BOOK TITLE: India Frances Hope / Maid in Thailand.
GENRE: No particular genre. If anything at all it’s: ‘Quirky’
BLURB: “India Frances Hope writes of her experience growing up in Thailand under the influence of a difficult father. She tells with brutal innocent irony of her daily discoveries and developing relationships. Through the honesty of her stories, many fascinating cultural clashes and contradictions of language in a mixed race family come to light with amusing effect.”
BUDGET: $ Zero.
TOOLS USED: ACDSee, PhotoScape, Picmonkey.
PROCESS: Now how does one illustrate a work like this? Pictures of Thailand can make the book appear to be a travelogue. I went to the author’s photo album and found a couple of intriguing portraits. I chose one and started to play around, cropping and distorting the color.
Download copy of original photograph in the edit suite at PhotoScape. Mask area of photograph needed and crop to size. (Ratio 2x3. Resize to 1600 pixels x 2400 pixels)
This is the fun bit: In ‘Home’, adjust ‘Bright,Color’/’Color Enhance’ to desired exposure levels, thus adding contrast. Then use the ‘Filter’ button for a menu of other effects. It’s very much a case of playing around until you are happy with a particular look as each original photograph reacts differently.
I settled on two very different color schemes which I planned to combine.
Reduce the % opacity on one picture and overlay on second. Adjust the % opacity until you have the desired finished combination. This will disguise the fact that it is one photo stuck on top of another.
For the finishing touch, save and download to Picmonkey.In the ‘Edit’ suite, click on the magic wand icon. Here you will find yourself in a wonder world of assorted effects.Put the combined posterized image through ‘Lomo’ for a mystical lighting effect.
Add the type. (See section: TYPESETTING) In PhotoScape, select Felix Titling. Letter space the text by using the space bar on your keyboard to add a space between each letter. Typeset author name and title as separate elements. Manipulate the two to size, fit, and position.