Cover Design

Dear Designer,

Thank you for assisting us and our clients with your cover design!

Below are a list of important considerations when building a cover for print. We begin with the eBook edition and then usually setup for print with 3 different printers:

  1. An eBook version (front cover only): Preferred dimensions (in Pixels):
    • 1560 (wide) x 2500 (tall) OR
    • 1400 (wide) x 2100 Pixels (tall)
  2. The advance copy for author proofing (Snowfall)
  3. A print version for sale on Amazon (CreateSpace)
  4. A version to setup with Ingram for worldwide distribution (Lighting Source)

The cover dimensions we use for Snowfall usually work fine with CreateSpace. Lighting source requires that we use their specific cover template. All printers require a PDF X/A (sometimes referred to as PDF X1A) file.

Here is how the cover layout should appear:

If we do provide you a cover template, here is a process you can follow (this is also a good procedure to follow regardless):

  • Open the PDF, EPS or PNG file provided in your image editing software.
  • Create a new layer in your image editing software. This layer will serve as the design layer.
  • Design your cover in the design layer, using the template PDF, EPS or PNG file as the guide layer. The artwork should extend to the outside edge of the template’s pink zone to ensure a white border will not exist within the printed work. Do not move the guide layer, as it is properly aligned for our printing specifications.
  • Ensure text and/or images that are intended to be read do not appear in the pink zones of the template.
  • The barcode area is indicated in yellow on the template. Do not place important images or text intending to be read in the barcode location. We suggest filling in this area with your background color or design.
  • Once your design is complete, you will need to turn off the guide layer so that it is not printed on your final product or rejected during the review process. If you are unable to turn off the guide layer, then you will need to format the artwork so that it completely covers the guide layer.
  • Flatten all layers, save the file as a press quality PDF (PDF XA or X1), and upload the file to us.

If you do run into any problems or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

If it helps to see an example, below are links to print-ready covers that other designers have created for us in the past:


Brian Schwartz
(970) 215-1078 (PST/California)

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