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The Free Book Cover Maker With Stunning Layouts

100% fully customizable

Beautifully designed templates

Millions of photos, icons and illustrations

Easily download or share

Canva's book cover maker makes designing book covers amazingly simple – even for non-designers.

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Create a professional book cover for free

You’ve done the hard work and created an amazing book. Make sure it sells out by creating an awesome cover design!

Canva’s free book cover maker is ridiculously easy to use – even for the novice or not-so-tech-savvy writer. Our book cover maker allows you to choose from hundreds of layouts, making it easier than ever to create a memorable cover.

How to make a book cover

Open a New Book Cover Design

Open up Canva and search for “Book Covers” to get started.

Explore Canva’s wide range of book cover designs for your self-publishing needs. Use the search tool to narrow down your choices by genre, style, or theme.

Customize your book cover to your exact style and tastes by using our incredibly easy drag-and-drop design tools. Change text, fonts and colors in just a few clicks.

Take advantage of Canva’s many features, including endless font and color combinations and access to millions of free and premium stock photos and vectors to perfect your book cover.

Happy with the result? Download and save your book cover design as a PNG, JPG or PDF file. Share it on all your social media accounts to get build more interest for your book!

Open a New Book Cover Design

Choose from our library of premium stock photography

If you have your own photographs or graphics you would like to use, you can upload them to Canva for free. Once your images are stored in your library, you can use them as many times as you like.

Canva also gives you access to a library of over 1 million stock images, graphics and illustrations. Many of these images are also free, while premium images are all offered at a very competitive price. Using professional photography will allow you to create a high quality book cover that’s ready for Kindle and other ebook sites. There are no recurring fees once you’ve published your high quality design.

Create a professional book cover without hiring a designer

Canva’s collection of book cover layouts is the best on the web! Our team of awesome designers have worked hard to create quality layouts which will help your book look professional and sell out. You won’t need to spend hundreds hiring a designer when you create your own awesome cover in Canva’s book cover maker.

Promote your book with Canva

To share your book cover with your friends and colleagues, simply click the Share button and post your new book cover design straight to your social media account.


A great book cover is generally made of:

  •  A clear title and subtitle
  • An attention-grabbing focal point
  • A strong composition with non-distracting details
  • Intriguing visual elements
  • Good use of white space

If you include an image, start with a concept or scene from the book and create an illustration around it.

Be sure to include:

  • The name of the author
  • Title and subtitle
  • Background images and graphics
  • Blurbs from reviews if they fit into your design

Don’t forget a spine that stands out if you’re creating a cover for a print book. That’s where eye catching typography can really shine.

You may have spent hours searching for the perfect eye catching image for your cover, but the readability of your title is just as important. Many cover designs end up using a clear, white font over images. Typography tends to suggest a certain genre, so choose wisely there as well.

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