Generating graphics in ebook and on website

by Kaie
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I am working on my first ebook for publishing, actually, the 1st draft is done. I am needing to add graphics, simple diagrams and line drawings. I am not sure how to do this. I have someone designing a cover for me, but I really need to learn to do the desktop publishing myself as I am on a low budget and I have several books that I am working on (and they will all need graphics.)


Is it ill advised for me to try and tackle this myself? (starting out at zero knowledge.) I really wanted a professional cover, so that is where I am splurging, and she is also helping me with logo/branding.

I also need the graphics for my website.

Any software recommendations?
#ebook #generating #graphics #website
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Generating graphics in ebook and on website

    Maybe it's time to clarify a common misunderstanding: e-cover graphics can be "generated" with the tools mentioned above from an existing graphic (image)!

    And you should NOT use copyrighted images for your e-covers, ebooks or website. As a rule of thumb: images on the net are copyrighted and cannot be used - unless they come with a specific license...
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    • Profile picture of the author Kaie
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Generating graphics in ebook and on website

      Maybe it's time to clarify a common misunderstanding: e-cover graphics can be "generated" with the tools mentioned above from an existing graphic (image)!

      And you should NOT use copyrighted images for your e-covers, ebooks or website. As a rule of thumb: images on the net are copyrighted and cannot be used - unless they come with a specific license...
      I don 't think I explained well enough.

      I have hired someone to do the cover because it needs to look really professional.

      I want to (for an example) translate a drawing or a diagram I have personally generated into a graphic I can use on my site and in the body of my ebook.

      I am interested in making my own covers eventually, but for now my question is about this.


      I am definitely aware of not using copyrighted images and I only use my own photography, or where I have gotten permission.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kev Stevenson
        Originally Posted by Kaie View Post

        I want to (for an example) translate a drawing or a diagram I have personally generated into a graphic I can use on my site and in the body of my ebook.

        What software are you using to create your eBook?
        How are you generating the graphics?

        I use OpenOffice to make Ebooks.
        It's quite simple to insert images into an OpenOffice document (or a Word document)...
        Place the cursor where you want the picture to go,
        Then click on Insert, then click on Picture. Done.

        OpenOffice (and Word) has some basic drawing tools included.

        I use Photoshop to create graphics (both for eBooks and web). You can pick up Photoshop Elements - a stripped down version - quite cheaply.
        A purist might (quite rightly) say that Adobe Illustrator is the better drawing package.

        I use a spreadsheet to create graphs.

        Sometime I'll sketch on paper and then scan the sketch - maybe play around with that in Photoshop.

        There are lots of different graphics programs around. Some are easier to use than others. Some give better results than others...

        I hope that helps in some way
        Regards,
        Kev
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        • Profile picture of the author Kaie
          Originally Posted by Kev Stevenson View Post

          What software are you using to create your eBook?
          How are you generating the graphics?

          I use OpenOffice to make Ebooks.
          It's quite simple to insert images into an OpenOffice document (or a Word document)...
          Place the cursor where you want the picture to go,
          Then click on Insert, then click on Picture. Done.

          OpenOffice (and Word) has some basic drawing tools included.

          I use Photoshop to create graphics (both for eBooks and web). You can pick up Photoshop Elements - a stripped down version - quite cheaply.
          A purist might (quite rightly) say that Adobe Illustrator is the better drawing package.

          I use a spreadsheet to create graphs.

          Sometime I'll sketch on paper and then scan the sketch - maybe play around with that in Photoshop.

          There are lots of different graphics programs around. Some are easier to use than others. Some give better results than others...

          I hope that helps in some way
          Regards,
          Kev
          Thank you, I am using Open Office. It is my first one, so I am feeling my way through it. That is very helpful.

          I am still editing the text, but will be done soon. I will go look around OO. If they have basic drawing tools, I think I am in good shape!
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    I agree with you LinkCrusher, go to ebook cover creator... I used this for a couple of projects before, and I am very satisfied using this software...
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  • Profile picture of the author Reez1
    you can use GIMP for designing.its free.also can found a lot of tutorials in youtube.
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