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Behind the Scenes – Fallenwood

Another cover for Melange Books.

This is actually for the book prior to Forgetting Fallenwood, but the book is being re-released by Melange Books, and so it’s getting a new cover. For this one, I tried capturing the feel of the other covers I’ve done for this series, including text placement, colors, blur effects, and the fonts I used. I quite enjoyed playing with the concept of the unicorn, as well. The author had mentioned on the art form that it might be neat to have the unicorn somewhere on the cover. I took the idea and ran. 🙂

This is the end result:

SBibb - Fallenwood - Book Cover

Stock images from Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-black-horse-runs-image14200120
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-woodland-glade-image22617867
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-wild-eland-image5106959

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Behind the Scenes – Take Back the Memory

This is a cover for Melange Books.

For this cover, I actually strayed a bit from the art form, but I based the cover proof on the information that was provided. Since the book was described as women’s fiction, I researched a few recent covers in the genre and tried to apply the coloration and theme of those types of covers to this one, including hinting at the location of some of the scenes in a washed out image below the text (dividing the cover by the scene and character seems to be one fairly common trend among book covers).

The author had already found a workable image for the main character, and since it was from the main site the publishers use to pick up a subscription from, we were able to use that stock image as part of the cover.

SBibb - Take Back the Memory - Book Cover

Stock images from Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-young-cowgirl-hat-portrait-image32934876
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-african-safari-jeep-image24805178
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-water-texture-image79337
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-paper-texture-image1495336

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Behind the Scenes – Seeking Sir Gwain

A cover for Melange Books.

For this cover, I wanted it to look similar to the first of the series, Seducing Sir Gwain. I gave it a similar texture and color treatment. We actually went through a couple proofs before deciding on this stock image. We wanted it to convey the genre, as well as still fit the characters in the books. I changed their hair colors to match the description in the art form.

SBibb - Seeking Sir Gwain - Book Cover

Stock Photos from Dreamstime.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-old-paper-texture-grunge-backgrounds-image31086277
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-sexy-couple-hugging-bedroom-image29467309

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Behind the Scenes – Murder In Her Dreams

This is a cover for Melange Books.

For this cover, we wanted a dream-like feel to accompany the idea of the story, in which the main character is having symbolic dreams involving a black rabbit attacking a man. While we stuck with the initial positioning and texturing I created, my first proof used a contrasty red and yellow theme. For the final, we decided to tone it down to purple and blue and black to give it a more dream-like feel.

This is is the end result:

SBibb - Murder In Her Dreams - Book Cover

Stock photos from Dreamstime:
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-man-green-jumper-34-image2456679
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-jumping-jack-rabbit-image13466896
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-torn-metal-texture-over-rusty-grunge-backdrop-image15468411
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-grunge-blue-painted-wall-texture-background-image14562711
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-wall-texture-may-use-as-grunge-background-image24050441
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-abstraction-image1251511

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Behind the Scenes – Seducing Sir Gwain

This is a cover for Melange Books.

I’m really pleased with the overall effect of this cover. Given that my first couple attempts at this cover were… less than fruitful… I had a little more success when the publisher suggested I try looking at Romance Novel Covers for a stock model. (http://www.romancenovelcovers.com/) Since the stock site specializes in romance, it was a bit easier to find a couple t fit the description of the cover. Then I did my usual search through current popular covers in time travel romance, erotica, and romance in general, and got a bit of an idea of a style I wanted to try. I chose texture stock from Dreamstime, played with the coloration (including the dawn-light coloring on the text) and this is the end result. It’s a style I’ll definitely keep in mind for the next cover of this series. 🙂

ducing Sir Gwain - Book Cover

Stock images from Dreamstime:

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-old-paper-background-texture-image23521032
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-red-satin-silk-fabric-1-image424694

Couple stock image from Romance Novel Covers.

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Behind the Scenes – Lead Poisoning

This is a book cover for Barking Rain Press. In this case, the publisher had a couple images they knew they already knew they wanted to use (the family picture and the prescription bottle with the bullets), but they wanted the image itself put together. They mentioned wanting a picture frame on a mantel or nightstand, and we added in the cracked glass effect later. I added in some of my own textures to add the gritty feel, and tinkered with the coloring to add to the “Lead Poisoning” title effect.

This was the end result. 🙂

SBibb - Lead Poisoning - Book Cover

Stock images from Shutterstock:
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=166887041
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=71932054
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-134077130/stock-photo–mm-bullet-isolated-on-white-background.html
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=97680992
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=49243009

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Behind the Scenes – Fateful Encounters

This is a cover for Melange Books.

The fun thing with putting this cover together was trying to convey the sinister/mysterious mood and keep with the thriller category. In this case, I went with showing the city at the bottom and hinting at one of the characters on the cover… without actually showing her full face. Add in the gritty city textures, and you have a cover. Something to keep in mind during cover creation is what you do with the text. Using clipping masks, you can add texture directly to the text and help incorporate it into the overall image.

SBibb - Fateful Encounters - Book Cover

Stock photos from: Dreamstime.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-melbourne-night-image15166508
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-client-prostitute-image24545929
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-girl-near-brick-wall-image14524801
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-grunge-background-image19731104

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Behind the Scenes – The Art of Madame Whitsome

This is a cover for Melange Books.

I really enjoyed putting this one together, especially given that so much of it was playing with how the textures interacted and overlapped. This was a case where the art form gave me enough detail to give me an idea what kind of mood I needed to convey, and the kind of symbolism that might work well, but gave me a bit of free reign as to what I actually did. The result? I had an idea almost immediately that I wanted to try, though it was a while before I had a chance to work on the actual cover.

Of course, the auto-align function in Photoshop CS6 came in helpful as usual, and I also played with various filters and masking to achieve the final effect. One thing to keep in mind when playing with filters, especially if you’re starting with a proof, is that it can be really helpful to name the layer you worked on with what filter you used, and the basic numbers you input into that filter. That way you achieve the same, or a similar effect on the final image. 🙂

 

SBibb - The Art of Madame Whitsome - Book Cover

 

Stock images from: Dreamstime.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-grunge-texture-image19642535
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-grunge-wood-texture-image6312920
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-green-grunge-background-abstract-texture-image33062940
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-musical-notes-image6760767
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-sheet-musical-notes-image1041320
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-angel-wings-digitally-rendered-image-white-feathered-image31948892
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-celtic-harp-chair-image17238791

 

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Behind the Scenes – The Horse Rescuers Anthology

This is a cover for Melange Books.

We played with a few ideas for this cover, and ultimately, we decided to keep to the cover theme of three books going into this anthology. Like the others, only one photograph was used in the main picture, but I did do quite a bit of color changing to match up the characters and horses. Both the horses had their colors changed, the brown horse got a mane, and the two girls had their hair darkened to a brown. I even tweaked the ears on the brown horse a bit, and thus had to play with the background sky. If you do photomanipulation, don’t forget that you can use digital illustration techniques to edit a single image without changing a whole lot else. 🙂

SBibb - Horse Rescuer's Anthology - Book Cover

 

Stock photography from: Dreamstime.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-buckskin-horse-closeup-image203204
http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-horse-riding-image26824429

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Behind the Scenes – Turn on a Dime

This is a cover for Melange Books.

This was a pretty simple design. Mostly we just tinkered with the coloring for the border and the text outline, with the intent of making it stand out better without looking exactly like the previous covers. We did keep to theme of Penny Pony and Nickel-Bred, but this time we included a girl on the cover. As per the other covers, I included a faint horse image over the border itself. 🙂

SBibb - Turn on a Dime - Book Cover
Stock photos from: Dreamstime.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-young-girl-bay-horse-outdoor-standing-image34809821
http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-two-brown-baby-foals-image6955592

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