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Using Cover Creator

Use our free Cover Creator tool to design a cover for your eBook or paperback. The tool allows you to customize your cover with a variety of layouts and fonts. Cover Creator uses the book details you enter during title setup and adds your book's ISBN to the barcode area of the back cover. Many Cover Creator templates allow you to choose an image from our image gallery or upload your own image. The tool accepts JPG, PNG and GIF files.

Note: Cover Creator isn't supported on kdp.amazon.co.jp.


Example covers

When designing your cover, think about how your choices will resonate with readers in your genre. For design ideas, see the three examples below.

Science fiction
Romance
Health and fitness


How to get the tool

Video: Using Cover Creator

Open the tool

To use the tool, you need to have created a title on your Bookshelf. If you've created a title, sign in to your account, go to your Bookshelf, and continue setting up your book. On the Content page, scroll down to the cover section and click Launch Cover Creator.

Choose a design

Upload your own cover photo or use KDP's stock images. If you want to use your own photo, make sure it meets our guidelines and that it's high resolution. When choosing from the stock images, test several until you've found the right fit for your book.

Customize the style

Next you'll choose a layout, color scheme, and font. When choosing colors and fonts, make sure that your text is legible. Text can be illegible if the font and background color is too similar. Your cover text should also be large and clear enough.

Preview your cover

Preview your cover to see what it will look when printed. Make sure the information on your cover (e.g., title, author name) exactly matches the book details you entered. If you're not satisfied with your cover, you can start over. When you're done, click Save & submit.


Can I download Cover Creator and the cover I design in the tool?

Cover Creator and covers made using stock images available in the Cover Creator tool cannot be downloaded for use outside the KDP website.



How to edit a cover image or choose a new image

  1. Go to your Bookshelf
  2. Launch Cover Creator
  3. Click anywhere on the cover, except where other elements (e.g., text boxes) are. The dialog box "Edit cover image" will appear with options to choose a new image or change the current image's size, position, and rotation.



Book details

To provide the best customer experience, please follow our Metadata Guidelines. Make sure the title, subtitle, author name, and series information on your cover match the book details you entered during title setup.



Spine and back cover

If you used Cover Creator to design your eBook cover, we'll help you add a spine and back cover for your paperback. You can choose different designs for your eBook and paperback covers.



Spine text

If you want text on the spine (e.g. title, author name), your paperback must have at least 100 pages.



Cover images

When uploading your own images to Cover Creator, make sure:

  • They meet our Publishing Guidelines
  • They have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch)
  • They are flattened to one layer
  • All text is legible and isn't cut off or overlapped by other elements
  • Use text color that's different from your background color so the text is legible

Learn more about formatting images for your paperback.



Did you use Cover Creator on CreateSpace?

CreateSpace Cover Creator designs aren't compatible with Cover Creator on KDP. If you want to update your cover after it moves to KDP, you need to design a new one using KDP's Cover Creator. You can also use our templates.



Using Cover Creator to submit a fully formatted JPEG paperback cover

To upload your fully formatted JPEG paperback cover file:

  1. Go to your Bookshelf.
  2. Click the ellipsis button (…) under the Paperback Actions menu and then click Edit Paperback Content.
  3. Scroll down to Book Cover and click Launch Cover Creator.
  4. Upload your JPEG cover file and click Next.
  5. Choose the second design from the left on the top row. This design accommodates a full wrap image. It also includes filler text, which you will remove next.


  6. Click Choose this Design to customize your cover.
  7. Click each text box and delete the filler text.
    Note: The author photo placeholder will disappear if you don't upload an image.


  8. Click Preview to proof your work. The empty text box fields will not be visible on the final cover file.
  9. Click Save and Submit.


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