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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