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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.