main parts of a cover (STEP 1. FIND BOOK COVER IDEAS (Stick To Your Genre…
main parts of a cover
STEP 1. FIND BOOK COVER IDEAS
Your book cover should send a clear message.
Since you’ve selected your title, you should have a clear idea of what message you want your book cover to send.
Stick To Your Genre Expectations
When you browse the Amazon bestsellers in your genre, you should notice patterns in color schemes, fonts, layouts, and images.
You’ll want your cover to stand out by looking awesome, yet ensure it naturally fits into your genre.
Find Inspiration On Pinterest
You can browse boards and pins, then save the ones you like to your profile to refer to later.
STEP 4. DESIGN YOUR BOOK COVER
Designing your cover is part art, part science/psychology
Select A Good Cover Front
Sometimes people really only focus on the cover image, but the font and title design should definitely not be overlooked.
I’ll even go so far as to say you should treat your title like a logo, and you should create one that stands out and is memorable.
It’s so important, we have an entire post dedicated to book cover typography.
Plus, there are certain fonts that are perfect for each genre, and there are fonts you should never use on your cover.
Use Colors To Draw Attention
The 2-3 cover colors you choose should help create the mood and message you’re trying to send.
Complimentary colors (across from each other on the color wheel) tend to work well together, as do analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel) of combined dark and light tints.
Many Blockbuster movie posters feature a blue and orange design, or black, white, and red one, because these colors work well together.
Choose The Right Picture
Contrary to what many people think, simple is better.
Make sure your cover is not too busy or a mix of too many colors.
The cover image should cause an emotional reaction when people look at it, such as suspense, lust, or intrigue.
If you’re looking for images to use on your cover, you can find just about anything you want on either free or paid sites
STEP 2. CHOOSE YOUR BOOK COVER DESIGN TOOLS OR DESIGNER
Decide if you are going to tackle this project yourself or hire a professional cover designer to do it for you.
If you are using a designer, it is best if you’ve completed Step 1
because this will help give your designer direction.
You’ll have a much better chance of success and happiness with the results if you clearly communicate what you’re looking for.
STEP 3. SELECT YOUR EBOOK COVER DIMENSIONS
Before you start designing your book cover, you need to make sure that the dimensions of your book meet the market’s requirements.
Then, you need to choose the right width to height ratio so that your book looks like it fits.
Each market has different requirements and recommendations for book covers.