Last week we talked about things to consider for cover art in terms of sizes, dimensions, and focus. This week, we’re talking about where to find cover artwork or a cover art designer.
Designing a cover for a digital publication, especially something that needs to work at different sizes, is an art and not something everyone feels comfortable with.
If you want to design it yourself:
You’ll need a tool like Photoshop, Acorn, Gimp, or some other image editor.
Think a lot about what’s obvious and what isn’t obvious about your publication. It’s easy to make a cover which reflects the content in a way that readers are familiar with: murder mysteries have blood or knives, westerns have a cowboy on a horse, romance has a damsel in distress, etc. But a great cover captures something about the book that makes the reader think.
There are many online tutorial videos and courses such as this one on designing a book cover in photoshop:
If you find you’re enjoying the cover design work, a good resource is Peter Mendelsund’s Cover, (http://www.amazon.com/Cover-Peter-Mendelsund/dp/1576876675) which came out last year. Mendelsund is one of the most sought-after book cover designers in the world, and Cover, which he released last year, includes completed book jackets, rejected works, and reflections on the art and process of cover design.
If you need some art work:
- https://www.flickr.com/ (search by License: Creative Commons – Commercial Use Allowed)
If you’re drawing a blank, you can also try Amazon’s KDP Cover Creator. Alternately, perhaps it’s time to think about hiring a professional.
If you want to hire a pro:
Depending on your budget, you may want to hire someone who does this full-time and is an expert at it. Expect to pay anywhere from $99 up to $1000, depending on the designer’s experience and clientele.
Some professional ebook designers we’ve noticed online:
Another great resource for this is the forum section of Goodreads, you’ll find many discussions like this one:
For more great suggestions, check out the list here:
Some lovely editorial and ebook cover designers we found on dribbble (search for things like “ebook, book, covers”):
And some from Bēhance (search for things like “editorial design, ebook”):