Cover Template for KDP Print Using GIMP (2019)

Cover Template for KDP Print Using GIMP (2019)


– Do you wanna know how to use
the KDP Print cover template? Well, in this video,
I’m gonna show you how to use the cover template
for KDP Print using GIMP. Stayed tuned. (distorted guitar strums) Welcome to Self-Publishing with Dale, where you’ll learn how to
publish books that sell and build an unstoppable brand. Today, we’re gonna discuss
how to use the cover template for KDP Print books. But first, there’s a few
items that you’re gonna need, and it’s going to be your ebook cover, GIMP, also known as GNU
Image Manipulation Program, your book description, and
this an optional thing, get your biography ready for the book. Let’s get right to it. Alright, I’ve already downloaded GIMP, I’m just gonna go ahead and
open it up with double-clicking. Alright, now that we’ve got GIMP open, I wanna go ahead, and we’re
just gonna do just a very simple Google search, and it’s gonna
be KDP Print cover template, and we’re gonna go right
on to kdp.amazon.com. Okay, so I know right
away that my trim size is six by nine. I’m gonna select an option. We’re gonna choose six by nine. I have 232 pages in my book. Now, based on paper color, it’s either white, cream, or color. It’s not a full-color book. I actually selected white
when I printed this out. This is gonna vary based on the project that you’re going with. We’re just gonna go and hit
Download Cover Template. Let’s go ahead, we’re
gonna unzip this file, gonna Extract All, just
gonna keep it right in the Downloads folder, let’s
double-click and open that. I just need the PNG file, so
here’s what we’re gonna do, is we’re gonna minimize
all the other windows, then we’re gonna just drag-and-drop that over on to the surface. Keep same as before, we’re just gonna drag and drop it on to the surface. Gonna keep. Alright, so we’re gonna
take the Alignment tool. This is perfectly fit
for nine inches high. I’m gonna select the Alignment tool, we’re gonna point it right at the cover. Let’s go over into the Tool Options, and we’re gonna move it all
the way over to the right. Now in the event that when you drag and dropped it into place,
it was out of position, we’re just gonna go ahead
and center it with the cover, and then we’ll right-align it. Now, here’s a little tricky part. We’re just gonna grab the Move tool, we’re gonna left-click, just
left-click once on the cover. We don’t wanna move it at all. And with your arrow key,
we’re just gonna press over to the left until we get right to that dotted line at the spine. Now the next thing we’re gonna want to do, is I wanna color pick. We’re gonna grab the Color Picker tool, gonna come over to the cover again, and I’m gonna grab one of these dark ones ’cause I wanna make sure
we blend it really nicely. So we’ve selected that, it’s already picked
that black color there. Now what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna keep this template here, and I’m gonna duplicate that. We’re gonna select and Duplicate Layer. I’m just gonna shut that
layer, the bottom layer off. Now for this top one,
what we’re gonna do is, since we have the foreground
color with that Color Pick tool we’re just gonna go ahead
and press Control + Comma. We’re gonna shut this
off just for right now, ’cause we’re gonna need to see
where the bleed lines are at. Our next step, let’s see about putting all the information on the back cover. So now that you’ve got
your book description, we’re just gonna go ahead and, I’m just gonna click it right into there. I like Bebas Neue, it’s probably
one of my favorite ones. It matches the fonts there, so the very first thing is,
let’s get that headline, that hook, Control + C. Okay, we’re gonna hit Control + V. Now, don’t worry about
formatting it just now. We’re gonna come back to
that in just a moment. We’re gonna create another box. Now, let’s drop that bio in there. Now the bio is not mandatory, and if you find that you’re hard-pressed for room on your back cover,
you can probably go without it, but I think it’s a nice touch, and especially if you’re
the type of person that goes to networking
meetings, you can hand that out, and that bio being on the back cover, it makes it easy for people to kinda go, oh, okay, this guy’s pretty important. I’m gonna go ahead and, in
order to change out the font, what we can do is, the very
first thing we wanna do, is I wanna select our hook, we’re gonna come up to Tool Options. I wanna center that, and then we’re gonna make
that just a little bit bigger, so you see at the very
top of this, right there, we’re gonna go ahead and
just kinda make it big. In the event that we want the box to kind of stick with the text itself, we’re gonna hit Dynamic. Now, I won’t use that
for the larger portion of the description. Again, we’re gonna go ahead
and select the next box. Select all, Control + A. Right, I need something
a little bit more subtle, probably something a little
closer to like, Sans Serif. Now, in order to kinda check
this out, what we’ll do is from time to time, we can
probably turn on our background but you’ll notice that since
it’s a black background, it’s not gonna quite
work out in our favor. Here we go, let’s do this. I’m gonna grab the Shape tool. Click and drag over the
area within the bleed, so that way I know where I wanna be. We’re gonna select the layer there, we’re gonna hit Transparent,
hit OK, awesome. Now, let’s just go ahead
and fill it with white. Nothing spectacular here, this is just to kinda help us out. We’re gonna hit Control + Period. Now, you’ll notice some
of the text is down here, and let’s just, we’re
gonna just drag this open just a little bit more. I wanna make sure that it
is lined up with that bleed, there we go. Awesome, ’cause we don’t
write on top of the bleed, because that means that it’s in danger of going either on the spine or being cut, so we don’t wanna bother with that. I keep a little bit of wiggle room. Alright, same thing, let’s go
ahead, we’re gonna select all, and let’s just keep it right
in theme with everything else. Sans Serif. Okay, right away you can notice that we’ve got a lot of, we’ve
got probably too much things going on here, so what we’re gonna do, is we’re gonna take this, and I wanna kick down the size just a bit. We’re gonna hit 35, Enter. Not bad. Not bad, I’m very happy with this. But in the same instance, this kinda looks a little bit out of place,
so here’s what I’m gonna do, is I’m gonna just italicize this. Yeah, there we go. And since this is all
italicized, that’s the title, we’re gonna go ahead and bold that title. Okay, let’s just drag this box, kinda like the one we did above. Spread it out a little bit. So it looks like we have
just a little bit of space, and from a graphic design standpoint, I’m sure people are probably flipping out, like, oh my gosh, that’s way, way too big, way too small compared to the other ones, so all we’re gonna do
is we’re just gonna try to stretch this out, oops, undo. Now let’s go ahead and
select our closing line here. I’m gonna do the same thing
like I did with the hook. I’m gonna make it Dynamic. And we’re gonna go ahead and let’s make it about
the same size, 106. And we’re gonna highlight the whole thing. 106, Enter, okay, that’s a
little bit too big for my liking. So we’re probably just gonna
just squeeze it right on down. Alright, so now all we gotta do, is we’re gonna just scoot this on up. I wanna get the bio kinda formatted, so let’s kill this layer here, I wanna see where that bar code’s at. Again, I’m gonna go ahead
and select all this, and we’re gonna go Sans Serif so we can match the other font. Look at that, that works almost perfectly. And let’s go ahead, and
let’s do it the same size as the other one, should
be 48, okay, awesome. And I’m gonna put a little bit of emphasis on the author name. Gonna go a little bigger. I wanna take up a good
amount of real estate right about there. We’re gonna scoot it over, there we go. If we just turn this on, we’ll see, like, the layout looks alright, I’m gonna adjust a few things, so we’re just gonna get the Move tool. Okay, now that we have
everything laid out, the real challenge is going
to be making it look good. We’re gonna get the Color Picker tool. Let’s go back to that front cover, and I’m just gonna pick aqua
blue color, there we go. Now we’re gonna switch this, I’m gonna go ahead and
we’re just gonna grab just a little bit of
that lighter aqua blue. We’re gonna grab headline, and let’s make it that aqua blue color, so we’re gonna just pick that again here. Boom, okay. Awesome, looks good. Let’s go ahead, and we’re gonna do the rest of this in white for right now. It’s all gonna disappear real briefly, but then we’ll have it pop back up. And let’s just, for the fun of it, we’re gonna grab this line,
we’re gonna right-click on it, Alpha to Selection, let’s
grab the Gradient tool. And now, where we drag it, it’s gonna start with
the foreground color, and then it’ll go into
the background color, so watch this, we’re gonna
just click and drag this on up. Okay, Control + Shift + A. Ah, that’s much better,
much, much, much better. I’m gonna select just this
area, let’s make it white. And then I’m gonna select my name, and let’s make it that
dominant color there. Okay, so if we shut this
off and we turn this on, I’m gonna select that, we’re gonna hit the Minus key to move out. See how clean that looks? It’s not too bad. I feel like we can probably
frame out before the content and then possibly after the content. So let’s do this, we’re
gonna grab the Pencil tool, we’re gonna go into Tool Options, why don’t we choose the line instead? So we can keep it nice and uniform. I’m gonna zoom in, let’s
hit a transparency. Okay, so this is gonna be our line layer. Okay, here we go, we’re just
gonna kinda hit that, click, Shift, great. Let’s hit the Fuzzy Wand tool, we’re gonna select that line. I’m gonna hit Control + C to
copy, Control + V to paste. And now we’re probably gonna have to zoom in just a little bit. Okay, let’s zoom out. Let’s do another paste. Just gonna move this into place. Looks pretty good, and why
don’t we do just one more, just for the fun of it. Anchor, good. I’m gonna turn off that black background just to make sure that I’m
good with the barcode yet. So here’s what I’m gonna do
is let’s select the bio layer, I’m gonna alpha this selection so I can see where my text is at, and I’m just gonna move
this down in position here, just a little bit. I’m making sure that I’m not
covering up the bar code, ’cause that’s a big no-no. Control + Shift + A will deselect it. Let’s turn that background layer on. The very next, and very
last thing we need to do is get a spine. Now bare in mind that
in order to get a spine, you have to have 100 pages or more. That roughly works out to, and I believe Julie Broad of
Book Launchers put it this way, a 30,000 word book is perfect
to actually have a spine. Let’s just shut off that layer. It looks like our hook is probably perfect for fitting on the spine, so
here’s what we’re gonna do. I’m gonna select that hook. Keep in mind, you can always
just do a new text box, but I’m gonna make this easy on myself, because then I can just Duplicate, and let’s bring it forward a few layers, so here’s we’re gonna kinda come up here. So let’s select all of this here, and I’m gonna start to type in, we’re going to go up
into Layer, Transform, and I wanna flip this clockwise, so that way it goes right on the spine. Okay, next thing, let’s
take the Alignment tool. We’re gonna select that, And let’s just go ahead
and center it, see that? Alright, so now let’s turn it back on, let’s see how this looks. Alright, last but not least, let’s see about exporting this so that way we can upload
it over onto KDP Print. What we’re gonna do is flatten out all of your visible layers, so here’s what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna right-click the very top, Merge Visible Layers, we’re gonna Merge. Now, let’s hit Control +
Shift and the letter E, and we’ll put our title, and
we need to save this as a PDF. Select the file and location
that you wish to put it on. Here we go, we’re gonna hit Export. Let’s see how this looks. Not bad, I’m very happy with this. But what exactly can you expect when it comes to the KDP
Print quality of books? Good news, if you check out this video that is up in the top-right corner here, it’s gonna show you an
unboxing of the KDP Print book. I’ll see you in the next video. We send it in that bubble wrap packaging, which leads me to what we can expect from shipping and handling. I am not too happy when
it comes to sending.

26 thoughts on “Cover Template for KDP Print Using GIMP (2019)”

  • Find out precisely what you can expect when ordering a KDP Print Book and how it compares to other print on demand service in this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Mv43cfasA&list=PLXCkkWHluK4ALg3X7rmx10fvX4Rv9xEg6&index=2&t=13s

  • I have a friend who has Adobe InDesign and I'm going to use it for my new books. Is it basically the same process if you use that?

  • Terrific Tutorial. Your cover looks great. I'm going to have to watch several times until I'm able to understand just what you were doing and then figure out how to do it in paint.net. 😀 But the best part you taught me is that there are cover templates. The only ones I could find on my own were interior templates. I've only done 3 paperbacks, only one is still published. I just used the cover creator tool since I didn't know about the templates. But each time I could not get my cover image to be 300 dpi, so I had to make them all smaller on the page, so there was tons of space around it, and it looks daft, but no how many times I would resize the image using gimp or online image resizers, once it was uploaded to KDP it was never 300 dpi even though the program I used always said it was. So if you could do a tutorial on image resolution that would be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have temporarily given up on paperbacks until I can figure that out.

  • Great video and great channel! Please help. I need to add an extra 0.125" (3.2 mm) of background along the top, bottom, and sides of my cover. I work in GIMP and don`t know how to do it. Every time I scale it, it scales back to previous dimensions. (even when I unchain it)

  • Dale, I have a problem. It asked me to Activate a WinZip Account, and then I couldn’t even download the template.
    Any advice on what to do?

  • Hi,
    I have hired a professional to design a cover for my novel. The issue is that Amazon kdp has preset layouts that I'm supposed to use for the placement of the title. But I've already placed the title in the book cover. What should I do?

  • Do i have to use their font/text on my cover while uploading.??? Or my designer has already created a cover with a text in it?

  • When I drop my image into Gimp it's too large to fit in the template. I have a different image for the front and back of my book cover. My book has 65 pages, so I don't have a spine. How can I fix my image to fit the template?

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