In this final video we’ll go through a quick recap of the process we’ve covered for designing creative book covers, as well as sharing some tips for creating unique and beautiful cover designs in the future. My name is Grace Fussell, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this Envato Tuts+ course and are ready to try out your new cover design skills on other projects in the future. Thanks for watching!
1.Introduction2 lessons, 03:01
2.Getting Started: Genres, Styles, and Sizing Your Cover 2 lessons, 06:58
3.Designing Your Front Cover 3 lessons, 17:08
4.Expanding Your Cover Design 2 lessons, 10:59
5.Conclusion1 lesson, 02:51
Hello, I'm so pleased you've made it through the end of this course, and I hope you feel really proud of all the work that you've done. Let's take a quick refresh of the skills that you've picked up. And also, I'd like to share some tips of you for how you can develop your cover design into a possible series. We've actually covered tons of really useful print design and layout design skills in this course. And I'm sure you're going to be blown away by how much you should now feel more comfortable doing. So you can now source inspiration and style ideas for creating unique and attractive book covers. As well as having developed an awareness by how genre can shape the design, and influence a reader as to whether a book is going to be the right fit for them. You can now draft a front cover layout in Adobe InDesign. You can use guides to create a grid. And you can incorporate vector graphics on to your design. You'll also know how to format typography to a really high standard, and create a sense of hierarchy across your cover as well. You also know how to create a sophisticated color palette for your cover, as well as how to create gradient swatches and bring in texture overlays to add depth and visual interest to your design. You also know how to use the page tool to expand your cover into a full wraparound design, complete with a reverse side and spine. And you've practiced how to populate the reverse and spine with elements lifted and adapted form the front cover. Finally, you know how to get your cover prepped for printing by performing a preflight, and exporting it correctly to a press ready pdf format. Whew, that is a lot of stuff, good job. I want to show you quickly as a final tip for your to take away, how to adopt to elements of your cover design to create a series look, which is often something that all of us want to do for their books. I'll show you this example, which is a design for the second book in the Star Sky series we created the lunar cover for. So the two points of difference here are just the graphics and the color palate. So I swapped in a circular astrology vector with a radial gradient applied to the front. And that gradient is reversed on back to allow the text to be laid over the top. You can see here I've also swapped in a teeny tiny image of a constellation on to the spine to create a point of difference even when say the book is stacked on the shelf. So if you want to create a design that feels different but also part of the same series, try swapping in the images and colors while preserving the fonts to keep it consistent. It's simple, but it's really effective. And on that note, I will wrap things up, and just say a really big thank you for taking this Envato Tuts+ course. I've been your instructor, Grace Fussell, and I hope you've picked up a lot of handy new skills, and perhaps a new passion for creating more amazing book covers. I love creating them, and I hope you'll also get bitten by the book design bug.