To attract more readers, you need an outstanding fiction book cover design. To get a great book cover design, you need to master typography.
Feeling stressed already? Don’t be.
Sometimes all you need is somebody to walk you through the basics. That’s why we have decided to prepare for you a guide on fantasy book cover fonts. We’ll show you there’s nothing to be nervous about. Follow our tips, check out the examples, and you’ll get one step closer to a mind-blowing fantasy book cover design.
Keep reading this article and learn more about:
- fantasy typography tips;
- 5 best fonts for fantasy book covers and why they work;
- fantasy book cover fonts modification techniques that you can try right away;
Can’t wait to start? We know the feeling. So let’s begin.
Tips on fantasy book cover fonts
Before you even start thinking about the fonts for your future fantasy book cover design, you need to make sure that the general appearance emphasizes the mood of the genre you write in.
The font choice is definitely an important part of the design, but it is more like the last missing piece from your jigsaw puzzle. Except for the cases when you have chosen typography to be the base of your cover, as in the example below, but that’s a whole different topic of discussion.
Let us save you the trouble and say it upfront: the choice of font is a somewhat subjective concept. It is difficult to set any specific rules since different people can have a different perception of typography. Let’s take a Brilon font. For some people it may be suitable for fantasy, while others will associate it with romance.
What’s the solution? Easy. You just need to keep track of the context in which you use the font. As we mentioned earlier, the typography should give a final touch to the book cover and balance the color palette and images.
Imagine that you already have an illustration or an image, and the last thing missing in your book cover design is the captivating typography. How to choose the right one? Here are simple tips you can follow today.
Tip 1: It’s Majesty, The Genre
As simple as it is, some fonts are not suitable for particular genres, and the reader will immediately sense that something went wrong. Let’s take a look at the example. The science fiction font on the right does not represent the epic fiction book genre, don’t you agree?
The idea is not that the book cover design looks odd or wrong, but that you can not define the genre when taking a quick look at the cover. Result? The reader is confused and not sure what to expect from the book. Well, you don’t want that to happen, right?
Tip 2: Font types
To be or not to be? To Serif or to Sans Serif?
If you ever tried to research the typography subject at least a bit, you definitely came across two font types: Serif and Sans Serif. Here’s the secret: for fantasy, in most cases, it is better to use Serif fonts, and for science fiction, Sans Serif is a go-to. This way, you’ll set a clear difference between the genres, and will be able to pique the readers’ interest at the very first glance.
Tip 3: Size matters
Follow the rule: The title on the cover should stand out. Let us explain it more.
For example, if you have long words in your book title, try to choose high fonts. This will allow you to manipulate the size and prevent it from getting lost in the thumbnails.
It’s far more manageable when the words used for the title and author name are short. In this case, any font height is suitable, as there will always be room to increase or decrease the letters’ length and width.
The main thing is not to get carried away, because you still need to leave some space for a book cover image or illustration. Just imagine that the hard work of the artist will be blocked and compromised by a massive title. Remember that balance we talked about? Always keep it in mind.
Tip 4: Font design
When it comes to a professional cover, you need to have professional tools and tricks. If we are talking about a cover that will grasp the reader’s attention, then you should always do a little bit more.
The great idea is to add textures, shadows, gradients, light, and sometimes volume to your font. These are the simple ways to help the font become a part of the book cover design, without ruining it or taking a lead role when it’s not necessary. What are you waiting for? Bring some life into your flat letters. Take a look at the example below. Can you spot the difference?
Now, let us show you 5 of the best fantasy fonts. Buckle up.
5 best fonts for fantasy book covers
The fantasy genre is all about magical and mystical creatures, exciting adventures, and supernatural phenomena. You need to pay a lot of attention to the typography here.
It might turn into your guide to introduce a fantasy subgenre and convey the mood of your story right. That’s why we strongly recommend you to use fonts that contain glyphs. This trick allows you to enhance the title without having a professional design background or spending a lot of time figuring it out.
Ready or not, let us introduce you to 5 powerful fantasy fonts.
Fantasy font Nº 1: Cinzel Decorative
Meet Cinzel Decorative. This is a classic font that was tested by thousands of book covers. Cinzel Decorative does not need to be further adjusted. It is easy to read, and it emphasizes the genre well enough. The font is suitable for both the main title and additional text (subtitle, author name, quotes). Capital letters have nice glyphs that will enrich your title. The main thing is not to get over excited and experiment with the glyphs too much. Adding a glyph to one or two letters is more than enough for your title’s captivating design.
Take a look at a stunning book cover design using Cinzel Decorative font.
Fantasy font Nº 2: Yana
Our next stop is Yana. The font is similar to the previous one but gives you a bit more space to conduct your creative experiments. Each letter has dozens of modification options. Thanks to the font’s flexibility, it will easily fit into any fantasy subgenre, from paranormal to dark fantasy. Yana is also an excellent fit for your urban fantasy novel as well. See? It’s like killing two birds with one stone.
But once again, don’t let things get out of hand. Having many (read: too many) curls in your letters does not give you lots of advantages. On the contrary, the reader might face difficulties with trying to figure out the title. You definitely don’t want that to happen.
Check out this gorgeous book cover design, where we used a modified Yana font. Isn’t it amazing?
Fantasy font Nº 3: Vectis
Give a round of applause to Vectis. This font is a great choice for your epic fiction. Its uneven height of letters and unusual serifs are a perfect genre fit. Bonus point: No additional settings are required at all. You might want to combine the font with metallic textures and add some volume. Trust us: it’ll shape up to be a fantastic recipe for an epic fantasy book cover design.
We’ve selected two mind-blowing examples for you to prove our point.
Fantasy font Nº 4: Artisan
Welcome Artisan. This is exactly the case when you need to make the title big and expressive without sending the wrong genre message. Here’s an idea for you: unobtrusive glyphs in capital letters are perfect for urban fantasy.
Can you take your eyes off these gorgeous book covers using the Artisan font?
Fantasy font Nº 5: AgencyFB and AgencyFB extended
Agency FB and its younger brother, Agency FB extended. The most famous representatives of science fiction. Again, the fonts do not require additional settings and very well convey the genre. Wait, it gets better. Both fonts can often be used at the same time. For example, use AgencyFB for the title, and AgencyFB extended for additional texts.
This trick can be implemented when working with other fonts as well. You can make it a rule to combine high fonts with squared ones. In other words, when the title is high, make all additional texts square. This will help to structure the texts better and divide the information by importance.
Can you see what we did here?
Hope you found these fantasy font tips and tricks useful. You don’t need to blindly follow these ideas, since as we mentioned before, there are hundreds of thousands of fonts out there. The sky is your limit.
Now, we’ve got a little surprise for you. Let us show how you can modify a fantasy font in our step-by-step tutorial.
Fantasy font modification tutorial
We’re going to show you how to make a fantasy font YA-friendly. Follow these steps and enjoy the results.
We used Vectis font as a base.
Then we turned the text layer into a picture, as this will allow us to cut the letters and move them easier. After that, we filled the voids formed between the stand-alone letters by increasing and decreasing the letters in some places.
In the end, when we placed the letters so that all the spaces were filled, we noticed that the last two letters look a little strange. They seemed to be cramped, and climb on top of each other.
Finally, to achieve the perfect balance, we decided to link the letters together.
Such manipulations can be performed with any font, even a standard one. This will help to distinguish your book from thousands of others. Pretty impressive and not that difficult at all, huh?
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