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Nov 25, 2017 11:53 AM

Canva and creating a paperback cover

I created a front-page cover on and have been told by other createspace authors that you just upload it and voila, a cover!


That didn't work, as cover creator only wanted to use their few pre-set design templates, not one I'd created. So I found a template on createspace and downloaded it. do I get my canva pdf (or canva jpeg, png, I have all three) "into" the template?


Also, how do you create a back cover?


And yes, I searched createspace and all I could find to answer my question was that you can use canva to create a cover. duh.



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1. Nov 25, 2017 12:12 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: Canva and creating a paperback cover

You have of course thoroughly studied the CreateSpace cover documentation and specifications: Books (tab at top of page) -> Publish a Trade Paperback -> Cover. If not, you definitely should.

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4. Nov 25, 2017 2:12 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: Canva and creating a paperback cover
Does createspace just automatically plug one in? Where?

Yes.  They put it in the place which is stated on Page 63 of the latest "CreateSpace PDF Submission Specification".



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6. Nov 25, 2017 5:28 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: Canva and creating a paperback cover

So you created an image in Canva, and now you want to use it in a cover. The simplest method is to use CreateSpace's Cover Creator, making certain to select the one or two options that allow you to upload an image. From hearsay, I believe that these are the Palm or Pine formats. If more ambitious, you could try building the cover yourself, but for that you'll need to read more - I can't tell you because I don't use Canva.


If you use Cover Creator you will not have to worry about a barcode, as it will be generated and placed automatically. If you create your own cover from scratch with Canva (or any other software for that matter) you may as well just leave the empty space for CreateSpace to fill with their barcode, as they appear not to accept user-supplied barcodes any more.


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