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Dedication

Disclaimer

How to Use This Book

Table of Contents

Chapter One Preparation

A. Downloading the FREE Software
Adobe Reader; Ghostscript; OpenOffice.org; GIMP or PhotoScape; Scribus

B. Getting the Cover Template
PDF and EPS files; Bleed area; Safety Area and Minimum Margin

Chapter Two Setting up the Sheet and Preparing the Background

A. Setting up the basic dimensions of the book cover
Default Unit; Size; Margin Guides

B. Adding the bleed area

C. Adding guides

D. Setting up layers

E. Importing the EPS cover template and extracting the barcode
Overlaying the EPS cover template with your book cover; Moving all the barcode elements together; Ungroup & Group

F. Another way to obtain the barcode from the cover template
Adding the barcode as a JPEG image

G. Setting colors for the cover
RGB or CMYK; Creating your own colors

H. Adding background color to the cover
Shape or image frame; Going to the correct layer; Adding the background color

Chapter Three Adding the Barcode, Images, Titles, and Text

A. Selecting FREE or affordable images for your book cover

B. Cropping or modifying images

C. Adding the images
Calculating the ACCURATE location of the spine edge and EXACT image width for full bleed images; The use of Level; Locking an element

D. Adding text
Selecting the types of fonts and font sizes; Calculating the ACCURATE location of the left text frame edge and the text frame width; Adding text accurately and drawing an ACCURATE text frame for the title; Adding and centering the text; Changing the text color; Rotating and aligning the spine text; Aligning multiple text frames

E. Exporting to a PDF file
Open the PDF file you just made to confirm all unwanted layers are set to unprintable, and all fonts are embedded

F. Making revisions

G. Modifying for NO bleeds eBook covers

H. Special requirements for book covers with COLOR interiors
¼" bleed area; page set up; PDF/x-1a:2001 compatible files: export your book cover as an EPS file from Scribus; open the EPS file in Adobe Acrobat Distiller 8 Professional or newer and convert it to a PDF/x-1a:2001 compatible file; Use Adobe Acrobat Pro Version 8 or 9 to check the PDF file; Another way to create a PDF/X-1a:2001 compliant file

I. Using Scribus software to create other professional presentations

J. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Trouble-shooting

Appendixes

A. List of Figures

B. Annotated Bibliography

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