After spending hours trying out font after font for my new blog’s title, I went to Canva to see if they had a template for creating blog headers. Turns out they do (“Blog Title”).
So, I designed one that looks a lot like my DIY book cover design (I get to play a little before I ask a professional cover designer for a knowledgeable review or a complete redesign). After inserting it at the theme customization window by uploading it to the header tab under “Logo & Favicon,” I went back to Canva, added the subtitle (which was scrapped, along with the title, to make room for my new header), changed the font to make it match the fonts for the lesser headers on my blog, and reloaded it.
And now, when I look at it, I’m no longer thinking, “I’m really not sold on that font.”
Because I have the font I wanted to begin with – the font I use in Canva with keywords in some of my blog graphics and for the word “Hypothyroid” on my book’s cover design.
Here’s what I made for my new blog’s header:
And here’s the latest design for the book cover – in two colors: red and turquoise.
As I’ve said before, I’m not married to either book cover. I just really wanted to play with the ideas I had and see what I could come up with on my own before consulting a professional cover designer.
When it comes to that, I’m considering the following options:
- A fellow SPS member who is in the SPS Outsourcer Rolodex
- A designer on Fiverr.com who is also on the SPS Rolodex – but whom I haven’t been able to find on Fiverr.com, yet.
- Other designers on Fiverr.com (I’m nervous about trying unknowns, though. For all I know, even the ones with high ratings might just have had a lot of customers with low expectations. And I wouldn’t be one of them. I think options #1 and #4 – on this list – are both safer bets)
- Archangel Ink – used and recommended by at least one of the authors I’m quoting in my book. They provide a variety of services (including book cover design and formatting) for self-publishing authors.
I’m looking forward to creating the Acknowledgments page for my book, giving credit where it’s due and showing my readers just how not alone I’ve been in making this book.
Yes, I have to do the writing – which is the part I like best, so it works out.
I enjoy creating, though most often, the kind of creating I do is writing – not designing. I’ve designed things in the past – crocheted hats and scarves, for one – but this would be the first time I stepped into graphic design with both feet. I’m still in the shallow end, but I’m learning as I go, slowly (very slowly) stepping toward the deeper end.
I don’t have the benefit of a college degree in graphic design, so I’m learning what I can from helpful sources on the internet:
- Derek Murphy of CreativeIndie
- Book Cover Design School at Canva
- Canva Graphic Design Tutorials
- YouTube videos about designing book covers with Canva
- a brief but helpful tutorial on IndiesUnlimited (also using Canva)
- “How to make your own free book cover in MS Word” on TheCreativePenn.com
- Joel Friedlander at TheBookDesigner.com
There are more out there. The more I learn, the more I’ll share.
I don’t have Photoshop or any other expensive design software package, so I use Canva. I’ve yet to try creating a book cover with MS Word, because I’m having so much fun with Canva, which is what I use to create my blog graphics and my new blog headers. I’m also designing a new business card that matches my new author blog at HypothyroidWriter.com.
After creating a header for my new blog, I hopped over to my free blog (this one) and looked into whether I could add my own custom-made header to that, too.
I could. So, I did. You can see the results at the top of the page.
I used the “Inspect” feature on Google Chrome, by right-clicking on the title of my blog, to get the six-digit color code. Then I copied it and pasted it into the Canva font-editing box for the word “Anyway,” so the turquoise would match the turquoise on the rest of the blog.
I’m liking it a lot better than the default formatting for the title and subtitle. The more Canva design tutorials I take, the more I feel compelled to play with what I’ve learned. I honestly don’t know what a professional graphic designer would say to me about what I’ve made so far, but I’ll get a chance to find out when I’ve finished my first draft.
I’m having way too much fun with this.
What about you? Any graphic design hacks you’d like to share?
Or what projects are you working on right now that make you want to learn at least at little bit of graphic design to make something (your blog, your book, your business cards, etc.) more aesthetically appealing?
As always, I look forward to your comments. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and have a great week! 🙂