I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can’t help thinking that book covers these days – the ones that appear on Amazon and elsewhere – are all rather homogenised.
Literally, in a pixel sense – they all seem to use one or another Photoshop layer-and-blend technique to float words, ghost-like, amidst artwork which – often – carries a fairly standard airbrush look. More Photoshoppery, usually.
Blending layers is a fairly trivial exercise if you know Photoshop. I’ve been using that software professionally myself since 1988 when it first came out – I think the first version I used was v 1.01, which needed a whole megabyte of RAM to run properly.
It’s got a lot more capable since, of course. And it’ll do a lot more than layer-and-blend. But that’s what seems to be being used, more often than not, for book covers.
Where are the variations? Where are the artistic styles that do something – different? Something else – still classy, still honed – that’ll stand out from the pack?
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