As there are many different sized books and book covers, it would be best if you could use and resize some existing book cover templates in Ps.Does anyone knows where to get templates (cover size, side size and the back) for making book covers?
The web site that @IamSam gave you is a good one. Most templates are created in InDesign since that's what most designers use for their layouts. But no reason you can't do it in Photoshop.
Just a heads-up - when determining page count, a single leaf is 2 pages. For example, pick up a single 8-1/2 sheet and that's actually 2 pages. Pretty basic but so many people have gotten it wrong.
Be careful also of the spine size. That's dependent on the bulk of the paper being used and that's dependent on the weight of the stock. Using a 60# offset text bulks differently than an 80# offset text which bulks differently than an 80# coated text.
It may not be critical - but as an old production man, make sure you have the proper specs to work with. Including the binding method- ie perfectbound, casebound, saddlewire stitch, etc.
If you know the printer, check with them on stock being used, bulking, and binding method.
Just some thoughts.
LOL!! Yes for me, B from my graphic has always been called a "Dust Cover" to protect the actual cover. But I have seen in many cases where folks refer to them as "Book Covers". Had to clarify that here. I have also seen dust covers that contained the artwork/info when the actual book cover itself was very basic, a little more than a title.BTW - what Sam indicated as A and B in his graphic are both a book cover and a dust jacket. But that's a whole other universe.
In print, if there was any question, my own philosophy was always to check with the manufacturer prior to finalizing specs since they knew exactly what their machines, and the substrates used, were capable of. In digital, the "machines" are the screens since they're the ones "manufacturing" the image. Knowing what's required by the medium - and the platform being presented on - is definitely a must!@JeffK - Excellent information! Thanks!
As I mentioned in my first posting, there are many different sizes. Ps templates may work for some but it seems there are much better options, especially on the digital side. Knowing the size and ratio would always be the first step as with any other starting point of the creative process. Knowing what's required specifically is a must.
LOL!! Yes for me, B from my graphic has always been called a "Dust Cover" to protect the actual cover. But I have seen in many cases where folks refer to them as "Book Covers". Had to clarify that here. I have also seen dust covers that contained the artwork/info when the actual book cover itself was very basic, a little more than a title.