I selected the first theme for a book cover that allows you to add just an image to the front and back. Howerver no matter how I manipulate the image it is always too big to fit in the designated frame and the image quality is always vey poor. Very blurry. I have used jpeg and png format. I have made the resoluiton any where from 1200x1000 to 72x72. And yes I did 300x300. I have created the images in Powerpoint, Arcsoft Photo Studio, and Gimp. I have created them as very small images. and as very large images and then tried to scale image. Nothing seems to be working. Also how do I delete some of the downloaded images that are being saved? Please advise.
09-06-2011 07:35 - edited 09-06-2011 07:46
It sounds like all your doing is resizing - not changing resolution.
There are several things you need to do:
1) verify the size and resolution that you need for the size cover you are doing
2) Go back to your photo editor and open the original image. Hopefully it is a high resolution image.
3) resize the image to the size required - 6 x 9 inches or whatever the cover size is you need (I work with 6 x 9 paperbacks so I know those numbers).
You may need to crop to get the ratio correct because of your image is square - changing to a retangle will distort the image (same thing if going from a square to a retangle) - the aspect ratio needs to remain the same.
Once it is at the proper size - then change the resolution to 300 dpi (you can do this at the same time as resizing - but remember they are two different things.
Typically for a 6 x 9 paperback if you are uploading a full front cover you want the image sized at 6.125 x 9.250 x 300 dpi (1837 x 2700).
Keep in mind if you are starting with a very small image - if you are having to emlarge it to get it to correct size - it will probably not have very good resolution as images tend to pixalate as you enlarge them. You need to start with an original was at least as large if not larger in size than the final that you are looking for.
If your project has not been put on sale yet - you should be able to delete the files under the my files tabs.
Hope it helps and good luck
Remember it is also the overall size - not just the resolution.
If you need help resizing the pic - send me a private message and I'll see if I can resize the pic for you - make sure you give me the size dimensions. I use Corel's Paintshop photo editor for setting up my covers and have had good success with it.
You can copy and paste all your Powerpoint work into Inkscape. Then save it as a PDF file. Inkscape then gives you the option of both embedding and setting the dpi of your rasterized images. Of course I choose 300. Then I choose the Lulu onepiece book cover. The wizard gives you all the dimensions you need without doing any calculations. Inkscape sets up the dimensions and guides so easily. Its just a matter of uploading your pdf images and book cover is done!!!