Tag Archive | design

Book Cover: Rainbows in Time

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.

March 2012

Check out the cover I did for Book 2 of the “In Time” series: Mists of Time, here.

Learning Photoshop

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:

October 2011

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.

October 2011

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.

Cover: Shades of Gray

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:

February 2012

February 2012

What do you think of them?

Book Cover: Angels in Hell

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:

December 2011

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.

What do you think?

Book Cover: Mists of Time

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).

November 2011