When I first started self publishing, I figured there was no way I'd ever design my own covers. Cover artists know so many things including:
- The size of cover your book will need depending on which publisher you use (KDP, Ingram, Barnes and Noble, Blurb, etc.)
- The colour edits and variants you'll need to get your colours printing right
- How to make sure the text on the back of your book is legible
Knowing the size
Barnes and Noble
Finding a stock image
Choosing a font
Setting up your Photoshop file
- The background/overall cover image
- The front text
- The spine text
- The back text (and any content I might want centred)
Because then I can rebuild my cover file right on the Ingram Spark template.
The Ingramspark template looks very strange:
So, what I do is I open the template (I use Adobe Indesign for this part, but you can also use the .pdf template in Photoshop). I then add each of my elements, in CMYK form, onto the template. Because they're individual elements, I can easily move them and adjust them to align within the pink, or "safe," area of the template.
Barcode: To make sure the barcode goes exactly where you want it, bring it to the forefront of all the elements and position it where you'd like it to be printed.