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September 11, 2018

How to Create When You’re Not A Creative

So, you’ve stumbled upon Cover Expressions and find yourself wondering how you could create a beautifully designed custom cover. You feel as if you don’t have a creative bone in your body! Fear not. Here are some tips to help you create a custom cover for yourself or someone else.

  1. Choose high-quality photos. Photos that are low quality may end up looking blurry or pixelated. Choose photos that were taken with a high-resolution camera and have not been uploaded to and then downloaded from Facebook. Photos taken with your iPhone, other smartphones, and newer tablets usually have great resolution. If a ! appears next to the photo you’ve uploaded into the Cover Expressions editor, we suggest that you use another photo.
  2. Choose photos that capture emotion or meaning. Think about how a photo makes you feel and how it might make someone else feel. Find photos of people smiling, candid shots that capture a person’s true God-given beauty, or cute photos of family pets.
  3. Create the first version of your cover and revisit it later. Sometimes we think something looks perfect just as it is; but then when we order it, we notice some things that we would like to change. Leaving your creation, even for a few minutes, can give you a fresh perspective.
  4. Look at each aspect of the design and then observe it as a whole. Does anything seem to be out of place? Channel your inner art critic. Try to imagine what an artistic friend might encourage you to improve.
  5. Try something that you think you wouldn’t like. Sometimes, you don’t know that you like something until you see it as a finished product. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations. You can always reverse the edits!
  6. Keep it simple! Adding features to your design doesn’t necessarily improve it. The layouts were created to be beautiful! Create a layout that fits your personality, but remember that having seven different fonts, five pieces of clip art, five photos, and several different colors might look like a mess rather than a masterpiece. Stick to simple, and use the layouts provided as guidelines.

Get started on your creative cover today!