Designing Book Covers Tutorial {Advanced}

20 04 2011

Learn how to setup your Indesign file to create a 6×9 book cover. We discuss spine width, layout, colors and typography. UPDATE: View Part 2 (Designing Book Jackets) based on the design in this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com Thanks for watching and please subscribe to stay updated on our latest tutorials.


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25 responses

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@vasssilyzaitsev The tutorial is labeled advanced because we don’t cover the basics here. I offer tutorials for all levels, this one is for advanced users. We will cover more basic steps like the ones you listed in future episodes.

20 04 2011
vasssilyzaitsev

I’ve never used this program before, I just installed it and I wanted to learn and this tutorial wasn’t helpful at all, how did you made the template, the colors, the text and so on ?

20 04 2011
salooo888888888

thanks 4 ur video so much can you make more videos about magazine layout

20 04 2011
MOHITMASTIWALA

you talk too much

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@KroatianBOInigga Adobe InDesign

20 04 2011
KroatianBOInigga

what program is this?

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@bsnuff2002 The key is setting everything up in your document so all of your content aligns properly. When you save out the PDF, your printer won’t need the guides because you aligned everything correctly from the beginning!

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@bobbywhu1966 But of course😉

20 04 2011
bobbywhu1966

photoshop: image based: editing/photo adjusting
indesign: used for laying out thr design: poster layouts, book covers, cd covers, etc.
illustrator: logo/graphic elements

…but of course rules are meant to be broken
🙂

20 04 2011
bsnuff2002

so when you are done what does it look like when you save the file via pdf or whatever? how do they know where the spin begins because those guidelines wont be there anymore.

20 04 2011
ladigo

i love the way you teach

20 04 2011
blakanig

Sounded Like u ment talk to the printer😄

20 04 2011
wendileona

@mp4ever31 I’m not in agreement with this comment. Although PS is more robust I would say, its allows the user to go crazy a bit, maybe too many options or opportunities to “over design” where in ID you are contained so to speak.

Your options are kept focused on typography, communication, balance, spacial issues, etc. as opposed to fancier opportunities of graphic exploration in PS.

If you can design something breathtaking in ID then you’ve achieved something significant.

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@PeaceAndLover48 The smoke was from a stock photo.

20 04 2011
PeaceAndLover48

Did you make that smoke in photoshop or did you find it?

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@mp4ever31 Great comment! I use Photoshop a lot more because of all the options available and it works better with my workflow. The designer definitely makes the final product. The software is only a tool. Cool tidbit here—I began my design work with Corel products because they were super affordable. The design process didn’t change for me when I upgraded to Adobe software. Designer’s can make any software work for them if they have the skills to back them up.

20 04 2011
mp4ever31

I think indesign is good for print document, but in terms of design, photoshop is number #1, then again a design is really well put together by the designer and not the software.

20 04 2011
hellasgirl89

@designlikeapro ok thx a lot… when do u think u gonna finish the video???

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@hellasgirl89 Thanks! Actually, you are in luck because I have magazine tutorials next on my production list. I produce, edit and design an arts magazine quarterly so you are in for a treat as far as design tips, how to utilize the cover image and make room for the words and headlines you need on the cover. Stay tuned…

20 04 2011
hellasgirl89

thx a lot!!! I would really like it if u would make a tutoral for a magazin to… Because at the magazin u have more writing in the front page…

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@DesignTrendy: The emphasis was more on the actual setup of the document rather than the design. I had a premade design to use as an example of what was possible. This tutorial is labeled as advanced and basic Indesign steps won’t be covered in advanced tutorials. You can place images by going to File>Place or with Ctrl + D.

20 04 2011
DesignTrendy

You should have shown everyone how to import that image into our InDesign document. Some people don’t know how to get that in there.

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@sham3ah I used Adobe Indesign to create the book cover. It is widely used to create publications and print promotional materials.

20 04 2011
sham3ah

waaaw i love it

what is this program ?

20 04 2011
designlikeapro

@7Nubi Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it and that it helped!




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