How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign
How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign
How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

How to Create a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

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What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, I will show you how to design a book cover. Designing book jacket covers can be intimidating. Today, I will show you how to set up a book cover template that you can reuse over and over again. Using the Page Tool, we will set up every section of the jacket as its own page, to make the book cover template easy to alter.

I’ve also included a handy diagram to show you the dimensions and the structure of the book cover template. Use this as a guide for your future custom book covers! 

In a hurry? We’ve got amazing InDesign book templates and book cover templates over at Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. Go check them out! 

What You Will Need

You’ll need access to Adobe InDesign. If you don’t have the software, you can download a trial from the Adobe website. You’ll also need:

Download the assets and make sure the font is installed on your system before starting. I’ll show you how to load Paragraph Styles later in the tutorial. When you are ready, we can dive into creating our InDesign book template! 

1. Setting Up the Structure of a Book Jacket Template in InDesign

For this tutorial, we will start by setting up the InDesign book template with one page. Later, on the Layers panel, we will set up the rest of the structure of the book jacket template as shown in the diagram below.

Each part of the book cover template will be set up as its own page. Users will then be able to resize the book jacket cover as they need.

Diagram of the book jacket template

Step 1

In InDesign, go to File > New. Name the document Book Jacket Template and set the file to the following dimensions:

  • Width to 6.375 in
  • Height to 9.25 in 
  • Orientation to Portrait
  • Units to Inches
  • Pages to 1
  • Uncheck Facing Pages
  • Margins to 0.5 in
  • Bleed to 0.125 in (it’s best to seek your professional printer’s preference)

Click Create.

setting up the book jacket template

Step 2

On the Pages panel (Windows > Layers), uncheck Allow Document Pages to Shuffle from the main menu. This option will allow us to move pages on the InDesign book template easily.

on the pages panel select the allow document pages to shuffle

Step 3

On the Pages panel, add four pages to the book jacket template through the Create New Page button. 

Also on the Pages panel, drag the pages into a five-page spread.

create 4 new pages on the pages panel

Step 4

Select the Page Tool (Shift-P) from the Tools panel. Select the first page on the left and head over to the Control panel. Set the Width to 3.5 in.

Select the last page on the right with the Page Tool (Shift-P) and set the Width to 3.5 in.

Use the Page Tool (Shift-P) to move the pages next to each other if necessary. 

select the back and front lap and resize

Step 5

On the Layers panel, select the spine section of the book jacket cover and head over to Layout > Margins and Columns. Set the Margins on all sides to 0.25 in. Click OK. 

alter the margin on the spine

Step 6

Select the Page Tool (Shift-P) from the toolbar. Select the spine page and set the Width to 1 in.

change the size of the spine

Step 7

Before we start the design of the InDesign book template, we need to alter the margin settings on the front cover and back cover. We need to subtract 0.375 in order to have the design aligned in the center. 

On the Layers panel, select page 2 of the InDesign book template. Head over to Layout > Margins and Columns and set the Left margin to 0.875 in. This is to account for the 0.375 in. back wrap and the 0.5 in. margin on all sides. 

Repeat the same procedure on the front page of the book jacket cover. On the Layers panel, select page 4. Head over to Layout > Margins and Columns and set the Right margin to 0.875 in.

move the margins on the front and back cover

2. Setting Up Master Pages, Swatches, and Styles

Step 1

Open the Layers panel by going to Window > Layers. We’ll organize our book cover template into three layers so that users can edit the content.

Bring up the Layers panel by going to Window > Layers. Double-click on Layer 1 and rename it Background. 

On the Layers panel main menu, select New Layer. Name it Text. Click OK.

Create a new layer named Images.

create new layers

Step 2

Head over to Window > Color > Swatches to expand the Swatches panel. Choose New Color Swatch button from the main menu. Set the Swatch Name and values to the following: 

  • Blue: C=100 M=80 Y=20 K=55
  • Orange: C=0 M=75 Y=95 K=10 
  • Sand: C=10 M=13 Y=15 K=0
  • Yellow: C=5 M=25 Y=55 K=0

Click Add and OK after you input each of the color values.

create swatches

Step 3

For this custom book cover tutorial, I created a list of Paragraph Styles that you can use to format the book jacket template. 

Head over to Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles to open the Paragraph Styles panel. On the main menu, select Load Paragraph Styles. 

load paragraph styles

Navigate to the Book Jacket Paragraph Styles InDesign document and click Open. 

In the Load Styles window, click on Check All and click OK. You’ll have a list of styles on the Paragraph Styles panel ready to be used on your custom book cover template. 

paragraph styles panel

3. Designing Your Book Jacket Template in InDesign

Step 1

Bring up the Rules on your custom book cover by pressing Command-R. Using the top ruler, create two guides horizontally. Sit both on the Y axis at 1 in. and 2.75 in.

create two horizontal guides

Step 2

On the Layers panel, select the Background layer.

Head over to the toolbar and select the Rectangle Tool (M). Draw a rectangle to cover all of the book jacket template, making sure it is touching the bleeds. 

On the Layers panel, lock the Background layer and select the Images layer. 

create a background

Step 3

Press Command-D to Place an object. Navigate to the Portrait of a young woman file and click Open. 

On the Control panel, set the Scale Percentage to 12%. 

Drag the bottom center point of the frame towards the top to create a square frame. Place it under the top guide we created. 

place an image

Step 4

On the Layers panel, select the Text layer.

Select the Text Tool (T) and create a text frame that fits the width of the back flap. Place this text frame under the second guide. 

Using the Paragraph Styles panel, style the text with the Flap – Quote, Copy and the Flap – Signature style.  

add text to the back flap

Step 5

Using the Text Tool (T), create three text frames on the back cover. These frames will house a quote, copy, and some information in small text. 

Using the Paragraph Styles panel, set the text to Back Cover – Quote and Copy styles. 

For the bottom text, set the frame to the Back Cover – Quote. Head over to the Control panel, set the Type Size to 8 pt. On the Swatches panel, set the color to the [Paper] color.

add text to the back cover

Step 6

Select the Rectangle Tool (M) from the Toolbar. Create a rectangle to include the barcode if necessary. Place this item on the Images layer. 

add a barcode section

Step 7

Using the Text Tool (T), create a text frame outside of the spine. Add the title of the book and format it using the Spine style from the Paragraph Styles. 

Select the second word and head over to the Control panel. Set the Font to Kaydens Script, and set the Size to 38 pt and the Baseline Shift to -5 pt.  

On the Swatches panel, set the color to Yellow. 

Using the Rotate Tool (R), rotate the text frame -90° and place it along the spine. 

add text to the spine

Step 8

Press Command-D to Place an image on the front cover. 

Navigate to the Six faces vector illustration file and click Open. Using the Selection Tool (V), move the frame to crop closely around any one of the portraits. 

Resize the image to fit the front cover of the book cover template. Press Shift-Command to resize the image proportionally and drag from any of the corners. Place the image on the bottom margin. 

place an image for the front cover

Step 9

Create two text frames for the word ‘the’ and ‘Secret’.

Set both frames to the Front Cover – Title Line 1 style on the Paragraph Styles panel. 

Select ‘the’ and head over to the Control panel. Set the Font Size to 55 pt.

Place both frames next to each other, creating good harmony between the two words. 

add a title to the front cover

Step 10

Create a text frame under the first line for the rest of the title. Set the style on the Paragraph Styles panel to Front Cover – Title Line 2.

add the second line of the title to the front cover

Step 11

Add a final text frame under the title to include the author’s name. Use the Paragraph Styles to format the frame to the Front Cover – Author style. 

add an author to the front cover

Step 12

Select the title and press Command-G to Group the frames. 

Duplicate them by pressing Option and dragging to the front flap. 

Head over to the Control panel and set the Scale Percentage to 45%. 

duplicate the title and resize for the front flap section

Using the Text Tool (T), create a text frame under the title on the inside flap. Using the Paragraph Styles panel, set the text to the Copy style. 

add text to the front flap

4. How to Export a Book Jacket Template for Printing

Before exporting the book jacket template for printing, it’s useful to take a look around all the edges. This is to make sure all the images and vectors bleeding out are touching the bleeds. I advise you to consult your printer for any specific settings.

Step 1

To export the file, go to File > Export. Name the file Book Jacket Template and choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format dropdown menu. Click Save. 

export the file as an Adobe PDF Print

Step 2

In the Export Adobe PDF window, set the Adobe PDF Preset to Press Quality.

Under Pages, set the Export As option to Spreads. 

Set the preset to Press Quality and Export As Spreads

On the left side of the panel, select Marks and Bleeds. Check All Printer’s Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings. Click Export. You will have a ready-to-print PDF file.

Check All Printers Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings

Great Job! You’ve Finished This Tutorial!

In this tutorial, you learned how to design a book cover template. We covered key tools that will help anyone edit a template fast and easy. Today, you learned to:

  • set up a ready-to-print InDesign book template file
  • load Paragraph Styles to format text
  • add Color Swatches
  • organize multiple Layers
  • create a multiple-page spread in the Pages panel
  • use the Page Tool to resize pages

If you are new to InDesign and need a InDesign book templates or magazine templates right away, head over to Envato Elements and GraphicRiver. We’ve got many options to explore! 

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