- Covers are 1563 by 2500 pixels. Size it up front to avoid surprises
- Put EVERYTHING in layers to maximize your flexibility
- Play with tolerance. When selecting stuff, for instance, there is often a border of pixels just off the color that you may want to select
- Many Photoshop effects are set at a certain size. Using one of the textured fills, for instance. You may have to do a small effect and then scale it
- No matter how neutral a stretch of cover looks, plop the title or byline on it to test.
- Blotting out extraneous details can produce neutral space. Copying other sections of the picture works better than using the blemish remover, which makes things fuzzy
- Enlarging the picture can also enlarge the neutral stretch, even though it's also prone to move picture elements out of view. sigh
- You want a title's color to harmonize with the rest of the colors, and to pop out so the browser can see it. This can be a trick
- Don't forget you can make the title bold to make the letters fatter without getting much larger. (If the font allows.)
- Fancy fonts and detailed images may overload the cover. Elaborate fonts may want a simple page.
- Making the title "glow" or "shadow" can help contrast quite nicely.
- You can put highly stylized things on the cover, but you don't want to put anything else that is much more detailed.
- When plopping a bit of clip art on the page, do not make the background solid color. There's any number of things you can do, from clouds to adding noise, to going for a marble or parchment texture.
- Old images often benefit from having a color cast removed
- Lighten, darken, saturate, desaturate -- all of these can change an image useful.
- Sometimes there's no substitute for selectively darkening or saturating or what have you the picture. Selection can be tricky, though.
- Saving the image as a jpg and viewing it as a large icon or an extra-large icon will tell you how it looks as a thumbnail, or as the image on the selling page.
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