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A book cover is the first thing that you see in any kind of book. It consists of the book's title, its author, and an image that depicts the book's content. Printed book covers, most of the time, are not explicit graphic representations of the book's topic. Instead, they can be mysterious and vague as to what the story is really all about.
Learning how to make a book cover design entails both artistic and market knowledge. We've compiled a few key tips below to you navigate this process without any major hitch.
A good book cover design should be related to your book's topic. Get the main theme of the book and use this theme in creating a suitable front cover design. You may also have to factor in the genre of the book you are writing in. For example, mystery non-fiction books tend to have non-sensational book covers despite having sensational book titles. On the other hand, fiction book covers (like children’s book covers) can be vary depending on the story and intended audience.
Knowing your book’s theme or main topic is half the battle. You must then use this knowledge in selecting an editable book cover design theme or motif. This theme will act as the unifying force for all the text and graphic elements used in your cover design.
A design theme may range from a black and white or minimalist color palette to something cute and decorative motifs. Another option is to look for a premade blank book cover template that already follows your design theme of choice. This way you do not have to come up with a motif or theme on your own.
To create the best modern book cover design, you should also pay attention to the spine and back cover design. Book covers are printed using one piece of thick paper and then folded to match a book’s physical dimensions. Make sure that there is design continuity in your book’s spine and back covers. Follow the same design theme, color palette, font styles, and other design elements.
Remember the old adage about not judging a book by its cover? Well, sad as it may seem, people just cannot help not judging a book by its cover. That is why, as a graphic artist or as a writer, you must follow a good visual hierarchy or book layout in your creative book cover design.
This means that the book title, author’s name, and images are arranged logically and intuitively. Fonts should be big enough to read from afar. Images should be in high-resolution. With an organized cover design layout, a reader is more likely enticed to read a book.
A blurb is a part of a book that contains a snippet of what a book is all about. Fiction and non-fiction books all have blurbs. It allows readers to have an idea of what the book is all about before they read it. And, most of the time, readers judge books according to their blurbs too.
Therefore, to ensure your book’s success, always add a compelling blurb in your creative book cover designs. Work on multiple drafts until you find that one blurb that pique’s a reader’s interest without adding too many spoilers.