Hello everyone. I’m so delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this Blog Tour as a host. My guest today is Author A.M. Manay.
In addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of supernatural new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.
Author A.M. Mannay has written a marvelous guest post that will assist everyone in learning how to create fabulous images for all their Promotional needs.
“Get Your Design On” by A.M. Manay
As my fellow members of Rave Reviews Book Club have likely noticed, I have developed a penchant for creating twitter graphics for my fellow writers. Some of you have asked me how I do it, so I’ve decided to share a few of my tips and tricks for getting your design on.
I primarily use Canva. This is a web-based software that has both free and pay versions that are pretty easy to learn how to use if you’re reasonably comfortable using a computer. They have a library of free art as well as stock photos available for $1 each, which I think you’ll agree is quite a good deal. They have a number of fonts and other elements, and you can make your work as simple or complex as your skill and time allow. They have many pre-sized templates for various marketing and social media uses, but they can also do custom sizes, like you might need for, say, a Createspace paperback cover file.
Here are the basics:
1) Sign up for a free account. Choose “Create a Design,” then “Twitter Post.”
2) Click on “Uploads.” Then, upload your book cover as a jpeg file. You then click on your cover and place it on the template. You can change the size of the cover as well, or rotate it.
3) If you have your own photo you want to use as background, upload that as well. If not, choose a color under “Backgrounds” or click “Elements” then “Free Photos” to choose a photo.
4) You can then click on any image you’ve placed and resize, crop, move back or forward, or apply a filter or transparency to enhance the look.
5) Click on “Text” to insert text. You can change the font, color, and transparency of the text to make it readable and eye-catching. If your text is hard to read, try blurring the background image slightly under “Advanced Options” in the “Filter” menu. Or you can go to “Elements” and insert a shape to go behind your text. You can change the color of the shape and even make the shape partly transparent so your background image can still be seen.
6) When you are happy with your graphic, save it and download as a jpeg. You can then attach the file to your tweets.
We learn by doing, so I would encourage you to play around with it if you have the time. I find my tweets get much better response when they include an eye-catching, attractive image. Or you can just hire me to do it for you. 😉 Do you have any questions about how to get your design on? Any tips of your own to share?
BOOKS By A.M.MANAY.
Here for your enjoyment are just a small sample of what A.M. Manay has created as part of her SERVICES offered on her Author Site.
SAMPLE TWITTER GRAPHICS!
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Do you have a question for my guest? Please, ask away.
I hope you enjoyed stopping by. I know I enjoyed hosting this diverse and multi-talented Author.