Which cover looks best?

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  1. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    I'm still tweaking the cover for the anthology I'm editing, and can't decide which I like better, so tell me what you think and which you prefer.

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  2. LBG

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    The first one.
     
  3. madmud101

    madmud101 Well-Known Member

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    It's a tough one.

    But I really like torn edges of the second image. It sort of adds to the spooky atmosphere.

    Maybe make the edges more clear cut, rather than the fade to black in the corners, especially at the bottom. This might also make the '13 tales of murder and mystery' stand out a bit more.

    Just my thoughts.

    But I really like them overall.
     
  4. da shiz wiz 19

    da shiz wiz 19 Well-Known Member

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    I like the bottom one, but it obstructs the view of the "13 tales of muder..." text. So 1st one, unless you change that part.
     
  5. secondtime

    secondtime Well-Known Member

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    Nice!
    Agree, I like the torn edges, but #2 is too dark. Suggest it be lightened up especially so you can read the "13 ... Mayhem" better.
     
  6. LeopardGecko

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    I like the second one, it's just a tad too dark. Overall they're pretty cool either way. :)
     
  7. Balu`

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    I like the first one a bit more.
     
  8. RttaM

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    I like the second one, you should add a splatter of blood. :3
     
  9. Andylasian

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    They're both pretty amazing but I gotta go with the first one.
     
  10. LeopardGecko

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    My mind = blown if blood gets splattered on it. =P
     
  11. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Noah O'Toole did the drawing, and I added the sepia tone in the first one. I was fooling with a new photo program on my ipod last night and came up with the second one. I really liked that enough I'm considering using it. I too, think it's a bit dark, and will see if I can lighten it up.

    As for blood spatter, I've tried that but haven't been happy with the results, but still want that little splash of color, so may try it again.
     
  12. fallenashes

    fallenashes Well-Known Member

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    yes
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    that would be amazing
     
  13. MidianGTX

    MidianGTX Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the first one. The second reminds me of my sister editing photos of celebrities for Tumblr, she throws up the contrast which, to be fair is kinda the "thing" at the moment, but I'm not really buying it. It looks like you're trying for style too hard. First one is great though.
     
  14. Electric_Shaman

    Electric_Shaman Well-Known Member

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    I'd say the first one. When actually printed on a book cover, I think the second one would look weird, as the black would form a solid border at the edge and mess up the worn look.


    If you wanted to add some colour, but not in blood splatters, the cards might be another good place, although you'd have to ask the illustrator to turn some of them into either hearts or diamonds.
     
  15. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    Very good point Midian. Sometimes simpler is best.
     
  16. sammysin

    sammysin Well-Known Member

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    First, lovely and clean.
     
  17. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    I think you're right. Talking with a friend of mine, he reminded me that the printer we both use, tends to print darker than the image. And you're right about the border on the second one, it would look odd on a cover. I may use that though if we do an e-book version however.

    I thought about some color on the cards, but those particular cards represent the dead man's hand, so no hearts or diamonds there.
     
  18. Random_Guy

    Random_Guy Well-Known Member

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    Australia, mate!
    Both of them look too depressing. There needs to be sunshine and lollipops.
     
  19. alchemistrpm

    alchemistrpm Well-Known Member

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    and chicks.
     
  20. ScottColbert

    ScottColbert Well-Known Member

    There's two who wrote stories, does that count? (Though if either ever heard they were referred to as chicks, heads would roll.)

    They were in the original cover, and oddly enough didn't work for a horror anthology.
     

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