As some of you know, I recently acquired a Photoshop action that blew me away, it was so cool, but it wasn’t until Jaycee Edward urged me to try it on a flamingo that I saw the possibilities. I already had the bird, and I’d already removed the background, so it was a simple enough matter to apply the action, adjust the layers until I had what I wanted, and add the text.
I did this after spending three days assembling a different cover, using the same flamingo and a couple photos I’d taken in the area. Just for fun, here’s a look at that one so you can see how different they are.
This one was never finalized, because once I created the flamingo cover, that was it! There was no contest between them. I instantly fell in love with the gaudy purple-and-pink flamingo cover. 🙂
But even then, there were questions to be answered and decisions to be made. Heh. Book covers are never cut and dried. They are always a work in progress, and I wouldn’t have known I preferred the gaudy cover if I hadn’t done the plainer one first, and I wouldn’t have been able to do the gaudy cover if I hadn’t been searching for a grunge font online. I needed grunge for the word Resort on the sign. It had to look chipped and weathered and old. The creative process always amazes me, because it is almost never a straight road from beginning to end but rather a meandering path with pitfalls and dead ends.
The biggest discussion was about fonts. In the end, I think the correct choice was made (and I thank those of you who provided input!).
I’m currently waiting for all the beta copies to return, after which final edits will be made and the book published. Hopefully it will be out by the end of the month. In the meantime, I’ve already started work on the new WIP.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday.