Book Cover Printed & Bound

Here is my completed book cover which and been printed and bound.

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Book Cover – Complete

My book cover is now complete with QR code attached to my website.





Production – Book Cover

I know have my final and edited images and its time to put them all together.

I have opened my book cover template in photoshop and now need to create layers to add the image and a qr code.


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I now added my QR code


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Now all the images are added its time to add the writing.



Photoshoot – Book Cover – Preview

Well I had my Photo shoot yesterday and did not get off to a very good start.

The morning of the shoot my model called me up sick! Panic!

I quickly arranged a stand and all was good.



 However when I started my shoot there was something just not right?

The look I had in mind for the model was a mature look as a witch,

my new model was younger and the look just didn’t feel right

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I had bought with me a whole bag of tricks and props and decided to go with a different look for the model.

The model was far to young and pretty to pose as a witch.

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As you can see the model is more suited to the second look.

These are some of my final images that I will use for my book cover.

I still need to final edit these images …. Just a sneak preview

Book Cover – Negotiated Learning Plan


I have decided to create my book cover using the fairy tale theme of snow white. The aim for my book cover is for it to be simple and elegant. I intend to shoot artificial snowflakes on a white colourama in the studio shooting the image from above. This will give me a background and basis for my book cover so the background is not just flat and plain.

For the front page I intend to shoot a simple shot of cupped hands holding a red apple.  I will do this in the studio using a white reflector as a cut of point across the wrists. I will later manipulate the image to give it a dreamy cloudy affect. This image will sit centre on the front page with the title at the top of the page. The typography of the title will be SNOW WHITE – Harrington Font or SNOW WHITE – Monotype Corsiva Font.  My preference would be the Harrington Font.

For the back cover I intend to shoot an image of the wicked stepmother in the studio in costume. I intend to look at costume and fancy dress hire shops to find a suitable costume. The wicked stepmother will be holding an old fashioned ornate hand mirror. She will be holding this up in the air with her left hand and my aim will be to shoot the image with her reflection in the mirror. This image will sit on the bottom left hand side of the back page.  Also on the back of the cover will be book reviews and blurb about the book along with a QR code which will be redirect to my blog about the book cover was created.

On the spine of the book at the top will be a small image of the hands/apple image and the title running horizontal down the spine. On the left inside flap will be a portrait of me the author and a small bio about myself.

Once I have my final three images I intend to layer the three images in Photoshop CS6 to create my book cover.  I have yet to research how this is done as I never manipulated three images into one.


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Book Cover Research – Design/Theme/Fonts

I am looking at websites to get some design inspirations for my book cover. I have yet to decide the ”theme” of my book but being a hopeless romantic I pretty much set on the theme ”Fairy Tale” as for which one not sure yet? I want my book cover to be classy and simple and the typography and images are the key elements to achieve this. Below are some websites I have researched to stimulate my creativity for the design of my book cover.


The Good Life by Jay McInerney – Designed by John Gall–psd-6401

Another great  design I found, I think the cover on this book is unique.


The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball, design by Helen Yentus and Jason Booher (Vintage 2009)


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                 WEBSITES – THEME                                                            







Drew Gardner


Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Drew Gardner is a pioneer in his field winning numerous awards for his creativity. Known for his ability to deliver technically and logistically complex shoots, his expert use of light and his attention to detail have earned him an enviable reputation with his clients as a photographer they can rely upon to interpret their vision. Drew started his career as a photojournalist travelling to over 40 countries photographing a wide spectrum of news events and personalities for the world’s most respected news and lifestyle magazines and newspapers. A master of reinvention, he is now best known for his big ideas and big productions working for advertising, commercial and editorial clients. He is also an educator teaching workshops and seminars around the world. His work is influenced by his experiences bringing a strong narrative and cinematic feel to his imagery. Drew has a passion for people and his craft getting the very best from any given situation.

Annie Leibovitz


Based in New York, Annie Leibovitz is best known for her portraits of political figures, musicians and athletes, all of which are featured regularly in magazines, fashion, and advertising. Many of Leibovitz’s portraits of rock music celebrities have become signature images. A notable example is her portrait of the nude John Lennon on a bed with his fully clothed wife, Yoko Ono, the last portrait of Lennon before his death in 1980.



When Hendrik Kerstens decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography in 1995, he turned to a model very near at hand: his daughter Paula. He wanted to document all the important moments in her life, to ‘be there’, to capture something of the fleeting moments that fade from memory all too quickly. the inquisitive eye of the photographer plays an important part in the process: he sets out to catch a glimpse of his subject’s secret being and tries to understand what it is he sees. he is fascinated and amazed by the fact that every human being, no matter how familiar, is ‘other’, a mystery that can never be completely unravelled. the project became known as ‘Paula pictures’, one of which went on to win the panl-award something else is going on in Kerstens photographs time and time again he uses his daughter as a model, immortalizing her, as if to stop time and oblivion not only does he picture her in relation to events in her own life, he also projects on her his fascination with the Dutch painters of the seventeenth century.


I really like the simplicity and font style of this cover. The idea of my book is to incorporate some form of snowflake as the background.

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Another simple and creative book cover of Snow White I found on the Internet. I really like how the creator as incorporated an ornate frame into the image. This book cover shows the design of the hands and the apple as I suggested in my NLP

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Another simple design depicting the wicked stepmother I really like how the cover only reveals one half of her face. I think the typography is a little busy but with such a simple cover it works

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Snow Queen




Brothers Grimm

When most people think of fairy tales, they typically conjure up images of idealized Prince Charming’s and magical hair-braiding birds. However, if you’ve ever indulged a passing fancy of childhood nostalgia by picking up a copy of the Grimm brothers’ original tales, you might have been startled by the contents inside. These stories are far from the bright and shiny, happily-ever-after ones your parents read to you as a child or that you saw in classic Disney movies. They can be exceptionally dark — and as grim as their namesakes. The Grimm brothers started collecting centuries-old, German folklore in the 19th century. Their interests in philology and linguistics drew them to write down the fascinating and culturally revealing stories that, up to that time, spread chiefly through oral storytelling. In that way, you could say that the Grimm brothers didn’t set these tales down to paper for the particular purpose of entertaining children. And, although the tales themselves revolve around magical events and carry morals, many weren’t geared specifically toward children as much as they were for the Germanic culture as a whole. However, the stories became popular among children, so they were toned down for that audience.

But the original, un-bowdlerized Grimm stories still carry relevance. Not only are they fascinating peeks into the psyche of the German people of the middle ages, but certain stories actually help us make sense of mysterious and bizarre historical events.

This thought might be unsettling. Indeed, the Grimm stories are so dark that the suggestion one might carry a grain of truth is horrifying. However, in the case of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin,” this seems to be the case. Before we get into the theories and historical evidence behind the story, let’s go over the story in detail. And we wouldn’t suggest snuggling into bed and expecting to be lulled to sleep.‎