Book Cover Design

Kentucky authors often contact me for book cover design. I love to read. I am also married to a librarian, so we have tons of books in our home. These projects are always fun. I create industry standard layout design, while capturing the author’s vision. Authors also hire me for copy editing eBooks and printed books. I format all titles to publishers’ digital and print specifications.

Are you writing a book for print or Kindle eReaders? Contact me for your book cover design needs.

"Lessons on Gifts and Giving" Book Cover ArtGeorge Thompson

Greenville, KY

Here is another book cover art I designed for Western Kentucky pastor and author George E. Thompson. Lessons on Gifts and Giving is a series of thoughts about the gifts of the Spirit detailed in the New Testament books of the Holy Bible. I have not gotten to do as much print work lately as I would like to. Thus, I had a lot of fun creating this design.

Book cover art design story

I do not typically use very many Photoshop filters, but the halftone and glow effects enhanced the spiritual theme of the book. Also, I jumped at the chance to use one of the ribbon style fonts that are popular lately in an appropriate setting. I also made use of the equally trendy Museo Slab font for text content in the layout. I set the main titles on the cover over orange ribbon shapes at an angle rising upward.

Wrapping up this tome’s design, I used one of my favorite color combinations in blue, orange, and yellow. The stark contrast of the colors brings the weight and power to the design that the book’s theme calls for. Finally, the dark, mysterious figure in the cover’s background represents the Holy Spirit. The image of Him holding the glowing golden gift package really sums up the “spirit” of this book’s topic. The quaint wrapped gift boxes on the back cover also convey the book’s inviting feel, inviting believers to learn about God’s gifts.

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Let me design your book cover art

You have finished the long, arduous process of writing your book’s manuscript. The content has gone through the editing process and now it is ready for print. Now you need the right cover design done to spec by a professional. Contact me today.

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"Lessons on Strengthening the Church" book cover graphic designGeorge Thompson

Greenville, KY

Here is another book cover graphic design for my old friend George. The author has also been a pastor here in Kentucky for many years. This is a short guide he wrote for growing and strengthening church congregations. As such, I chose to go the literal route with this cover design.

Religious book cover graphic design story

George liked my idea of juxtaposing a weightlifter along with a shining stained glass window overhead. I simplified the stock photo of the athlete lifting weights to a sepia tone. This makes it a subtle image without completely losing it in the black background, since the stained glass window and the title itself are the main elements. I faded the image of the bench press behind the description on the back of the jacket so the text in front of it is legible.

The title on the front cover has a red grunge frame similar to a rubber stamp. I used the LHF Pilsner Script for the words “Lessons On” for a weighty, vintage feel. “Strengthening the Church” is fittingly set in a strong serif block font. The red and white title pop on the stark black background.

His publisher has very exact standards for formatting. Since that is not his forte, the author requested my help. George entrusted me with the finished format of his original manuscript. I also arranged its indexes to the publisher’s specifications.

Buy the book in paperback on Amazon. See also my design for George’s “Lessons on the Lord’s Prayer” cover design.

Hire me for your own book cover graphic design

I truly enjoyed working on this art since physical fitness and spiritual fitness are important to me. I also enjoy visualizing concepts that I am not as familiar with. In some cases you actually can judge a book by its cover! No matter what your subject matter, I can help you make your work look its best for potential readers. Contact me today.


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Prayer book cover design

George Thompson

Greenville, KY

George Thompson is a pastor in my hometown in Western Kentucky, and is one of the first humans I can remember knowing. George has authored several books on theology and travel. He approached me to reimagine his Lord’s Prayer book cover design for a reprint a new publisher was releasing. I actually formatted his manuscript for their size and specifications, making a few minor edits, in addition to designing the jacket art.

Lord’s Prayer book cover design story

First, I set out to create a graphic design for this dust jacket with other classic devotionals in mind. Purple is a color which is often regarded as a spiritual color. This dates back to its rarity in Biblical times. Therefore, I created the cover’s background in pink and purple hues. I then applied a blur filter to a royalty free stock image to complete the effect. Later, I enhanced the light elements of the image to suggest glowing rays of light peeking out of clouds.

The light centers on the book’s cover, in order to highlight the familiar “praying hands” pen and ink illustration. These give it a celestial feel. I used typography to create a high end feel for this volume. The book’s title colors are deep purple gradients. This creates contrast against the lighter background. I set the words “LESSONS ON THE” in a classy sans serif font with extra spacing to justify its width over the words “LORD’S PRAYER”. I typed them in a tall, condensed specialty font that exudes class. Finally, I added a white “shadow” behind the text to give it a little more depth.

Book cover design for independent authors

Whether or not your subject matter is Christian or religious in nature, I am your man. You should choose me since I love helping authors complement their work with vibrant imagery. Contact me today to get started.

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