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diamondlifestyle

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new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:13 AM
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I thought I'd join in with the current "help with my cover" trend. Here's a (very, [i]very[/i]) rough mock-up of my latest effort. I fully intend to change the font and make the blurring of the two images neater, don't worry! I am also aware that you can see the stock photo watermarks. What I'm really after is some feedback on the style, the colouring etc - I know the ties are hideous!! Basically stylistcally what do peeps think? Hit? Miss? Maybe? I was up for 6 hours last night trawling through stock photos (you have [i]no[/i] idea how difficult it is to find a pic of gay men in suits that aren't wedding snaps!) and eventually I gave up on the "perfect" image that was in my head and settled for this one.


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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:24 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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It shows as a little red cross for me?

Anyone else get that?

If it's intended - then I hate it :P
diamondlifestyle

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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:30 AM   in response to: tipster101 in response to: tipster101
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lol how rude it shows fine for me... here's a direct link
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:54 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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Ahh photobucket must be blocked for me :P whooops.

I'll look later :)

I still need to answer your author interviews - fancy answering mine in return on MYO?
diamondlifestyle

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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:04 AM   in response to: tipster101 in response to: tipster101
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thanks and will do, drop me an email ;-)
cdhussey

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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:58 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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Is this a comtempory M/M romance? Presumably set in an office? I like it. It would tell me exactly what I'm getting. And honestly, I like the picture. The happiness really radiates from both men. Especially guy on the left.
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 6:12 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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I think the photo is absolutely perfect! If you want to change the colors of the ties you can do that in any editing software. There are free ones you can download like GIMP and Inkscape. All you have to do it select the ties and them play with the colors.
But the picture is awesome- lets the reader know exactly what they are in for - business type men - in a sexy pic!

Christine
http://darkroaddesigns.com/
diamondlifestyle

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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 6:13 AM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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That's what I thought, the more I look at it the more I think he's got a lovely smile. I'm quietly pleased with this one if I say so myself, although it's far from finished yet!!
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Posted: Mar 22, 2012 6:15 AM   in response to: krizteen1227 in response to: krizteen1227
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you say "all" like it's going to be easy...I'm on a gimp crash-course tonight. I taught myself php scripting, this can't be any harder...can it??
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Posted: Mar 22, 2012 7:16 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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I find GIMP to be completely counter-intuitive. I've worked with drafting software (AutoCAD type stuff) and mapping software and modeling software, but I feel like I need to actually take a class to figure out how to work the graphic design software. I guess AutoCAD is similar so I shouldn't be surprised. I mean, it's one thing to go in and add text or lighten the photo or add a border, but to actually manipulate the image and have it look good? I need a class for that.
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 7:23 AM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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yeah I had photoshop on a trial but I gave up on that, faaaaaar too complicated. I know people can do brilliant things with it, but I just...can't. The ties may prove to be beyond me, but I'm going to give it a go because that yellow one's just offensive!
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:19 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make it sound like it was easy; I know how intense it can be to learn photo editing when your excited about putting your next book live, lol.
I'm one of the book cover artists here/ indie writer and I do a lot of covers, if you are really having a tough time tonight, email me - Angelcakes1973@aol.com and I'll quickly change the color of the tie for you (no charge)

http://darkroaddesigns.com/
diamondlifestyle

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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:27 AM   in response to: krizteen1227 in response to: krizteen1227
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lol I was only teasing, but I may well take you up on that offer!! thanks!
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:28 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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Anytime! :)
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Re: new cover feedback
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 3:00 PM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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I think it's definitely a hit. I think it's rather powerful and shows intent.

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