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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Our designs for the book covers of George Orwell's 1984, Homage to Catalonia and Animal Farm are for paperbacks. They don't require flaps the way a dust jacket would. But hypothetically what if they did? How could we add flaps to our existing design? And if you are working in InDesign CS5 this is really very easy to do. So I am going to come to my Pages panel and on my first page I am going to click away from the three pages that I have selected there, click away from them and select just the first one.
Right-click and then choose Insert Pages and I am going to insert one page Before Page 1. And then with my Page tool, I will select that, and come and change the size, the width, to the width of my flap and I may wish to check my reference square so that I keep the flap butting up against the left-hand edge of the back cover. I am going to make my flaps two-and- a-half inches wide, so I will type in 2.5 in, and there is my flap.
Now I can do the same on the right side, so I'll choose what's currently now on Page 4, my front cover, right-click, Insert Pages and I am going to insert one page After Page 4, repeat the process, select that page with my Page tool and set my reference square to the left-hand edge and once again 2.5 in. And now it's just a question of extending our artwork.
I am just going to reduce my view size so that I can see the whole of my artwork and let's turn the guides on, and I can just extend these fields of color out into the flap space. And then what we put on the flaps, that's entirely up to us, but presumably there will be some more information either about the author or elaborating on the book itself.
We don't want any plot spoilers in there though. Maybe a picture of the author, etcetera, etcetera. And we will just put it there in exactly the same way as we put the text on pictures any other place. So there is our design with a two-and-a- half inch flap on the left and right side.
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