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George Kennedy

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Book Cover
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:50 PM
 
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Can you use PowerPoint to create a cover
B.L. Alley

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Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:54 PM   in response to: George Kennedy in response to: George Kennedy
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It wouldn't be the easiest or most functional way to do it. You'd be better off with Paint, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Canva.com, or something else.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Dec 27, 2017 7:31 PM   in response to: George Kennedy in response to: George Kennedy
 
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George Kennedy wrote:
Can you use PowerPoint to create a cover

You can use a handsaw to drive a nail, but it's not the most effective tool for the job. A graphics program would be best and there are many to choose from. I like GIMP because it's free, it's adaptable, has a gentle learning curve, and there are oodles of video tutorials out there. If you're referring to an e-book cover, you might also look at options on Canva.com
Moshe Ben-Or

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Posted: Dec 27, 2017 7:54 PM   in response to: George Kennedy in response to: George Kennedy
 
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I would suggest using fiverr to do your cover. If you are contemplating making a cover in powerpoint, you have no earthly business making covers.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 6:37 AM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
 
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Or, people can broaden their skill set by learning new things rather than always relying on others to do everything for them.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 6:42 AM   in response to: George Kennedy in response to: George Kennedy
 
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I use Serif PagePlus X9 and get good results. It's an easy program to use and costs less than £40. As BL says, it's never too late to learn new tricks.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 8:24 AM   in response to: George Kennedy in response to: George Kennedy
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Despite the naysayers, yes, you can make a cover in Powerpoint. The other programs mentioned will allow more editing of your image, but if you have a picture you're satisfied with as is, that's not a problem. Google 'how to make covers in Powerpoint' and you'll find instructions (also for making covers in Word, which I've never tried but there are instructions out there.) There are books in Amazon on it, and Udemy classes on how to do it as well.

Good luck.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 10:10 AM   in response to: Rebecca Engel in response to: Rebecca Engel
 
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Rebecca Engel wrote:
There are books in Amazon on it, and Udemy classes on how to do it as well.

I'm sure there are books on how to perform brain surgery on yourself too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

To the OP: If you don't have decent graphics software, go to Canva dot com and you can get a respectable-looking cover, usually free.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 10:17 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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Or, people can broaden their skill set by learning new things rather than always relying on others to do everything for them.

Right, because the smart thing serious people do is bumble about "broadening their skills" when the success or failure of their product depends on a skilled task outside their core competency. Brilliant idea. Set the noob up for success off the bat, why don't you!
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 12:35 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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In fact, there are some tricky parts to DIY brain surgery. It's not nearly as easy as what it seems. Boring holes in your skull with a perforator and then connecting those with a high speed craniotome would be the easy part. That could be done using a mirror. The hard part would be rooting around between sulci with pointy little instruments and using the CUSA.

And then if you sneezed at the wrong time, well...
Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:00 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Rebecca Engel wrote:
There are books in Amazon on it, and Udemy classes on how to do it as well.

I'm sure there are books on how to perform brain surgery on yourself too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Perhaps, but it does explain many of the posts appearing in the forum. 😷
Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 1:11 PM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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B.L. Alley wrote:
Or, people can broaden their skill set by learning new things rather than always relying on others to do everything for them.

The basic tenets of graphic design are not difficult to understand. The fact that graphic designers are spewed out of universities and trade schools at such an alarming rate is proof that the skills can be taught and learned. Even if a publisher doesn't want to make a cover himself, it's in his best interests to learn that skill set, otherwise he has no criteria by which to judge the submissions of his employees. We've all seen the disastrous covers from "professionals" accepted by publishers because they didn't know any better.
writerbn

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 2:04 PM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
 
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Brad the wronger wrote:
In fact, there are some tricky parts to DIY brain surgery. It's not nearly as easy as what it seems. Boring holes in your skull with a perforator and then connecting those with a high speed craniotome would be the easy part. That could be done using a mirror. The hard part would be rooting around between sulci with pointy little instruments and using the CUSA.

And then if you sneezed at the wrong time, well...

The problem with doing mine is that I left my wedding ring inside. The wife wasn't too happy, to say the least...

Now every time I nod to agree with her, there's a distinct "clunk".
Brad the wronger

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Re: Book Cover
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 2:23 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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I left my wedding ring inside

That's why counts are done at the end, to make sure you get all your stuff back. The good thing is that you can't lose the ring.

Just for general interest, things are purposefully left behind occasionally. Usually they're medical grade stainless steel, but sometimes gold. Old-fashioned aneurysm clippings were done with small paper clip-like devices, about the size of a staple. Those are rather tedious cases, unless the aneurysm ruptures right in the middle of things.
The contemporary method is to do what's known as a coiling through interventional radiology. A wire is snaked up through a neck or chest vessel to the location of the aneurysm while watching on an X-ray screen and 3-D CT. Once they get to the aneurysm, a titanium coil is deployed. That causes a tiny aggregation of platelets, which fills the sac and forms scar tissue. That's not nearly as much fun as drilling holes in a head and poking around for a few hours.

Do I need to start a lecture series?
George Garrigues

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Re: Book Cover
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 3:05 PM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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I get your point, but I'd rather not do everything for myself — from repair my car to design my ebook covers. (I have tried to do both. Not good.)

Cheers.

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