OK, now for ebook cover design, we’re going to focus on two layouts. They call them “The Z Layout” and “Perspectives Layout” in that handout, but I’m going to use the terms I was taught instead: The Hourglass, and The Triangle.
Why “The Hourglass” instead of “The Z”? Well, because it’s much easier for me to look at a cover, draw an X across it, and see what size font and image makes the whole thing feel balanced – the further away from the focal point, the larger the font needs to be. (Also, because I learned that term first.)
Important takeaway: your author name and your title should to be similar in size and the overall effect should be balanced from top to bottom. This is a rule of thumb, not a commandment, but it gives an idea of what’s pleasing to the eye, which is your primary directive.
For my part, I’ve been designing my covers with Adobe Spark lately. I like them, but might be I could use to absorb some design principles.
Always so much to learn.