Redbubble Hardcover Journal Template: Free Download

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Do you want to make professional-looking Redbubble hardcover notebooks! Then you need this free template, available in Photoshop .PSD and .PNG formats.

Introduction

Hardcover journals are one of many great items sold on Redbubble. But to make sure your artwork displays correctly, including putting text on the spine of the book, you’ll want to use a template. Luckily, I’ve made a free one for you. Download and learn how to use it in this article.

The Before

I did a quick audit of my hardcover journals to see which one could use a makeover, and decided on the artwork Twists.

Hardcover journal with artwork of girl with coloured braids. The art is misaligned on the cover.
Hardcover journal with artwork of girl with coloured braids. The art is misaligned on the cover.

As you can see, the design does not look like it’s perfectly centered on the cover of the book. And the spine is blank, which is not gonna be helpful to anyone who has this book stacked on a shelf.
So let’s use my template to fix it!

Step 1: Download Template

.PNG Version

Redbubble hardcover journal template by JessicaAmber, with areas marked in yellow, red and blue
Right click and 'Save Image As'

.PSD Version

Hardcover journal template opened in Photoshop CC 2019

The .zip contains a 2.57MB .PSD file, with folders for labels, coloured zones, and to place your artwork in. 

Step 2: Open a Copy

Open up a copy of the template in your photo editing software of choice. I use Photoshop CC 2019.

There are three folders in the document. The first folder contains the text labels, the second contains the coloured areas, and the third is where you will place your art.

The yellow parts of the template are safe. Whatever you put on these areas will always be visible. Centre artwork according to the marked quadrants.
The red areas are bleed and wraparound. They will be wrapping around the edges of the cover, so they won’t be visible in product photos, but at least your background colour should still cover this area. 
The blue area is the spine. Any text you want on the spine should go here, and not go into the green area.
The green area is the sides of the spine that will be visible from the front and back.

The folder holding the coloured areas is at 50% opacity so that you’ll see your art through it.

Step 3: Add Your Art

Import your artwork into the ‘Your Art Here’ folder.
'Twists' artwork imported into Hardcover journal template opened in Photoshop CC 2019
Now resize it so it only covers the yellow ‘front cover’ area of the template. Centre it on the black guidelines, and leave a little space around the edges so the art won’t look like it’s touching the edges of the book cover [unless that’s what you want it to do].
'Twists' artwork aligned on Hardcover journal template opened in Photoshop CC 2019

Step 4: Add Spine Text

Type up some kind of text to place on the spine. It should relate to your artwork. For this book, I’m gonna go with ‘Do the Twist’. And if you’re not drawing the words by hand, try and choose a font that goes with the design too. I’m gonna use Alpha Rope by Chloe5972 on DaFont, because it’s free for commercial use.

When you’re done typing, right click the text, choose Transform. Right click it again, and choose Rotate 90° Clockwise. We do this so the top of the letters is aligned with the front cover of the book, which is easier to read when lying a book down on its back, as most people would do.

Quick tip:
With the outlined text I’ve selected, I can fill it on a separate layer. First, make a new layer under the text. Then, select the Fill tool, and using the following settings: 
Tolerance: 100 | Anti-Aliasing: On | Contiguous: On | All Layers: On

Fill options in Photoshop CC 2019, with Tolerance: 100, Anti-Aliasing: On, Contiguous: On, and All Layers: On

Step 5: Save your artwork

Disable the Labels and Areas folders, add a background colour, and your journal image is ready!

Save your artwork as a JPG or PNG, and import it into Redbubble!

The Final Product

Let’s see how my newly improved hardcover journal looks on Redbubble…
Important note: The artwork won’t look aligned properly in Redbubble’s upload screen. That is totally normal, ignore it. It will look correct when published in your store.
 

The artwork is perfectly aligned on the front cover in Preview 1. And the text on the spine is perfectly aligned in Preview 2.
[I know the artwork seems to have moved to the right in Preview 2. I’m guessing this is a mistake by Redbubble when putting the art on these mockups. I have to go with my gut instinct that Preview 1 is the move accurate preview.]​

Congratulations! You have made your new optimised journal cover!

 

Conclusion

I hope this template will help you make the best possible hardcover journals to sell on Redbubble. If there are other templates you need, check out my Redbubble Template Masterpost. And as always, if you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment below!

Peace, love and sunshine,

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