Introduction to Book Cover Design

A course by Daniel Bolívar
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2020
, Designer and Illustrator

Learn the essentials to design the front cover of a book from start to finish

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2043 students

Learn the essentials to design the front cover of a book from start to finish



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2043 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (2h 36m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course


Do you want to create book covers that invite an audience to discover an unforgettable story? Learn how, with Daniel Bolívar, designer and art director for major publishing houses like Grupo Planeta and Penguin Random House.

In this course, Daniel guides you through the steps for designing your own book cover from start to finish. Learn each aspect to consider when creating your cover, including typography, color, and the photos and illustrations. Discover how the publishing industry works and learn the roles of editorials and authors. Alongside Daniel, you’ll understand the importance of analyzing a text and defining its genre and audience.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The world of covers
  • U3
    U3. Where do we start? Designing the cover of your favorite book
  • U4
    U4. Let's do it! Designing the cover of your favorite book
  • U5
    U5. Closing the book
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Daniel, who tells you about his career as a designer and art director for major publishing houses. He shows you some book covers and analyzes the concept and design of each before revealing some of his industry references.

Discover the communicative potential of a book cover and learn the physical characteristics and finishes of a cover. Learn about editorials, authors, designers, book types, and readers to better understand the industry.

Choose a book, read and analyze the text you’ll convey in visual form, and evaluate what the project entails in terms of budget, time, and resources. Carry out a graphic and contextual investigation to brainstorm and find new ideas.

Next, it’s time to get started on your cover! Using your research, start sketching some ideas and choose the image that best represents the story. See the tools in Photoshop to apply color and learn the best way for working with typography (hierarchy, scale, etc).

Continue with additional steps for designing your cover image. Unite all the different elements and learn how to use InDesign for creating the entire sleeve, including the front cover.

Finish your book cover design with Daniel and get some advice on how to create a mockup of your cover that can be presented to an editor or included in your portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Design the front cover of your favorite book and create a mockup to present your proposal to a publishing house or include in your portfolio.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for students, designers, and books lovers who pay special attention to book covers.

What you need

Basic design skills and basic notions of Photoshop and InDesign (or similar software) are required for this course.

As for materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign (or similar).


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Daniel Bolívar

A course by Daniel Bolívar

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Designer and Illustrator

Daniel Bolívar is a graphic designer who specializes in book cover design. Since graduating from the Arts and Design faculty at UNAM in Mexico City, he has been working as a designer and art director for major publishing houses like Grupo Planeta and Penguin House.

As an art director, he has worked on over two hundred book covers. He has also collaborated on projects with Tierra Adentro, Ediciones Hungría, Ediciones Antílope, and Alacraña.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    The world of covers

    • What is a cover?
    • The finishes of the covers
    • X-ray of the publishing world
  • U3

    Where do we start? Designing the cover of your favorite book

    • The book
    • Project evaluation
    • Graphic research
  • U4

    Let's do it! Designing the cover of your favorite book

    • Conceptualization of the images and first sketches
    • The color
    • Typographic choice
    • Typographic choice 2
    • Creating the cover image
    • Creating the cover image 2
  • U5

    Closing the book

    • Finishing the deck
    • Creation of mock-up or digital dummy
    • The design system: The collection
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Book Cover Design

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Introduction to Book Cover Design. A Design course by Daniel Bolívar

Introduction to Book Cover Design

A course by Daniel Bolívar
Designer and Illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2043 students