Favorite Covers

I admit, I'm a cover-judger. I love covers!
  Why? Because I use to run a website that revolved around Photoshop edits, so I know a thing-or-two about editing, which is mainly why I judge covers as I do. My reviews often include notes on the covers if I really like them.
  Here are some of my favorites! (Off my read shelf.)
  Take a look to see if any of your favorites made the cut!


In YA:

This cover will catch your eye even if you don't read YA. The "blood red rose" is so beautiful. The real-life version of the cover is very vibrant. The font is beautiful, and the thorns are almost perfect. Instead of soft-lighting, or burning the brush, I would have first darkened it by applying it five or six times in the same spot. That way, when you change the layer lighting to burn or soft/hard light (whichever it is) then it would have seamlessly came off the font color. Even keeping the brushes the same color of the font would have worked much better. But overall, it's a beautiful cover.
This cover blows me away. The blood in the top left corner takes this dreary image to a whole new dimension. Even not knowing the synopsis, you can tell something's up. (And when you guys see the finished copy, you'll see the blood spatter is on a lot of the chapter headers! So cool.) I absolutely love how the model's hair obscures her face, since it also adds to that sense of forbidding you get from looking at the dark, bloody cover. But normally I really, really HATE the main font. (I've seen this on countless images, designs, etc., and it always drives me bonkers.) BUT seeing as how it's dissolved to look like blood spatter, it works amazingly well with the cover.
Three things this cover did right: the dress, the glowing brushes, and the font. The wings are either (a) soft-lighted or (b) turned down on opacity, and they look like utter crap. They go with the story, but c'mon. They're WAY too fake looking. Ruins the otherwise beautiful editing. But the brushes come off the font the exact right way (how the editor of Kill Me Softly should have done!), and the font itself is so interesting.

In adult:



Not many adult covers (or covers from titles I've read) ever caught my eye quite like this one. This picture doesn't do the cover justice, for the "firelight" is much brighter, more illuminated than it is pictured. The fire seamlessly and effortlessly seems to come from the model's hair, and it is beautiful. The font is actually very perfect for the boldness of the cover.


(Last updated: April 2012)

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