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May 8, 2018 5:39 AM

The PDF Cover

So, does anyone know how I create a PDF cover? I wish I could use Google Docs, but i'm very confused.

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2. May 8, 2018 5:54 AM in response to: EnderBlaze125
Re: The PDF Cover

EnderBlaze125 wrote:


I also tried making my own book cover, but it didnt work when I tried to put it into the official cover tab.


It's not clear what you have already, but I don't use a PDF.


I make my front cover in Canva, using the Kindle size.


Then I use cover creator in Createspace, using the template that allows me to just add the front. (last page at the top in cover creator).

I then follow the steps to add info to the back (& spine where applicable).

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3. May 8, 2018 9:14 AM in response to: EnderBlaze125
Re: The PDF Cover

I have a free 30-page PDF on making your own cover: Make Your Own Cover (I know, snappy title!).  Specifically, you can make your cover in a wide variety of programs ranging from Word or Open Office, to Photoshop, GIMP, or InDesign.  Some programs have a save as/export to PDF feature, and some of those either should not be used (Word's), or are often too big (Photoshop).  You can use a PDF conversion program.  Acrobat is the gold standard, but many of the free programs (primoPDF, doPDF, cutePDF, PDF995, even OpenOffice), work well. These programs work as printers (File > Print > Select Printer); however, be aware that most will resize your file to 8.5 x 11 unless you select or create a the correct trim size.


Given the spam here, come on over to  selfpublishingforum.  It's free.  Many of us who answer questions here are active there.




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