3 Tips on Using Photographs for Book Covers

Book covers (front and back) look amazing these days. If you’re working with a book designer, or designing your own cover to self-publish, consider these tips:

1. Overall book cover design should reflect the mood and tone of the story inside.

2. Fonts are beautiful, but too many types of fonts on a cover can be distracting. Many professional designers try to limit font types to three. Pay attention to the shading behind the text, and the placement of text next to people/nature/objects in the cover.

3. Most people place the emphasis of design on the front cover, which is understandable and necessary, considering this is the first impression of your book to the world. But have you considered the impact of the back cover? Many book designers use an image on the back, whether it’s abstract or not, that blends, enhances, or in some way works with the front cover to make both outstanding. Nature photographs work extremely well on back covers as well as front – faded if there’s any text that needs to stand out clearly. The font needs to be visible, whether it’s a plot summary on the back cover or perhaps early reviews of the book. Again, focus on the mood or tone of the story.

Some great options include photos of a brilliant prairie sky, or darkness engulfing a cliff, soft dew on grass, a colorful forest of autumn trees, waves crashing on shore, pebbles on a beach, jagged mountains, or abstract photos of nature such as raindrops on a window, peacock feathers, or a close-up of ominous thunderclouds. The photo featured in this article is a perfect example. Sometimes, the photo may only appear below the text to add interest. Above all, back covers shouldn’t be boring. They should be as appealing and beautiful as the front.

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