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    I've done some fake book covers using my illustrations. Designing a book cover is like creating a mini poster.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmadog View Post
    I've done some fake book covers using my illustrations. Designing a book cover is like creating a mini poster.
    Like creating a mini-movie-poster.

    This is an awesome sight where you can submit a cover for evaluation and have a buncha snide millennials tear it up.
    https://lousybookcovers.com/

    Good for feedback on your cover---unvarnished feedback.
    Here in the forum the feedback usually has a good coating of shalack.

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    Here's a movie poster I did with one of my pics. I live kinda rural.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_C View Post
    If you ask if there’s a ‘market’ for it, yes there is, but you have to be able to deliver vector graphics as a minimum. It’s not difficult via Abobe suite.
    They are vector graphics (I used adobe illustrator), hence why they're in a PDF form, or at least they were before a moderator took them down. No idea why.

    Edit: Both are back up as JPEGs now, though honestly, I've no idea what the issue was with PDF's before. If you can't open up a PDF, you ought to figure out how because it's a crazy common format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by storiesandpages View Post
    They are vector graphics (I used adobe illustrator), hence why they're in a PDF form, or at least they were before a moderator took them down. No idea why.

    Edit: Both are back up as JPEGs now, though honestly, I've no idea what the issue was with PDF's before. If you can't open up a PDF, you ought to figure out how because it's a crazy common format.
    I can open and download PDFs. Just not yours.

    They are alright. I can't say that one is better than the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_C View Post
    I think they got fucked off into the ether; don’t know why but I guess there was a reason. They didn’t have any porn or weird shit when I looked at them (mores the pity).
    I believe it's something to do with total file size limits on the server for pdf's (I think). I'm not clued up with the technicalities though, so don't quote me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by storiesandpages View Post
    They are vector graphics (I used adobe illustrator), hence why they're in a PDF form.
    A vector graphic is a vector graphic. The vector graphic is then used to make a range of other graphics such as .jpg, .eps, .tiff, .png or .pdf. Vector graphics are not limited to PDF format; the PDF is actually designed to be embedded portable document for print preparation.

    Vector graphics are simply graphics where every element is converted to a shape or outline to allow full scalability without pixelation. In short, you are not limited to PDF, which for what you're doing is probably the least suitable format. I would only take a cover to PDF format at the very last moment when it is ready for printing, because editing PDFs is a nightmare, and once flightchecked any changes often mean starting again.

  8. #28
    I prefer the second one. But there could be a better font. Maybe scrolled.

  9. #29
    Neither one makes me want to pick the book up. I think maybe because I really can't tell anything about the story based on the covers.

    There's a sort of book-cover shorthand code I see pretty often that allows readers to get an idea at least of genre and often of tone just by looking at the cover.

    What genre are these? Maybe you could look at other covers in that genre and pick up the design codes they use.

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    The one on the left. ... but neither really would have me buying the book. Not any of my genres so I'm not the target demographic.
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