Penning the next Lin-Manuel-approved biography of Alexander Hamilton? Take your shot at designing a book cover online using Kapwing! Whether you’re looking to publish an eBook or a paperback copy, here are the four, simple steps you’ll need to make sure your book cover really sings (or raps):

  1. Upload the book’s cover image to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Resize the image
  3. Add text to the image
  4. Publish, Download, and Share the finished book cover

1. Upload the book’s cover image to the Kapwing Studio

The design of your book cover should reflect its contents, but there’s plenty of room for creativity. Look to the book’s central theme or motifs for inspiration. Maybe the core of your story is about overcoming evil and your main character is an orphan who, on his 11th birthday, discovers he’s a wizard... or has that already been done? The point is, thoughtfully-designed book covers are a major selling point. They have the power a to lure readers in even before they crack the cover. If you’re stuck, take a second to examine your favorite book’s cover and note its best design elements.

Once you’ve selected the image for your book cover, go to kapwing.com and upload it to the Kapwing Studio from your computer or paste the image’s URL in the upload box. No image? No problem. Click "Start with a blank canvas" if you’re going for a more minimal design or want to start your design from scratch. Tip: Consider this when writing a "How To" book or manual like in this example.

You can edit your image in the Kapwing Studio, too. Removing the image’s background, making a photo cut out, changing the color, or adding transparency are just a few of the ways you can customize your book’s cover image.

2. Resize the image

With Kapwing, it’s easy to resize your book cover to meet dimension requirements. For example, Amazon recommends Kindle eBook covers be at least 1600 pixels in width and at least 2500 pixels in height. In the Kapwing Studio, click on the image and then click the "Custom Size" button.

Input the Width and Height you’d like your image to be. Click "Done" and the Kapwing Studio immediately transforms the image to your desired measurements.

3. Add text to the image

Coming up with a killer title is often one of the most challenging aspects of book writing. Equally important to naming your work is selecting the text in which its printed, so make sure the text is clear, but don't be afraid to give it some flair! Once you’ve finalized your title, click "Text" in the upper left corner of the Kapwing Studio.

It's easy to experiment with the size, color, background color, and style of your text using the design tools on the right. If you have a specific font in mind, click "+ More Fonts" for a list of additional styles. By clicking and dragging your text boxes, you can position them anywhere on the image. Don't forget to add your name and any subtitles or taglines that make your cover even more compelling.

In this example, I took my design a step further by creating a graphic using Kapwing's "Shapes" tool. Tip: When in doubt, keep it clean and simple. Negative space can actually elevate the aesthetic of your design.

4. Publish, Download, and Share the finished book cover

Quickly and easily download your completed book cover by clicking the "Publish" button in the upper right corner of the Kapwing Studio.

Download your image and share it with your followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and tag us @KapwingApp so we can see your masterpiece, too! You can also share your image on your blog or website by clicking the "Embed" button and copying and pasting the code link to your site.

Subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page for more tutorials on how to take your creative content to the next level. Until your next project, happy book publishing!

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