Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing the cover image, part of Creating Photography Ebooks.
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In this video I'll show you how to add a cover to your InDesign document and make sure it exports properly as an ePub cover. So I'm going to use Mini Bridge to bring my content in. If I click on this Bridge icon up here it will open a bridge. If I hold down shift and click, it'll open up mini bridge within the end design application. So I'm going to scroll down my content 'til I find my cover. Which should be down near the bottom here.
Book cover TIF. this has been converted in the Photoshop application into a TIF from a PDF. I'm going to click and drag this over and then place this by clicking in the end design document. So I had sized this cover to 768 by 1024, which is the pixel dimensions in the end design document And the reason it's not filling up the frame here, is because I had set it at 150 dpi. And it's going to appear smaller in this window because InDesign's running it at 72 dpi.
So I need to size it into the window, and InDesign, like Photoshop, there's multiple ways to do the same thing. One way to size this is to hold down the shift key and click and drag and that's sizing the frame. Which is not really what I want here. So I'm going to go command z, but this time I'm going to hold down the shift and the command or control key. And now drag, and you can see that the whole image is sized as well.
But that's not the method that I'm going to use. Cmd-Z and bring it back to where it was. Instead, I'm going to come up here and under the width and height, let me go ahead and punch in exact numbers, so I don't have to fudge around to get it just right. So I know that 768. Will give me the width and then, 1024 will give me the height. And now I have a frame. You can see the frame is exactly the right size, but my image isn't.
In order to fill that frame with the image, I'm going to right-click on the image. And then under fitting I'm going to fit the content in this case the image to the frame. It's that simple. Now all I have to do is click on the image and drag. So I can just click it right into place. And now it's set right. Okay, so now I have the cover placed. Let me close the. Mini-bridge, get that out of the way. Because I just want to show you under the pages.
How now the cover is the first page, shows up there. And I want to show you something else as well. What, if you look carefully at this cover, it doesn't look so, the quality isn't very good. the representation of the image is not good. So I'm going to right-click on this image of the cover and if I come down to the display performance and use high quality display, you can see what happens it immediately gives me a much better representation of that, cover. Again, right-click, display performance, high quality display.
All right, so now we have the cover ready to go. I think at this point I'm going to go ahead and save my document, which I haven't done up to this point. And I'm going to call it country, if I can spell it right, county fair portraits. All right and then I'll put it in that folder. All right, so now it's all saved. Okay, now this is the next part that's actually the most critical aspect of creating the cover in, InDesign, because in fact, you don't have to even put a cover in if you don't want, when you're putting your InDesign, document together. You can put the cover in later, using different program, epub conversion programs, as cal, like Calibrate.
But I'm going to go ahead and use the in design export to ePub function, and actually include the cover. Let me show you what I mean by that. So if I go under File, and now Export, and I select the ePub format, this is really important. And I'm going to go ahead and put that into the assets folder there and I select save this brings up the Eport export option and I'll go into great detail about this whole Eport export options window later but for now this is the critical part.
Right here under ePub cover. So if I select no cover image, this is what the option that you choose if you want to place your cover later using other applications, other conversion programs. In this case I'm going to use rasterized first page. Which means, it's going to treat this first page in my ePub doc as a cover. It's going to rasterize it. It's already rasterized but let's say if it had been just an InDesign preation, it would automatically rasterize it.
And it's also going to tag it as a, as a ePub cover. That's the important part. So it's part of the formatting that will be tagged as a cover. So this is the, the critical things you need to know about placing a cover into your InDesign document and your export options when you export your InDesign document to the epub format. Now let's move on to getting the rest of the content into the epub document.
- What is an ebook?
- The process in a nutshell, from start to finish
- Creating and designing an ebook in InDesign
- Adding hyperlinks and a table of contents
- Exporting to the EPUB format
- Publishing and marketing your ebook