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Lookit! I made a FB Cover Banner!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I know it’s early to be thinking about/creating promotional images for Follow the Heart, since it doesn’t release for six more months, but while I was trying my best to ignore and yet watch at the same time the election results on TV, I decided I could do something constructive. So I opened up the image of the book cover and started masking and cutting and pasting. (No, I don’t have Photoshop, I have Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3—a program that allows me to do many of the same things I can do in Photoshop for a much lower price point.)

So this is now the “cover” image for my Facebook Page!

And here’s the cover, just in case you’ve forgotten what it looks like:

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  1. Debbie Mitchell permalink
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:29 am

    You did a great job! I really love the colors. Are you going to do a giveaway, or did you already have one and I missed out? Or forgot :/

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  2. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:31 am

    Nice Job! Did you have the raw art or were you just working from the cover composite? Because it looks like you took the cover layers apart and reworked them( the blond is more visible in your FB banner). Very eye catching. I love it.

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    • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:46 am

      April, I was just working from the cover composite. I used a new background—a high-res image of a painting of the Great Exhibition, which I faded out and color adjusted so it was just about as close to the color of the cover image as I could get it. Then used the freehand selection tool to outline the characters and copy them to paste (and float) on top of that background. The “magic wand” tool helped me select the title, series banner, and my name to copy over. I spent a lot of time cleaning up edges, but I’m very proud of how well it turned out—usually, it’s a lot easier for me to see the “cut” edges of the different pieces when I do something like this.

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    • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:48 am

      Oh, yeah, and I had to find another shoulder for “the blond guy”—which I took from the original version of the cover, where he wasn’t quite so hidden and then flipped so it was a left shoulder instead of a right shoulder. 😉

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      • Thursday, November 8, 2012 1:25 pm

        Excellent job finding a shoulder and tinting the new background. I would never have guessed they weren’t part of the original. Love it.

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  3. Ruth permalink
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:18 am

    That looks really great! I’m especially impressed with the blonde guy’s new shoulder. 😉

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    • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:29 pm

      Since he’s the hero of the third book, I couldn’t have people thinking he’s only half the man he should be. 😀

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  4. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:57 am

    Fantastic! Look forward to reading your new book!!

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  5. Ellen permalink
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 9:29 am

    Love the cover Kaye. Great job. What’s better are your books. Read them all. Cannot wait for this one. Only wish we did not have to wait sooooo long. Keep writing fast….

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    • Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:30 pm

      Thanks, Ellen! I wish I could lay claim for anything more than providing images that inspired me when writing this book. The photographer that B&H hired and the graphic designer who put the cover together deserve all the credit!

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  6. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1:24 pm

    It looks awesome!

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  7. Wednesday, November 7, 2012 2:11 pm

    I love the banner, it’s great. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker

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  8. Lady DragonKeeper permalink
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:03 am

    Great job! I’ve make some graphics from book covers in the past and it’s not always easy … Will you be doing a post about the book cover art process in the coming months? I recall that the Matchmakers series used a lot of stock photos, but is the same readily available for historical novels?

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