Book Cover – Animated Giff

As I was unable to produce a time-lapse of my photo shoot.

I created an animated giff as part of my module.







Production – Book Cover

I know have my final and edited images and its time to put them all together.

I have opened my book cover template in photoshop and now need to create layers to add the image and a qr code.


New Layer


New Layer


New Layer


I now added my QR code


All the layers together


Now all the images are added its time to add the writing.



Print Sizing In Photoshop

To obtain a good print your image file must be of a sufficient size to print successfully.

You can increase the resolution for any image by increasing the file size in Photoshop but if your image initially has a small file size then re-sizing will only work to a certain degree (10-20%).

For example an image downloaded from the internet that appears on screen as a half page in a web document may only be approximately 800 x 600 pixels at a screen resolution of approx. 72 ppi (monitor resolution).

If you printed this image at the standard printer resolution of 300 dpi it would reproduce at a size of just 5 x3.3 cm.

The file size of the above image, when open in Photoshop, would be just 700k (8 bit), to produce an A4 print at 300 dpi the file size would need to be 25mb (8 bit),

so your 700k image would need to be sized up in Photoshop by 35 times and would look pixelated and awful.

If your digital camera has approximately 6-10 million pixels this will produce a file size of 18-30mb (8 bit) this will be fine for A4 and will “res-up” to A3 with a reasonable quality,

the larger the original file size (more megapixels) from the camera the better

Step by step guide to centre an image to print A3 with a white border (Portrait Orientation):

Image to centre is a 25mb A4 image that will be resized to approx. 30mb to print on A3 pape

r with a white border.

This will be created in a new A3 document that can be saved for printing on an ink-jet or uploading to Photobox etc.

  • Open image in Photoshop.
  • Check the image resolution
  • Go to Image / Image Size dialogue box, if Resolution is 300 ppi then skip step 4.
  • If not 300 ppi  uncheck Resample Image and enter 300 in Resolution box, check that pixels/inch are selected in pull down menu,
  • click OK. Note it is essential to click OK, do not go to step 5 without closing the Image size dialogue after changing the ppi.
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  • If you carried out step 4 or if your image was already at 300 ppi then open Image / Image Size dialogue and proceed as follows: check Resample Image and Constrain Proportions, enter 33cm into height box. Note before you click OK there is a pull down menu at the bottom of the dialogue box which defaults to “Bicubic Smoother (best for enlargement)” you have some advanced options here but the default is usually ok for most images. Click OK.
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  • This will resize your image to approximately 33cm by 23cm for positioning into an A3 page
  • As you have now resized your image, copy it to the computer clipboard and then Photoshop will automatically centre it in your new page so:
  • Go to – Select / All and then –  Edit  / Copy. This copies your resized image to the clipboard.
  • Go to File / New and choose International Paper in the Preset box, selecting A3, check you have 300 pixels/inch entered in the Resolution box, Color Mode is set to RGB Color, 8 bit. Choose White in the Background Contents box, you can give your new document a Name in the top box. Then click OK.
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  • This creates a new A3 document with white background. Note the instructions have been for Portrait paper orientation, you will have to modify for Landscape mode.
  • With your new document open and “active” you can now go to Edit / Paste, this will paste your re-sized image in the clipboard to your new document, note Photoshop will automatically centre the clipboard contents in the new document.
  • Go to Layer / Flatten and save your new file as a suitable file (PSD, Tiff or Jpeg if no further work is required on the image).
  • You now have your A3 document with a central image and white border, this can now be printed at 300dpi. If you are planning to use Photobox etc. then it is best saved as a  jpeg with compression of about 9 or 10 to make a reasonable file size to upload.







Editing Images – Book Cover

The first image I am going to use is the one below and this will be my front cover image.

I don’t think the image needs much editing apart from the fact the modules nails are a little tatty.

I am going to edit the nails in photoshop.




The image above is just the JPEG file so I going to open the RAW file and edit that one.

Always zoom your image in to 100% before you start to edit it.

I have then selected the magic wand tool and carefully selected the models finger nails that need to be edited.


As you can see all the nails have the ”marching ants” highlighted.

I now need to create another layer.

< Layer

< New

< Layer

An option box will open so you can name your layer, I am just leaving it as Layer1

You now have 2 Layers, your background layer and your new Layer – Layer 1

I am going to just highlight the new Layer by clicking the eye icon on the background layer, this is no longer visible while I edit the finger nails.



It is difficult to see but here is what your highlighted finger nails layer should look like.

I am now going to colour the finger nail, I am going for a soft red colour.

< Edit

< Fill

Text Box Open

< Colour

Choose your colour

Once you have chosen your colour

< Ok

Your layer should then look like this.


Note this image is zoomed in.

I now need to refine the edges.

< Select

< Refine Edge

A options box will then open with the option to define you edge smooth/feather etc..

Now I have edited the finger finger nails I make both layers visible  and flatten the image.

< Layer

< Flatten image

Here is my new image with almost perfect finger nails.



The second Image I am going to use is for the spine of the book and will just be a thumbnail size.

All I have done with this image is to adjust the exposure and shadows.

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And my third image will be used on the back cover of the book.


I wanted to try make the mirror look like it was cracked and broken.

The best affect I was able to manage was a tool ”stained glass’ It dose not really work but thought I would share it on here.






Time Lapse – Photo Shoot – Experiment

As part of my book cover module I need to produce a time lapse/animated gif in relation to my book cover.

I created this time lapse previous to my shoot just to experiment using Adobe Affects for when I did my shoot,

I used a Nikon D300 and an intervalometer which was set to shoot an image every 3secs on jpeg.

Unfortunately on the day of my book cover shoot the studio intervalometer was

unavailable for me to use despite me previously booking it.

However I have created an animated gif to compensate.