Standards on this page are mandatory for Goldenford authors
For the final cover we need the original components of the cover (photographs, font names etc) or alternatively a layered document with the components that Photoshop can read (Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop* can save layered documents). Also supply a merged document with the cover layout shown as you want it to appear. You may be responsible for additional costs if you use a non-standard font.
The electronic document comprising the cover should be approximately full size and ideally at 600 dpi, minimum 300 dpi. The final cover is prepared at 300 dpi.
To maximise quality, keep original un-amended documents (ie the original electronic objects) for use as the basis of the final cover. This prevents the loss of quality usually associated with saving a succession of drafts. Reduction in quality may not show up on screen, but may do so at the higher quality used for printing covers.
* For background on image editors, see the online tutorial [www.onepoyle.net/art/tutorial/main.pl?image_tech] [new window].