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What is a Book Cover?

A book cover is any protective covering used to bind together the pages of a book. Beyond the familiar distinction between hardcovers and paperbacks, there are more alternatives and additions like dust jackets, ring-binding, and older forms such as the nineteenth-century "paper-boards" and the traditional types of hard-binding.

How to Create an Editable Book Cover in Publisher

People often use the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" when it comes to certain people, events, or things like... well, books! But the truth is, people do have a tendency to judge the book by its cover. No matter how interesting its story or purpose can be, the book cover still plays a role in attracting the readers. There are many tools we can use to create book covers. Some of the most common tools include programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. For now, we're going to see how we can use Microsoft Publisher to create book covers that can be edited. Just follow the steps below.

1. Understand What the Book's Purpose Is

The first thing you need to do is understand what kind of book you'll be illustrating for. You can't just make a creative book cover when the author tells you their work is this genre or that genre. Try to get a hold of what the story or purpose of the book is. As you read along, you can get enough understanding of the content to start thinking of what to make.

2. Work With Your Author

It isn't just reading that can help you come up with the idea for the printable book cover. Another factor that can help is working closely with the author of the book. Take some time to sit with them and discuss the book, what the author wants on the cover and how they envision it. It isn't just a one sided discussion. You can also share how you imagine certain scenes that occur in the story or how the book made you feel. By sharing your thoughts and opinions with each other, you can slowly visualize and incorporate the shared ideas to produce something beautiful.

3. Decide What Kind of Cover You Want to Make

As stated above, there are several kinds of modern book covers that you can create. A paperback cover is simply one with high-quality material for its cover with the illustration printed on it. A hardcover can use materials like paper-boards, ring binders, or dust jackets. Let's take a look at how they differ.

Paper-Boards - This is commonly seen in children's books. The material uses a thick paper board that's been laminated or layered over with plastic.

Ring Binders - This kind of cover uses the standard notebook ring binder. It's usually used for the likes of cookbooks.

Dust Jackets - Right now, this is the most common cover for hardcover books. It is a detachable outer cover made of paper with a folded flap that holds on to the front and back of the book cover.

4. Designing Your Cover

Once you and the author have come up with a good idea for your editable book cover, you can begin the designing process. For illustrations, most people are using vector designs for characters, objects, and places. If you decide to use images, avoid using stock images. Try to get a photograph of your own or hire someone to help you.

5. Writing Down the Information

The title of the book and the summary needs to be well placed in order to get your viewer's attention. While most books continue the tradition of large texts for the titles, a few others are making their titles as minimalist as possible. Of course, this will also depend on whether you are making a children's or business book cover. The summary of the book always stays in the back. For dust jackets, the summary is usually put in the front covers flap.

6. Review Your Work

Before printing out the business, photo, or children's book cover, you need to review your work if there are any mistakes in either the illustration, image, or summary. Make sure that you change any grammatical errors that you find.

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