Size Matters

I'd been warned, but I didn't pay attention. Or, rather, I paid attention, but ignored the advice.

Here's what I'd been told: Never buy the extra-small size picture. Always go for extra-large. But although I was new to the cover-design end of writing, I figured I knew best and bought the smallest (eg cheapest) images for my first book cover.

Big mistake.

Here's the dilemma: you can easily make a large picture smaller, but you can't make a small picture larger without sacrificing the quality of the image. See, small pictures will pixelate when you stretch them out. For me, this meant that while my cover image looked wonderful as a 480 x 480 px size, it blurred into nothing when I attempted to increase it.

Sure, the larger sizes cost a little more, but trust me, they're worth it. After my first fiasco, I purchased another set of images, larger ones this time, to make my book cover. Since everyone judges a book by its cover, having a terrific image is a necessity, not a luxury.

Photo credits: Willeecole.

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November 22, 2013


I too loved your cover and bought your book as it looks like a good read. I'm a writer also and often times find a perfect image that just needs a title, no photo manipulation or image blending required. I always go for the Large or Extra Large as they will always fall within the sizing guidelines of Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and all. Very good advice.

I must say that I'm like a kid in a candy store when I come to Dreamstime. So many talented photogs here.

November 22, 2013


it's true. buy a large picture, because in the future we may need it.

November 21, 2013


Yes, it's true to taking pictures too - only RAW and JPEG from it not less than 300 dpi

November 20, 2013


Very nice cover :)

November 19, 2013


Same is true when buying wall art. Don't cheap out and buy too small and then be disappointed.

November 18, 2013


This is true! My secret is create and send the image near the maximum sixe! This is the only way to delete this problem ;)

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