I find the cover creator very restrictive and not sutable for my novel. I am able to produce PDFs in Microsoft Publisher but will that be accepted by the printer? Also, if I’m going down this route where do I find the specifications for the cover? Please provide a link.
I designed the covers for my books in Photoshop, saving the artwork as a high quality JPEG. This can then be uploaded into cover creator. Worked fine for me. I think the specs for your own PDF are on the cover creator stage of the publishing process.
Great approach, worth mentioning that most graphics applications will output the illustration as an image such as a JPG so you may be able to do that from publisher.- Oliver 01 Jul 00:25
Thanks Simon.- Gillian 02 Jul 13:16
Making a cover PDF from scratch is a job for an expert. We provide the option in the Book Creator to upload it manually but it is intended for those who have had their cover designed professionally.
I offer a word of caution as it is very easy to set up the document dimensions and colour space incorrectly and these are often not obvious until the book is printed.
If you do want to give it a go then please keep these tips in mind.
A professional piece of software like photoshop will help you do this but it is expensive and time consuming to learn. I use an open source alternative called GIMP but it is even harder to use!
All the size dimensions to set up your cover can be found on the cover page of the Book Creator. Look for the ‘ADVANCED USER – UPLOAD A PDF COVER’ section and click on the information link. We can’t give you the dimensions before uploading your manuscript as the spine size will change with the number of pages.
I would highly recommend Simon’s approach of creating a cover image and uploading it to our cover creator. That way we do all the document sizing, rasterisation and saving to the correct PDF format for you. On top of that if you change the size of your manuscript (and so cover spine) we can resize the cover for you.
Hope that helps.