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InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine

by Pariah Burke

Whether you're an old pro with InDesign or have never used InDesign before, this fun and focused course will teach you how to design a great cover, back cover, and correctly-sized spine for a printed book and ebook. Software required: InDesign CC.

What you'll learn

Book covers are unique designs with their own unique challenges. How do you calculate the correct thickness of the spine? What size should your book cover be for its genre? How do you set up an InDesign document to create a wrap-around cover layout that adapts to spine width changes? In this course, InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine, you'll learn how to construct, design, and print a book cover and spine. First, you'll learn the mechanics of setting up the InDesign document for maximum design flexibility and printing safety. Next, you'll discover the secret but simple formula for solving that most perplexing aspect of book design: how to calculate the correct width or thickness of the book's spine. Finally, you'll design the book cover, back cover, and spine, learning what elements must be on each, could be on each, and shouldn't be on each. By the end of this course, you'll have learned how to create a book and spine from start to finish in InDesign CC.

About the author

Pariah Burke is a creative professional trainer and a design, publishing, and digital publishing workflow expert and consultant whose passion is empowering, informing, and connecting creative professionals around the world. As a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years' experience, Pariah sits on the Adobe Advisory Group, is an Adobe Freelancer, and is an Adobe Community Professional and a former trainer and technical lead for Adobe's technical support teams for InDesign, InCopy, Illustrato... more

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