How to make a book cover

All you need to know for DIY Self Publishing

With the material we have prepared and following some “step by step” tips, you can create your KDP and ACX COVER even without any knowledge of graphics.

This is just one of the many “small” but “BIG” pieces of advice that our Agency has in it for you!

Whether you have just started publishing or want to save a few dollars you will learn how to create the covers of your books… independently!

Read this through until the very end because you will find so much material that will be of great help to you.

Let’s start!

Cover Kindle and Audiobooks for ACX dimensions and format

The ideal sizes for the cover image of an eBook must have a height / width ratio of at least 1.6: 1. This means that for every 1,000 pixels in width, the image must be 1,600 pixels in height. To ensure maximum image quality, especially on high resolution devices, it is recommended that the height be at least 2,500 pixels. So the optimal size for Amamzon’s Kindle KDP book covers is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

The optimal sizes for an Audible ACX Audiobook Cover are 2400 x 2400 pixels.

At the moment, KDP and ACX accept different types of files for cover images but the JPEG (JPEG / JPG) format is the one that gives best results for the images, maintaining a minimum compression level.

What you need to create a Super Cover that will sell on Amazon KDP!

We have prepared a content package for you and put it on our cloud.

With these bonuses you can customize every single part (fonts, images, colors, etc …) of 100 Kdp ready-made covers in PSD format.

Access our cloud and you will see the following:

– 100 fonts to be installed on your computer

– 100 ready-made covers that you can customize in all their parts in PSD format

– 100 Cover Previews – you can quickly choose the one you want to use for your book

– 2 Image Editing Programs completely FREE and alternative to Photoshop to optimize your Cover

Enter this link on your browser and download the entire folder from the MEGA Cloud to your Computer:

“HOW TO MAKE A KINDLE COVER – guide”: https://mega.nz/folder/CThXWRbS

Password: d9vsiAfZsydyvJxq3PJZfQ

Once you downloaded the folder, first thing you need to do is install the Fonts on your laptop.

How to install the Fonts on your computer

  1. Open the “Fonts to install” folder where you will find 100 Fonts to enrich the graphics of your Cover,
  2. Double click on the first file “28 Days Later”,
  3. Wait for your computer to load all the formats of the Fonts (a few seconds)
     
4. Click on “Install” which you find in the upper left corner,
5. Close file when installation is completed, 
6. Now you have to repeat the operation for the remaining 99 Fonts in the folder, following these instructions from point 2 onwards.

How to choose the right Cover

  1. Open the folder “COVER KINDLE”,
  2. Open folder “Preview Covers KINDLE 1-100”,
  3. Have a look at the COVERS and choose the one that best suits your book simply marking the cover number on a piece of paper.
  4. Now you have to open the same file number PSD located in the folder “Cover in PSD format from 1-100” with a
    photo editing program like Photoshop or similar and start editing the Cover Sample by changing the title of the book, author and any pictures, etc .

Programmes to edit your images

For those of you who do not have Photoshop, in the “Gimp vers.2.10.12 and Photopea-Image Editor Program”, you can use one of the two programs that we have selected:

  1. Gimp2.10.12 is a free cross-platform software for digital image processing and is compatible with Photoshop’s PSD format. In the folder you can find the PC version but you can easily download the version for macOS by looking for it on the network. More info here: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP
  2. PhotoPea is an image, raster and vector editing and processing software available only Online that supports most formats including PSD or Gimp files.

How to install PHOTOPEA to create your Covers

  1. First of all, gain access to the website Photopea: http://www.photopea.com
  2. Then select “MORE” > “Language” > “English” so to set up the language,
  3. Now you are ready to upload one of the Cover Templates we saw in the previous chapter to start working on your KDP Cover. 

How to create your KDP Cover with Photopea

  1. Open the Sample Cover that you have chosen, for example the no. 64 by going to the “FILE”> “Open …” drop-down menu and choosing the PSD file in the “Cover in PSD 1-100 format” folder
  2. Now, from the menu on the right side select the various parts of the book to be modified, for example starting from texts: TITLE, SUBTITLE, AUTHOR, etc … (point 1)
  3. Select the specific text you wish to edit, for example, a part of the Title (point 2)
  4. Go to the “Font tool” and click the “T” symbol (point 3)
  5. Then go to the previously selected part of the title (point 4) and edit the first part of your Title
  6.  Do the same for all the texts you wish to edit,
  7. Move to the BACKGROUND to edit background or to add new pictures or replace the ones already existing in the Cover Template that you selected,
  8. You may dowload the pictures with no copywrite and for free online, so to best personalise your Cover. Here are some useful websites: 

– https://burst.shopify.com/

https://pixabay.com/it/
– https://fancycrave.com/
– https://www.pexels.com/

How to create your ACX Cover from KDP format

  1. In order to create your ACX Cover, you always should start with the Cover you previously created for KDP, 
  2. Secondly, select on the menu “PICTURE” > “Image Size” (point 1), then (point 2) select 2400 x 2400 Pixel and 300 DPI.

3. Now just move to the menu on the right as done previously and select the various parts of the book to be modified, for example starting from texts: TITLE, SUBTITLE, AUTHOR, etc … (point 3) and then modify them with the “Font Tool “(Point 4) to make them aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.

4. Save in JPG format from the “File” Menu and the Cover is ready to be downloaded on ACX.  

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