Introduction: How to Design a Bauhaus Book Cover
This Instructable will provide you with a lively template for a book cover you may be publishing. I made this as a school project for a compilation of short stories.
Step 1: Things You Will Require
For creating the cover you will mainly require:
Step 2: Selecting a Background Image
Firstly you'll need an image that you will place at the background, which you can obtain by scanning an image you like, or downloading a ready image from Google. Depending on the book you're publishing, select an image that suits the content in your book. If you're downloading an image from the internet, make sure to download a high-resolution image, so that it doesn't appear with pixels when you print your cover.
Step 3: Downloading the Font
If you already have a Bauhaus font installed on your computer, then kindly ignore this step.
In case you don't have a Bauhaus font, here's a link that'll directly help you install a Bauhaus font, so that you can use it on Photoshop.
Another great font you could use is the Electro Font that you can obtain from the Creative Market Tool.
Step 4: Open Your Image With Photoshop
Right-click on your selected image and choose "Open with".
Select "Adobe Photoshop" from the drop-down menu.
Step 5: Insert Your Title on Your Image
Select your title of your book.Open a Text box on Photoshop and select the font (Bauhaus or Electro) you downloaded from the fonts drop-down menu. Then type out your title (I've selected "Myriad Reflections" for my book.)
You can place the text wherever you like, depending on the length of your title. (I've decided to cut out the 'M' a little bit.) You can also tilt your image using the 'Show Transform Controls', and turn your image to the preferred angle. (I tilted it at 45 degrees to match the movement of the background image.)
Step 6: Extend Certain Letters
A typical feature of the Bauhaus style is to extend certain letters across the canvas.
You could select the letters of your choice for extension. (I've selected the 's', the 'd' and the 'l'.)
Crop a little section of the letter you want using the "Crop Tool" on Photoshop. Then having selected the "Show Transform Controls", drag the selected bit to your preferred length.
Repeat the same for all the letters that you want to extend in order to give it a Bauhaus look.
Step 7: Adding a Mirror Reflection
This is an optional step. Since my book was titled "Myriad Reflections", I decided that a mirror reflection would be appropriate.
If you want to add the reflection, you'll have to rewrite the text on a fresh canvas. Then select the 'Image' drop-down menu, and select 'flip canvas horizontal'. Your text image will immediately flip horizontally. Repeat the step, only this time selecting 'flip canvas vertical'. Finally, repeat the step and this time select again 'flip canvas horizontal'. You now have a mirror image of your title.
If you prefer using a different color for your reflection, you can do so by selecting a color from the color palette while typing the text in the first place.
Step 8: Place Your Reflection
It's time to place your reflection on your final canvas.
Copy the reflection you created and match it to fit exactly below the existing title text.
Step 9: Final Additions
Finally, to complete your cover, you can add a sub-title to go with your cover. (I've selected "a collection of short stories.)
And there you have your cover, ready for printing along with your book!
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