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message 1: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Need Cover Design Opinions Please

What you like, what you don't like, etc




message 2: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Everson (authorthomaseverson) | 424 comments The plain white lettering blends a lot into the top of the cover, and it's playing tricks on my eyes.


message 3: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments I agree with Thomas. I am not a fan of the white letters, but I love the color of the purgatory part!


message 4: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thank you, i will try a yellow perhaps, my concern is if the thumbnail is very small, i originally had red and its hard to read on small thumbnail


message 5: by Riley, Viking Extraordinaire (new)

Riley Amos Westbrook (sonshinegreene) | 1510 comments Mod
I think it's the text as much as the color of the letters. That font is funky, imo. I would look for an easier to read font. Course, I've been told my choice in fonts is shitty....so take my advice with a grain of salt.


message 6: by G.G. (last edited Jan 26, 2017 04:34PM) (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Have you tried switching the style you used for the purgatory sentence to the top part and white for the bottom line? I am not sure which line is the title and the one that is subtitle because if Purgatory of the werewolf is only the subtle it gets more attention than the title.


message 7: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Did I say already I loved that metal feel of that font? :P


message 8: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thank you! Its book two Purgatory of the Werewolf, but i think the series The Wolf of Dorian Gray has better recognition. Does that make sense?


message 9: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Yep I get what you mean. I did the same myself so... Then you succeeded.

How about the same red as the first book? Just trying to add something to link the two books together, and maybe having the title of the series the same color would do it?

Other wise, maybe try a darker color around the letters to make it look a bit 3D ish?

I am like Riley. No even worse...I couldn't do a cover even if my life depended on it. So I may not be the best to give you advices.

Honestly, I like it enough to leave it like that too so...don't mess with it too much. :P


message 10: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Okay, what about this variation with title switch and yellow color:




message 11: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 787 comments I agree with everyone, I think.you should change the white lettering.


message 12: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments or slightly brighter yellow, with white instead of black subtitle text




message 13: by G.G. (last edited Jan 26, 2017 05:23PM) (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments I asked the hubby since I am not a good judge. His first reaction was I LIKE BOTH... and then when I waited for an actual more precise answer, he said he liked the one with the yellow letter better.

I was going to ask if the title wouldn't be better in white instead of black and while I was checking what it looked like in smaller size using my ipad, I noticed you had tried it.

So I asked the hubby again, and he said the white is better than the black... he is a fan of the fantasy genre by the way. I wouldn't have asked him if not. :P

As for me, as usual, i liked all three versions and I would be damned if i could decide which one lol

(Edited for typos :( )


message 14: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Okay last version, my fav i think:




message 15: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments OH!!!! I like that one !! lol (But I bet you already knew I'd say that. :P)
Seriously, I think the yellow around the black ties everything together, but that could just be me.)


message 16: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments That was my thinking but now i don't know whats best lol. Thanks for your input!


message 17: by Riley, Viking Extraordinaire (new)

Riley Amos Westbrook (sonshinegreene) | 1510 comments Mod
That last one looks good to me. The lettering is a bit hard to read still though.


message 18: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Maybe... but it catches the attention enough to go and have a look at the blurb no?


message 19: by Allan (new)

Allan Walsh | 64 comments Brian wrote: "Okay, what about this variation with title switch and yellow color:



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I like this one Brian, it's an awesome cover!


message 20: by Allan (new)

Allan Walsh | 64 comments To be precise, I mean the variation in message 10.


message 21: by Steven (new)

Steven Bright (stevenbright) | 25 comments The one on message 10 is ok.


message 22: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thanks everyone, ill play around with it some more


message 23: by Tamir (new)

Tamir A. Shaw (tamir_a_shaw) Brian wrote: "Thanks everyone, ill play around with it some more"

I know I'm probably too late to the game, but...Why not flip your name off to the side so the werewolf isn't obstructed? Or add just a tad bit more separation between the title and subtitle, which could also be just a sconch smaller. (I used to work in print advertising.)


message 24: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Another version:




message 25: by Jane (new)

Jane Jago | 888 comments Getting better. Only worry is readability in a thumbnail....


message 26: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments Oh you put back the silver one that looks like metal! (Yellow looked good too but had a less metally feeling to it.)

Also everything looks more centered on this one. Love it!
I am really not of much help. Sorry! But I can say I like the last one better. :)


message 27: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thanks! Jane, yes thumbnail is large concern, thats why i went back to white for title and enlarged


message 28: by M.L. (new)

M.L. | 1125 comments My 2 cents - I like the first one. The white writing has a 'drained of life' look about it: ghostly but really there. I like the picture and it doesn't interfere with looking at the picture, and then I see the title Dorian Gray and since I loved The Picture of Dorian Gray, interested in a take on just where exactly he went.


message 29: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Everson (authorthomaseverson) | 424 comments I like the most recent version, except the yellow on the black for "Book 2..."

It makes the lettering look blurry and also clashes with the other white lettering.


message 30: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thank you for the input! Hmm let me play around with it a little more


message 31: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments When I asked if you could try changing the letter fonts for one another, you interchanged the titles in the process. I liked it, but ML has a point. You were saying that the title of the series might have more recognition. Maybe you should try reverting to the original positions of the two titles and change the fonts only?


message 32: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Another version very slight glow added some places and color change. Tough decision about the title vs subtitle.




message 33: by A (last edited Jan 27, 2017 01:00PM) (new)

A | 8 comments I like this last one the most, not sure I like how big your name is at the bottom in plain white font though. Also not sure about the font choice in the black band. I think there needs to be something that makes the letters compliment rather than contrast your visually themed title.

You have three types of font going two of which seem out of place to me.

Opinions?


message 34: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments good point, good point. Okay only two font's used here (one caps one not) and color change option:




message 35: by Tamir (new)

Tamir A. Shaw (tamir_a_shaw) I like it. Only the S in the middle looks huge.


message 36: by Robert (new)

Robert Jones (rdjones) | 9 comments The last cover is starting to get there. What I would do is darken the entire back image to give it a sinister look, keep the werewolf in the same light so he stands out aswell as the flames at the bottom and put a red wash over the moon so it looks like a blood moon. That will add a bit of scary emotional depth to the cover. Then keep the title as it is (awesome font) but remove the black outline because it makes it look unprofessional and maybe make the writing a bit bigger to replace where the outline was. Your author name should be in all caps and the same font as the the subtitle.


message 37: by B.A. (last edited Jan 28, 2017 10:42AM) (new)

B.A. A. Mealer | 906 comments I like the picture. If you did make the background darker, you would need a halo effect around your monster. I do like the idea of making the moon a reddish color.

The second book thingy...I don't like it on a strip. I would also prefer the title be bigger and that second thing smaller and free floating like the title. I find the stripe, no matter the color as taking away from the title and author name.

I could also see your name in the same font as the title. just a thought.


message 38: by Annie (new)

Annie Arcane (anniearcane) | 629 comments Hiya, Brian!!

*waves happily*

Okay, sooo, I dig the image. Quite a bit. But I'm not a huge fan of the font combination. My least fave would be your author name. Just the font, haha!! I actually prefer what you used in this edition:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

Hmm. I purposely didn't read your blurb so it would be a "blind" reaction and not skewed somehow. Cover alone? Especially with the scratchy font (which I don't mind)...

I'd guess the book is targeted at a younger audience. R.L. Stine's Goosebumps-esque, ya know?

Anyhoo, gonna post this sucker and go read your blurb to see if I'm right LOL Best of luck!!

Hugs,
Ann


message 39: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Peacock-Smith | 6 comments This is all really great to read! I wish that I had joined before I made mine but I will certainly share with you guys first for my next one


message 40: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thanks for the feedback! Ill do another version Monday!


message 41: by Frances (new)

Frances Fletcher | 16 comments It's awesome. Don't change a thing.


message 42: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments @Robert new version via your suggestions. What does everyone else think?




message 43: by G.G. (last edited Jan 30, 2017 08:49AM) (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments I don't really like the red moon and the font lost its metal look, which I loved.

The white moon looked mysterious and natural. The red one feels out of place, and unnatural but not in a good way...kind of like if a child had lost his helium balloon. (Sorry!)

I prefer the other versions over this last one.


message 44: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments good input, i did do a cool filter on the image which is slightly different. Do people think red or white moon looks better?




message 45: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments what about with this red moon: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-ph...


message 46: by G.G. (new)

G.G. (ggatcheson) | 2491 comments IF you feel you must go with a red moon, it might just be me but i prefer the red moon with the white crescent. The third one under the one you chose. It would kind of incorporate it with the font's color and it's a full moon, which fits better with the werewolf theme.

(In case they change the pictures around...this one here: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-ph... )


message 47: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments updated red moon version:


message 48: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments @GG the white crescent is good too


message 49: by Eric (new)

Eric DeVries (erics_positivity) | 1 comments Brian wrote: "updated red moon version:

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I like the Red moon. Looks more sinister, if that's what you're going for.


message 50: by Brian (new)

Brian Ference | 28 comments Thx, yes, i was thinking its good red moon not full, i can incorporate that into the story


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