Dunes

book cover design based on beach dunes
original image for the book cover dunes

Colours don’t have to always be bold and bright to grab the attention and space can positively for you. Non designers tend to try to fill every last pixel with something, but ‘negative’ space as on this design can positively draw the eye to it.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Bodoni (a very old-fashioned style). The original image is from picwizard.com

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

Snow Girls

paperback or e book cover depicting three girls having fun
original image of three girls having fun in snow

Simply a matter of cropping
Most images require little more than a bit of judicial cropping. I painted out the trees behind the girls, but on reflection it might have been better to leave them in. Any design concept is worth revisiting even if you think it’s completed.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Century Gothic. The original photo file came from reshot.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.


When the Sun Shines

e book or paperback cover with woman on beach
original image showing woman on beach reflection

The lightness of romance
Not an unbreakable rule, but thrillers and murder mysteries have dark covers, romances have light covers. I turned this image back up the right way, lightened it a lot and used a blue filter to bring it into the sunshine. It makes a perfect beach romance cover – or maybe something else.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Helvetica Thin. The original photo file is from unsplash.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

Nobody’s Child

paperback or e-book cover with woman in hat
original image for Nobody'd Child book cover

Unlikely beginnings
No author would have pointed me at this image and expected the final effect. I did a considerable amount of tweaking to produce a grainy, lighter version. Once I had cropped out the gun the image had changed from a thriller with a ‘tough’ protagonist, to a mood of hiding or fearing something.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Impact. The original photo file came from pixabay.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

Revenge

e book or paperback cover showing woman staring straight at reader
original file for book cover Revenge

Softening tones
This was a stark photograph. Always threatening when someone looks straight at the camera. What I wanted to do was make the image ‘quieter’ so I changed the contrast and colour balance quite a lot and this made the text appear almost ‘glossy’ in contrast.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Helvetica Condensed. The original photo file came from unsplash.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

Right Behind You

paperback or e book cover with woman walking through meadow
original image used for this book cover

Unwanted objects
I have done nothing at all to this image other than crop it and, rather importantly, paint out a rather clumsy and large camera the woman was carrying. The remains now look like a small bag (I hope).

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Marydale. The original photo file came from pikwizard.com.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The Moon and Me

cartoon cat on book cover

Watch out for designers’ literals
We have our faults and one of them is grammar. I am a fully paid up member of the ‘Save the Apostrophe’ club, but not immune to errors (can you spot it, I left it there as an example of sneaky mistakes).

In defence of the designer, we are focussed on visual communication when designing a book cover, how the public will interpret it, will the author accept our idea, the last thing we’re are doing is reading the damned words. I know, we should be, but the world isn’t perfect

The illustration file is by me and the colours can be changed to suit whatever cat you might have in mind. The main typeface is Mad’s Scrawl.

Book cover design costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

If you need a cover for your new novel or if you’re short of an idea for a plot? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.