Designing your own print cover
Please note that before proceeding to design your cover, your print book must have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). If you don't have one yet, we will give one to you once you have purchased one of our publishing packages.
If you have decided to design your own cover, this helpful guide will highlight what you need to be aware of during the designing process.
Steps to getting your cover template
You must use a cover template generated by Ingram, our global distribution partner.
- You can find the template generator here >
- Fill in the specifications the generator asks of you, including your email.
- Be sure to request the following file type: 'File Type: Indesign' – this is to make sure you get a template you can easily edit in Adobe InDesign.
- Do not enter a price for your book here, unless you want the price to be shown on the cover of the book, and unless you are quite sure the price will remain the same in the future.
- Be sure to double check the exact specifications of your book, which can be found on the Preparing for publication section of your Type & Tell account.
- Once you click ‘Submit’, the template will be sent directly to your email.
Important tips before generating a cover template
- Please make sure that you are happy with your book interior before generating a cover template.
- Remember that the spine width of the cover changes based on the number of pages in your book.
- Your page count should be final before generating a cover template. The allowed page count for paperback books is between 18-1050 pages, and must be an even number. The book must have at least one blank page at the end.
- If you decide to make changes to your book interior after generating a cover template, and it affects your page count, you must generate a new cover template to match the new interior.
Essential requirements for your final print cover
Once you have received your cover template, you can start designing it or send it to your own designer for editing. We recommend that if you design the cover yourself, you should already be familiar with Adobe InDesign.
Before uploading the final cover to the Type & Tell system, please make sure it fulfils all of the following requirements:
- Make sure all the bleed areas are covered. Nothing you want to have visible on your final book cover can be in the bleed area – text or images, for example.
- Any images you use in the cover must be high resolution at 300 dpi.
- The colour spectrum of the cover file must be CMYK. No RGB colours.
- Any text fonts you use on the cover, must be embedded.
- The final print cover file must be saved as an PDF-X/1a file. This is important.