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1.2 What You'll Need to Get Started

Here we’ll take a look at the software and resources you’ll need to follow along with the course videos and create your cover.

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1.2 What You'll Need to Get Started

Hi there, welcome back. In this quick video, we're going to look at the sort of software and graphics, such as fonts and images, that you'll need to follow along with the lessons and create your book cover. As If anything when it comes to design, this no real right or wrong software to use. But when it comes to book design, I would argue that you can't really beat Adobe in design. And I'm sure a lot of professional cover designers would agree with me on that one too. So InDesign is a publishing program, which means it's really suited to creating layouts for prints which combined typography and images, which is exactly what we're going to be doing for our cover. It's also really suited to setting up accurate print specs for your cover artwork. So things like creating a bleed, working with CMYK color, and also exporting to press ready PDF formats. If you don't already have InDesign on your computer, you can download the app from the Adobe website. And if you simply want to use the software to finish this course, they also offer you a seven day free trial from that too. So that's well worth checking out if you're not sure what they want to commit to purchasing InDesign. We'll also be dipping in to Adobe Illustrator to edit effective graphics for our cover. And again, if you don't already have this, you can download this from the Adobe website as well. Alternatively, you can use other effect software like Inkscape if you prefer. The interface will just appear a little bit different to what I'm gonna be using here. Finally, you're also going to need to have some images and fonts to hand to put together the cover design pictured here. You'll find a list of links attached to this lesson, which shows you the images and fonts that you'll need to download from Envato Elements. When you download the images, make sure you save these to a folder that you can easily come back to. And you'll also need to make sure that the fonts are installed on to your computer before you begin.