Layout your dust jacket design in Illustrator. 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.
Your dust jacket design includes 5 panels:
- inside front flap
- back inside flap
Your Dust Jacket cover typically includes the following minimal information:
on the front
on the spine
- 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:
- Grouping and Hierarchy
- Use of Typographic Variables
- Line length
- Printing with crop marks/trim marks)
- Print to Epson Printers