On the left is the original. The final result is on the right. The last column is layers and masks used.
The idea behind this blog is to give a look at the inner workings of book cover design and encourage those who have no graphic design training to hire someone who knows the ins and outs.
As a bit of a backstory, I was a photographer and a graphic designer years before I ever wrote a book. That my self-training has come to be of so much use to me is a blessing. I could not have churned out so many books without it.
The above design I did just for kicks. I do a lot of designs when I am bored or can't write or it's late and I'm trying to waste time or sometimes simply to learn. It is therapy for my brain.
When I saw this original image, it looked like a historical fiction cover to me, except I didn't like her hair or the background. Removing background can be easy or insanely hard. This was moderate. I created a mask using a combination of brushes and the quick selectio…