The Cover Design Tool can be used for the following products:

  • Wire binding 
  • Comb binding 
  • Velo binding 
  • Paperback books 
  • Hardback books 
  • Ring binding 

Note: for full access to the Cover Tool feature, please use a desktop or laptop. Functionality is limited on mobile and tablet devices.

To access the Cover Design Tool, complete the following steps:

  • When configuring and previewing your document, go to section '4. Cover' and click the blue 'Configure cover' button.
  • Complete the required cover set-up and choose the 'design a cover' option when shown. 
  • The Cover Design Tool will appear as a separate expandable panel, as below.

Screenshot example - wire binding:

If you have chosen to design a front cover and back cover, the front cover will be shown on the right and the back cover will be shown on the left, as above.

If you have chosen to design a spine for your book or ring binder, a spine area will also be shown.

Cover design options

The Cover Design Tool provides the following options:

  • Undo / redo
  • Select / rotate / move / cut / copy / paste / delete 
  • Pan / zoom
  • Text colour / font / size / alignment / bold / italic
  • Background colour
  • Text
  • Image
  • Pencil
  • Line
  • Rectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Stroke
  • Fill
  • Stroke width
  • No stroke / no fill

How to design your cover

  • Choose a background colour

Click 'BACKGROUND' and a colour picker window will appear. The appearance of this colour picker depends on the device and browser being used. 

  • Add text to the front and/or back cover. 

Click the 'TEXT' option in the bottom left hand corner.

Style the text using the text tool bar - you can pick a text colour / font / size etc.

Available fonts:

Alignment options:

Left
Center
Right

To align the text, select the text box and click the relevant alignment icon.

Please note that the alignment setting will be applied to the entire text box. If you need to apply the setting to an individual word, ensure it is placed in a separate text box.

Other options:

Bold
Italic

To apply the bold or italic setting to your text, select the text box and click the relevant setting icon.

Please note that bold or italic setting will be applied to the entire text box. If you need to apply the setting to an individual word, ensure it is placed in a separate text box.

Text size: from 5 to 80

To increase the text size, select the text box and simply move the slider from left to right.

Please note that the text size will be applied to the entire text box. If you need to apply the size to an individual word, ensure it is placed in a separate text box.

  • Add images to the front and/or back cover

Click the 'IMAGE' option in the bottom left corner.

Browse for your image and click 'Open' to add it to your cover.

Once the image has been added, select it and move it into position. 

You can resize the image by grabbing the corners.

  • If you have a spine to design, add text and style it as required. 

Use the rotate option to move the text from horizontal display to vertical display.

Screenshot example - ring binding:

  • Make any final tweaks - import your ISBN image, add price info, logo etc.
  • Click 'save' to save your progress (the purple button in the top left corner)
  • When you have finished your cover and wish to leave the Cover Design Tool, click 'save & continue' (the purple button in the bottom right corner) and review your cover preview.
  • You must then click the 'Confirm' button to return to your full document preview and proceed to checkout using the 'go to basket' button.

Saving your cover

It is possible to save progress using the 'Save' button shown in the top left hand corner of the Cover Design Tool.

When you have finished your cover and wish to leave the Cover Design Tool, click 'save & continue' (the purple button in the bottom right corner) and review your cover preview.

You must then click the 'Confirm' button to return to your full document preview and proceed to checkout using the 'go to basket' button.

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