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Monthly Archives: October 2012

eBook Covers (part 9)

I always love pictures of nebula. There we see some of the most beautiful images of space. There are several techniques I use to get the colors and patterns, but most come from pictures of smoke taken on a pure black background. With a dozen or so images, ranging through the spectrum from deep reds to light blues, and everything in-between, I simply move layers around, creating patterns of color, and adjusting opacity to get the effects I desire. Once […]

eBook Covers (part 8)

There are things in Photoshop, like spacecraft, that are a little hard to produce. I’m always curious what tools they use when making movies like Avatar or Prometheus. For the ships to really look real, I’m sure they are engineered with CAD before they even get to programs like Photoshop. In Hope Landing, the spacecraft is actually a mulifacited model with numerous blending modes applied. I must confess, it looks more real than many of the ridiculous models you see […]

eBook Covers (part 7)

It is important for covers to convey a feeling. It would make no sense to have a book about an ice planet and see a sunny beach on the cover. This should hold true for any book. Ice Planet is a composite that uses a group of frost covered trees, a frozen lake, some hills for a backdrop, and a sky at sunset with a ringed planet. The two girls with their dog are seemingly in awe, which is a […]

eBook Covers (part 6)

In this image the 3D may be a little over the top, but if you put this cover side by side with current best sellers, it will certainly stand out. Few best sellers have a very compelling image, some no image at all, and most covers relay nothing about the content of the book. Beyond Infinity, which suggests what we may encounter beyond the universe we can even perceive, allows the reader to imagine beauty and wonder beyond the imagination. […]

eBook Covers (part 5)

So, this series is about art, and specifically about cover art. However, it’s a little difficult at the moment to concentrate solely on art with the direction this nation is headed, so since this is my blog I’m going to rant a little bit at the end, which you can skip if all you want to do is look at pictures. Guardians is another of my favorite composites. As far as sci-fi goes, the title can certainly fit a scenario […]

eBook Covers (part 4)

I’m always reluctant to add too much, too soon, but when you’re in the middle of projects, it’s best to just get done. So, more to share. Solar Dimming is one of those composites that worked way better than expected. The Photo Art was created from mountains in Nevada, a frozen lake in colorado, and a planet created from a loaf of bread. The distant sun is just a spot of light on the horizon, not a picture of our […]

eBook covers (part 3)

I confess I saw something similar when I produced this cover, but the art work I saw wasn’t actually art work. I’m pretty sure it was an image from Hubble. In my eBook cover sample, I painstakingly created the Sombrero Galaxy. It was a time consuming Photoshop project, but the kind that helps you learn how to blend layers. Sometimes I wish I had a full time job doing art scenes for futuristic movies. Creator, which I hesitated to use […]

eBook Covers (part 2)

Photoshop CS6 extended is awsome. Maybe Adobe will notice my work an endorse me someday. 3D is a little intimidating, but having used Photoshop for so long, it wasn’t overwhelming. I often think though that software producers should ask users how they would like to interact with the program, then perhaps they’d be more straightforward. I already have a lot to share with my creations. My original Photo Art works quite well for producing cover art. Ominous Wind has always […]

eBook covers

Part of what I have been doing lately is creating eBook covers, mostly for the Kindle Expert, Brian Schwartz. Few of the covers are really up my alley, but fun nevertheless. Now that I’m using Photoshop CS6 extended, I have options I never had before, so it’s even more fun whipping out experimental covers using some of my digital space art. Andora Beacon is my first attempt using 3d. Man do I have lots to learn. If someone gave me […]