Types of Graphics
Looking through the MDC’s threads, you’ll notice they often specific which types of ‘graphics’ they’re offering. It can be a little confusing to distinguish what each type of graphic actually is, so here’s a description of each of the commonly found graphic types, some with examples.
Covers/ Book Covers
Usually contains one main focus point. Often appear to be quite basic, with either a focus on text, or on a single object. However, these are often the hardest type of cover to get right.
These often use one main background image, with a plainer font style. Simple covers are good at getting a single message about the story across. These covers seem to work particularly well for Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Non-Fiction and related genres.
These are the fancy covers you often see floating around on more otherworldy-type books, especially Indie (self-published) Fantasy/ Sci-Fi. On Wattpad these are generally pretty eye catching, but difficult to get right, as having all the cover’s components ‘add up’ is key.
A collage cover is one made out of several images arranged in a collage format. Good for YA romance/ possibly chicklit.
These are becoming more popular in YA Fantasy/ Sci-Fi, but aren’t often offered by Wattpad designers (although there has recently been an increase in designers offering them). These are great for showcasing a main character or scene in your story.
A ‘Mockup’ is a preview of what your cover would look like on a real book/ ebook.
This has a fancily designed banner at the top of the post with simple editable text added beneath.
Pure Img (Image) threads are the most ‘designed’ type of threads, with everything from the background, to the title, to the text edited by the designer. However, if you order one of these, you cannot edit the text within the design.
A thread design in image or HTML, which you can use to promote your story in the relevant #share-your-story thread(s).
Profile Pictures (also known as Icons)
A basic icon, often a simple edit of a photo (e.g. your favourite movie character).
A more heavily designed icon, often with more fancy effects/ manipulation.
Either digitally or hand drawn. For these, you may be asked to provide a reference/ references and ideas.
A Request in which you ask for more than one Icon. For example, you might want a ‘Harry Potter’ icon pack, with one Harry, one Ron and one Hermione Icon. This’ll mean you have multiple different icons/ profile pics to choose from.
These are ‘banners’ that go behind your profile picture on your Wattpad page. They can be used for a variety of things, such as showing of your stories’ covers, a quote meaningful to you, or just something aesthetic.
Commonly used in story chapters to either introduce a character’s traits or give the reader a character visual. These banners are usually aimed at showcasing a single character and hence focus in on said character.
Story banners are used at the beginning of chapters, and mostly contain the story’s title. Chapter banners are similar, but also contain the chapter number/ name that’s currently being read. These are great eye-catchers for your work and may help it stick in readers’ heads.
Blends are literally a ‘blend’ of stuff relating to your story. You could have a couple of scenes on the blend, a few characters, and while it might not make obvious sense as a scene it’s great for representing multiple parts of your story on one graphic.
Ever seen a magical fantasy movie scene ( cough Harry Potter arriving at Hogwarts cough ) and wondered if you’d be able to get similar epic effects for a scene in your story?
Manipulations are a snapshot of your story, using images (aka stocks) from multiple different sources to fuse together and bring to life that idea lurking in your head.
You want a Unicorn riding a Dragon outside Hogwarts, with Loki standing outside the Castle’s entrance, wearing a pink onesie? Manipulations are what you’re looking for. (Sadly I don’t have the pink onesie example. I dare any brave souls to give it a shot though).
Character sketches are digitally or traditionally (pen and paper) drawn sketches of your character.
Head and shoulders only.
Generally Head, Shoulders and waist-up.
Drawing of your character from head to toe, possibly with some background additions as well.