Greybeard's Cover Thread

Discussion in 'User Created Art' started by Greybeard, May 3, 2013.

  1. S.J. Faerlind

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    I liked the blue/teal background - it was kind of abstract.
     
  2. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I tried playing around with the teal and used quite a bit of smokey brushes here. Slightly over the top, but I'm rather tired.
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Moo Guru

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    Grey: I liked the teal, reminded me of duck eggs!

    Druid: I liked the smoke, but not the background spottiness! Nice background colour if it was solid though.
     
  4. Greybeard

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    View attachment 8925
    View attachment 8926

    How's the top one?

    Wrong colours on the second, or does it work? Shadow the letters? The original of the monster had one shoulder as well, and that might be a better image, but slightly larger.
     
  5. Moo Guru

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    Like them both, but they're ... hmmm, how to describe it ... muted almost? There's no increase in intensity of the colours near the image, which I think would look cool and make the image the true focus.
     
  6. Greybeard

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    Hmmm. Moo and SJ both like the teal. They're women, so they have colour sense. From now on all my covers will be teal on teal.

    Moo, those spots are supposed to be stars, I think.
     
  7. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I really like the text for the first one, although the shadow shouldn't be inset so much for the "A novella by". As Moo said, the backgrounds are too muted, too smooth. Again though, I really like what you've done with the text, and the colours work well in the second one, but the background for the first has weird colours.

    They are, although they don't work so well with the teal. Here's an updated version:
    Teal background

    And here I just played around a bit making a background (the monk picture was just to fill the space). I'm not sure whether it's better with this detailed background or by blurring it slightly.
    The Fires of St. Denian's
     
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  8. Greybeard

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    Druid, that's striking. I'm not sure I want something quite that intense, though.

    View attachment 8929
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    On the first one I reduced the cloud and used a brighter red in the middle, in the second I removed the cloud layer altogether.
     
  9. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I quite like them, although I think that they're missing texture.
    When making that last version, I was aiming for over the top so that I could then calm it down afterwards. I think that a mix of yours and mine might work.
     
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    Wow, you are amazing Druid! Love, love, love the blue one.
     
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  12. Druid of Lûhn

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    Yes, the texture is good, although the flames have done something to the monk's cowl. I also think that the transition between red and black is rather harsh.

    I've done these three, showing different levels of flame definition:
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    I think that for the text, the "A NOVELLA BY" should not have the colours applied, as it is not a title, but the rest is cool; sort of old-school, which is most definitely a trend in design right now.
     
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  13. Greybeard

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    Eeek! The flames set the hood on fire! Fire extinguisher, fast!

    I moved the hood a layer above the flames, and that sorted out the problem.
     
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    Liked both of Druid's ones ... loving the flames in one that becomes clouds in another colour scheme! I think that'd work, you could do a lot of variations on that theme for different colours.

    Druid's following post: liked the 2nd of the 3, not tooooooo flamey but not just a colour change.
     
  15. S.J. Faerlind

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    the edges of the monster are a little stark maybe... a tiny "blur"-type brush would fix that

    I liked Druid's second one too: great colours and textures that really stand out. I wouldn't use yellow for the titles though: it fades into the yellow in the background. Suggestions: Blue, Purple or Black... you'd have to play with the shades/intensity of the coulours to see what looked right though.
     
  16. Druid of Lûhn

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    Thanks. I've made another variation, which has both detail and blur (see below).

    I actually think that the yellow with a bold black outline/shadow works, as it fits the colour scheme.
    Black wouldn't be colourful enough and blue/purple would blow up the world I think (not tried it though).

    [​IMG]

    (just a note to anybody interested, as I'm helping a few members here, until I'm 18, I won't ever charge anything for what I do)
     
  17. Greybeard

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    View attachment 8933

    This one shows a little more of the monster. When I reduced it to thumbnail size the title and name weren't readable, so I had to go to a brighter colour. Shame, I liked the black full-size.

    Anything else I should think about with this one?
     
  18. Greybeard

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    Druid, I'm noot sure I can adequately thank you for pushing me. I've learned more about what I can do than I thought possible. They simplicity of my original covers was because I hadn't a clue how to do anything beyond that.

    Your covers are in a radically different class from mine and I really wish I could bring myself to use one. The only reason I don't want to is that I'll be putting up a lot of work soon, and want something I'll be able to repeat on my own.

    I don't have smoke brushes at all for paint.NET so that tutorial will never work properly, and there isn't a plugin available.

    BTW, SJ was right. Reduce the image to thumbnail size and you lose the yellow lettering in the flames.
     
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    Wow this cover has improved so much from the start. Well done team! By the way is this cover for an actual book or just practice?
     
  20. Greybeard

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    Actual books. These are two of my five nearly-ready-to-go novellas. I've also got a dozen shorts in varying stages of editing and a novel in need of a good proofreading.