A friend asked me to compile a list of cover designers for her, and I thought it would make a pretty good blog post. So below, here are the names of several designers I've found to be excellent at their craft, yet affordable.
Clarissa Yeo is my primary cover artist and I couldn't be any happier with her. She designed covers for the Creatures of the Lands series, Alora, andKingdom from Ashes. Her covers start at $120 and go up as you ask for more changes.
Najla Qamber is my secondary cover artist. I have used her for the cover of These Starcrossed Lives of Ours. She makes very pretty covers and sometimes hires photographers instead of using stock photos. Her premades start at $90.
Paper and Sage make covers for authors of all genres, but from their style I say they veer more towards contemporary or romance for young and new adult readers. Custom covers for eBooks start at $70.
Beetiful Book Covers makes truly magical covers for authors in fantasy and contemporary genres. Prices start as low as $60 for premades, and go higher for customs.
Melody Simmons has a large variety of premade covers. If you're doing a series and don't have a lot of money, you can find three book covers for a series for under $150. She does have moral restrictions on what she'll make covers for, so make sure you read her guidelines before requesting.
Phat Puppy Art was used by Amanda Hocking to create covers for some of her self-published works. I'm not sure what they cost, but the beautiful images that look almost like paintings seem well worth whatever they're asking. Primarily fantasy covers.
CC R Book Cover Design is really cool in that you can give her a stock image, and for $55 dollars she'll make an eBook cover for you. I've never found anyone else that does this, so it's quite worth the value!
Emily Wittig is a budding cover artist and photographer from Ohio. She's currently compiling premades on her Pinterest account. If you follow and message her, I'm sure she'd be more than happy to help you out with your cover.
MaeIDesign and Photography does CUSTOM photo shoots for books and then designs the covers. You have to contact them for a quote, but by the portfolio, it seems well worth it. Besides, having a custom photo for your book will eliminate the possibility that it will be found on another book, unlike a stock image.
The Book Cover Designer is not one artist, but a collection of thousands who post new covers to the site daily. You can find covers as low as $5, all the way up to $250. There's a large variety to choose from, and some covers are beautiful yet really affordable. The only downside is that it takes a long time to sift through all the covers available, but overall this site can be really effective if you need a cover fast!