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Do-It-Yourself Ebook Cover Design

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If you do it right, it will last forever. Massimo Vignelli

For the past few days, weeks, or maybe months you have worked on writing your ebook, and you are ready to have it published. The final step in launching your book is coming up with a cover design. Since hiring a designer can be expensive, here are just a couple of ways you can create your own ebook cover design without having to outsource the process.

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Steps to Make an Ebook Cover Design With Canva

Canva Book Cover Maker is a great option for those who are not very tech savvy. This extremely easy-to-use website gives you hundreds of templates to work from. So, whether or not you have an idea in your head about what you want your book cover to be, Canva can help you design your own ebook cover by following a few simple, easy steps.

Step 1: The Setup

The rst step you must take is to create the dimensional layout. There is a preset “Kindle cover” dimensional type, or you can customize the dimensions of your cover.

Step 2: Layout

The next thing you want to do is choose a layout. In this step, you can choose a free layout, or you can opt to pay for a layout.

Step 3: Images

Once you find your layout, you will have the option of keeping the default pictures or changing them out. For those of you who know what kind of feel, or image, you want your ebook to have, it‘s as simple as typing the word into the search box at the top left of the screen. Here you will see options for photos that are free, $1, or part of the “pro” package.

The Pro Package allows you access to 300,000 free pictures and illustrations. You can organize any designs you upload in folders, easily share them with members of your team, and change the size of the design to fit every social media platform. The Pro Package also allows you to save any of your brand colors, logos, and fonts.

Step 4: Fonts

The next step for your ebook cover design is to pick the font. You can add headings, subheading, or body text. You can choose from the supplied fonts, or have your own font with the pro package. Every text option Canva provides you with is a free option.

Step 5: Background

The next to last step is choosing a background. If you did not find a suitable background in the layout or element section, you might browse the background section to see what is available and to your liking.

Just like the layout section, you have the option of choosing a free background or paying $1 for a background.

If Canva did not provide you with images that you felt you needed, or you had an image that you wanted to include, you can always upload the picture you want on your ebook cover design.

Step 6: Download

Once you are satisfied with your book cover, the final step before sending it to be published with your book is to download the ebook cover design to your computer.

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Making an Ebook Cover With InDesign

Now we will look at how to design an ebook cover using Adobe InDesign. InDesign is a desktop application that works very well with all other Adobe software, especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bridge.

Step 1: Creating the Document

The first thing you want to do is open a new document by going to “file,” “new,” and then “document.” Once you have selected “document” you will want to indicate what type of content you are looking to publish. The options are “print,” “web,” and “digital publishing.”

For an ebook, you want to select “digital publishing.” Please note that if you choose “digital publishing,” you will not be working with centimeters or inches. Instead, you will be working with the number of pixels.

Step 2: Choosing the Correct Page Size

The next thing you want to do is select the page size. You can either choose “Kindle ebook,” “letter,” “A4,” other tablet and phone formats, or you can customize the dimensions. Under the custom page size settings, you will be given even further options as to the size of your digital publication.

Once the page size is selected, you will need to make sure the margins are set to 50px, and then your bleed is set to 50px.

Here is an ebook design tip: even though a bleed option is mainly used for print publications, setting the bleed option ensures there will be no white box around the edge of your ebook cover designs.

Next, you will click “ok” to show the blank document. Once the blank document opens, you are ready to create your cover by applying your layers.

Step 3: Making Layers

With each layer you apply and are satisfied with, you will want to lock it into place. Also with each layer, you have the option to change the transparency, customizing the way the layers appear.

In creating new layers, you may want to rename them to identify which layer you are working with. One layer can be the background. Another layer can be an image. You may want to have two or more pictures or backgrounds with different transparencies.

For example, layer one can be a blue background that takes up the entire page. Layer two may be an image of green water that you want to appear blue. Once you place the image on the page, change the transparency, so the blue background underneath comes through.

You will want to lock the picture of the ocean in place, so it is not accidentally changed or moved. Your third layer may be a lighter or darker shade of blue to add up top.

However, with this layer, you may want to add a gradient feather effect under transparency, so the rst blue background blends in with the second blue background. Again, you will want to lock this layer in place.

Step 4: Fonts

Once you are nished with the image layers, it is time to move to the typography (text) layers. Select the type tool to create a text box/ frame on any part of the cover you would like.

For the text boxes/frames, you will include the title of the book, plus your name. You may also want to include a one-sentence synopsis of the book on the cover, but this is not always necessary.

You will also be able to select the font of the text in each frame. Once you have all of your text on the ebook cover design, select each text box/frame and go to “Object.”

Once in “object,” select “effect” to change the color, transparency, and opacity for the text. If you would like to include any symbols on your ebook cover design, go to “window,” “type & tables,” and then “glyphs” to see the selection of symbols available.

Step 5: Final Touches

The final step to designing your ebook cover is to export. You may export your cover as a TIFF or JPEG for Kindle Direct Publishing, or other formats. When exporting as a JPEG, be sure to export it with “high” quality, 72ppi resolution, and RGB color space as these are the recommendations given by Kindle.

With these two options, you can have high-quality ebook cover designs without emptying your pockets. These programs make it is easy to create your own ebook cover without hiring a designer.

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