How to Become a Cover Designer

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    It is amazing how a well designed book cover can sum up the entire interior of the story in such a small amount of space. For this reason, it is clear that cover designers are some of the most talented people on earth. Wouldn't you love to be one?
    Well, while I can't help you talent-wise, I can most definitely start you off on the right track to achieving your dreams!
    The first thing I tell everyone who asks me how to be good at designing covers is, think of your favorite books. Now think of what makes them so remarkable and try your absolute best to embody all of it onto a mock-up cover of your own! In redesigning your favorite book's covers, you learn how to incorporate all the best things about the interior onto the exterior.
    On the subject of tools, I suggest Pic Collage for beginners as it is free and easy to use. You can use Pic Collage and ProKnockout together for a photoshopped-looking cover. Also, please do not steal pictures from the web. Use a website like that offers free-to-use legal photos.
    Now, after you've done that, you should either be thinking 'wow! that was really fun, I want to do this for a living' or 'jeez, I never knew cover designing took so much work'. Or perhaps you're somewhere in the middle like, 'that was fun, but I don't want to do it professionally'.
    If you are the second, you are dismissed.
    If you are the third, by all means, open up a cover shop here on Wattpad! For inspiration on how the shops should look, go check out my cover shop labeled 'Professional Book Covers' on my profile!
    But if you hold fast with the first thought, and you want to know how to do it, buckle up; it's going to be a wild ride!
    You need to know, right off the bat, that if you choose not to go to college, you need to take some graphic design classes. I can tell you all I know here, but if you're serious about this, please take a course that does not 'crash' before it.
    However, if you do want to go to college to and you don't know what to major in, your main choices (from best option to least) are Graphic Design, Applied Art, Photography, and Web Design.
    After you've made that decision, it's time to make yet another; do you want to be a Freelance or a In-House designer?
    A freelance designer is a designer that is in complete control of finding clients, and they are their own bosses. While this may seem appealing at first, the start up of your Freelance company will be extremely difficult, and you will likely have to work multiple other jobs to keep it going. After you get going, however, the pros outweigh the cons horrendously. The entire paycheck goes to you, you have (aside from what the author requests) full artistic freedom, and you have no one to answer to but yourself!
    In-House designers are hired by a publishing company and all their clients are clients of the company. On the contrary to the Freelancers, there is no real start up because once you get hired, you automatically have a steady paycheck coming your way. However, that does not mean everything will be a piece of cake. Before you can do anything, you have to be hired, and that takes extreme dedication, especially if you want to be in with a well-known publishing company.
    Regardless of what you choose, I hope you've learned something from this Crash Course. Now, go do something with it!

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