Publishing on Kindle – Graphics

Publishing on Kindle – Graphics

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

  1. copy the image into your Kindle Book Cover template
  2. highlight, image, fill, colour of choice – use a colour from the image
  3. select a band full width for title to go and choose colour eg white
  4. select layer, click to change opacity
  5. add text box for title in large font
  6. add text box for author in medium font
  7. 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!

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