If you’re into Kindle publishing in any way, you’ll need to get a handle on having a decent Kindle book cover. Here are a few tips about what you can do.
- make a flat 2D graphical cover, not a fancy 3D like an eBook cover would be
- best if the Kindle Cover Page looks appealing – professional, nice and clean
- use relative font sizes it’s all about composition, visual clarity and eye appeal
- have a series title on the Kindle Cover so you can link books, and people can find related material that’s yours
Use Photoshop to Create a Kindle Book Cover
- create a basic kindle template that you can use over and over
- canvas size 938 wide x1250 high pixels – transparent layer
- for every element, create a layer – that makes it easier to edit and adjust elements if they are in individual layers
- acquire a royalty-free image – avoid copyright issues (you’ll need to be able to prove you have the rights to use the image)
- make sure the image relates to the topic of your Kindle Book
- ensure the image is at least as wide as 938 pixels. If the image is too small it won’t scale well – you want a clean, clear image
- keep the font style simple, legible and use only one or two types of font
How to Create a Kindle Cover Page in Photoshop
- copy the image into your Kindle Book Cover template
- highlight, image, fill, colour of choice – use a colour from the image
- select a band full width for title to go and choose colour eg white
- select layer, click to change opacity
- add text box for title in large font
- add text box for author in medium font
- add text box for series title in smaller font
Once you’re done with your graphic, save it both as a psd for future editing, and as a jpg for loading to Kindle.
Of course, you could always outsource it!