Bad Cover Art…Redesigned: The Darkangel
Welcome to Bad Cover Art…Redesigned! Where I bring you the most horrible of all cover art I can find on the world wide web and try to come up with an alternative (that I hope is better).
This week I bring you: The Darkangel by Meredith Anne Pierce
According to Wikipedia The Darkangel is the first of a trilogy of High Fantasy novels. It starts with a young woman being abducted by a vampyre with wings. So I guess we can say the cover is very literal!
I now bring to you The Darkangel…Redesigned.
I’ve apparently now made it into Young Adult fiction. So how did I do this? For this first post I won’t go into too much detail but let me know if you would like more in future.
For this cover I merely needed four ingredients. Photoshop CS3, the background, fonts, and a brush.
All the fonts I use can be found at fontspace.com. They’re free but check any terms that come with the download as some require a license for uses other than personal. For this cover I used a font called ‘Sticky Things’ for the title and ‘Supernatural Knight’ for the author name.
I used a brush (the feather) and a texture (the background) from Deviantart. They can be found at the following links:
Deviantart has a variety of resources in their ‘Resources and Stock Images’ category. I mainly use ‘Application Resources’, which give you things like Brushes and I use ‘Textures’. It’s not just for Photoshop either. They have Illustrator resources and GIMP brushes as well.
This is essentially how I pieced everything together –
Obviously in-between the steps there was a lot of fiddling and trying things different ways. For example I didn’t try flipping the texture vertically until the very end of the process. I also tried warping the background texture to shift elements about.
I also used the Blending options to put light around the font and feather. You can find this under Layer>Layer Style>Outer Glow/Inner Glow.
Finally, I do everything on separate layers. This way I can move everything around independently if I want to fiddle with the formatting. As soon as you flatten the image, your chance to change things is over. When you save a Photoshop file as a Jpeg, you instantly flatten the image.
Hopefully that was in some way useful or interesting. I look forward to bringing you more dreadful cover art and seeing what I can do with it.
In the meantime, if you come across any horrendous covers, please let me know!