Friday, 9 October 2015
Writers On: Designing your own Kindle Book Cover Part I
First thing you need to do is buy an image (or several if you want to get really artsy) and there are some great sites online where you can do this. Shutterstock and Dreamstime are the two I most often use. Both have a limited section of free images you can download if your budget is really tight but these images aren't often good quality or easy to find a use for. BEWARE downloading an image from google, I know you think its a good idea at the time, that it's free, but if that image has an owner you could be looking at a pricey infringement lawsuit later down the line. So just don't do it!
Changing the size in Photoshop is easy. You simple use the top-bar menu, click Image > Image size. This will bring up a internal window where you can change the size of the image by pixels or cm. Its best to un-tick the constrain proportions box too as we want to have exact measurements.
From this big cover, you can make other sizes - I went for a 1400x2100 & 750x1200 for uploading onto KDP and a smaller 200x300 image to use on my website as a thumbnail image.
Tip: Always save your progress as a photoshop psd as well as a jpeg. A .psd maintains all your layers so if you see a mistake/typo later you can redo it without having to start from scratch.
End of Part I