Do you want a free cover for your book? Here are seven free apps you can try.
It is expensive to hire a book cover designer. But you want to create a book cover that will be eye-catching and unique.
For a print book, a high-resolution professional book cover image is a must if you want a beautiful book. So you almost always need a professional graphic designer with design skills to help you.
But for an ebook, the specifications are not as strict. Amazon KDP recommends that the ideal size for a Kindle cover is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.
Do you want a free cover for your book?
There are many possibilities to create a design if you want to know how to make a book cover for free. You can make book covers online that are eye-catching.
Most sites that offer a free online book cover creator usually have a paid option as well.
Prices vary considerably. So you will need to decide if the options provide you with more value over designing a cover for free.
Another use for a book cover creator is to make a few different book mockups. Then you can ask people what they think about your cover versions and design ideas.
This is a clever little marketing ploy. You could use it before you publish your book to attract reader interest before your book goes on sale.
With anything that is free, expect that you will need to provide your email address and get some junk mail. Well, nothing is really for free anymore.
The following seven book cover maker sites below are well worth trying. You can use the basic design tools and images effects to create a quick book cover in minutes.
Canva is a great allrounder graphic designing suite of tools for things such as gift certificates, brochures, headers or business cards. I use it a lot for creating unique blog images.
But it also has a lot of book cover templates for you. It is quick and easy to make eye-catching book covers.
All you need to do to get started is to register for your free account.
Once you are logged in, you can start hunting for a book cover template. There are hundreds of free templates available, and some that are only available if you pay.
Because it uses stock photos and images, you can’t change the background image.
However, you have a wide range of fonts to style your title, author name and extra text.
But for free, it doesn’t do a bad job at all in creating an acceptable cover in png, jpeg or pdf.
My Ecover Maker is a very popular tool for Indie authors.
It says that it is like using Photoshop, but without all the hassle of learning how to use it. You can even create transparent backgrounds to make combining images super easy.
With the free version, you have access to 1.5 million stock images and you can design up to six book covers. Not a bad deal if you are writing your first book.
There is a subscription version that gives you access to a huge range of pre-designed covers. This would be an option for authors with a lot of titles.
3. Poster My Wall
Poster My Wall is a graphic design site for all types of posters and flyers. But it has a great selection of cover design templates for Kindle ebooks.
You don’t need an account so you can jump right in and start designing. This is why I have listed it in second place.
The easiest way to get started is to type “Book Cover” in the search box, and you will hundreds of template choices.
Once you select a template, you can modify it in the editor by changing text, colors and fonts.
It is a quick and easy way to make and download a book cover for free in only a few minutes.
4. Adobe Spark
Anything called Adobe is probably going to be good at book cover design.
You will have to create an account with Adobe Spark before you start using it, but it is free to do so.
There are quite a few restrictions however if you opt for the free version.
The features listed below are only available if you pay for a monthly subscription.
Replace the Adobe Spark logo with your own
Add your brand to Spark graphics, web pages, and video stories
Select colors and fonts that reflect your brand
5. Cover Creator
While Cover Creator does have a cover design facility, its best feature is that it can produce a range of 3D versions of your book cover.
All you need to do is upload your cover, and then download your 3D versions.
You can also choose a design type for ebooks that can produce your cover on a smartphone or tablet.
It is a great tool to use to be able to promote your book cover in a much better way on social media and your website.
You need to register with an email address, so perhaps expect a few emails and newsletters in your inbox in return for this free service.
Snappa has a great range of features for a free book cover maker.
The only restriction that is worth noting for the free version is that you are only allowed 5 downloads per month.
This is not too bad if you are using it to produce only one book cover.
The editor has a lot more functionality than many other free ebook cover makers, so that is a big advantage.
7. Design Wizard
Design Wizard is a free and premium design suite where you can create unique content in minutes.
Every element in a selected template is editable. Change or upload backgrounds, images, videos and colours. Add a logo, change fonts or include a personalised caption.
But there is also a wide range of free templates for book covers in different genres from romance to recipe books and in between.
Design Wizard is a quick and easy solution for creating a Kindle ebook cover in just a few minutes.
It is horses for courses when designing your book cover with these free book cover creator tools.
Sometimes you can produce a stunning book cover using free services. But you need to realise that a lot of other people are using these sites too.
It means that you will never be able to create a truly unique book cover. Sure, the text will be different at the top and bottom, but there is usually little or no facility to manipulate the images.
These services are free because they use stock photos, which are often available for free on many other sites too.
But if you are new to self-publishing and you are not sure if you will make enough money to recoup the cost of a professionally designed book cover, it might be worth trying a free ebook cover at first.
You can always change your cover later if you change your mind and want to hire a professional cover designer.
If you are writing self-help books, you can style many of the free ebook covers to make them (almost) unique. Avoid using stock images in the background and stick to line graphics.
The resolution of free covers is another factor to think about. They are quite low at between 72 and 96 dpi. Covers in this resolution range are not suitable for a paperback book cover. They would look awful.
Even for an ebook cover, low-resolution images do not stand out as brilliantly on a screen as high-resolution.
But both Kindle and Apple accept 72 dpi, as long as your cover meets their minimum size and ratio requirements.
If you understand the pros and cons of making your own free book covers with a free book cover maker and use them accordingly, they can be extremely useful, and of course, very economical.
But remember that readers always judge a book by its cover.
I started my working life as a lithographer and then spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of the Alps.
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