Our first Daily Create challenge for the week involves the self-help industry, or, as former President Eisenhower would’ve dubbed it, the “confidence-industrial complex.” Specifically, today’s job was to create our own self-help book, in the same vein as Robert D. Cass’ Suck it up Buttercup!

To get a better feel for this assignment, I was directed to an article, about the “100 worst self-help books of all time,” on the parody website, Uncyclopedia, and decided to use their #100 option, Gay for Pay, as inspiration. Considering one of the biggest headlines of the summer of 2015 was gay marriage becoming a nationwide law, the choice to make a cover for this particular book was, quite frankly, a no-brainer.

As for how I made it, I followed a step-by-step instruction guide on the website, The Creative Penn, and made the final product on Microsoft Word. The stock photos I used consisted of a windfall of money, and a snapshot of the White House following the aforementioned decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

After resizing my Word document to a 6″x9″ format, and fitting the images to work around the cover, I added a black banner to link the two, and got to work typing in the title, subtitle, and author credit. For this part, I used three fonts: Wide Latin, size 28; Harlow Solid Italic, size 28; and Broadway, size 16.

Finding the right color scheme for them was also easy to do, as I went with Olive Green, Tan, and White, using different shades of them to pull off a visual illusion of three-dimensional lettering on a two-dimensional image. I decided to stop with the directions at that point, primarily because this was a Daily Create task, but also due to the fact that I was making a self-help book, and not a Harlequin romance novel.

After everything was sized up to the best of my ability, and the final draft itself was saved, I used a third website to convert it into the necessary JPG format for uploading on the usual sites. This concludes my step-by-step breakdown of today’s assignment.

It may be too early to call, but I have a feeling that this will be my favorite project of the week. It was definitely worth the price of admission to see how well everything came together, to make something that you would find, and possibly buy, at your local bookstore.

Of course, if you’re offended at this sort of thing, I used this same technique to create a second cover for the #79 selection, HE Did It, which can also be seen on the usual sites.

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