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Designing a Book Cover and Spine in InDesign

Author: Pariah Burke
Publisher: Pluralsight
Length: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
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Spend a fast-moving, fun hour designing your first or hundredth book cover, including a spine perfectly sized for the number of pages in your book.

Whether you’re an old pro with InDesign or someone who has never used InDesign before, this short, fun, and focused course will teach you how to design a great book cover, back cover, and spine for a printed book and ebook. You will learn not the hows and the whys involved in designing professional book covers that look great on any shelf—at home or at the bookstore—and in the iBook and Kindle stores.

Book covers are unique designs with their own unique challenges. How do you calculate the correct thickness of the spine? What size should your book cover be for its genre? How do you set up an InDesign document to create a wrap-around cover layout that adapts to spine width changes? In this course, InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine, you’ll learn how to construct, design, and print a book cover and spine. First, you’ll learn the mechanics of setting up the InDesign document for maximum design flexibility and printing safety. Next, you’ll discover the secret but simple formula for solving that most perplexing aspect of book design–how to calculate the correct width or thickness of the book’s spine. Finally, you’ll design the book cover, back cover, and spine, learning what elements must be on each, could be on each, and shouldn’t be on each. By the end of this course, you’ll have learned how to create a book and spine from start to finish in InDesign CC.

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Course Contents

Module 1: Building Book Covers

  1. Planning the Cover Design
  2. Choosing a Cover Size
  3. Constructing the Document
  4. Setting Bleed Area and Live Area
  5. Arranging the Cover Panels
  6. Calculating the Spine Thickness
  7. Making Your Work Reusable

Module 2: Designing Book Covers

  1. Placing the Cover Photo
  2. Coloring the Background
  3. Adding Title and Author
  4. Setting Spine Objects
  5. Planning the Back Cover
  6. Obtaining an ISBN Number
  7. Generating the Barcode
  8. Placing the Barcode on the Bacover
  9. Printing and Exporting the Final Cover