Across social media I’ve noticed a lot of authors posting AI-generated book covers to real books they have published. Going a step further: some of these authors are using AI tools to generate the images for the entire book.
Here I’ve written about 10 styles you can try for your book covers, as long as you have a Midjourney account.
Here’s a beginner’s guide on Midjourney. It will work best if you are on the paid plan, since the free plan only comes with 25 generations, and you will normally need a lot more to get a result you are happy with (hey, it’s easy but not that easy).
1. Vintage Fantasy
Inspiration: Dragonlance Series, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo
The swords and sorcery oil paintings that started from the 1960s defined an entire genre – you’ll find the look in older comics, vinyl records, older movie posters, and comic-adjacent illustrators.
barbarian and female elf on a snowy hill, by frank frazetta, vintage fantasy art --v 4
2. Science Fiction
Inspiration: Science fiction book covers and movie posters
Depending on your science fiction novel, you might want to play up or down the feeling of cosmic insignificance.
starship moving slowly through space, style of science fiction --v 4
3. Japanese Book Cover Design
There’s something very refreshing about the minimalism of Japanese book covers, especially when it seems like Western books are all competing to grab your attention!
bear and a child, minimal, style of japanese book cover --v 4
As AI-tools advance, you’re no longer limited by the constraints of only being able to create illustrations: you can now create covers that resemble actual photographs!
The key is to specify the camera and the lens.
new york cheesecake made from recipe, Sony A7R IV camera, Sony 30mm f/3.5 lens --v 4
How to Add the Design
After generating the above images, I used Canva to add the book cover designs in less than 10 minutes.
You’ll want to create a Canva account. Search “book cover” in the search bar, and you’ll get thousands of book cover templates that you can add your images to!
What I love about Canva is how easy it is to learn. You can add or remove text and change the font. Make sure to choose a font that complements the genre your book is in.
That’s how I’m using Midjourney and Canva to create book covers. What are you doing?