All rules are meant to be broken, and I won’t swear that I never use these fonts (I even included some in my genre-based lists of fonts you CAN use). But you can only break the rules if you learn them first. If you’re not a designer, steering clear of these overused (and gag-worthy) fonts is the safer bet. I was going to include some alternatives I like, but they’ll probably become overused too. If you like one of these fonts, look for an alternative that is similar, but less common.
Other rules: Use fonts that fit the genre, but aren’t so flashy or decorative that everyone recognizes them immediately.
Don’t add bevel
Don’t add an obvious dropshadow (show pics)
Don’t use same (fancy) font for the author name
Contrast serif and sans serif fonts (make checklist PDF to download, add to list.)
Make the text stand out with natural contrast against the background.
It doesn’t need to POP or STAND OUT nearly as much as you think it does. Let it be a part of the picture.
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Download this book cover checklist and make sure you aren’t making other critical mistakes with your cover.