Template in Use
I did a quick audit of my hardcover journals to see which one could use a makeover, and decided on the artwork Twists.
As you can see, the design does not look like it's perfectly centered on the cover of the book. And the spine is blank, which is not gonna be helpful to anyone who has this book stacked on a shelf.
So let's use my template to fix it!
Step 1: Open Template
Open up a copy of the template in your photo editing software.
There are three folders in the template. The first has the labels of what the different areas are. The second contains the coloured areas, at a light opacity so you can see your artwork underneath it. The third folder is where you will put your artwork.
Step 2: Add Your Art
Import your artwork into that third folder.
Now resize it so it only covers the yellow 'front cover' area of the template. Centre it on the black guidelines, and leave a little space around the edges so the art won't look like it's touching the edges of the book cover [unless that's what you want it to do].
Step 3: Add Spine Text
Type up some kind of text to place on the spine. It should relate to your artwork. For this book, I'm gonna go with 'Do the Twist'. And if you're not drawing the words by hand, try and choose a font that goes with the design too. I'm gonna use Alpha Rope by Chloe5972 on DaFont, because it's free for commercial use.
When you're done typing, right click the text, choose Transform. Right click it again, and choose Rotate 90° Clockwise. We do this so the top of the letters is aligned with the front cover of the book, which is easier to read when lying a book down on its back, as most people would do.
Quick tip: with the outlined text I've selected, I can fill it on a separate layer. First, make a new layer under the text. Then, select the Fill tool, and using the following settings:
All Layers: On
Step 4: Export Your Art
Disable the guideline layers, add a background colour, and your journal image is ready!
Export your artwork as a JPG or PNG, and import it into Redbubble!
The Final Product
Let's see how my newly improved hardcover journal looks on Redbubble...
Important note: The artwork won't look aligned properly in Redbubble's upload screen. That is totally normal, ignore it, it will look correct when published.
The artwork is perfectly aligned on the front cover in Preview 1. And the text on the spine is perfectly aligned in Preview 2. [I know the artwork seems to have moved to the right in Preview 2. I'm guessing this is a mistake by Redbubble when putting the art on these mockups. I have to go with my gut instinct that Preview 1 is the move accurate preview.]
Congratulations! You have made your new optimised journal cover!
Download the Template
Download the .PNG version from the Box.com embed below:
File size: 2.57MB
I hope this template will help you make the best possible hardcover journals to sell on Redbubble. If there are other templates you need, check out my Redbubble Template Masterpost. And as always, if you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment below!
Peace, love and sunshine,
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