It would be nice to gather the tools and general advice on how to create a good book cover (for ebook and/or print).
- Those of you with all around talent including graphical design, what programs are you using to generate your very own covers?
- Who has hired a graphic designer in the past? What was this experience like? Which platforms to find the right person do you recommend?
- How do you make a reasonable, visible connection between your content and the cover?
I stumbled over canva.com and found it quite useful for my needs. In the free version, they have lots of background pictures and preformated elements to design the page. Also lots of ready-to-publish examples, from which you can take inspiration (or more ). Of course, there is always the premium option for more unique designs.
I try to stick to photos, I’ve taken (for which I have some talent, but drawing, no-oh-ah) and thanks to lots of traveling, I have a good database to choose from. Playing with their filters, adding some text or other elements in a couple of minutes and I can have something, I like.
A similar, free option seems spark.adobe.com, but I didn’t actually find book covers as used in print. It seems also a good option, but would need some post-processing.