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Sci-Fi Novella Cover Design Contest (WIP Thread) - A.E. McCullough
Posted: 08 September 2012 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 61 ]
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Yeah hopefully aemccullough will get the thread up in the next couple of days, and then once it has the actual images added to it, I can help him get a voting Poll added, to make things easier,

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Posted: 08 September 2012 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 62 ]
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Marty D - 08 September 2012 06:56 AM
Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

1400x2000? Is this for print too. Wow, ok, have to go back again put that together ...

You don’t have to do that high res. i just chose to do it at 1400x2000. The minimum is 700x1000 and since this wil be an ebook on a kindle fire screen size, 700x1000 is more than enough. If A.E. McCullough wants to do a physical novel, then a 1400x2000 would be needed. But for now he says he is only doing a digital version.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 07:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 63 ]
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Proxima Shining - 08 September 2012 04:07 AM

Very cool, action-packed cover, Jake__Russel! And DJ´s red suit goes very well with the red book title. I like it how your cover has a border, it looks very stylish, and the weapon aiming at DJ from behind the border looks cool.

I would maybe take away one or two of the sheriffs to the right, I think there are too many of them and it makes the image look a bit overcrowded.

Also, isn´t DJ´s daughter a bit small? I thought she was 12 years old (as A. E. mentioned in the other thread), here she looks about half that age. She reminds me of my 6 years old niece, who is about this tall, and is considered to be rather short for her age.

Thanks, i didn’t think about the age and height issue.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 64 ]
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Jake__Russel - 08 September 2012 07:49 AM
Marty D - 08 September 2012 06:56 AM
Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

1400x2000? Is this for print too. Wow, ok, have to go back again put that together ...

You don’t have to do that high res. i just chose to do it at 1400x2000. The minimum is 700x1000 and since this wil be an ebook on a kindle fire screen size, 700x1000 is more than enough. If A.E. McCullough wants to do a physical novel, then a 1400x2000 would be needed. But for now he says he is only doing a digital version.

That’s what I thought too, but then P.S. mentioned ‘the other thread’ (which I haven’t read) and wasn’t sure. All right, at any rate, upgrading all the materials and going full guns on a finalized render now anyway. Another thought, 700x1000 does sound like a good number for older tablets because details can get lost when resizing bitmaps with third party software, but, you know, the newer tablets are all trending toward very high resolution displays. Maybe you are right, maybe the 1400x2000 would be better.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 09:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 65 ]
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Marty D - 08 September 2012 09:23 AM
Jake__Russel - 08 September 2012 07:49 AM
Marty D - 08 September 2012 06:56 AM
Jake__Russel - 07 September 2012 08:37 AM

WORK IN PROGRESS (NOT FINAL IMAGE)

Now I am approaching the end of this image. I love using Rons Rain brushes. I always try to find an image I can use it on. This image is basically finished (plus minor elements I am still working on) but I am saving the high res version (1400x2000) for the contest thread that is promised to be up sometime soon.

1400x2000? Is this for print too. Wow, ok, have to go back again put that together ...

You don’t have to do that high res. i just chose to do it at 1400x2000. The minimum is 700x1000 and since this wil be an ebook on a kindle fire screen size, 700x1000 is more than enough. If A.E. McCullough wants to do a physical novel, then a 1400x2000 would be needed. But for now he says he is only doing a digital version.

That’s what I thought too, but then P.S. mentioned ‘the other thread’ (which I haven’t read) and wasn’t sure. All right, at any rate, upgrading all the materials and going full guns on a finalized render now anyway. Another thought, 700x1000 does sound like a good number for older tablets because details can get lost when resizing bitmaps with third party software, but, you know, the newer tablets are all trending toward very high resolution displays. Maybe you are right, maybe the 1400x2000 would be better.

A.E. McCullough said he’s only using Amazon (kindle only) so 700x1000 is reallly all thats needed. Now for the ipad 3, which i am doing some stuff for, it would need to be 2048x1536. Big difference.

 

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Posted: 08 September 2012 09:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 66 ]
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Yes, all right. Appreciate all the input.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 67 ]
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Working an off duty detail tonight. Surfing on my Kindle Fire Atm. Will try and get the other thread up on Sunday.

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Posted: 08 September 2012 06:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 68 ]
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When talking about Kindle - I now remember that I read somewhere that covers for e-books should be tested if they look good in black and white, since Kindles with e-ink technology show everything (= including colorful pictures) in greyscale only. I guess it is not a problem for big Kindle Fire but not everyone has it (I don´t) and people with less advanced Kindles really see everything in black and white only. I use my PC to buy books and then send them to my Kindle, so it is not a problem for me to see the cover in color. But others may shop through Kindle and see it in grey. So I guess it really sounds like a reasonable approach to have a picture that looks good in grey too.

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Posted: 09 September 2012 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 69 ]
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Proxima Shining - 08 September 2012 06:28 PM

When talking about Kindle - I now remember that I read somewhere that covers for e-books should be tested if they look good in black and white, since Kindles with e-ink technology show everything (= including colorful pictures) in greyscale only. I guess it is not a problem for big Kindle Fire but not everyone has it (I don´t) and people with less advanced Kindles really see everything in black and white only. I use my PC to buy books and then send them to my Kindle, so it is not a problem for me to see the cover in color. But others may shop through Kindle and see it in grey. So I guess it really sounds like a reasonable approach to have a picture that looks good in grey too.

I think that is the least of our problems as far as this competetion is concerned.

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Posted: 09 September 2012 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 70 ]
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A.E. McCullough, I read the reviews of your book last spartan: different paths and they gave it rave reveiws. I also saw it comes in paperback. So does amazon print it for you or you got a publisher to print them? Also, dont you need the cover image to be high res in case you are making the book in paperback? What is the resolution a publisher uses for a book cover?

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Posted: 09 September 2012 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 71 ]
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From looking at the book in Amazon store, he publishes the paperback version through CreateSpace, which is self-publishing platform also owned by Amazon. It is something like Kindle Direct Publishing, only for paper books. As I understand it, when someone orders a paperback, CreateSpace prints it and Amazon sends it to the customer.

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Posted: 09 September 2012 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 72 ]
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Okay…sorry about the delay in my response…...I’ve worked 30 of the last 36 hours - most of those non-working 6 hours was spent driving to and from work and off-duty jobs. So, I’m a bit punchy and not thinking straight.

Yes, I use Createspace to publish the printed version of my novels. I am really impressed with their service. I will probably use them for this novella also, so the size of the cover design can easily be larger. Honestly, any other questions and the other thread will have to wait until tomorrow….sorry, too tired to concentrate.

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Posted: 10 September 2012 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 73 ]
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So here are my final images. Can’t think of anything else to fix on them so I should stop now. (These are the full 1400x2000 version). I am still working on the fifth cover with Dj’s daughter on it. Having technical difficulties with the file and may have to redo the scene entirely.

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Posted: 10 September 2012 03:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 74 ]
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WOW! Very cool.

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Posted: 11 September 2012 04:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 75 ]
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The Final Render ie Submission thread is finally up.
Sorry about the delay….been a long rough three days for me.

For ease on setting up the poll, please make each submission - cover design - a seperate post.

Thanks for everything….I am thrilled at the response and there are some great cover ideas.
Good Luck to all grin

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