e-cover dimensions question

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I'm familiar enough with Photoshop that I'd like to have a go at creating my own product covers for the graphics I see on sales pages so I have something to give a graphic designer for an virtual DVD cover or eBook cover. However, I'm not sure what the typical dimensions would be for those images that graphic designers would apply to those templates. Does anyone have any guidance or advice? I basically don't even know how to start my Photoshop document because I don't know what dimensions to enter.

Thanks so much!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mbullard
    I'm kind of lazy when it comes to dimensions. I always go with the rule "it's always better to have a large image and go smaller than the other way around."

    I usually just start with a sheet of paper sized image 8.5x11 inches. DVD covers and most books are smaller than those dimensions so it's fine to make the original image fit whatever size you need. Plus, if it's a sheet of paper size, if you ever wanted to you can make a flyer/workbook/folder or whatever; it's already the right size.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    First, the bigger you make the "base" image, the better it will look on the web. I see a lot of professional graphics guys send ecovers to me in sizes around 1000x1200 (ish)

    however, when they hit the internet they are rarely bigger than 400x500 (ish) and that is pretty darn big really.

    If you make it bigger, it is more clear when you scale it down. If you make it too small and scale it up it will get fuzzy fast.

    So most professional ecovers are designed with dimensions way bigger than they will actually be used as.
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Hi Sarah,

    it would all depend on what "action" (photoshop speak for script) your designer was going to use to render the final image.

    There are a lot of actions on the market.

    CoverActionPro2 is the most popular, and probably the most widely used. So the best thing to do would be to talk to whoever it is that you're planning on asking to render your final cover.

    Here's a link to coveractionpro: Cover Action Pro® - eBook Cover Software

    I was hoping that the screenshots on their page would show the pixel dimensions for you, but they do not.

    However, I've just quickly run BIND002 and it's 3150px wide x 3450px high (for the front) and then add 675px width for the spine

    Kindest regards,
    Karl.
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    • Profile picture of the author sarahparks
      Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

      Hi Sarah,

      it would all depend on what "action" (photoshop speak for script) your designer was going to use to render the final image.

      There are a lot of actions on the market.

      CoverActionPro2 is the most popular, and probably the most widely used. So the best thing to do would be to talk to whoever it is that you're planning on asking to render your final cover.

      Here's a link to coveractionpro: Cover Action Pro® - eBook Cover Software

      I was hoping that the screenshots on their page would show the pixel dimensions for you, but they do not.

      However, I've just quickly run BIND002 and it's 3150px wide x 3450px high (for the front) and then add 675px width for the spine

      Kindest regards,
      Karl.
      Thanks so much, Karl. This was very helpful. I needed the actual height and width numbers to create the document in Photoshop in the first place and I didn't want the proportions to be too long and narrow, or too square. I'll use these dimensions to start.

      Thank you everyone for your responses! I would like to explore creating the entire graphic myself with some free online e-cover creators, but I have no experience with it. I've done some brief research on Google this afternoon but several sites are for creating actual covers, like wrap covers, instead of virtual cover images with my product cover slapped on the front. Karl, I'll check out Cover Action Pro. If anyone else has any sites they know of where you can create your own e-cover, please share! I'm sure anyone coming on this thread will find it useful information!
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      • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
        Here are some more sites:

        coveractionspremium.com
        ezecovers.com

        Kindest regards,
        Karl.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbryant
    Yes, I would get an e-cover action script and just mess with it. In the docs they will tell you, anyway, but a little trial and error never killed anyone, either! I think you will find this to be a lot easier than you think!
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    By the way, I forgot to mention...

    If you already have photoshop, and want to do the design yourself, you won't need a designer to do the 3d part - you can get hold of some less costly actions (search for "photoshop cover actions") and you'll be able to work with the exact dimensions that you need every time.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mbullard
    Yep, that 'action' makes a nice looking ebook. Most of the time I don't bother with the action. It all depends on where you're putting the image. For example, on Amazon I just use the flat cover.
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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by Mbullard View Post

      Yep, that 'action' makes a nice looking ebook. Most of the time I don't bother with the action. It all depends on where you're putting the image. For example, on Amazon I just use the flat cover.
      I'd always use the flat version on amazon, rendered 3d ecovers look kinda tacky and stick out like a sore thumb against all the professional flat covers on there.

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      • Profile picture of the author sarahparks
        Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

        I'd always use the flat version on amazon, rendered 3d ecovers look kinda tacky and stick out like a sore thumb against all the professional flat covers on there.

        Kindest regards,
        Karl.
        Are you saying it sticks out just on Amazon, like Kindle book covers? I know those do better with flat covers. Or are you saying in general? I always see on the WSOs and other sales pages 3-D e-covers and it does seem to make it clearer that it is a DVD or CD or e-book or what-have-you. If it was just the flat cover, you wouldn't really know. It could read as just a logo.
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        • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
          Hi Sarah, yes, just for amazon (or anywhere else you'd expect to see traditional book covers).

          Ebook 3d covers work best elsewhere (sales pages, wsos, etc)

          Kindest regards,
          Karl.
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