Behind the Design: Creating a Photo Book Cover

story book cover design

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?