How to create a book cover using Microsoft Word…
Open Microsoft Word.
Go to “New” document, select “Blank Document” (shown at the right), hit “Create”.
You’ll need to adjust the blank document size to 6”x9” (standard cover size). Go to “Page Layout” and hit “Size.” Scroll down to “More Paper Sizes” enter width 6”, and height 9”, under custom size.
When you are finished adjusting the page size you will need to re-adjust the margins as well. Return to “Page Layout”, select “Margins” set margins to “Narrow.”
Time to add an image, be creative, but stay true to your story. You can use purchased images, or better yet, take your own pictures! Place your first image by dragging the picture into the template. You can also “insert picture”, selecting a picture from your files.
The picture will automatically stretch to the margins, but you won’t be able to move the image.
To fix this, go to “Wrap Text” and choose “Behind Text. This will allow you to resize and move the picture where you want it.
I added two pictures to this cover (Don’t forget to “Wrap Text”, “Behind Text” as directed above so that you can control the size and positioning of the pictures).
Add your text. Go to “Insert” and select “Text Box,” you will need to choose “Draw Text Box” at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Draw the box where you want to place the text.
The text box will have a white background (I’d like something a little more colorful). To select another color, click on the text box, go to “Shape Fill” and choose the color you desire. The box also has a border, you can choose to keep the border, or you can select “No Outline.” I have also used a gradient, or shading effect that can be located in “Fill Effects.”
Type in the title, and the author’s name; choose the font, color, and size you desire for your text. Be creative, but don’t go crazy!
Rules for using fonts:
Using the right font for your book’s genre is important.
Here are some of my favorites:
Bruce Old Style BT, Book Antiqua, Garamond, Papyrus, Play around with fonts until you find the one appropriate to your book.
Here are some things to remember… 1. Don’t use anything that comes with Windows – your basic fonts like Comic Sans, Times New Roman, or Arial.
2. Try to use two fonts, something “cool” for the title, and something clean and simple for the author name (although if you want to create an author brand, you could reverse this, and make something memorable for the author name.)
3. Three fonts is OK if two are not overly elaborate.
4. Don’t use more than one “wildly” creative or unusual font.
5. There are thousands of fonts. Find the one suited for your book.
I have used Bruce Old Style BT/28 for the title, Book Antiqua/18, italicized for the series title, and Book Antiqua/24 for the author’s name.
I want to center my text, so I drag the walls of the text box to the edges of the cover, then click the center text icon. If it seems like the text isn’t lining up right, go up to the Paragraph section, and make sure the indent is set at zero.
Let’s get rid of that white background. Go up to “Page Layout” and click on “Page Color.” I chose the same color I used for the “Text Box”, and used the gradient “fill effect” (see step three).
There you have it, a basic book cover. You can make your cover elaborate or simple depending on the effects you use. Experiment, play around with it—You will be amazed at what you can do with Microsoft Word.
Tip: Save your work often!
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any helpful hints or questions.
Have fun! Go create!! Cheers -Kenna