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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.
Designing Book Covers. In this course we are going to be creating paperback book cover designs for the following George Orwell titles: Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Now I've chosen these as our book cover exercise because they are books I know and love. Maybe you've read these books, maybe you read them in school, maybe you are currently reading them in school. But a point I am going to be making throughout this course is that you'll have a much better book cover design if you are familiar with the content of the book and if the book means something to you.
So feel free to use any book cover design that you like, choose any book that you like, any author that you appreciate and you can follow through this course using the sense of methodology and approach that I am using. An added dimension to this is that these three books are thematically similar. And they must work as a set. And in addition to this, these are books that the covers of which have been designed numerous times over several decades and we want to offer a fresh design interpretation.
We don't just want to repeat what other people have done in the past. So we have some technical specifications to talk about and they are these. Here is the size of the book. It's 5 x 71/2", 5 inches wide, 7 1/2 inches tall. We're going to be doing the front cover and the back cover. We need to incorporate the ICS Press logo. ICS Press is our fictitious publisher. This logo was supplied with the Exercise Files. And we also need to include space for the ISBN number and the barcode.
On the back cover we need to include some text, which is supplied with the Exercise Files. In addition to the front cover and the back cover, we need to think about the spine. If you look at books on a bookshelf, the spine is often the first thing that you see. So these obviously need to be very clearly readable from a distance. And they need to be of the appropriate width and these are the widths that we are working with: Homage to Catalonia half an inch, Animal Farm a quarter inch and Nineteen Eighty-Four, 5/8th of an inch.
So that's our brief and that's our spec. Let's get started.
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