THE COVER FLAT FOR A SLIP IN TIME
Mr. KK here again. The last post concluded our series in Cover Art Development for the SHADES OF THE PAST cover. In this post we’ll discuss our latest project – the cover for A SLIP IN TIME and some of the challenges we encountered developing it. For all of you who have been waiting for the newly revised edition of A SLIP IN TIME, it will be released this week in e-book formats and next week in print format.
First, Anita and I would both like to thank all of you who gave us your inputs on the selection of the three candidate front cover designs and then the castle selection on the “blue” cover design. Here is the final cover flat for A SLIP IN TIME.
First, let’s discuss the backgrounds. Here are the original castle photos that we adjusted to become the backgrounds for each of the candidate designs.
The “red” castle (Eilean Donan Castle) was cropped and placed within the cover frame to give it the look Anita wanted. The “gold” castle (Scaligers Castle) was not large enough to fill the cover frame, so I had to actually use the bottom part of the image three times over (in layers) to get the height we needed to fill the frame. The “blue” castle (Edinburgh Castle) was used at full size and we added a blue filter to it to get a darker, more foreboding “night” look for it. We also added a hillside from another photo in the foreground to give the image some color (green grass with red and yellow flowers. A moon was added to all of the backgrounds because it’s a key element in the “time slips.” Here are the “adjusted” background images for each design.
We added a decorative banner to the red and gold covers and kept the same look as SHADES OF THE PAST on the blue cover. We tried various fonts and color gradients for the title and author’s name and settled on those shown below:
Next week’s cover art post will be on the use of the Amazon and Barnes and Noble proofing tools to make sure the cover and interior uploaded, converted and formatted properly.