I created ebook book covers by using Adobe Illustrator. It looks great in print form. But when I save using the Save for Web Devices as a jpg they become all pixelated. You can see what I mean by going to www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com and typing in my name- Melissa Perry Moraja. They look awful. What am I doing wrong? I've tried so many things like increasing the resolution and shrinking the size of the file and increasing the pixels. I'm trying to create professional book covers with the top of the line graphic softward, but something isn't working. Here's a direct link... http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/melissa-perry-moraja
they look fine for the size they're displayed at, as far as i can see. is there a larger view where you can clearly see pixelation that i'm missing?
so, at the risk of stating the obvious: pixelating is what saving things as JPEGs does. what size/resolution are they exported at? is amazon or whoever's own web submission software perhaps shrinking them further itself? does the JPEG you make from illustrator look vastly different from the image you see on amazon?
They don't look like everyone elses professional book cover on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can hardly even read the text. There has to be something I can do. I've tried lots of things such as resizing, trying out different resolutions, rastersizing, and more! Even when I create a new document and save as a jpg the text is all blurry and so hard to read. I should be able to save it for the web and have it look presentable. Its not presentable. If you look at other book covers on the web you will definitely see that they are crisp and sharp like The Magic Tree House and Dr. Suess. Mine looks like a kid smudged my art work with an eraser. I can send you the ai file. Would that help>
there are a couple of things you can do:
- choose a legible font
- be careful with effects (and even the fat outline can ruin legiblity)
- create a non-messy background
- increase contrast between background and text
- make the headline larger
- choose correct compression options for JPEG
Here is the dropbox link! Hopefully it works! https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cpc55811kn7hrfw/8OFMYCrWHq
there should be a series of icons when you are in dropbox.com and after clicking on the file you uploaded up next to the search field. One of which is Share Link.
If you are at the folder level, the same link says Share Folder.
Even when I upload within their specifications it looks blurry. Barnes and Noble is ---Your cover image must be a .JPG or .JPEG file with a file size between 5KB and 2MB. The sides must be between 750 pixels and 2000 pixels in length.
Thank you so much for your help!!! Here is Kindle Amazon specs https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A2J0TRG6OPX0VM
Hah. I skipped over the Amazon part even though I read and wrote Amazon...
The link is to a resized version. I use it for the Kindle submissions. The export to web should be set up but I also included a screen shot of the relevant bit of the export dialog.
Should be a fine size for B&N as well.
Take care, Mike
The dimensions were off. I have uploaded another ZIP that has both setup sizes. One for Amazon and one for B&N. Because the B&N site requests a smaller cover size for the long dimension, I made one for that size as well. Both are identified by the names. If I were making these and submitting to both services, I would probably just use the one identified for B&N for also using at Amazon.
And I would also save as a new name, delete the art and save as a template using a name that makes sense to you and use that template for resizing your present covers and for future ones as well.
is the new ZIP.
In the future, it really helps to set up the document according to a spec. In your case, the B&N sizing restriction is simply 2000 px for the long edge. So the B&N version is using 1200 px by 2000 px which is relatively proportional to the Amazon spec of 1563 px x 2500 px. By setting up the AI document for the lowest denomiator (B&N) the covers should look the same on both sites.
Do note that Amazon (and likely B&N) further compress the uploaded JPG. So always use the highest quality for the JPG compression. As you can see from the JPG I did include in the first ZIP, it holds up well to various sizes. So depending on how Amazon is doing there resizing for the web site, they should still look good when they make the thumbnail and lightbox versions during their conversions.
Take care, Mike
Hi Mike It still looks awful. When it shrinks down to thumbnail size it does something funky to the words and images. There has to be something in my settings or how its being saved that isn't working. There are 1,000's of books on Amazon and B&N that look picture perfect. I even tried scanning my book cover last night. And they look just as bad. I had to use Photoshop to crop edges. HELP!
can you point out another cover on amazon that you think looks picture perfect? cause i think this is just going to turn out to be amazon's own compression.
plus the max dimension of any image i can view on amazon is 500px, and at that size i can only just about see artefacts, the text is legible and the lines are pretty clear.
This one doesn't look blurry or fuzzy at all. Mine look horrible. http://www.amazon.com/Diary-Wimpy-Kid-Book-1/dp/0810993139
well that one is 1200 pixels high!
i can see the same sort of artefacts in it when i zoom in too, it's pretty clear in the white around the figure. the other books you mentioned (the magic tree house & dr. seuss) display the same kind of compression. it's got to be amazon's own software.
It isn't the fonts, it isn't even the colors used. Are you certain that the new images have taken effect?
Your images are being resized more then the Wimpy kid cover. Why is a question for Amazon. Your Madison cover is half the size of the Wimpy kid cover image. Again, the why is what I do not know.
Mike I need a big fat chocolate bar!!! Nothing is working. I've tried recreating the covers. I've saved in every format you can think of. I've tried recreating in Photoshop and Indesign and all are making my text blurry. My book covers look awful on the web which will affect my sales. My text is blurry and fuzzy looking when I save to jpg. And I've tried lots of different texts. Is this something with the Adobe product? I noticed on the web lots of other people of had this problem, too. Do I need to invest again in another software to create my books?
It shows up on my screen as blurry. So if I go to look at my files on my harddrive, and view the book covers for my ebooks, Madison and GA is blurry. I has to be something with text quality or the settings of how its being converted to a jpg. It looks great really big. But not as a small view.
here's your cover saved to JPEG at max quality straight out of the file Mike uploaded:
to me it looks as perfect as you're going to get from a jpeg at that resolution. there's no visible artefacts. all i've done is File > Export, JPEG.
now make it smaller to book size. That's where it looks horrible. If other people can make their text look sharp, I should be able to too. No matter what text I add, it comes out blurry in thumbnail size.
how about 25% of that size? The program you are using took away some of the colors. See the white under the brown haired characters arm and white in the back of the bus. I had to add the background color to it cause of the way I drew the drawing.