November 27, 2009, Newsletter Issue #211: Book Cover Design Software

Tip of the Week

Professional illustrators and graphic artists use drawing software such as Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand (which is now also owned by Adobe) for book cover design. These programs contain a variety of sophisticated drawing tools that you may find useful, however the learning curve is steep and they can be expensive, particularly if you are only going to use them a few times. There are other options for designing a book cover, such as:

Hiring an art student to create a memorable book coverSplashing out on a professional cover designer, which can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousandHand drawing your illustration and scanning it in (but beware of creating an amateurish cover)Using the cover design packages and templates available from most self publishers.

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