Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Making of a Book Cover

Thought you might like to see the transformation a cover has to go through.
This is the original picture I purchased from Dreamstime.


Then it got flipped horizontally so that when it goes to print there will be enough picture for the back cover. The cat was also removed since there are no cats in the book. No offense to cat lovers. It also went through some intense color saturation to make the heroine pop as well as dodged and burned to bring out the details like the rain. 
The above transformation will be kept for when we are ready to create the cover for the paperback version with plenty of room for the back cover blurb.

Cropping for the ebook version comes next and then the title and author fonts and placements. So here's the final version ready to go to market as soon as the final draft is complete. For more information about the making of covers, visit my husband's website at patautrey.com.







15 comments:

Terry Spear said...

Oooh, I love it, Clover! Beautiful job!

Norah Wilson said...

Awesome job, Clover! I loved seeing the transformation. :)

Pepper Phillips said...

Very nice! The picture isn't that interesting in the unpolished version, but you really brought it to life.

Kudos!

Jen FitzGerald said...

Awesome, Clover! I might have to hire you!

Savannah Chase said...

The cover looks wonderful...What a great job..

Linda Andrews said...

Very nicely done. I love the more vibrant colors.

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Beautiful. I just got photoshop and am trying to teach myself this stuff. It looks so easy but it is far from it. I admire anyone who can make a cover this beautiful!

Clover Autrey said...

Thanks Terry, Norah and Pepper. LOL Jen, that'd be the awesomeness of Pat. He's spent hours upon hours learning how to manipulate pictures. He's a genius at restoration too so we have gone through our old photos from when we were kids and restored some of those. It's pretty amazing. I'll have to do another blog post and show off some of those as well.

He'd love to get into book covers as a business though cuz he enjoys doing it so much.

Clover Autrey said...

Thanks for stopping by Savannah and Linda. Appreciate it.

Crystal, my husband actually uses sagelight because it is so much better for the colors, then he transfers it to photoshop and I do the cropping and fonts. That's about all I'm proficient at. And it takes about all my extra brain cells to do that.

Sheri Fredricks said...

You have a beautiful cover. So professional and eye catching! Best wishes on your book, and thank you for sharing your transformation.

Clover Autrey said...

You're so welcome, Sheri

Jen FitzGerald said...

Well, CLover, you better start advertising for him. Maybe Chrissy can hire him to do her book cover and get him some exposure. Also, better find out what kind of book covers he *won't* do. :)

C. A. Szarek said...

OMG! LOVE! REALLY! Wow.

Molly Cannon said...

I love your covers, Clover, and seeing the transition from the original is fascinating!

Clover Autrey said...

Thanks Molly and Chrissy!