Anna Nagel has asked me to create cover images for her book called Fair Game. In this third and final part I am going to show the text overlaid onto the images created and processed first in Adobe Lightroom, using Adobe Photoshop. Links here to read part one and part two of the book cover project.
Taking the exported jpgs and opening them in Photoshop I started to think like a graphic designer. Here the importance was for the text to work with the image not against it. Most authors who self publish look to Amazon and Kindle to offer their work to the world. There are guidelines that you can follow when sizing your image ready to be a digital book cover. A ratio of 1:6 seems to be popular, but I found it easier to work to large and small thumbnail dimensions, 2500px x 1563px and 65px x 100px. The prefered file type is jpg set to RGB, as these images will be seen on screen rather than print where you would use a CMYK profile. The over-riding factor was that the text had to be perceivable at the smallest thumbnail size.
Starting with cover image 1 I tried various fonts to show Anna. My gut told me that Cochin worked better, but I wanted to show her a sans-serif font (Skia) so she could compare the styles. Also I have swapped the position of title and author name, again to provide an opportunity for comparing.
With cover 2, I had left lots of space at the bottom of the image for it to be filled with the title and author name. Drop shadows behind both lines helped the words ‘lift off’ the image. A final consideration was how the cover image translated into black and white. A large proportion of users have Kindles or e-readers that can only display greyscale.
The decision is up to the client, Anna, and I can only hope that I have given her enough to make an informed choice. Of course final changes will inevitably be made and rightly so, after all this is a creative process and by it’s nature evolves.
Anna has asked people to vote for their favorite with a chance to win a copy of the book, https://annanagel18.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/vote-to-win/
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