InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine

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.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 27, 2017
Duration
1h 16m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 27, 2017
Duration
1h 16m
Description

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
About the author

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, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, I'm Pariah Burke, one of the world's most prolific InDesign print publishing and e-publishing experts and educators, with a few dozen books and video courses, hundreds of articles, and hundreds of hours of classroom training, consulting, and public speaking. Welcome to InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine. Whether you are a graphic designer who wants to capture a share of the booming book-design business, an author who wants to design the cover of your own novel, or a business publisher ready to produce a fantastic series of books and e-books, this course is for you. Book covers are unique designs with their own unique challenges. What size should your book cover be? How do you set up an InDesign document to create a wraparound cover design? How do you calculate the correct thickness or width of the spine? What elements are required to be on the front cover? What about on the spine? What needs to be on the back cover to make your book sellable and professional? Where can you get an ISBN number? How do you get the barcode that needs to be on the back cover? All of these questions, and more, are answered in my Designing a Book Cover and Spine course. The course is divided into two modules. In the first, Building Book Covers, you'll learn all about the mechanics of setting up the InDesign document for maximum design flexibility and printing safety. You'll learn to select the proper width and height for your cover and the entire book based on industry-standard measurements. You'll also learn the secret, but simple formula for solving that most perplexing aspect of book cover design, making the spine the right width. Then in Designing Book Covers, the second module, we'll put all those decisions and construction elements to use designing a book cover, the spine and the back cover, and getting them ready for publication, whether that's to a printing press, a print on demand service, or an e-book store. Whether the book cover you want to design is the first of many or the only one, you'll learn how to do it, start to finish, in InDesign CC Designing a Book Cover and Spine, and you'll have fun doing it, let's get started.