A friend of mine wrote a postmodern hypertext (like, CYOA) eBook called LOVE OCTOPUS TRANSFORMATION. My sketch has been on its cover for years now, but since I’ve learned more about eyecatching book cover design, I wanted to update it and make it purdy for her.
Here’s the before:
The test of a good eBook cover: does it catch audience interest? Does it signal the genre?
My old errors: I stretched the text, and you can’t figure out what the illio is in the thumbnail. Genre, what’s that?
Here comes the AFTER!
A mashup of CC-0 photos, a little Krita magic, and surprisingly little futzing in Inkscape for the text! This one might be a little fantastical for the subject matter, but I think it’s striking! If I could do it again, I might move the author name to the top…but at least the typeface matches her other books! #branding
Do you love BEFORE AND AFTER style book cover makeovers? Comment below with some of your favorites!
These tiling background patterns are FREE. CC-0. Use ’em for whatever–website backgrounds, fabric patterns in a digital painting, SketchUp etc. (But if you want to show me a project you’ve used ’em in, let me know!). Right-click; save-as should work.
I love making symmetrical doodle patterns at church. Why I never thought to do them in color in Krita before (using the Mirror function) is beyond me!