Happy Tuesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, we're talking about setting up your file in Adobe Photoshop CS5 so you can design an awesome book cover that will translate well to print and not cut off anything important. Now, the instructions here can translate to ANY design program you're using. The measurements are the same. I have PS, so that's what I'm walking you through. You can also get this information in my book, The Indie Author's Guide to: Building a Great Book. That link will take you to the Kindle version (just $2.99). My guide takes you through more than cover setup though! It goes through how to format everything so your book comes out the other side looking amazing in both digital and print formats.
Enough about that. Let's get going! I have fun screenshots for each step, so you won't get lost.
First, open Photoshop (or your program of choice):
Now, click on file>new:
You should now have something that looks like this:
Next, drag guides to cut off 1/8" (.125") all the way around the book cover. Like so:
As you can see by the ruler on the edge of the screen, when cut at the bleed line, your final product is 5.5"x8.5":
I hope this saves you all from wearing huge red spots around on your foreheads.
Did you know all of this? Has it helped you in some small way?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!