The Art of Illusion: Creating Book Cover Art for Joanna Penn’s Pentecost. Shows how layers of artwork are combined in Photoshop to create the final art, using gradients and blending methods to achieve atmosphere.
Joanna Penn: Crowdsourcing Your Book Cover Design. On her blog, the author gets her readers to help decide on the final cover design for her novel, Pentecost from among the final group of choices
Self-Publishing Case Study: Inspirational Photography Book, Opening the Gates of the Heart by Carolyn CJ Jones, a study in the design of a photography book and how the elements come together.
Cover Design Tips for Self-Publishers include avoiding white backgrounds, reducing your cover to see if it’s readable, and other practical suggestions, such as avoiding script typefaces, how to find photos to use on your book cover, and a list of resources for self-publishers creating their own book covers.
The cover and interior design of a self-help book by a life coach is shown in sample cover and interior design to follow the design process. Mark Susnow worked for almost a year to bring Dancing on the River into production, and the result shows the work that went into it.
There’s been an ongoing discussion in the comments to the post on Fair Use and Copyright, and it seemed like a good time to explore some of the resources readily available that can supply images for use in blog posts or books without fear of infringing someone else’s copyright. The most common explanation I hear […]
It’s not a small thing to write a book, to actually complete the project. Maybe it’s a novel you’ve worked on for years, going through revision after revision to polish it to perfection. Or perhaps you’ve put together a book of lessons you’ve drawn from your life, or a detailed history of your hometown. You’ve […]
I frequently get asked what exactly a book designer does. Just the other day I spoke with a client whose book is in copyediting. I’ll be getting ready to start work on his interior next week. “Well, do you need to do anything,” he asked. “I mean, there’s just a couple of formats, right?” I […]
The Spirit of the River (affiliate link) is a terrific novel by Diane McCarthy, published by her own Cloudland Press. I met Diane at an all-day publishing workshop run by the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) where we are both members. After I finished the book I decided to redesign the cover. Now this […]
This is the second article about dealing with a cover design project with artwork supplied by the client. In the first, I looked at the book cover design process for Chris Finlan’s Not A Fire Exit. This time I’m going to look at the designs prepared for Bill Goldberg’s The “And” Principle. Here is the […]