Once you’ve filled in your publication info, it’s time to design your cover. Cover design can be a tricky process, and if you’re more curious about the creative aspects, you should check out the article we wrote on the topic. This process is comprised of three steps: choosing a particular template, uploading an image and choosing a colour combination. Alternatively, you might choose to upload a ready-made cover, as long as it is a jpeg or png file. If you choose to do so, pay special attention to the size. Please use the cover calculator to calculate the correct measurements for your cover.
You can choose to use “advanced options”, such as moving your image to a different location on the back of the cover, moving colour blocks and change font size and type, author name and blurb.
We also offer paid cover design services: a professional typographer will design a cover according to your wishes.
Tips for your Cover Design
- The cover is your book’s display window. Make the best of it!
- Always use an image with the right resolution. We advise always using an image with at least 200 dpi.
- Be sure you own the copyright of the image you use.
- Pay special attention to the overall size of the cover before you start uploading. Make use of the cover calculator.
- When your cover is ready, share it with your own network, social media, friends and relatives. This is an excellent promotion tool for your upcoming book.
Can you design a cover for me?
Yes, that’s possible, we offer paid cover design services.
How can I choose a cover template?
You choose a template simply by clicking on one that you like. After choosing a template your can continue to design your cover normally.
Why is there a limited number of colour combinations?
We assume the number of options available will be sufficient for your needs and wishes. However, we do monitor the use of the different colour combinations and will add more colours if there appears to be a need for it. Special requests can be sent to us via email.
Can I upload any image?
Yes, but please make sure you own the copyright!
What is the lowest possible resolution I can use whilst maintaining good print quality?
It depends on your perception of quality. We advise 200 dpi.
My image has a different size than the one I chose in the template. What to do?
You can upload your image and move the image across the template with your mouse. Thereafter you can crop the image. We do not increase, decrease or scale the size of the image.
Can I upload the entire cover as a PDF file?
Yes you can! Check the size and the spine width carefully. Use the cover calculator for the exact measurements.
Can I upload the entire cover as a jpeg or png file?
Yes, you can upload these file types, but makes sure to check the size and the spine width carefully. Use the cover calculator for the exact measurements. Reserve space for the ISBN, the barcode and our logo, which will appear in the lower right corner of the back cover. Please keep in mind to use the correct template – you can select one in the first step of the cover designer. One of the templates encompasses an entire image (FullEmpty). When you choose this template and subsequently upload you own image, your image will be on the entire cover.
Can I place a photo of myself on the back cover?
Yes. However, make sure that it’s a high quality picture. You can upload your photo in the ‘my profiles’ section.
Can I get a cover without your name on the back?
No, unfortunately that’s not possible. It’s standard practice for the name and logo of the publisher to be shown on the cover.
Do I have to place the ISBN on the cover?
When you have requested and paid for an ISBN, we will automatically place it, bar code included, on the back cover.
What am I supposed to do with the PDF that is sent back to me?
Check the PDF thoroughly and decide if it is to your satisfaction. The cover of your book will be printed as it appears in the PDF. It should also be noted that the PDF is already converted to CMYK, the print colours. Be aware that the colours in the PDF (CMYK) can appear slightly different compared to the colours on your computer screen (RGB).
I do not see any text on the spine. What happened?
When you publish a relatively thin book with a spine width of less than 6 mm, we cannot print a text on the spine.
What does the inside of the cover look like?
The inside of the cover is blank, as is usual with most books. Thus, the inside of both the front and back covers are empty.
What does the cover of an e-book look like?
We only use the front cover for your e-book and epub file.