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webfix3

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What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 1:35 PM
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I use Photoshop to select big, bold fonts for the titles on my Kindle book covers. However, I often have difficulty deciding on which is the best one to use. A common problem I have is that many of these fonts appear jagged. There is also the problem of the Photoshop enlarge font size function only going up to a certain number.

Any recommendations as to the best fonts to use for my covers?
sloppydog

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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 2:54 PM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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It depends on the genre. Think of a romance and horror. They would need entirely different fonts.
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Posted: Apr 23, 2013 5:17 PM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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I don't know which version of Photoshop you're using, but mine allows me to put any number in the little window where the font size shows up. For example, if I click a 14 pt in the drop down menu, I can change that to 15 pts. There are so many versions now so it's difficult to show where to do it. Look at your Help. I'm only using CS, but even when I was using Limited Edition (which has another name nowadays) I could size a font to fit the side of a barn.

BUT, when you're choosing a font that has a raggedy edge, it could be one that was handmade by one of zillions of very talented font designers and that's how it is. Try others. There are thousands more where that one came from. Some look great small but look terrible large. Others look amazing large, but horrendous small. You need to experiment. It's a fun day with music playing in the background while you audition fonts. Make sure you look at them as big as they would be at the largest size of your image. And then again as a thumbnail so you know that whatever you select is legible no matter what size it needs to be. AND consider, if you are going to create a paperback, that your image will be at 300 dpi. So you might want to be sure that it looks good on the front of your someday paperback book too.

Have fun.

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Stephanie Jackson

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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 7:53 PM   in response to: sued2 in response to: sued2
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I think it also depends on the subject of the story. My book series is set in a ranching town so I use a cursive type script for my font title because it reminded me or lassos and ropes
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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 23, 2013 8:44 PM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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You are not limited to the preset font sizes. Type another number over the preset and it will do something custom.

Joel Friedlander (The Book Designer) has suggestions for good display fonts for book covers. Take a look there.
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Posted: Apr 23, 2013 9:57 PM   in response to: Stephanie Jackson in response to: Stephanie Jackson
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I think I've seen a font that was rope.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2013 1:00 AM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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Good fonts that work for almost any genre are League Gothic, Franchise, and Steel Tongs. All of which can be found on Da Font for free. They are nice clean, simple, bold fonts. As far as not being able to make the font bigger, I would suggest treating the font layer as a raster layer and scaling it as big as you need it, (start with the biggest setting you can get, I think it's 72pt.) You shouldn't need to scale up too much from that.
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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:43 AM   in response to: Stephanie Jackson in response to: Stephanie Jackson
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I am using Photoshop version 6.0. I have also figured out now how to change the font sizes. The only thing now is trying to get a good font size to match my paranormal and book covers. Am experimenting anyway.

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webfix3

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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 2:45 AM   in response to: Stephanie Jackson in response to: Stephanie Jackson
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I'm using Photoshop 6.0. Have managed to figure out how to up the font size, so thanks everybody for your advice. The genre of Kindle books I produce are horror and paranormal ones, so I strive to get a font that is just right for that particular kind of book.
wylee21

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Posted: May 29, 2013 8:39 PM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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How about this article? 5 Great Fonts for Book Covers
Kara Haskins

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Posted: May 29, 2013 8:48 PM   in response to: wylee21 in response to: wylee21
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Of course you're not just limited to the fonts your program offers. At least in GIMP, you can download other fonts to use. I like to browse dafont (dot) com for new fonts. There are lots of sites, just be sure to double check that they're free to use as you wish.
Don Dennis

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Re: What Are Best Fonts For Book Covers?
Posted: May 29, 2013 11:45 PM   in response to: webfix3 in response to: webfix3
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