How much time does a custom cover take?
This depends on the complexity of the project, how many rounds of revision you request, and how quickly we receive feedback from you. However, you can refer to these timelines as a general rule:
One-Shot Cover: 3-6 days
Custom eBook: 1 week
Custom eBook & Print: 1-2 weeks
Custom Illustrated: 2-4 weeks
Please let us know your publication deadline, and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.
What are Original Premade covers?
No more deja-vu covers! Our original premade covers make use of images that are originally illustrated and rendered by us. Because these covers are original, we can more fully customize them to fit your book. See all our original premade covers HERE.
Can I swap out one of the covers in my Flash Pack?
Yes! If you like 4 of the covers from the Metal 1 Pack, but hate the 5th, and want one from the Texture 3 Pack, just let us know which one you want delivered to you instead.
How can I be sure my cover will be unique?
All of our custom designs, as well as our Original Premades, are 100% unique. Non-illustrated custom work is sourced from premium stock imagery into a professional photocomposite that is entirely your own. We guarantee that you won’t find another book wearing your novel’s custom cover. Illustrated work is 100% original, and exclusive to your book alone.
Our Essential Premade covers are also sourced from non-exclusive stock imagery. Once we sell a design, it is no longer offered for sale, but our Essential Premades often use fewer composite images. Because of this, you may find some similarities between your cover and others available. Non-exclusive stock imagery is what allows us to offer professional design at a very low price.
With all covers, the rule of thumb is: Quality, Exclusivity, Low Price – pick two! All of our covers are high-quality, competitive designs. To be sure that your cover will be unlike any other cover out there, let us custom make it for you.
Can you make changes to the premade cover I’ve chosen?
Short answer… yes! Long answer… yes, and probably for free.
Minor changes can be made to the typography–placement, size, etc–for no additional charge. Because typography is so integral to the design, we don’t change the actual font or text effect, unless you need us to match the typography on an already established series. Poor typography can turn a great image into a mediocre cover, and we don’t do mediocre covers.
For more substantial changes to an Essential Premade cover, (give the character a katana instead of a broadsword, change his hair from brown to blonde, etc) an additional charge may apply.
Our Original Premades are intended to be customized to suit your novel. Within the product description, you’ll find a Customization tab that will list all the elements in the cover that can be customized without any additional fees, such as hair color, background, clothing, weapons or props, etc. We can also add elements to the cover on request, though this may incur an additional fee. As with our Essential Premades, we don’t generally make changes to the typography.
If you’re looking for something very specific, you may want to consider having a Custom Cover designed to your exact specifications. All custom covers include several initial drafts, and up to five rounds of revisions–and we make the most of them! Most of our clients use less than three. If you’ve had a custom cover done, and would like some adjustments made to the image after the contract has ended, drop us a line! We’re more than happy to help.
What are Essential Stock Premades?
Essential Stock Premade Covers are designed using stock images to create a professional-looking cover at a low price. For our original premade covers that use original illustration and rendering, see HERE.
Can I get a refund?
Once a cover is purchased, all resources (images/fonts/etc) are immediately licensed, so we are unable to offer refunds on our premades–however, we understand that the publishing process is complex, and will occasionally not go as planned, leaving you with resources you are unable to take advantage of. In some cases we may offer a resale option to help you recoup a portion of your original cost. Please contact us to find out if this is an option for your cover. Note: All cover resales must be conducted through the VividCovers.com website, and with the permission of Vivid Covers. Resale rights are not included with our premades, so any resale through a third party or without the consent of Vivid Covers is a breach of our Terms of Service.
For Custom Covers:
We do include a cancellation policy in our design agreement for our custom packages, but all initial deposits are non-refundable.
Do you offer discounts on multiple covers?
We absolutely do. See more information HERE.
Can you create a banners/ads/bookmarks/etc based on my cover?
Yes. Social/Marketing graphics are available as part of our custom cover packages. If you’ve purchased one of our premade covers and would like additional graphics created to match, please contact us to get an estimate.
Can you format my cover for Createspace/LightningSource/ACX?
Yes. Our Custom eBook and Print Cover and Custom Illustrated Cover packages come with print formatting. To add one of these services to your premade order, please contact us HERE.
What size and format will my final cover image be?
We deliver our ebook covers in JPEG format, and our print covers in PDF format, unless otherwise requested.
All of our covers are hi-res, and our default ebook ratio is 2:3 (2000 pixels wide and 3000 pixels high). The size of a print cover image will depend on the number of pages in your book, and your chosen trim size (5×8, 6×9, etc).
If you need your cover sized differently, or in a different file format, let us know when ordering.