Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cover Design for Apart from Love

Being new to the printing process of book covers, I've learned that it can be a challenge to get graphics with the contrast and vibrancy you would expect. Here is an excellent article about it, a must read for anyone interested in getting the best result of their cover in print: Better Color from Print on Demand

The Kindle cover of Apart from Love has the original colors, with a dark blue background as in the original artwork. But I had to come up with a different color scheme for the softcover version:



Below is my three-panel oil painting called Tangled, from which I chose the cover image.


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14 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing I am definitely going to share on my page www.facebook.com/PagesOfVision this is something i am new to as well. I haven't even gotten to the book cover yet. I know what i jave in mind and it does involve a great deal of bright colors so again thanks for sharing

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  2. You're welcome. I followed the instructions in the article and the book cover came out brilliantly on paper. Best to you in the design of your book cover!

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  3. Uvi, Back in 2004 when I was doing the cover for our audio book, I had to have a professional graphics company tweak the colors so that they would come out the way they looked on the monitor. It seems that blues and purples are good colors to avoid if going to print. I started having a full-size, sample cover of our books printed at FedEx-Kinko's, making sure that everything was CMYK, not RGB. So far, the covers have come out the way they looked on my test print.

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  4. The reason the color appear different is because the print color space, CMYK, is smaller than the monitor color space, RGB. To get blue (B) in print, the algorithm has to proportion a certain amount of cyan (C) and magenta (M) and it isn't straight forward. For example, if you use equal amounts of C & M for B, the color appears to be a purplish blue--often referred to as printer's blue.

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    1. Thank you Joan! Your explanation is on the dot.

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  5. Thank you, Uvi. I will share this on my Page at FB and Twitter.

    CharlotteM.Liebel.Author (FB)
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    1. My pleasure, and thank you so much Chalotte!

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  6. I ran into problems trying to add colored writing to a red cover. Eventually I gave up and made the writing black.

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  7. It's a beautiful cover. I'm not an artist, but I think I know art when I see it. I love making covers and the rack cards I use to promote my books. I like a cover that is attractive to look at, and too busy. This is perfect. Good luck with the book. A cover like this should draw a lot of attention.
    Judith

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    1. Thank you so much, Judith! It is so rewarding to receive your good wishes.

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  8. This is no doubt a very beautiful design. Congratulations. Best wishes. Cheers! www.facebook.com/adjekpagbon and www.bulkybonbooks.blogspot.com

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  9. Hello, I have written a book called 'Alexa Frostbite' and it needs a front and back cover. If you are interested then contact me at emma.naden@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

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    1. Thank you for thinking of me Ann. I do my covers for my books only. Best of luck with your book.

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