Their new Cover Creator is still in Beta, but I understand that most KDP members (with the exception of those in Japan) are now able to access it.
I've been experimenting with it using my illustrated sci-fi novella The Festival on Lyris Five, so in this post I thought I'd set out my findings.
To use the new Cover Creator, you first have to log in to Kindle Direct Publishing. Of course, this is where you can upload new Kindle e-books, but you can also try out the Cover Creator by editing an existing title (which is what I did).
If you're doing likewise, from your "Bookshelf" on KDP select the title you want to edit and scroll down to item 4 "Upload or Create a Cover". Select "I want to edit my cover design using the Cover Creator (beta)", as shown in the screen capture below...
In "Choose Design" you can select from a range of photographs on which to base your cover design (you also have the option of uploading your own photo, as long as you have the necessary reproduction rights).
There isn't a huge range of photos - I'd say about 100 - but presumably more will be added in time. They are organized into categories, so you can browse a selection of images that are deemed relevant to travel, business, science, and so on.
Once you've clicked on a photo to choose it, the Cover Creator will show you a variety of ways it can be integrated with your book's title, strapline, author name, and so on. The software will also generate some quite attractive non-photo-based covers for your consideration. You can pick the design you like best, and then click through to the "Style and Edit" tab (see below) to fine tune it as you wish.
As ever, you can see a larger version of the image above by clicking on it.
On the Style and Edit page you can try a range of different fonts (as you can see I went for something suitably futuristic for my story). You can also see the effect of various pre-styled color schemes, or go entirely off-piste and apply your own.
Once you're happy with what you've come up with, clicking through to the Preview tab will let you see how your cover will look in the Kindle Store and - if you're happy with this - accept the changes and publish. Of course, you can always change your mind and switch back to your previous cover if you wish.
Overall, I was impressed with the capabilities of the Cover Creator, which compares well with some standalone cover-design software I've tried in the past. Obviously, the results won't be as good as you might get from a professional designer, but it should still be possible to generate something quite passable.
I particularly like the way the Cover Creator shows you lots of options and variations based on your initial image selection, and has its own pre-set color schemes and page configurations you can select from if you don't want to start completely from scratch.
As far me, I'm keeping my new cover for a while, although I may well switch back to the original, quirkier design (see below) by my talented illustrator Louise Tolentino at some point. Still, as a non-designer myself, I'm quite pleased with the one I made using the Cover Creator!
If you have any comments or questions about the KDP Cover Creator, please feel free to post them below.