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How to Create a Book Template in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Wondering how to create a book template in Photoshop? Today, I am going to show you a simple way to create one! We'll use standard Photoshop tools to create a basic design for a book cover, back, and inside pages. 

Then I'll show you a Photoshop book template collection available on Envato Elements

What You'll Learn in This Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to make a book cover template in Photoshop
  • How to create a book page template in Photoshop
  • How to create a table of contents in Photoshop

What You'll Need

You will need the following assets to complete this project:

Customise it further with resources from Envato Elements.

1. How to Make a Book Cover Template in Photoshop

Step 1

Let's start by creating a new document with the following settings: 

  • Width: 326 mm
  • Height: 210 mm
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Color Mode: CMYK
Creating a new document

Step 2

Press Control-R to activate the guides, and then drag four guides to the borders of the document.

creating the guides

Step 3

Now, we need to add a place for the bleeds. Go to Image > Canvas Size and add 6 mm to each side of the document.

changing the size of the canvas

Step 4

Add four more guides marking the new borders of the document.

adding the guides to the borders of the document

Step 5

Create two rectangles with a size of 148.34 mm by 210.06 mm, and move them to the left and right sides of the document while holding Shift.

creating the shapes for the cover

Step 6

Create a shape for the spine using Yellow and a size of 29.97 mm by 215.98 mm, and move it to the center of the document.

adding the spires shape

Step 7

Select the background layer and press Control-I to invert its color.

inverting the color of the background

Step 8

Create a text layer using Montserrat Bold with 60 pt size and Yellow color.

adding the first text layer

Step 9

To align the text to the right side of the book cover, select the text layer and the right rectangle while holding Control, and then click Align Horizontal Center and Align Vertical Center.

aligning the text layer

Step 10

Create a text layer with the name of the author using Cardo font with 24 pt size and White color, and  then align it to the center of the right rectangle.

adding the second text layer

Step 11

Go to View > New Guide and use the following settings: 

  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Position: 195 mm

After that, move the text layer to the  center of the guide while holding Shift.

Creating a new guide

Step 12

Let's add the link to your site using Montserrat Bold Font with 14 pt size and Yellow color, and align it to the right side of the document.

adding a link to the site

Step 13

Add a new Horizontal Guide at 20 mm, and add the title of your book to the left side of the document using Montserrat Bold with 30 pt size.

adding the book title to the left size of cover

Step 14

Let's add a text box for quotes or a description of the book. Select Cardo Regular with 14 pt size and White color. Click and drag it to create the box area with a size of 135 by 83 mm. Put it 10 mm below the title.

creating the first text box

Step 15

Create a rectangle with a size of 50 by 50 mm, and then press Control-T and set the following coordinates: 

  • X: 33.87 mm
  • Y: 150.28 mm

This is will be a placeholder for the portrait.

creating a shape for the portrait

Step 16

Go to File > Place, select the portrait you want to use, and put it above the last shape layer. Then Right-Click > Create a Clipping mask in the Layers panel.

adding the photo to placeholder

Step 17

Create another text box using Cardo Regular with 14 pt size and White color, and with a size of 80 by 50 mm. Put this layer 3 mm to the right of the portrait and 13 mm down from the previous text box.

creating the second text box

Step 18

For the last step, let's add a title to the spine. Create a text layer using Montserrat Bold font with 24 pt size and Black color, and then press Control-T and rotate it 90° while holding Shift. And finally, Align the text to the spine rectangle.

adding the text to the spire

2. How to Create a Book Page Template in Photoshop

Step 1

Create a new document with the following settings: 

  • Width: 148 mm
  • Height: 210 mm
  • CMYK colors
creating a document for page template

Step 2

Add four guides to the borders of the document, and then add 6 mm to the size of the canvas for the bleeds and add four more guides.

adding the bleeds to the page template

Step 3

Now, we need to add four more guides, so go to View > Guide and use the following settings:

  • Guide: Vertical; Position: 10 mm.
  • Guide: Vertical; Position: 145 mm.
  • Guide: Horizontal; Position: 5 mm.
  • Guide: Horizontal; Position: 210 mm.
creating guides for the page template

Step 4

Select the Type Tool and set the Font to Cardo Regular with 14 pt size and Black color. After that, click and drag it to create the box area inside the guides we've created. 

creating a text box

3. How to Create a Table of Contents

Step 1

Now let's create the table of contents. To save time, we could use the same page we've created in the previous step, but this time we need to add four different guides with the following settings: 

  • GuideVerticalPosition10 mm.
  • GuideVerticalPosition145 mm.
  • GuideHorizontalPosition10 mm.
  • GuideHorizontalPosition205 mm.
adding the guides for the table of contents

Step 2

Create a text box inside the guides we've just created, and add the title using Montserrat Bold with 14 pt size and create the table of contents using Cardo Italic with 16 pt size. Don't forget to activate the Left Align Text option.

creating a table of content

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

Final Preview Book Template

Now that you know how to create a book template in Photoshop, you may be interested in taking a look at the collection of book Photoshop templates and mock-ups available on Envato Elements.

Book Cover (PSD)

Book Cover

Looking for a book cover template in Photoshop? This one is great for your novel or detective story! It offers a strong monochrome style with yellow elements as accents, with a lot of space for your image, a photo of the author, and a short description.

Multipurpose Photo Magazine - A4 & US Letter (PSD)

Multipurpose Photo Magazine - A4 & US Letter

This book design template PSD product contains 34 fully editable pages (you can change the colors, fonts, etc.), so it's a great choice for your photo magazine or even portfolio. All the layers are highly organized, and the template is ready to print!

Vintage Floral Multi-Purpose Book (AI, INDD, PSD)

Vintage floral multi-purpose book

This is not just another book page template Photoshop product—this template can be used in various types of print projects, from magazines and catalogues to portfolios and books. And it's ready not only for print but also for digital publishing. The main package contains 18 pages in PSD, AI, and InDesign formats.

Soft Cover Book Mockup (PSD)

Soft cover book mock up

Once you've finished the design of your book template, you probably want to see how your design will look on a real book. Try this amazing book cover template for Photoshop! The main download contains four editable PSD files and six background textures in high resolution (3500x2335 px). It's really easy to place your design using the special placeholder layers.

Book Mock-Up (PSD)

Book Cover Mock Up

If you need a book design template PSD mockup for a hardcover version of your book, this one could be a great choice! It contains eight different photorealistic mockups in PSD file format, with fully editable smart objects. The mockups come in high resolution (2500x2500px), and you can easily adjust the light, shadows, and reflections of your final image or change the background image. Don't hesitate to visit Envato Elements to find more book page template Photoshop products!

Want to know more about Photoshop book template creation? Check out these amazing tutorials:

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