Here is the design path for my latest book “Designed for drama”
Started with an idea to use a clapper board.
but it wasn’t quite working.
Tried some ideas around praying hands (these are from Oral Roberts university).
Never worked. Thought about a simple design around a movie reel of some sort. Then found an image of a movie film strip that had some dynamics to it, added a person praying, some lighting effects (evoking the light of a projector), and some interesting fonts: a blueprint one that I adapted and a starwars one someone had done.
Couldn’t get a commercial quote on the Starwars one and in the end I decided that the blueprint one looked too scruffy. So I used frees ones and filled the large font with a blue grid to hint at design. Bought the stock image of the movie film at higher resolution, re-did the lighting more carefully and bingo. I’m happy with that.
For the back I found a free image of light illuminating smoke. Altered the color pallet to be more bluey to match the front cover (harder than it might seem). Then added text.
Trouble was, they both looked rubbish when the book came back from the printers.
Apparently the conversion to CMYK (needed for printing) was responsible. Only now, at the end, do I understand. gimp is good but not not that good. It does not do real-time CMYK, ie you can’t work in it. You can only export it and see what it might look like.
A quick experiment using this site seemed to show that red colours were less susceptible to fading and changing in the conversion process so I did a quick mock up of a hotter version. I also zoomed in on the person a bit more to give the prayer prominence. It also seemed to give the image more dynamism.
I then had a sleepless night worrying about the font size being too small and the blue grid jarring with the orange. Next morning I came up with this:
Pow! So much better. More impact. More dramatic. My concern now is what it will look like when it is printed and will there be much horrid color banding going on?
Nope, printed great. Just not sure about the small writing of the subtitle. What about this:
Not sure. The white rectangle is too big or the text needs to be in capitals….
Yeah, thats better.
Here is the back cover:
A bit plane but will do for now. Really, I need some quotes from people saying nice things about the book but no one has read it yet.