#PNR & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Demon Magic

Later this afternoon our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Demon Magic will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview as a sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this PNR & Dark Fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished cover, Demon Magic.

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Expect this cover to go live around 4pm CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25

 

 

#PARANORMALROMANCE & #DARKFANTASY #PREMADECOVER PREVIEW: Marius

Later this morning our Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy pre-made cover, Marius will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview as a sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished Paranormal Romance and Dark Fantasy cover, Marius.

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Expect this cover to go live around 11:30am CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25

 

 

#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Zastrid the Destroyer

Later today our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Zastrid the Destroyer will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

Below you will find a screen shot featuring a portion of the finished dark fantasy cover, Zastrid the Destroyer.

 

Expect this cover to go live around 3:45pm CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25

 

 

#DARK #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Black Forest

Later today our dark fantasy pre-made cover, Black Forest will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this dark fantasy cover preview.

These are the images used in our dark fantasy cover, Black Forest.

 

and here is a sneak peek image of the cover itself. Expect this cover to go live around 7pm CST. This is a basic cover that comes only with ebook. Upgrade to premium to get these items included: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner. Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add-on paperback flap: $25

 

 

#URBAN #FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Natasha

Later today our urban fantasy pre-made cover, Natasha will release to the public. Right now I will be featuring a preview and sneak peek to capture your interest. As a reminder, you don’t have to wait for our reveal post. You can join our Facebook Group to see it right now.

These are a few benefits of becoming a member: you will receive a new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We offer a monthly giveaway in our group along with other benefits you will only find out about by joining :). Hope you enjoy this urban fantasy cover preview.

These are the images used in our urban fantasy cover, Natasha.

 

and here is a sneak peek image of the cover itself. Expect this cover to go live around 5pm CST. It will be a deluxe cover which includes: ebook & paperback cover, 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner. Price: $200

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#PREMADE COVER UPDATE: Multiple Covers

As I stated in my prior post things have been hectic this last month. We were pushing out pre-made covers and working on Allison D. Reid’s illustrated cover series, The Wind Rider Chronicles. Keeping the blog up to date fell between the cracks I’m afraid.

Below you find our latest covers added to our pre-made cover gallery. I will break them down by type. If you want to stay in the now with our covers in case we get behind on our blog updates, join our Facebook Group. This is where we share the covers first and members get special pricing along with other awesome benefits.

If you see a cover below you wish to purchase, you can contact us by our email at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com or our contact page, provide the covers title in your message. We will create your invoice and sent it to the email you provide. We process all payments through PayPal.

Basic Covers – These covers you can purchase the basic option which is the ebook cover only with the basic changes of title, color, text changes and font switch out. Upgrade to Premium to get these add-ons: 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Basic Price: $80
Premium Price: $100
Add paperback flap: $25

Deluxe Covers – These covers come these items: ebook & paperback cover, 3 hard revisions (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner.
Deluxe Price: $200

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If you see a cover you wish to purchase email us at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com or by our contact page with the title of your selected cover. All covers are on a first-come first-served basis.

 

 

#FANTASY #PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Nazira

I haven’t been keeping up on my posts for our current and coming soon pre-made covers. Today I have several posts going out that will feature sneak peeks for pre-made covers that will be available later on in the afternoon. I have several I will feature in a post later this morning to update everyone what’s new in our pre-made cover gallery.

It will be a busy Wednesday, but hope you enjoy all the new covers. If you want early access to all pre-made covers and get special member pricing join our Facebook Group. You will receive a special new member discount that can apply to your first pre-made cover or service purchase. We also offer a monthly giveaway in our group so that is a big thing to think about :). Hope you enjoy this Fantasy cover preview.

These are the images used in our fantasy cover, Nazira.

 

and here is a sneak peek image of the cover itself. Expect this cover to go live around 3pm CST. It will be a deluxe cover which includes: ebook & paperback cover, 3 hard edits (no limitations), 1 3D cover and 1 promotional banner. Price: $200

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#DesignAMA: What is involved in the process of designing and developing a book cover?

I had an interesting question over on my #DesignAMA today. It is a lengthy response, however I believe it is something of value. That is why I decided to share it here on my blog for you all. Remember my #DesignAMA goes live August 28, and if you have any questions submit them here. Enjoy 🙂


What is involved in the process of designing and developing a book cover? How long does it take on average?

There are two types of covers when you look at the process of designing a cover. The first process is the most common, and that is the photo manipulated covers. The second process is the illustrated cover drawn from hand. Time varies between the two big. I will do a breakdown of the two to let you be more informed.

Photo-Manipulated Covers:

  • The first step for a designer is to find out the author’s direction for the cover.
  • Second step is to find the images that will make up the background, textures and concept. This can take from an hour to days. This has ranged from 4 to 8 hours for myself, it depends on what the author is looking for.
  • Next is taking your images into your software, I use Photoshop. During this step you will create layers, adjustments and cut images to set them onto each other. The time this can range from one hour to several, it depends on how many images you are using.
  • The biggest step to making the cover look good is blending. This can range from erasing, painting or adding special features to blend all layers together.  You can expect this to take several hours, again depends on how many images that need blending.
  • Once the image is complete, then comes the wonderful step of adding your text. This is your title, sub-title, slogan, author name and any other text you wish to add. Pay attention to the fonts that appear within your genre before deciding which font to use. Deciding on a font can take hours, however make sure it is a font for commercial use. Read the licensing information even if it says it’s a FREE font.
  • The final step to take before you show off your cover is two things. One take a day away from the cover, come back to it and look it over for any changes you see that need corrected. Second, ask a few individuals you trust for their honest opinion. Word of advice, seek individuals that have an eye for detail. If you missed any issues, they will point them out or give suggestions to improve your cover.

Overall, this cover shouldn’t take longer than two weeks. This time is only an estimate many designers can do it under two weeks. However, I like to have too much time to work within than not enough. If you don’t give your designer enough time to work, then you are jeopardizing the overall quality of your cover you present.

Illustrated Covers:

  • The first step of any illustrated cover is to come up with three thumbnail concepts. This allows the author three directions they could go with their cover.
  • The draft process is the next step after you complete your concept direction. This can range from three to five plus drafts that the designer provides to the author. Drafts are all done in pencil once completed on paper then comes the next step.
  • The designer will now transfer their hand-drawn sketch over to their computer. Most common softwares used is Illustrator or Photoshop. The journey of creating the digital art is a lengthy process. Overall, transferring just a pencil outline will take about a day or less.
  • The next step is painting the image. This is a lengthy process that will take weeks. How it works in Photoshop is that each item you paint has its own layer. Another option is to create each item in their own source file then link to it in a final file. Doing the link option helps keep the project from overloading the software and slowing it down.
  • The designer has finished painting the image, now comes the clean up process. This step varies in length since it entails erasing, blending an adding shading to the layers to make them one consistent image. Expect this step to be close to a day worth of work it can be longer.
  • Now comes adding your title and other text information you wish to include. This will take only minutes to put the text on the cover and create a layout, however as stated above finding the font can range from minutes to hours of searching.
  • The title and text is on your cover now and comes a crucial step. The designer has to make sure the text blends with the image. I am not saying it dissolves into the image itself, what I’m saying is that it looks like it belongs on your cover. Picking a color for the text or by adding an overlay to flatten the text to the image can solve this problem.
  • Now you have what looks like a final cover. Again step back, ask for a few individuals feedback and see if any changes need made. If you see none then you have a finished cover. Overall, the length of an illustrated cover can range from two to six months. It depends on the designer and the experience they have, another big deciding point on time is communication. If an author refuses to communicate with the designer, then that lengthens the process.

A big side note to remember readers will judge your book by its cover, which is why you need to settle for nothing but high quality. Do to budget or lack of one can ruin this for some authors. That is why I tailored my design business to provide several money saving options to all authors. I offer giveaways, discounts, sales and money saving opportunities, along with payment plans that will fit anyone’s budget. If you’re an author that is struggling to put together the funds for making your book just drop us a message, we will make it happen.

PREMADE SERIES COVER REVEAL: Demonic Love

It seems like forever since the last time I posted. I know it was just the other day I was showing you a sneak peek of my first series set of premade covers. If you happened to miss it I will be taunting you again with the preview images, before I get to the actual covers. Yes, I know you can just scroll to the bottom and skip my rambling. But, how else will you be updated on things. Here is some torture:

I thought I would give you all an update on things real quick, before I show off these covers. The last few days I have been finalizing my website and created packages for custom covers to promotional items. I even got my individual services up on the site now too. If you are interested in checking them out just click here.

Last night after taking a few days away from designing covers, I started a new one. Thought I would let you see a teaser of what it looks like so far. This one is going to be apart of my Deluxe Premades collection.

There has been a big change to my premade store. I have decided to break specific covers into different categories, which is good for you. That being you will get more added services with each category.

The categories are as followed:

  • Basic Premade: $80 – this is just a basic premade cover without any added items to it. These covers are actually on sale till 8/31 for $69.
  • Premium Premades: $130 – comes with ebook, three hard revisions, a 3D cover and a promotional banner.
  • Deluxe Premades: $200 – come with ebook, paperback, three hard revisions, 3D cover and  a promotional banner.
  • Series: Price Varies – come with ebook, paperback, three hard revisions, 3D cover and  a promotional banner (the size of the series cover set will vary from 3 covers to more).

Have I drowned on long enough, yet? I believe I have, so without further a-do here is the Demonic Love series collection.

If interested in purchasing email me ASAP the series title: Demonic Love with your purchasing details at kjmagicaldesigns@gmail.com. Payment is processed through PayPal.

PREMADE COVER PREVIEW: Deception/Marked for Hell/Love’s Descent

I was suppose to post this preview yesterday, however the day just got away. I plan on making this series of covers public on Friday. Right now they are available in my FACEBOOK GROUP, at a discounted rate. If you are interested in seeing the full cover all you have to do is join my group.

I did several different techniques in these covers compared to my other premades. I hope everyone will enjoy them as much as I did creating them. It’s hard to believe I did all three of these in two days. Without further a do, I will stop drowning on and let you see the preview. Enjoy 🙂

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