Ecover Expert

Saturday, 26 April 2014

8 Tips to Create Unique Ecover Design

The key to good ecover design is to know what will go well with the audience and what will not. Many associated with publishing world as well as readers have a common belief that a professionally design cover page is an ebook’s main marketing tool. Here are a few tips - on how to make a good ecover - for those who have little or nil knowledge about graphic designing. 

Use Big & Easy-to-Read Title

It is the most significant aspect of a good cover design. Most of the potential readers will find your ebook on screen instead of on a book shelf in a store. A bold and stand-out title easily catches attention of the readers. 

Black & White

This is important particularly for the current Kindle. After WIFI is included on the Kindle, bookworms now search for the new launches and download the ebooks from their Kindles instantly. This implies, an ecover must be effectively designed even in monochrome i.e. black and white. 

Thumbnail Reviews

This is the aspect most of the publishers, designers and surprisingly even authors forget to take into consideration. An ebook’s cover page must be visible and readable even in thumbnail size. It is important for the ecover design to look different on iPads, Kindles and mobile gadgets. 

Use Right Fonts

Font type is equally important like other elements of cover designing. Each font evokes a different feeling. Experiment with the fonts and see which works best for your ebook cover look. However, you should avoid two fonts – Papyrus and Comic Sans. You can use either of them if the book is about pure humor. 

Stick to Only Two Fonts

It is better if you restrict yourself to only two fonts. Make sure these two are complimentary to each other. Some publishers or designers recommend avoiding all caps, outlines, italics. However, what will look good depends much on your ebook cover page.
Sometimes, you can use three types of fonts. However, to use them efficiently, you must be a pro graphic designer. If you are from a non-graphic designing background, maintain rule of thumb – never use more than two types.


Your ebook is not meant for babies, so avoid using garish combination or heavy contrast. In most of the cases, it mars your ecover design

Use Professional Illustrations & Graphics

Are you a graphic designer with richness of experience? If not, keep yourself away from using your own artwork on cover page, it will kill the overall feel and appeal. The art available on Microsoft Word or other layout programs, which are not meant for designing, should be avoided while creating a professional cover page. Instead, you can use stock photography which is easily available on internet. 

Use Unique Photos

Look beyond overused photos like oceans, mountains, sunrise, sunset, feathery clouds etc. Images and illustrations play an important role to lend a unique design to your ecover. You will definitely want to be noticed instead of being overlooked for a copycat ecover page, isn’t it?

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