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Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:12 pm
by gesler0811
So, I'm getting ready to publish with CreateSpace in the next few weeks. I'm just putting the finishing touches on the mss, formatting for 6" x 9" perfect bound, and reviewing all of their specifications for things.

Which brings me to the cover.

Sure, they have all these nifty little templates and whatnot. But I was going to go with a custom cover, because a friend has already designed the front cover for me. And reading all those specifications makes my head want to bounce right off my body and run away from me. I think I got the gist of it. But I'm just wondering: has anybody else on here tried to upload a custom cover, and what was your experience? Did it come out right?

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:42 pm
by wondo
I started using a template and it just looked too "cookie cutter" to me so I downloaded a template and designed my own. It can be a little tricky because you have to design in photo format and upload in PDF format. I converted the final jpeg into pdf using primopdf, which is a free program. You have to custom size the final pdf document to fit the guidelines. The first novel I did took several hours to set up. Now that I know what I am doing I can do one much quicker but it still takes a little time.
You can download primppdf here.
http://www.primopdf.com/#
It installs on the computer and works just like another printer. When you are ready just choose "print" from the file menu, then primopdf from the printer selection. One or two more steps and you will have created a cover in pdf format. You do have to create a custom size to print out so it meets the guidelines.

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:12 am
by gesler0811
Interesting. I'll have to look into that. My friend, who is doing my cover, is using photoshop, and he said that he is pretty sure he can save the cover as PDF, with all of the height/width requirements, etc.

My biggest worry is getting the dimenstions right. They are pretty specific with that, and with good reason. It seems like any little computational error on my part could result in an image getting chopped, the spine being too big/too little, something being off center, etc. That's the part that worries me. Although, like the book itself, I will just have to take my time and pay attention to every little detail.

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:03 pm
by pls

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:15 am
by PianoAl
I downloaded the template and then made that a layer in Paint Shop Pro. I copied and pasted things into other layers, then simply hid the guide layer for the final:

Image

It's true that getting it to PDF is the problem; too bad they don't accept TIF files.

I don't remember how I did that. Google "convert image to pdf for createspace" and you'll get lots of answers.

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:15 am
by TerryRodgers

Re: Custom CreateSpace Covers

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:57 pm
by PianoAl
I now remember how I converted to PDF. I used the instructions on this web site:

http://ryallon.blogspot.com/2012/07/con ... space.html