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Trouble with Cover Review

Posted by Blackburn2 on Nov 30, 2017 3:06:17 PM

I have a professional graphics designer (actually a team) who put together multiple covers for me over the years.  They know how to read and follow the submission guidelines.  Yes, they have all the current specifications.


They created a cover for me last year that was perfect, but when submitted to CreateSpace, it was rejected due to bleed.  They "fixed" it, resubmitted several times, and the end result was less than perfect.  By all rights, if they had left it alone and printed the original, there wouldn't have been any issues.


Now, for a new book, they've created a spectacular cover that wraps (as suggested) but it is still being rejected for similar reasons.  I'm at a loss, because the designers swear they've followed the guidelines to the letter, and from my perspective, cannot find a single thing wrong with it.


Where do I even go from here to figure this out?  I'm stuck between hard submission guidelines on one end and artists on the other, both of which I am paying (one way or another) to get this right, but I can't get them to agree.



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Nov 30, 2017 3:34 PM Lorem_Ipsum    says:

Hard to diagnose the problem without specifics on the cover's dimensions, the exact error message, and possibly a screenshot of the cover.

Nov 30, 2017 3:53 PM stevoz    says:

Yes, as Lorem_Ipsum says, it's hard to diagnose with limited information. I'd say that if the covers have been rejected by CreateSpace, then they aren't perfect, as you've been led to believe by the designers.


Go to my site, link below, and download a cover template. You enter the number of pages, the paper type, the width and height. If you book is 6" x 9", for example, you'd enter 6 and 9. Page count is the total number of pages in the book's interior PDF file.


Confirm that your cover file is the exact same size as the template.


Open the template PNG file in Photoshop or GIMP. Add a layer and import the cover that your designers have given you. Reduce the opacity of this layer so that you can see the template and the cover. Confirm the size, confirm that no live elements are in the out-of-live areas, confirm that your background colours and/or images extend all the way to the very edges of the template.



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Dec 1, 2017 6:31 AM reffort    says:

I suppose that if I were in your shoes and had paid a "professional graphics design" team who "know how to read and follow the submission guidelines" to design a cover for CreateSpace, I would ask them rather pointedly why they aren't doing any of those things.

Apr 17, 2018 2:46 AM carlm21    says:

good one