Frequently Asked Questions
No. While most of our covers feature people of color, we promote inclusion. We have a wide selection of cover designs, some of which include no models or depiction of people at all.
We try to accommodate every author and every genre, but we do have some restrictions as far as what projects we will accept:
* We will not design covers that depict violence or implies abuse of any kind.
* We will not design a project that contains imagery of bestiality (outside of shape-shifters, paranormal themes).
* We will not create any designs that exhibits any form of snuff or necrophilia.
* We will not produce any covers with images of people that are under the age of 18 – this includes children and babies.
* We will not copy or re-produce a cover that has been designed by someone else.
If for any reason your cover request falls in one of these restrictions, we will do our best to recommend another designer who can help.
This one is easy; we don't have an account on Facebook. We prefer to concentrate on our customer relationships and overall growth through our website and other channels. Many people often share news about us on Facebook– and we are greatly appreciative of that, but as of now Covers in Color does not maintain an account on that platform. You can however, find us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Also, you can reach us through this site or via email 24/7.
First of all, thank you :) "Cover design by Covers in Color," is suitable. You may also add our website: www.coversincolor.com
No. Once you purchase the cover you like, and the sale has been finalized, the design will no longer be available. The cover design is owned by you, however, the images used are stock images. This means that another author, designer, or business could use the same image for other purposes.
Purchases are first-come, first-serve. So, if you see a cover you like, go ahead and order it. It will reserve that design and make sure nobody else buys it. Once you’re ready and hashed out all of the details you need, we can complete your design.
Unfortunately, no. I do not hold pre-made covers. Purchases are first-come, first-serve.
If the purchase has been finalized, then we will not be able to exchange your cover.
No. This could be a violation of licensing terms. Covers in Color purchases stock and photography licenses that are to be used for our designs. We are legally licensed to manipulate and use the images for our cover art. Therefore, any alterations to these images or cover art is a direct violation of most license terms.
If you need additional changes to the cover, including text line items, after the final files have been sent, please contact us directly. We want to ensure we all remain in compliance and still give you the cover you want.
In most cases, we can. The conditions of your license agreement should indicate if you're allowed to transfer the image for further manipulation. Most stock companies do permit this, however, some photographers and stock companies do not. If Covers in Color cannot confirm our ability to use a licensed image, we will attempt to licence the image for your project, in which case we will invoice you for the cost.
Yes, you can! If you have previously ordered a pre-made or custom eBook cover from us and decide you want a print cover later, we can accommodate that. This link will give you more information about our print cover options.
We need to have the following information in order to create your cover: Trim Size (i.e. 6 x 9), page count, paper color and cover finish (i.e. matte or glossy.) If your printer requires an ISBN, we will need to obtain that information from you also.
If there is a significant change in your page count, then we will most likely need to revise your print design. However, if there is a small increase or decrease in the page count (- or + 10 pages), there will be no need to modify your design. Most layouts are developed by increments of 5-10 pages, so there will be no action needed in this case.
If you’re using Kindle Direct Publishing, then no. Amazon prints the barcode on your back cover. If you’re using Lightning Source®, you do, and you will need to provide that ISBN to us so that we can create your cover.
You will need to contact the printer directly to work through any printing errors. If there was a problem with the print requirements, you can always re-confirm the specifications with us. We will double check to make sure we had the correct attributes (trim size, page count, and paper color), to make sure the information we have is valid.
Yes, you can. If you are planning for a future cover and would like to get on the schedule, please submit a custom form and note that your project is slated for the future. We can hold a spot for you on the schedule for up to eight (8) months.
Nope. Our packages include stock images in the total price of the design, but if you'd like to order your own images, please feel free to do so. Just make sure that your purchase is licensed for commercial use, and has been released with model permission before sending it for your design. It's also important to make sure you're able to transfer for the image for manipulation/cover design. Keep in mind that per license restrictions, you must send the original image to us. If you have manipulated or have had another designer perform work on the image, we cannot use that for your cover design. Most licenses only permit the image to be manipulated once for one time use outside of promotional material.
Unfortunately, Covers in Color does not create custom covers using any CC0 or public domain images, illustrations or graphics. For legal reasons, we must make sure any image meets the appropriate licensing requirements, as well as quality standards for book design. If you'd like to have Covers in Color review any image before purchasing, please contact us and we will help determine if the photo of choice would work or not.
Yes. You are permitted to you use your logos for most marketing materials.
Note: While your logos can be used for printed or digital marketing material, you are prohibited from registering, or using these logotypes in any legal documentation. While your design is exclusive, images curated for use may not be exclusive and can be used by other persons. Please contact me if you have any questions about logotype uses and restrictions.
Our pre-designed logo all come with a Standard license from either the stock photography site, illustrator or photographer. This license does not allow you to reproduce more than 500,000 printed materials, including copies. You are also prohibited from using your logotype for broadcasts, performances or digital production of any kind for an audience that is expected to exceed more than 500,000 unique viewers. In event you exceed this limit of 500,000 copies or viewers, you must purchase an extended license.
Unauthorized use of our logos include, but are not limited to; trademarking, service marking, registering as an endorsed logo for a company, claiming exclusivity, obtaining documentation that gives you official ownership of the individual logo design elements. In addition, you are not permitted to make any alterations to the final logo design. Covers in Color designs logos within the boundaries and restrictions set forth by licensing requirements and none of our products may be changed after purchase.
The only variations allowed are coloring and font(s). Changes of the actual design may be able to be performed for an additional fee. Feel free to contact me for more information.