To change the front and back Cover Photo of your book, you'll need to bring up the Edit
Cover dialog. Just flip to your front or back cover. You can do so quickly by clicking on the double arrows in the page controls at the bottom of the screen. Then just click the "Edit Page" button (a pencil)
Once the Edit Page Dialog has appeared, you'll see a tabs for Picture, Text, and Style. You can select the photo you want to appear as the cover photo in the Picture tab. Simply highlighting the photo you wish to use will tell our software to use that photo. Hit save and you'll be on your way.
Most of the cover design can be done on the "Style" tab once you have selected your photo. Change the font, background, color, and size. The "checker-board" color is transparent by the way.
If you are not finding our cover options sufficient for adding text, you can use our photo editor further edit your photo.
Update: Books created after August 20, 2016 can take advantage of movable text and resizable photos on the cover pages. Simply drag the text to the position on the cover you like. Photos can be moved and resized as well. Make sure nothing critical is outside the crop margin (dotted red line).
Since our covers are printed full bleed, photos are scaled to take up the entire photo. If you have a landscape photo, the sides will be cut off. To adjust for this, you need to add a border to the top and bottom or resize the photo so there is a border all the way around it.
To do this, create a 300 dpi 8" X 10" canvas in a third party photo editing program. Create a background of a color of your choosing. Once you have chosen a color, Import or Place your photo over the background and size it so that the entire photo is visible. You can go as far as adding your own text if you want.
When you're done, save the image as a jpeg and import it into the designer. If you added your own title, make sure the Background color in the display options is set to transparent.
If you want to do this for photos that are intended to be inside your book as full page photos, you can make your canvas 7.75" X 9.75".