How to design a professional e-book book design canva e-book design Oct 13, 2021

You want to design an e-book as a free giveaway on your website, or to sell on Amazon or elsewhere. Whilst the access to making / designing an e-book is low-cost, and available anywhere there is internet, it is not always easy, simple, or straightforward. Here are my top tips for designing a...

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3 reasons to use Indesign not Canva for your book design book design canva design tools indesign magazine design Sep 25, 2021

Canva is great, I use it for social media posts, web graphics, even basic video editing and creation. But when it comes to books or magazines or long documents I just wouldn't use Canva for layout. I use Indesign. Before that I used to use QuarkXpress - showing my age here, but anyway, I thought...

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Is Canva a good replacement for Adobe? adobe canva design tools Aug 28, 2021

 Canva v Adobe

Designers have a love hate relationship with Canva. On the one hand it has made their job easier, on the other it has made everyone a 'designer' and a designer's job harder. This post gives you an insight as to how I use both platforms as a designer, what I think about...

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Photo converting for print magazine layout using Photoshop and Indesign adobe design for print design tools magazine design photo edit Jul 06, 2021

Here is the process of placing photos into a magazine layout that is going to be printed. These are basic formatting details for those starting to design and layout print publications that use photos. The process below uses Adobe Photoshop and Indesign.
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The Story of a Book Cover Design book cover design Jun 23, 2021

Book cover design process

Shay came to me after listening to a webinar I gave on the three mistakes to avoid with your book cover. We had already worked together on an issue of iola bookazine. She had written her book and was self-publishing it. She knew what she wanted for the book cover and had...

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Six types of tools you need in your writer's toolkit
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Six types of tools you need in your writer's toolkit writers toolkit writing tools May 26, 2021

What is a writer's toolkit and what would you put in it? If you want to share your written words with a reader you'd also need some tools in that kit to help with the business of publishing. Tools that help you both write and publish. Those two threads -  the art and the business of...

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Design tools for writers who lack design skills design tools May 13, 2021

Whether you are designing a header for your website or writing a post on social media, it feels like you need to be a professional designer with subscriptions to all-the-tools so that it looks professional and not like Stuart the intern did it in Word! The following list of design tools for...

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How to design a professional e-book

Oct 13, 2021

3 reasons to use Indesign not Canva for your book design

Sep 25, 2021

Is Canva a good replacement for Adobe?

Aug 28, 2021