Pearls

paperback cover of a blurred girl's face wearing several strings of pearls
original image of blurred girl

Seeing in black and white
This image caught my eye because, being blurred, the identity of the woman is not too precise. But as a mono image (posh term for black and white) and lacking sharp contrast, it didn’t have the necessary impact for a cover. I put a couple of colour filters over two versions of the image and combined them. Then took the colour of the pearls to that they ‘zinged’ out of the image a little more. The pearls could easily be made to drift into less significance or be replaced by a scarf – it depends on the book it’s used for.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Charme. 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.

The Poet and the Painter

book cover or paperback cover of lighthouse on clear day
original image of lighthouse for book cover

Strengthening colours is sometimes beneficial. In this case it was a beautifully simple image but the colour was washed out. I overlaid two versions and added a blue filter to the top half of the sky to bring it to life and give that gently graduated tone in the top half of the image.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Garamond Narrow. The original image is from pexels.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.

No Time for Sorrow

book or paperback cover with couple in old town
original image for No Time for Sorrow

Cropping changes everything. What started as an image on a sunny day with no sense of mystery changes when you cut out the blue sky. The whole feel becomes more threatening with a sense of the couple being observed from behind closed curtains. The modern signpost on the right could easily be removed for a more period novel, but the couple could be straight out of the 1930s as they are.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Latin Extra Condensed. The photos is from pexels.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.

Late Nights

night city landscape with a few lights on in buildings
original image for book cover of city at night

Something intriguing
I saw that air of quiet night time or maybe early dawn as soon as I came across this illustration. When I started to crop and look at more carefully a story appeared to be in the isolation of living in high rise city apartments. It could be tale of murder, or of social isolation, or maybe even about the anonymous sexual liaisons. I layered the image in Photoshop, took it deeper into the night and turned on a few lights. The image could be used for almost any city based novel now.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Helvetica. 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.

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.