Designing a book cover

Cover design shares the same basic elements as page design: images, text, and background color.

Access the cover by clicking the  icon at the top left of the main toolbar

  1. Use the  button to work in layout mode (just like when you’re working on pages)
  2. Click the button to draw a text container
  3. Type the book’s title, a subtitle (if there is one), and any authors’ names. It’s important that this information matches everywhere that your book is displayed.
  4. Draw another text container on the spine of the book and enter the title and author information there, as well. Use the rotate button to change the orientation of your text.
  5. Use photo containers and background color to add any other visual design to your cover.

Setting spine width

BookWright is pretty clever; the width of your spine will adjust automatically based on the number of pages in your book and the selected paper type.

When you select your paper weight in BookWright, you’re setting up a spine width specific to how thick your book will be, which means your cover design will be accurate in your printed book.

How to select paper weight

Use the drop down menu at the top left to select the paper weight that you plan to use for your book.

A note about dust jacket flaps

Only dust jackets have flaps, so if you want to use them to include an author bio, author headshot, plot synopsis, summary, etc., make sure that you design the Hardcover, Dust Jacket cover type.

 

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