Question about Ebooks covers

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Hi guys, I have question about Ebook cover:
When I buy ebook cover on Fiverr i.e., for additional charge I can buy and "Source file", but what is that "Source file"? What I will get in Source file? Can you explain?
Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    Source files are all the files used to make a creation. I don't know what the seller provides in your case, but if source files are provided, you might get access to all the images used to construct the ebook cover. You will not get access to any programs that built the cover, of course, unless the seller is completely off his/her rocker!

    So it looks like you'll get a series of gifs, jpgs, pngs, bmps, or whatever else images are these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Typically it means that you get the exact template that the designer uses to create your ebook. Usually alot of Fiverr designers (who are great!) create their ebook covers using Adobe Photoshop. In such a case, the *source file* will have the extension: .PSD
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Typically it means that you get the exact template that the designer uses to create your ebook. Usually alot of Fiverr designers (who are great!) create their ebook covers using Adobe Photoshop. In such a case, the *source file* will have the extension: .PSD
      Agree, a source file usually comes in .PSD format which can be edited in Adobe Photoshop or Gimp. There are many software used to create eBook cover but software producing PSD file seems to be the standard among graphics designers because of its availability, flexibility and it's more professional.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnhossain1971
    Originally Posted by goodsoloads View Post

    Hi guys, I have question about Ebook cover:
    When I buy ebook cover on Fiverr i.e., for additional charge I can buy and "Source file", but what is that "Source file"? What I will get in Source file? Can you explain?
    Thank you
    Most of the time the Ebook cover made by the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or, other software like these. So you can get the .psd or, .Ai or some other original file like these. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author kennyd3
    It is more of givin your the whole "content" of creating the e-book cover which you can edit, amend, change whenever you like. It's like buying the "rights" to the e-cover book" they created.

    Hope these helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by goodsoloads View Post

    Hi guys, I have question about Ebook cover:
    When I buy ebook cover on Fiverr i.e., for additional charge I can buy and "Source file", but what is that "Source file"? What I will get in Source file? Can you explain?
    Thank you
    GSL do your self a big favor and learn how to make e-book covers there are a of tuts on You Tube don't waste your time with Fiverr , there are online e-book cerators that are free just go to the search tab and see how many threads on this subject there is,
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  • Profile picture of the author megamind22
    It mean you get a file that you can edit yourself if you wish to make some changes in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author 0xFF
    I'll do not repeat what everybody told you, but just my informed opinion (I'm novelist and software author with software about ebooks) : never buy a cover without the source file(s) ! You never know what you'll need to do with this cover later (maybe you'll have to translate the title, maybe you'll like to do a tiny modification, maybe you'll be happy to use it as template for a new cover, ect). Well, always buy the source to stay independent and keep the control !
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Yunker
    Hey there,

    I'll give you a short answer..

    A source file is the file that he used to create the picture. What this will give you is the ability to collect the images he used and be able to add or subtract things in the future.

    Why it's important to get it? You may later down the line want to make a different cover for another eBook and you may tell your next editor and tell them that you like the style of your current one, or maybe a picture you liked that they used.

    They will ask you if you have the "source file" so they can just grab the exact image and make modifications to it, without creating a whole new cover and trying to guess and find the images they previously used.

    In my opinion it's always a plus, it saves you hassle down the road, but it's completely up to you!

    Hope this was helpful

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author michealkhobis
    Originally Posted by goodsoloads View Post

    Hi guys, I have question about Ebook cover:
    When I buy ebook cover on Fiverr i.e., for additional charge I can buy and "Source file", but what is that "Source file"? What I will get in Source file? Can you explain?
    Thank you
    Source File means the Original Raw file, by which the cover is created. One can change or, edit easily by the Source file. The file extension may be as .ai, .psd, or something like this. Its out put may be as .jpg, .png which you use. Thanks for understanding.
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Has anyone else noticed we have been had by a sig spamer
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Regional Warrior View Post

      Has anyone else noticed we have been had by a sig spamer
      Looks like it's just you and me.

      Doesn't look like anyone else got past the first post in their haste to get their own sigs seen.

      I wonder how many other one-liners we'll get before it burns down?
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        goodsoloads and anyone else buying ebook covers,


        I doubt that you care . . . but you really need to pay attention to what you are buying when you purchase any graphic cover and especially from Fiverr.

        If the cover you buy has an image on it, you need to make sure that the cover seller has the legal right to both use and sell that image in your cover.

        Fiverr sellers are notorious for ripping off photos, graphics, and even complete cover designs that are copyright protected. Why?

        Because it's awful hard to purchase a license to a graphic image, spend the time to transform that image into a nice cover, and get paid $4 for your effort. So many designers just go online, find the image they want, and "borrow" it for your book cover.

        So if you are purchasing the source files, make sure you understand where any images came from, what type of license they came with, and that the designer can legally pass the license on to you.

        Yes, you can be in legal hot water if your book cover includes an unlicensed image. The judge won't care who made the cover for you. It's your cover and you're the one making money off it.

        I have studied many stock photo image licenses and a number of them don't allow the "cheap license" to be used in commercial applications. A commercial use license can cost hundreds of dollars. And even some that do allow this use, don't allow the original license holder (the designer) to sell or pass their rights on to a third party (you).

        So what I'm telling you is that you need to understand and be aware of what the image license rights are and that you have the legal right to use the image in your cover for commercial purposes.

        One of the legitimate e-cover designers that I know will not sell a cover until the purchaser buys the appropriate commercial license for the use of the image he is proposing directly from the stock photo distributor.

        A word to the wise . . .

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  • Profile picture of the author alaakhassa
    Source file is the editable file in the software the designer had made the design with it.

    Like if your designer made the e-cover with Adobe Photoshop
    you will recieve a "sourcefile.PSD" file for you to open in Photoshop and edit the text or images yourself, or by another designer you will hire later ..

    Adobe Illustrator => "sourcefile.Ai"


    if you're not having the intention of editing it later yourself,
    and you're happy with the current design
    and won't use it ever later

    don't order that option because you won't need it.

    Cheers,
    Alaa Khassa
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  • Source files are the original files of the tool in which it's created. You can edit and can take images in other format like JPEG, PNG, EPS etc. Can reduce the size and many more options which you can't do in other formats.

    Designers normally use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is their creating tool and they Provide PS and AI is the source files.

    Hope this will help!

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid


    eBook cover source file is something that is not provided in your pixel studio (if you really have it to make fortune on fiverr).
    So, you will never overcome this eBook cover business above pro graphic designers who use Photoshop or even GIMP, because mostly they can provide the source file.
    BTW "canva" does the great thing for eBook cover creation for free.

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  • Profile picture of the author SolutionSecrets
    There are many free software i used for ebook cover..
    but I'm still searching something particular.. for the Multiple ebook cover with multi cd cover type...

    anyone else has any free software for it?
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