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How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

This post was last modified: 13 Oct 2017 07:31 AM by kelly joe.
Adobe Photoshop is the most popular offline photo editing tool used to create stunning designs. Professional Book Cover designs really speak a lot about the content of a book. It attracts a potential buyer's attention even before the buyer reads your book's description. There are many awesome software that allow help you to easily design your book cover be it eBook, paperback or print book for publishing in any book publishing platform like amazon and CreateSpace. Some of these software allow you design offline like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign which work hand in hand with Adobe Illustrator while some are online tools like Canva, Adobe Spark, Cover Design Studio, etc. Adobe Photoshop is also used to edit pictures, social media pictures, design ad banners, page logo, etc.
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In this tutorial article, I will give you a step by step guide on how to design professional eBook and hard cover for your books especially for publishing on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace. I will also give you a list of some recommended online graphic tools that can help you design awesome and professional book covers. You must have a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop interface or workspace before you can follow up in this tutorial article. I already explained the basic concepts of Adobe Photoshop in my previous article, especially how to manipulate layers and texts. I advise you to study it before you continue with this tutorial article. I also gave three free working download links to cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC.

Note that photoshop is a tool and so you need to first know the basics. I wrote a concise article that will help you learn adobe photoshop basics at http://www.microsofttut.com...

Print Book Cover Versus eBook Cover Design
The design pattern for Print book or Paperback covers are slightly different from that of eBook covers. eBook covers design is simpler in the sense that it requires fewer steps because it is only made up of just the front design. It has no back or spine. The basic parts of an eBook cover include the Title, Sub title (optional), Images (optional), Author name, etc.
Below is a labelled screenshot of a finished eBook cover design sample of one of my amazon books in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

[Image: ecover%2Bsample.png]

Print book and Paperback covers resemble an opened book which is made up of the front, spine and the back. The design steps are longer than that of an ecover design. The dimension is more than twice that of an ecover of the same size. The parts of a print book or paperback cover include all the parts of an eBook plus the book blurb which is the little description about a book and the author located at the back of the cover, the barcode/ ISBN area where you place your book’s barcode and ISBN. 

For Amazon paperback and CreateSpace print book design, you only have to create a space for the bar code and ISBN at the back part of the cover design because they offer free ISBNs for their books which cannot be used in any other online book platform. But if you want to sell the print book in other platforms, then you have to buy an ISBN for your book.

Below is a labelled screenshot of a finished print book design sample of one the paperback version of the same book in Adobe Photoshop.
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So now that you have seen the difference between an eBook cover and that of a Print book, let me now walk you through the design steps of each of them.
[font=verdana, sans-serif]How to Setup and Design an eBook Cover in Adobe Photoshop

Before you start designing an eBook cover, ensure that you have done a keyword research and have concluded on the keyword phrases to use for your book. If you wish to add an image to your book design, search for a relevant image and download it on your computer and save it on a location where you can easily locate it. Also conclude on the background colour and font styles and colours to use. This will help to increase your design speed and accuracy.
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You don’t need a template for an eBook. You have to set it up from scratch in Photoshop by creating a new document.
To Design and Setup Your ecover in Photoshop:
Read full tutorial post at http://www.microsofttut.com...
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10 Oct 2017, 11:12 AM | Post: #2

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

That's a lame book cover.

Problem is, learning Photoshop is not the same as learning how to design well. For that you need to learn Design rules along with Photoshop. PS is a tool, to use a tool well, you need to learn rules. Otherwise, even knowing cool tricks wont help as they will be wasted on doing the wrong thing.
Dark and Gritty Book Cover Designs for Self-Publishing Authors - http://www.RockingBookCovers.com
Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
10 Oct 2017, 11:46 AM | Post: #3

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

I don't think you gain customers by calling other people's work lame.
Just a thought.
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Offline RBC Reading Trust No One: X-Files by Jonathan Maberry
10 Oct 2017, 03:40 PM | Post: #4

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

(10 Oct 2017 11:46 AM)Kath Middleton Wrote: Wrote:  I don't think you gain customers by calling other people's work lame.
Just a thought.

Do you like to get bad advice from people who can't even design above average level yet? And not enough it's bad cover, it's also probably a copy/paste article that is dropped around forums. You like to encourage that? 

I didn't just say those are lame covers, I actually explain why. 

You want to criticise me for trying to call out BS advice, fine, but there is no other way to stop dumb advice from spreading. Designers are better at calling out bad design than non-designers. Just because we have the education to and authors have more important things to do. So someone has to do it. If I lose some customers for that, well, that's a shame. But I'm not gonna be quiet when I see crap advice pushed on authors who want to find good information but can't tell if source is good or not.
Dark and Gritty Book Cover Designs for Self-Publishing Authors - http://www.RockingBookCovers.com
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10 Oct 2017, 04:48 PM | Post: #5

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

I'm sure your design skills are good. I just don't think you are marketing yourself well.
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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

Designers will probably disagree with me about this, but to some extent the lameness of a cover is a matter of opinion, as is much of the work of artists in general, so I think it's a good idea not to be quite so definite about it - especially on a UK forum!

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

I have updated this post. If you are new to photoshop, follow the first link to learn photoshop basics
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24 Oct 2017, 07:01 PM | Post: #8

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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

MODS AND ADMINS PLEASE READ. VERY IMPORTANT! (Thank you Smile )

This thread really should have been deleted (I'll explain why below) but just as a general response to the comments...

While design may be an art form, as artistic skills are involved in most design, please do not confuse Design (as a subject 1) with Art (subject 2), as they are almost the opposite. Art is subjective; the best art can be interpreted differently by its viewer depending on their background, life experiences, mood, desires and the overall way they see/ look at things as individuals. Design is very much deliberate, good design is understood in the same way by its target audience. Great design will provoke the same response from all its intended viewers, whether that be an instruction, direction, emotion, call to action, behaviour etc... If a design is interpreted differently by the masses, this tends to be poor design and in some cases can be very dangerous.

Now for the serious matter at hand...

My concern with this thread is not the far below average, amateur at best level of design and the fact that it is being self-proclaimed as 'Professional Design' is absolutely ludicrous, it is the fact that this thread has been active for the past 2 and a half weeks having a member of your forums offer and promote illegal software, and then go on to use this as an incentive for your forum members to follow his tutorial link. Using a cracked version of a software (especially knowingly!) IS STEALING. IT IS PUNISHABLE BY LAW as it breaks several lawful infringements. This thread should be deleted unless this is the type of illicit material this forum wants to help promote? This person should be warned against his actions and if he persists, reported to Adobe at the very least.

And I'm sorry but RBC was being kind with his criticism of the quality of work especially with it being portrayed as professional design. RBC should be commended for pointing out poor advice, as many authors on this forum would not have even questioned the advice that was given, and understandably so, as it is not their area of expertise.

But it gets worst... Not only is the original poster promoting use of illegal software (serious crime believe it or not), he is also encouraging forum members to break copyright infringement law by, and I quote: "If you wish to add an image to your book design, search for a relevant image and download it on your computer and save it on a location where you can easily locate it." IF YOU DO NOT PAY FOR THE COPYRIGHTS TO AN IMAGE, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO STEAL THE IMAGE AND USE IT FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL GAIN. This is plagiarism, again PUNISHABLE UNDER COPYRIGHT LAW! The only exception to this is if the credits of the image state that it is free for personal and/or commercial use (depending on what you intend to use the image for).

I could go on about the infinite things that are wrong with his' professional' 'designs' and 'advice', but I am too disgusted that this thread is even active on such lovely forum as this. I should not have been able to find this thread over 2 weeks after it had been posted online.
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RE: How to design book covers with Adobe Photoshop

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