Forget all about using Microsoft Word to create your Kindle ebook covers. The results are always low contrast, flat, and dull.
There is a much better way to make a DIY book cover that will stand out from the crowd. And it will save you time because you can do it in just a few minutes.
You don’t need any design skills at all to create a fantastic free ebook cover for your new ebook.
Designing it is as easy as choosing a Kindle ebook cover template. Then you only need a few clicks to modify it for your title and author name.
You need a great cover to promote your book
Hiring a book designer and paying for a professional book cover can be very expensive.
Are you a new author and learning how to self-publish your ebooks? Then the cost of a professionally designed cover is probably way above your budget.
But there is a very easy way to create a great ebook cover design for your new book. Best of all, it is absolutely free.
All you need to do is register for a free account with Canva.
It is a superb online tool for all types of graphic design, including social media headers.
But it also includes a terrific free ebook cover creator.
I have used Canva for a long time as an ebook cover creator and to design cover mockups.
I have no book cover design skills at all, but with Canva, I always get a great result.
How to use Canva to make a free ebook cover
With your free Canva account, you can learn how to make a book cover for your Kindle ebooks in just a few minutes.
You don’t need any computer skills because everything is done with either a click or drag and drop.
Look at these screenshots below. They will show you how easy it is to make an ebook cover for your new Kindle ebook.
Once you are registered and ready to go, you can get started designing your book cover.
1. Select your book cover template
On the homepage of Canva, there is a big selection of templates. For your book, you can select book cover or ebook cover templates.
I prefer to use the book cover template because it not only has the right width ratio of 1.6 but also is bigger at nearly 2,500 pixels.
The ebook template is a bit smaller at 512 x 800 pixels.
I selected the book cover template, which takes me to the design page.
2. Select your book cover design template
On the left of the screen are all the pre-made templates for you to choose from.
Scroll down the list to find a design that you would like to use to start creating your cover.
3. Edit your book cover text
When you click on your selection, it appears on the design screen. All you need to do is change the cover text. Click on each text field to change and edit the words.
You can drag and drop the text boxes to different positions. It’s also easy to change the fonts and colors to suit the style of your book.
4. Download your new ebook cover
When you are happy, it’s time to download your cover.
Canva gives you a list of choices. You can select PNG, JPG, or PDF. Download all three if you wish.
All of these formats are fine for an ebook cover. To ensure the best quality, I would choose PNG, though, because it is always much sharper for text.
That’s it; you’ve finished your first free ebook cover.
5. A stunning free ebook cover finished in 5 minutes
Here’s the result of a few minutes work on the book template I chose.
You can see that I have changed the text. I have also moved the main title and changed the font and color. The sub-title is now at the top instead of above the author’s name.
I think you would have to agree that it is not a bad book cover at all.
Compare it to a lot of ebook covers on Amazon.
I think it would stand out very well and attract potential book buyers even when viewed in thumbnail size.
What can I do with the free version?
You can design and download a file of acceptable quality for Kindle ebooks with the free version of Canva.
You don’t have to worry about the height-width ratio because the templates are designed perfectly for book covers.
I would suggest that you use the book cover template because the size of your ebook cover is bigger at 1410 x 2250px.
The ebook template is only 512 x 800px. This is more suitable for book mockups or your ebook covers on Wattpad.
If you want to, you can design your cover from scratch by using a blank template.
You can then set the size to whatever you like. There are stock images available on Canva, or you can upload your own image.
You have an excellent selection of free templates, but there are more to choose from with a premium account.
What are the benefits of a Canva Pro account?
The main benefit of Canva Pro for authors is that you can download your book covers in high resolution for a paper book cover.
The free version is fine for a quick ebook front cover.
But for a print on demand paperback version of your book, you will definitely need a much higher resolution pdf file.
Another big plus is that you can set transparent backgrounds.
This is extremely useful when you want to overlay images or design other graphics for your book marketing campaign. You can even create animated GIFs.
You also get access to 400,000 free photos, illustrations, and templates. You can access 100’s of premium book templates.
So there is a much better chance that your book cover design will be much more unique.
Another significant advantage is that you have the facility to resize your designs to suit many different applications.
Are you very particular about the fonts you use for your covers? Don’t worry; you can upload your custom fonts to use in Canva.
For self-publishing authors, book covers are only one aspect of graphic design.
You also need Facebook and Twitter headers, unique blog images, website graphics, and promotional campaign material.
When you choose a Canva Pro account, you can keep your style and brand totally consistent across all these areas.
The other good news is that it is also very affordable, even for authors.
Canva gives you the choice to go Pro for only a couple of months. This is a good option if you are not sure how much you will use the app.
It is an affordable option if you only want to create one new cover image for your new ebook and paperback.
It is up to you whether you use the free version or upgrade to Canva Pro.
For authors, and especially those just starting out, a free account will let you do everything you need to do.
You can design a truly eye-catching ebook cover in no time at all. Then you are ready to publish your book.
As a bonus, you also get access to a lot of other design tools. You can use these for your book promotion, social media, and blog.
For some authors, though, the need to produce high-resolution book covers is essential. This is always the case if you are publishing print books.
Whichever level you choose, you will be using one of the best graphic design tools available.
I use a lot of free and premium online tools. But Canva is one of the few that I use every day.
Once you get familiar with what Canva can do, I am sure you will do the same.