How to create a book cover
If you’re ordering a hardback or paperback book from Doxdirect, you can create a book cover design online or choose from a number of other options that will give your book a professional looking, bookshop quality finish.
Option 1: Blank covers (no design)
For a simple yet elegant finish, choose blank covers during the order process to have your book printed with clear white covers front and back.
Option 2: Use the first and last pages of your document as the front and back cover
If you’d like page 1 of your document to be the front cover of your book, and the last page of your document to be the back cover, choose this option during the order process. Or you can choose page 1 as the front cover and have a blank back cover.
Option 3: Create a book cover (front, back and spine)
You can create a book cover design in your browser using our free online Cover Designer. This allows you to add:
- Complete artwork for front and back covers (upload directly from your device or Dropbox)
- Images to place on the covers wherever you like (upload from your device, Dropbox or Facebook)
- Text in a range of fonts and sizes
- Background colours and blocks of colour
- The book’s title and author name on the spine
How to design a book cover
We have two versions of the cover designer – one for devices with Adobe Flash enabled, and an updated version for devices without Flash. There’s a how-to video for each of them below, each of which guide you through the steps to create a cover for your book.
If you don’t use Flash:
Prefer a PDF to a video? Download this quick cover designer guide if you already have a design for your front and back cover, or this complete cover designer guide if you’d like to create one in your browser.
If you do use Flash:
Prefer a PDF to a video? Download this handy cover designer guide that shows you how to create your book cover.
Here are some more videos for the Flash version of the cover designer, which show how to create a cover from scratch by adding images, text and background colours to a blank cover.
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