Behind the Design: Creating a Photo Book Cover

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You’d think books with photos and little text would be easier than a novel. It’s not and I should know better than to think that. 

Fortunately, the cover was pretty straightforward. Not simple but nothing I’m not used to. Most photo book covers are eye-catching images and simple text.

I collected some examples on Pinterest for design inspiration.

I saw this while researching.

What a creative cover.

I searched Shutterstock for unique frames and fantasy vectors. And that led me down a nice rabbit hole.

I found this:

It’s cool and has a nice fantasy feel. I could place the blue part over the photo and use those interesting dividers.

Nope. It covers too much of the photo. But I could still use those dividers.

Ok! Now, I have space for text without having to write on the image.

First of all, the shoreline is too saturated. I’ll need to fix that.

Anyway, I’m liking this.

But then I did more research on Fantasy Photography. It’s photographs of people made to look like they’re from folklore or fairy tales.  It’s actually nice but that’s not what this book is about. It’s nature photos edited to look like they’re from folklore or fairy tales. I didn’t want to give people the wrong idea. So, the name had to go.

It’s now called To Other Worlds.

While searching Shutterstock, I found this:

This would be awesome as section headings. Never thought I’d have a thing for butterflies. Don’t care one way of the other for the real one but butterfly artwork is interesting. I looked for more images like that one and added a bit of fantasy to the cover.

Love it!

The book is a photo journey about a narrator’s search for other worlds. It’s similar to my Story and Photos series.

I wasn’t sure if this cover photo was otherworldly enough. I played around with some other photos. But, now I don’t know which one I like best. Should’ve left it alone.

The cover is done but I don’t know which one to use. I’m leaning towards the water ones. But the mountain one also has an epic quest feel. What do you think?


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