Book Dust Jacket

Pay particular attention to the following typography:

Layout your dust jacket design as a single page in either Illustrator or InDesign. Typically, you will want to print to the Epson printer because of the sheet size and the color saturation required. Measure closely the sizes from the book that you will be covering. Consider the possibilities of a wrap-around design/image (one that extends across front, spine and back panels).

The illustration/example below gives sizes for a book using letter-half or 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch pages.

Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 6.09.46 PMYour dust jacket design includes 5 panels:

  1. front
  2. back
  3. spine
  4. inside front flap
  5. back inside flap

The overall 5-panel Design typically includes the following minimal information:

on the front

  • Author
  • Title

on the spine

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publishing Company Logo

on the back

  • bar code Generator screenshot (command + shift + 4)


  • Publishing Company

on the inside front or back 

  • info about the author + picture + other books written by her/him
  • info or short synopsis about the book/story

Remember to allow for the thickness of the book cover board when measuring the dimensions for the Illustrator layout. If you do no do this the dust jacket will not fit the book properly. Do a test with a blank sheet of paper first to fine tune these measurements exactly.

Pay particular attention to  the following: