Ghostly Portraits: An Empty Book

 

A project that instructs us to design a book cover for an empty, blank-paged book. The image of the woman (below) was edited in Adobe Photoshop, then the image was split in two for the cover. The title is a combination of two typefaces with the author name (my own), spine title and description on the back as another typeface that’s easier to read.

GhostMockup copy.jpgThe final design, many changes were made from the first draft design. The contrast in ghost image was increased and typefaces changed throughout to a serif typeface without script. The title has an added gradient that blends into 0% opacity to mimic the faded ghost image. The text on the back cover is bound in a box with drop shadow and new quote tagline added. Author name changed from my name to my mothers maiden name which happens to be spelled the same as a Nobel prize winning author. The blank white box on the bottom back panel is required by the printing company for the barcode.

Speakman_GhostBookcover.jpg

The first rough draft divided the ghost image between the front and back panels with an elaborate script typeface as the title. The back panel just had a small written blurb in the back without any other design elements. The authors name is my own name with matching typeface with the back blurb. The technical barcode spot is from the printer templates but they later confirmed just a white box would work.

Speakman_Bookcover2.jpg

The original image and the effects added in Photoshop to achieve the Ghost look. The effect was achieved by masking the image and using a smoke paint brush in multiple layers to add and subtract.

 

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