Make a Pulp Fiction Cover with Pulp-O-Mizer
Have you ever wanted to create your own pulp fiction-style cover image? If not, you will once you check out the Pulp-O-Mizer. Described on the website as “the world’s most advanced customizable pulp magazine cover generator,” the Pulp-O-Mizer was created by “Professor Cornelius Zappencackler” (or, perhaps, artist Bradley W. Schenck), who has also created several interactive stories and a Pulp Sci-Fi Title-O-Tron that suggests fun science fiction-style titles. With the Pulp-O-Mizer, creating a customized cover is amazingly easy. The tool guides you through the process. Various fields allow you to input your own article titles in any of six locations on the cover, select from over twenty possible magazine titles for the top of the image, pick from over eighty backgrounds (ranging from solid color backgrounds to elaborate steampunk-style interiors), and add characters or vehicles. If you want a more elaborate layout, there are also several presets to help you with the process and a User’s Guide to answer additional questions. Once you have finalized your image, you can save it as a rectangle of 332 pixels by 508 pixels or, if you plan to post the image to Facebook, a square of 508 pixels by 508 pixels on either a white or black background. And, if you really like your image, you can have it put on various items, including cards, mugs, iPad covers, notebooks and posters via Zazzle.
Everything about the Pulp-O-Mizer is perfectly designed and styled with a high attention to detail. This is particularly impressive when you realize that this free tool was entirely designed by a single person. Every fourth time you save an image, there is a message asking you to provide a tip via PayPal or visit one of Schenck’s other sites and the images may not be used for commercial purposes and must always include the Pulp-O-Mizer credit line, but these are fairly minor limitations. The only change I really would have liked to see is the ability to customize the top-level pulp magazine title as well, but overall this is a great tool that is a lot of fun.