BLURB: “Many mistakes, few regrets, lessons learned and forgotten. Four men lie dead in a Bangkok morgue. Mike Dean thought he’d left the seedy underworld behind in the East End of London when he moved to the East End of the World. But trouble follows wherever Mike goes. Fortunately, he has friends; men you don’t mess with, and the love of two women."
BUDGET: $ Zero.
TOOL USED: Picmonkey
PROCESS: I spent hours scouring for suitable free images until I, again, settled on my own photo album. (Yeah, that’s a picture of me.)I’m about the right age, but how does one set about making a wimpy, careworn writer look mean and moody? Here’s how.
Crop the picture.
Play with exposure levels and add contrast.
Add black panel (Not so easy to do on Picmonkey. I used Photoscape.)
Back to Picmonkey. Under special effects, put the photograph through ‘Orton’, ‘Cross Process’, ‘Lomo’, ‘Focal B&W and finally, Dark Edges. (The full process is explained in POSTERIZE AND SOLARISE Example B, above.)
Crickey, the guy looked scary after that makeover.
TYPESETTING: I took a bit of a risk and broke my own rule by choosing Bleeding Cowboy at Picmonkey as a font. I felt the flowery type added a bit of ‘color’. I’ve now seen it used on several other ‘Do It Yourself’ covers and am sure it will date quickly.
That is another beauty of Indie published books: It is simple to download a revised version of your cover and/or text files at any time. Your book will unavailable for a maximum 24 hours, but comes back refreshed and ready to do battle with a new coat of paint and corrected previously missed mistakes.