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.

Coming Home

ebook or paperback cover with happy girl
original image for coming home

The original image was brilliant
I absolutely love it, but maybe too brilliant. When I looked at how to use it, the colour dominated the title and you lost the message. I took out a lot of the colour and the vivacity of the original of the image remained (due to a great photographer and model). But you might prefer the original look and a really strong title. The image lends itself to many different interpretations.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Constantia. The original photo file came 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.

The Ghost in the Half Moon Pub

village or town pub or cafe
original photo for this book cover

The designer’s eye
An unpromising image to you might be a great starting point for a creative designer.

This typically shows what can be done with an original image that has unwanted detail or information. The pub name has been taken out (it could be replaced by another name), and the menu board could be treated too. The picture has been cropped, colour balances changed and a new grey base added to carry the title.

This is an image is from my own library and the main typeface is Impact.

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.

You and Me

paperback e book cover two children
original photos for this book cover

A leap in the dark
You don’t always know what will happen when you start melding images together. The silhouettes of two children playing was far too dark and contrasty to make an attractive book cover.

By combining it with an abstract painting (in a complex procedure I’m not going to try to explain) I ended up with this lighter, intriguing image. I imagined it might be a snapshot of two children who went in very different directions as they grew up – just my interpretation.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Oz Handicraft. The original photos file came 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.

When the Bell Rings

paperback or e book cover design with snowy tree

Colour isn’t fixed
This was a mono photograph (black and white). Although it would have ‘worked’ like that, and been quite beautiful, it would have had a different impact. The original may have suited another title better. I created a duotone to add colour (a mixture of two colours). I could have used any combination of dark and light colours to produce different ‘moods’. In reality I would match the colour cast to the author’s brief.

This is a royalty free image and the main typeface is Eccentric Std. 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.