In this video tutorial, I’m going to go over what it’s like to customize a cover template you might download from The templates CreateSpace provides are very useful in helping us with determining margins, bleeds, space where the ISBN# and bar code goes, how much text we can fit on the front/back/spine, and so much more.

Prepare A Template

In this example, I’m working with a cover template with a trim size of 5.5″ x 8.5″ and based on a page count of 180. All of my books are preferably 5.5″ x 8.5″, and rarely any other size unless they’re “manual size,” which to me is 8.5″ x 11″.

You can also choose what graphic design program you’d like to open up one of these templates in to help create your cover, whether that be Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Artweaver, etc. It’s up to you. For me, I use Adobe Fireworks to design all my book covers.

While I used to use Adobe Illustrator to design my book covers, I’ve been using Adobe Fireworks for about 5 years now for all my book cover designs. For me, Fireworks is just easier, faster, more tools at your fingertips for what you need them for and much more.

While I never was a big fan of using Photoshop to design anything, I do use Photoshop to shrink the dimensions and, ultimately, the file size so I’m not uploading a 63.6 MB file, in this example, but rather a 20 MB file to CreateSpace.

Check & Shrink Dimensions & File Size In Photoshop

Lastly, I will use Photoshop to save my (Fireworks exported) TIF file as a hi-resolution, print-ready PDF file, which I will then upload into CreateSpace.

Save TIF File To PDF For CreateSpace Submission

This process, which I share with you, works (for me) every time. All my books, and clients’ book covers, go through this same process. It literally takes no time at all to perform these steps. What takes the most time is in designing the perfect cover.


If you haven’t downloaded a template yet for your book’s exact trim size, then click on the button below to go to and do just that. 


If you’ve never downloaded a template from CreateSpace before, you can watch this video on how to download a cover template from CreateSpace right here at MTC.