Have you ever wanted to be on a magazine cover?
Of course you have ““ who hasn’t? But the probability of you actually getting there is slim to none. Sorry for bursting your bubble but chances are you’re not going to be famous. But maybe you want to feel famous or you want to create a little image trickery that will put you in the spotlight.
CoverDude lets you create awesome looking custom magazine covers (albeit fake ones) very easily. Even though the magazines are not real pretty darn cool looking.
All you need is an internet connection and a computer. The site is very easy to use and a well trained monkey could probably use it.
But I don’t know which cover a monkey would pick”¦.but I digress.
Let’s check out the site. I browsed on over to CoverDude and got down to it.
Once you are at the site all you need to do is click on the Get Started On Your Free Mag NOW button located in the bottom right hand side of the site. Once you click on that, you will be brought to a wizard that will guide you through setting up your custom magazine cover. Yes you sitting in front of your computer reading this article can be on your very own magazine cover! How cool is that?
Next we will need to pick a template. These templates are essentially magazine covers with a blank cutout of a person. Your picture will be laid under this image like a layer in Photoshop. Each of the templates are listed in the screenshots above and below. Click on one to choose it or hover over it with your mouse for a close up look at the cover template.
This is a close up of one of the covers. You can see it shows where your image will go. This is a little misleading because it will put the entire image under the cover not just the image of a cut out person. This will become more apparent below.
After selecting your cover template, it is time to upload your image. The smaller the image the quicker it will upload (obviously). I worked with a PNG file saved using PNG-8 in Photoshop that worked dumb quick. Simply click on the white field labeled click here to upload a photo.
Once your image is uploaded you will see a screen allowing you to make some modifications to your image. Mine was already modified so I just moved it around a little with my mouse to center it.
When I was done I hit preview and saw my cover up close and personal. Then I hit Save Cover and it took me to this screen allowing me to share my cover on the intertubes know as social networks”¦
And without further ado here is my custom magazine cover:
What do you think? Useful or a waste of time? Do you have a similar site you would like to share with us? Well then what are you waiting for? Hit me up in the comments.