During August and September, I helped K.D Beckett with the third instalment of her “In Time” book series. First, I edited her manuscript. Then, I assembled the book cover. She has a friend create a painting for the book cover. After I receive the file or any additional elements for the cover, it’s time to break out Photoshop and Indesign to make it come together. This is the final product:
Continuing my professional relationship with the author of the “In Time” series, I was given the task to redesign her cover for her first book. I used the same image for book one, but she wanted the same elements that I used for the cover of her second book, such as numbering the book on its spine, a backdrop to the back cover copy, and specifying the book number and the series on the front cover. This was all in an effort to keep the same style throughout the series.
Check out the cover I did for Book 2 of the “In Time” series: Mists of Time, here.
Recently got access to some of my old pieces from my design class. There was one assignment where students had to take photos in a designated area around the school and then bring them to class to photoshop them. There had to be a noticeable change from one photo to the next.
Here they are:
Original image:RED apples Edited image:GREEN apples
Lasso: circled around imperfections and used content-aware to remove bruises and scars from some apples. Hue/Saturation: used hue feature to transform red apples in green ones. If a photographer didn’t have another set of apple pictures, you could change the colour to have a variety of coloured apples.
Original image: Left Edited image: Right
Lasso: circled around rod from parking sign to arrow sign, then used content-aware to remove it in order to create parallel lines. Brightness/Contrast: increased brightness level to make colours crisper (bluer, greener, whiter, and blacker).
Original image: Left Edited image: Right
Crop: removed unwanted objects in shot so they would not distract away from the subject matter. Brightness/Contrast: increased brightness to sharpen lines and colours. Hue/Saturation: used hue feature to make signs bluer, whiter and blacker.
Sometimes, covers don’t need bold colours or striking images. All you really need is a smart typography choice that provides a personality to your novel. This was an objective to another class assignment. I had to create a title, and based on the title, design a cover that uses no colour (just black, white, and even gray), typography, and well thought out placement of the text. It was a fun new way to consider how to design a book cover.
Here are two styles of the cover I choose to make:
My best friend Jesse had a project she needed help with and she asked me to help. She’s working on a campaign for school, having to plan out a way to bring awareness about Domestic Violence. One of the ways she wanted to bring awareness is through creating t-shirts. Brainstorming some ideas for a slogan, we came up with something that is both obscure but makes sense once you understand it. The slogan we came up with was: Love isn’t supposed to hurt.
The objective of the t-shirt is to create a curiosity in people, prompting them to ask what it means and therefore start a dialogue to help educate people about domestic violence in our society.
As some of you know, I am a publishing student. One of my favourite classes in my publishing program is design. Last semester, I got an opportunity to choose between designing a book cover or a magazine cover. Can you guess which I chose?
My muse for my book cover is an idea I have been working on with a friend. It is a science fiction story with references to different religious mythology mixed in. My first attempt was to design a cover for the first book, but I had limited resources for what I wanted to do. Instead I decided to make the “if this turned into a second book, here is the cover” piece. And here is it:
I used photos of the lovely Evan Rachel Wood and Diane Kruger. They represent the sisters in the story. A brief background: There’s two countries that are at war in the first book—one represents Heaven and the other Hell. One sister wants peace between both countries, but is protected by the hero of the story. Meanwhile, her little sister has been more affected by the war and it takes a toll on the person she use to be, hence the darker photo. I wanted the pictures and the title to juxtapose each other, so it creates an ironic effect.
I have been slowly trying to make my way into the publishing world. I’ve been lucky enough to make a few acquaintances with people in the industry. Going to school and taking a publishing program, I have been able to dabble in a little bit of everything. One thing that you can probably guess that has gotten my attention is Design.
A new time author took me on to both edit and design her book last November. In the last two years, I have slowly taught myself how to design book covers, and I am still learning. I was thrilled when the author took a chance on me to get some experience making book covers professionally.
For this book cover, it was a melding of design choices and suggestions from the author as well as me (the designer).