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.

Five Days

paperback or e-book cover with mysterious girl's face

Image manipulation
I have done quite a lot of work on this image, as you can see, to produce a dark, but haunting, cover design. The photograph was layered and various filters applied. Even the title interacts with the image, which you can do with shorter titles and simple images.

I might even write a novel myself based on this cover – I like it that much.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Helvetica Extra Bold. The original photo file came from pxhere.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.

Lessons in Survival

ebook or paperback book cover with illustration of woman's face
original image file for lessons in survival

Using illustrations
If you commission an illustration expect a much larger fee (I would typically charge £250 for a commission, other designer/illustrators would obviously vary.

But there are many royalty free illustrations too. With this one I strengthened and tweaked the colours, and cropped it considerably. There is a lot that can be done with illustrations that you can’t do with a photograph.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is ITC Anna. The original image 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.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

e book or paperback cover with a young girl holding up two eggs
original image for big girls

If it ain’t broke…
I have done nothing at all to this image other than crop it and add some tone at the top to give myself room for the title. The original photo has a charm that could be adapted for any coming of age or childhood based novel. Would it stand out in a bookshop – absolutely. Would you be tempted to pick it up just to see what it was about – totally.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Mistral, but I’ve stretched it. 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.