While everybody agrees that creating a beautiful book cover should be the work of an artist, hiring a cover designer could be very expensive. What happens if you can’t afford a designer? Can you still sell your book on Amazon or upload it to Wattpad? Yes. It is possible to create a book cover for free: you just need to learn the business very well to make one that looks professional.
In this article, we’ll explore the main steps of creating a book cover; what are some free online apps to use to design your own book cover; and what tools are required. Self-publishing a book is never easy, and an amazing cover can help you get it right.
To read more about ebook covers, check out our other articles in this topic:
- Book cover requirements
- Create an ebook cover with Canva or Spark for free
- Complete guide for book cover sizes
- Complete guide to choosing your book cover font
- 3D covers and bundle covers
(Article was updated with more information on May 22, 2018.)
What you’ll need to create a book cover for free (checklist)
Before we start looking for the best app, let’s have a look at what you might need. (You can use the links to jump to the correct position within the article.)
|1||Your title and your author name. There is no need to put anything on the cover other than the author’s name, the title and the subtitle.|
|2||A suitable image or images. These will be used as the main part of your cover. It is uncommon to create completely typographic covers unless the book is literary fiction.|
|3||A genre-specific font. Serif or sans-serif?|
|4||An editing app. You can use an online service or get a professional photo editing software.|
|5||A feedback group. Just as you wouldn’t publish a book without getting somebody to read it first, you can’t publish a book without getting feedback on your cover either.|