end-product jpg or tiff file and upload that. (The software "flattens" the layers into one image.)

Double Ah! I see what your problem is. Just scanned the Libre manual and couldn't find how to export except as PDF. Well, maybe someone here will know how. Google wasn't immediately helpful.

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Aug 10, 2017 3:04 PM

Okay, have you tried File/Export ...
and then dropped down the Save As Type to select jpg or png or whatever? I was able to do this with my version of OO and its drawing program (hadn't even really paid attention to the fact that the office suite had that).

Edited by: Joseph M Erhardt on Aug 10, 2017 3:15 PM
Ward Rogers

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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 3:12 PM   in response to: kenneth hillair... in response to: kenneth hillair...
 
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kenneth hillair-brady wrote:
Thanks, Ward. Yes, I have used a Create Space template but reading their info about cover imaging, they state that layered images (base with artwork plus title etc.) should be 'flattened'.
Question is, how is it done using Libre 4.1.

Don't know about Libre, but if you're using imaging software like GIMP (which is free), then you export the layered graphic as a jpg (or whatever you want) so that the graphic is no longer composed of separate layers.
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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 10, 2017 8:39 PM   in response to: kenneth hillair... in response to: kenneth hillair...
 
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I'm not sure about libre, but with Gimp there is an option to "flatten layers" (go to layers --> flatten layers), and then from there you can export to PDF. If you don't flatten first, when you export to PDF things definitely can go awry (I know because I have tried this! Layers change sizes and go missing). Presumably there is a youtube video or some sort of tutorial you can google for doing this in libre.
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Re: Paperback covers
Posted: Aug 13, 2017 5:54 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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My thanks to all for your comments, much appreciated.

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