AI book cover generator

I started talking about Dalle2 when it first came out, and then Midjourney when I realized the potential for book cover design. A lot of people were unnerved by my prediction that book cover designers would soon be replaced by AI, but that’s kind of what this site has always been about: allowing authors to cut corners and get better art and design – a truly great book cover – without hiring an expensive designer.

More recently, I kicked the hornet’s nest again when I discovered you can make pretty amazing character art concepts… this means, rather than be limited by stock photographs that don’t match your story or character, or trying to generate design assets with something like Daz3D, you can just generate everything you need for a winning book cover.

And I still fully expect, sometime this year, we’ll get a one-click book cover solution.

But it’s not here yet.

AI book cover generators don’t exist, because AI tools are just learning how to handle text and typography. Honestly it’s incredible it can do art at all, and super incredible that it can add specific text over the images. In my experiments, it can even get the fonts kind of right based on the genre – if nothing else it can give you a good indication of what kind of thing you might want to do for your book cover design.

That said, you can make absolutely gorgeous, jaw-dropping book cover art. Better than I could make after 20 years of designing covers (I *could* do it, but I’m limited by available stock and it would take me a long time, which is why I charge around $800 for custom book covers). But don’t screw it up by adding lame, boring and genre-inappropriate text and typography.

My DIY templates should make it so much easier to add art, edit the text and save your cover in a few minutes.

I have a *lot* to say on this topic, but for now you should check out this post: “AI for book cover design, how is this legal?”

For the past year, me and everyone else have been fretting about the social and ethical dilemmas.

And right now, you can still get cancelled or at least earn a bunch of negative reviews for using AI art on your book cover, because it’s too new and controversial. But it is legal, and I expect it’ll become much more common, because it fills and need and the abilities are really unmatched.

I’m going to update this post soon with some videos on the best AI cover generators, and add some new tutorials so you know how to get the best art and blend everything together, but in the meantime here’s some rough information about the topic I’ll come back and revise when I’m ready 🙂

Is there a free AI image generator?

There are several, but most only offer a free trial or a daily limit. Copilot (in Windows), Bing and some other AI chat tools offer image generation, and I expect it will get more available. There are a bunch of competing tools, but I think Midjourney is still the best right now, especially since they added consistent characters.

Can Midjourney create a book cover?

Not exactly – but it can make amazing book cover art in any style. You need to choose the appropriate style for your genre, by doing research (although if you just put in the genre tagwords, it should get it right). You can try adding, ‘the title text is “TITLE”‘ and sometimes it’ll get the text right. Ideogram does this even better, but it’s not perfect, so you probably want to add the text on yourself (You can use the templates here, where I’ve already chosen pretty good fonts and font effects for each genre).

But I think the day is coming, in the near future, where an AI tool could handle everything all at once, including the text… that’s still probably not what I’d use. The bigger and more detailed the prompts, the harder the AI tools will struggle to get everything right. It’s much easier to test a bunch of prompts and respin until you find the perfect image, and then add genre appropriate fonts later.

Plus – normally you’d have to license images and fonts for book cover use, so if the AI is creating fonts that seem too similar to commercial fonts, that could be a problem later.

Can I use AI art for my book cover?

Yes, as long as you are paying for the professional/paid level of Midjourney, they give you a commercial right use use. This is not the same as a copyright, and AI art can’t be copyrighted. This isn’t actually a problem, because once you add text and publish your cover, nobody will be able to copy it.

Why use an AI cover generator?

The marriage of art and technology has birthed a revolutionary tool that is reshaping the way authors and publishers approach the design process: the AI Book Cover Generator. This innovative fusion of artificial intelligence and creative design is not just a novelty; it’s a powerful asset that democratizes and streamlines the creation of book covers, making compelling visual storytelling more accessible than ever before.

The Dawn of a New Era: AI-Driven Design

Gone are the days when crafting a visually appealing book cover required either sophisticated design skills or deep pockets to hire a professional designer. With the advent of AI image generators like Midjourney and Dall-E 3, alongside AI text generators such as Ideogram, the process of creating a book cover has been transformed into an intuitive, collaborative dance between human creativity and machine learning precision.

Midjourney and Dall-E 3: Visual Maestros at Your Fingertips

Midjourney and Dall-E 3 stand at the forefront of this design revolution. These AI tools leverage advanced algorithms to interpret textual prompts, generating unique, high-quality images that can serve as bespoke book covers. The magic of these platforms lies in their ability to translate the essence of a book—a theme, mood, or setting—into a visual representation that captures the imagination of potential readers.

  • Midjourney: Specializing in creating surreal, dream-like images, Midjourney offers a palette of possibilities for authors seeking covers that evoke emotion and intrigue. Its strength lies in generating visuals that feel both familiar and otherworldly, perfect for genres that tread the line between reality and fantasy.
  • Dall-E 3: With its robust capability to produce hyper-realistic images, Dall-E 3 is the go-to tool for authors who envision a cover that demands precision and detail. From historical fiction to technical manuals, Dall-E 3’s versatility makes it a valuable ally in bringing a book’s essence to life.

Ideogram: Weaving Words into Visual Concepts

While Midjourney and Dall-E 3 cater to the visual aspect of cover design, Ideogram completes the trifecta by focusing on the textual component. This AI text generator assists in crafting compelling titles, taglines, and blurbs, ensuring that the words on the cover are as captivating as the images. Ideogram’s strength lies in its ability to analyze and produce text that resonates with the target audience, enhancing the overall impact of the cover.

The Impact on the Publishing Industry

The introduction of AI book cover generators has profound implications for the publishing world. Independent authors, in particular, stand to benefit significantly from these tools, as they offer a cost-effective solution to one of the most challenging aspects of the self-publishing process. Moreover, the speed and efficiency of AI-driven design enable authors to experiment with multiple concepts, fine-tuning their covers until they find the perfect match for their stories.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

As with any technology that disrupts traditional creative processes, the use of AI in book cover design raises important legal and ethical questions. Copyright issues, the originality of AI-generated images, and the impact on professional designers are just a few of the considerations that authors and publishers must navigate. The key to ethical use lies in transparency, proper attribution, and a commitment to supporting the broader creative community.

Looking Ahead

The future of AI book cover generators is bright, with ongoing advancements promising even more sophisticated tools that further blur the lines between human and machine creativity. As these technologies continue to evolve, they will undoubtedly open new horizons for storytelling, enabling authors to visually communicate the essence of their work in ways previously unimaginable.

In embracing AI book cover generators, the publishing industry is not just adopting a new tool; it’s opening the door to a world where the creation of book covers becomes a more inclusive, collaborative, and imaginative endeavor. The result? A richer, more diverse literary landscape that invites readers into new worlds with every turn of the page.

Derek Murphy
Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a cover designing indie author enthusiast, finishing a PhD in Literature and shopping for a castle in Europe.