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How To Make a Book Cover Spine with GIMP – Createspace

In my video Createspace Cover Template: How to Make a Book Cover with GIMP, I rushed through the process skipping over two very important steps in creating a good paperback book cover. 

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a book cover spine with GIMP. Stay tuned! 

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Recently, I had a viewer submit a question on my video about How to Make a Book Cover with GIMP. He asked, “Where’s the spine on the cover?” 

Great question!  I try to keep my videos brief and to-the-point so you spend less time watching my videos and more time publishing. That’s why asking questions in the comments is so important.  

Before we go into the book cover spine tutorial, you should know what merits a spinal matter. 

According to Createspace, “For books with one-hundred and thirty pages or less, we strongly recommend a blank spine. Blank spines are REQUIRED for books with less than one-hundred and one pages.” 

Don’t try to test them on that rule of spinal matter on smaller books. Trust me, I’ve tried and the cover either comes out wonky or Createspace rejects it. 

A general rule for all print cover matter is to keep all relevant material AWAY from the pink bleed lines. If you don’t want to lose it or have it fouled up, then keep it away from the bleed areas. 


Make a Book Cover Spine with GIMP

So, here’s how to make a book cover spine with GIMP… 

  1. Select the Text Tool 
  2. Type out what you want on your spine 
  3. Highlight the text then change the font and size in the small bar above your text box 
  4. Select the “Layer” tab at the top of the window 
  5. Put your cursor over the “Transform” option in the dropdown 
  6. Select Rotate 90 degrees clockwise 
  7. Select the Move Tool to position your spine matter in between the pink bleed matter on the spine. 
  8. Select the Alignment Tool and click on your spine text layer 
  9. Choose both centering tools in the align menu 

If the text doesn’t appear, then make sure that layer is on the top in your layers menu. Simply select the layer, and click the green arrow keys up or down in the layers menu. 

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Now, what about that pesky back cover? You wouldn’t want to leave that naked now, would you? Hey, don’t make my buddy Emeka Ossai hunt you down for no back cover. 

Well, I’m going to save how to make a back book cover with GIMP for another day, because that’s all the time we have for today. Hey, remember if you liked this post, then please share it with your network! 

Now, get out there and put a spine on that book, you savvy self-publisher you. Till later, this has been Self Publishing with Dale and I’ll see you guys soon. 

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