How do I do my cover reveals? | Fun Questions

March 15, 2014 Fun Questions 26

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

How do I do my cover reveals?

Ok this isn’t exactly fun question territory. I’m not getting super speculative and voicing my opinions like I usually do. But I’ve recently changed how I do cover reveals (when I do them, which isn’t super often) and a few people have asked how I do it. Since I’m the furthest thing from an authority on anything graphic or technical this will probably be the one and only how-to post I ever do. And since I tend to do things the wrong way, you probably shouldn’t follow my instructions. Maybe use them as a launching point for doing things the right way?

I say that I often do things the wrong way, because I know my skills and sometimes I use programs that really don’t match their intended function because I know how to make them do what I want. For example, I use PowerPoint to create graphics all the time. Nope, that’s not at all what it’s meant for. But I know how to manipulate the images the way I want them there. Put me in PhotoShop, which is what I should be using, and I can’t do half of what I can do in PowerPoint because I don’t know how to use PhotoShop. So I stick to what I know, wrong or not. Anyway, on to what may be the first how-to post you shouldn’t really follow 🙂

My Cover Reveals Look Something Like This:

claimed by a demon king cover reveal

I can’t take credit for this idea – I saw it on Because Reading’s Deer in Headlight’s Cover Reveal. I got excited and asked Michelle how she did it and she said the file came to her that way. I had a guess though and asked, “is that a gif?” And she confirmed my suspicion. It was a gif. So I set out figuring out how to create a gif. I found my way, but I won’t lie, Because Reading’s still looks way better. I bet some of you out there will be able to take my work-around methods and use them to create something way better.

First – The Images

So I did some reading and figured out that a gif is either a video or a series of images moving along. For my purposes, I decided that a series of images was the way to go. So here’s the fist step that’s going to make all you graphically inclined people cringe. I go to PowerPoint and create a series of images. Yep. I was serious – PowerPoint. But if you know what your doing, go ahead and go to PhotoShop. 🙂

This is what my cover reveal slide looks like in PowerPoint:

cover reveal

See all those grey shapes? I gradually lay them over the picture and after each new addition, I save as a new picture. Until I have 8 different cover photo files, progressively cover more of the cover:

cover reveal steps

Second – The gif

Okay – once again there are ways that I’ve seen posted online about how to make a gif using PhotoShop. It’s probably much more skilled looking than what I do. If, like me, you need something much simpler there are free online programs that will make a gif for you. I personally like GifMaker.me. It’s easy to use and unlike some of the other ones I tried, it lets you adjust speed and size without too much trouble.

I’ve tagged the above screen shot from GIFMaker.me with info on all the sections I use. But here’s a step-by-step:

  1. Click on the upload images button and select all the files you created.
  2. Sort them (by clicking on the image and dragging) from fully covered to just the final cover.
  3. Make sure the size is right. I personally save the files the size that I want so that I’m not stretching them on here.
  4. Also make sure the animation speed is ok. It defaults to 500, which I think is way too fast. I do 1000 generally.
  5. Check the preview to make sure everything looks right and then click “Create Now”
  6. Three links will appear when your gif has been created – I click on “Download the GIF Image Now”

And that’s it! From there, just load the gif in the same way you usually would have loaded the cover image file and voila! You have a cover reveal graphic!

Don’t forget – I’m not even a graphic amateur (that implies more knowledge than I have) – so there’s got to be a better way to do this. But it works for me and hopefully will for you too!

Let me know if you have any questions or EASY suggestions for making this look better!

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26 Responses to “How do I do my cover reveals? | Fun Questions”

    • Berls
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      Thanks Bea – sorry if it was complicated :/ Of course if you aren’t familiar with Power Point my methods might be more difficult.

    • Berls
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      Thanks! You’re not alone Jessica, I’m fairly amazed that I figured out how to do it myself. But if I can do it, pretty much anyone can 🙂

    • Berls
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      Thanks 🙂 LOL I’m too lazy to do much with my FB, especially since most my posts don’t get any views.

    • Berls
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      I’ve been on both ends of the cover reveal spectrum – when I first started blogging I was so excited that I was cover reveal crazy. Then I got some that I was like, “um… I’m not loving the cover… now what?” So I stopped doing them completely. Then I realized that sometimes there’s a book or author that I really want to support however I can and then I’ll do their cover reveal.

      All that being said lol – I’ve started using this technique for other things too. Now that I know how to do it, I keep seeing opportunities.

    • Berls
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      Me too Angie! Because so many of the tutorials depend on Photoshop and that just scared me away. I’m glad I found this option for us novices!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks! It looks so much more complicated than it is, right? Believe me, anything I do is simple because I so don’t know anything about graphics lol

  1. Michelle @ Because Reading
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    I wanna cry everytime you say powerpoint lol
    It cracks me up that you did this before me, I still haven’t tried to make one yet but I don’t do cover reveals that much unless I use them for My To-Be Read list feature, like a reveal of the book I picked. I will have to try this out one day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ps Maybe your brother could sit you down and teach you basic photoshop….stop making me cry lol 😉
    Michelle recently posted…My To Be Read List 3/15My Profile

    • Berls
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      LMAO I knew all the PowerPoint references would kill you 😉 IDK though, at least this way I don’t have to pay for a ridiculously expensive program 🙂

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