Cover Fonts

Font Styles for Your Cover

It is important to resist the urge to choose a font style because it is your favorite. Font styles each have a personality which can complement or be detrimental to your cover design. If you have decided to use two different font styles on your cover, the two fonts should contrast. Using fonts that are only slightly different from each other will be distracting and take away from the overall design. As well, font sizes should contrast. A subtitle should not be the same size as the main title of your book. An interesting trick which is used is to use a large font size for the author’s name (sometimes larger than the title). This can convey a sense of importance which can lead people to believe you are a well-known author. This can improve book sales. Novelty fonts should not be used as these fonts tend to be difficult to read and are thought of as unprofessional. Script fonts should be used sparingly in your design as they tend to be difficult to read, although books targeted to women can use script fonts effectively. Some common font styles used in book cover design are:

  • Arno Pro
  • Minion
  • Garamond
  • Helvetica
  • Trajan Pro