How to make a fantasy book cover with AI art (midjourney+photoshop tutorial)

This is a super long video so skip through or play on fast forward, but I show off about 100 potential book covers using fantasy art made in midjourney (text prompt image generator AI).

I discuss character vs. symbolic or typographic covers, fonts and layers, photoshop and free online graphic design tools, cover design templates and much more… but mostly just showing what AI art is already capable of and how crazy it’s going to become in the near future.

There are some controversies and legal stuff I wrote about here:

I also have a course on book cover design and some free books and guides.

Book Marketing is Dead (free download):

Indie Author Basics: Free Survival Guide:


Hey there – I’m Derek Murphy. I’m a fine artist who became a book cover designer, then started writing young adult scifi and fantasy. I’ve spent almost 20 years living abroad, have a PhD in comparative literature (revolutionary politics in Paradise Lost), and have been featured in CNN for renting castles to use as writing retreats. Although I’m not working with clients anymore, I’ve built a ton of resources to help indie authors write, design and publish bestselling books.

On this channel, I talk about writing, publishing and creating personal freedom with unconventional business strategies and providing value. My videos are unpolished and a little raw, because we travel full-time and I focus on content, not production quality.

If you’re a writer, artist, or entrepreneur, make sure you SUBSCRIBE – then let me know what you need help with, and I’ll make a video just for you! Here are some resources to get you started:

DIY book cover and formatting templates (FREE)

If you need help with book marketing, you can join my Guerrilla Publishing group and download my FREE book and workbook, on going from zero to #1 in 90 days or less.

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