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Book cover design is a huge industry in the Graphic Design field – book covers come in a variety of styles and techniques, and sometimes have more than one design for the same book (for different countries or re-sale ).

Book publishers know that the book cover design is the hook to get potential buyers and readers to even consider looking at the title. Book designers use text, photos, and illustrations in combination or alone to get a viewers attention – and so will you!

Using Photoshop and any traditional mediums, students will choose any book that they have previously read and re-design the front cover for print.

Be creative!

Explore possibilities.

The Design must include:
Front Cover: Title & Author
Awards and Series info (if story is part of a series)

  1. Find the Book
    Choose any book that you have read before - be familiar with what the book is all about.
  2. Measure the size of the book - take note of the design specifics; what is on the cover?
    (Title, Author, Logo, Etc.)
  3. Use the resources below to research ideas and techniques in Book Cover Design.
  4. Create at least three thumbnail sketches exploring composition and design choices
  5. Consider color theory, font choices and image collection.
  6. Scan and finalize the design using Photoshop

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  • The cover design should appeal visually to you and your target audience
  • The cover design should appropriately reflect the content of your book
  • Use ‘sans serif’ font for display headers. Serif typefaces are typically used for body text to ease readability
  • Use light on dark for dramatic effects and dark on light for easy readability.
    There are always exceptions to the rule when you want your book to stand out with a certain color or theme.
  • For an interesting, eye-grabbing effect, try a subtle blended or patterned background.
  • People read left to right, top to bottom. Position your elements in appropriate levels of importance.
  • Don't center all the text on your cover or title page--this looks unpolished and unprofessional.
    Exceptions: poetry, recipe books. Left aligning and right aligning produce much cleaner lines.
  • Don't use more than three different fonts on your cover--this includes counting bold, italic, underline etc. variations as different fonts. This confuses the eye and sends a negative message to the viewer.
  • Try to maintain a good ratio balance of words to white


A website run by the design company FWIS from NY, dedicated to the appreciation of book cover design

The Book Design review
New York Times blog dedicated to book design

Book Cover Express
A freelance designer site selling book cover design. Someday this could be you!

Smashing Magazine
Design magazines list of favorite graphic designs.
Scroll all the way down for the images.