Cover Refresh #3

Another refresh for your viewing pleasure.  I’m still working through the update for the short story itself, so that’ll be out next week with the updated cover.

The software tool I use to build the covers is Adobe PhotoShop Elements.  That’s a $120 program with some of the tools of PhotoShop.  Works pretty well for ebook covers.

Original Cover

Cover art for Curseo of the Cat

This cover was created in 2015 from a Dreamstime image.  At the time, it was difficult finding a image.  I had a lot of trouble figuring out keywords to find the images.  That simply has taken practice, and sometimes even that still doesn’t help!

Once I found this image, I ended up changing the story title so it would fit on the cover. 🙂  It was originally called Cursed Painting.


New Cover

Woman in 1800s dress burning a paper next to a window

Like some of the other covers, I found this image while looking for one for a different story.  I preferred a period one with a male main character, but women are in and there is a woman character who plays a major role in the story.

The image conveys a sense of the time of the story, which is the late 1800s, San Francisco.  The colors are also brighter than the original one.  I enjoyed what I was seeing from this artist and picked up an additional one for a new release.

The New Release

Woman walking through tunnel


I’ve actually been putting off the release of this story for a long time because I thought the cover was going to be really hard.  It’s a story set during the construction of the Washington Monument, which has quite a bit of interesting history.  This reminded me of the main character going inside the base of the monument.  This one of the few times I got a horizontal image, so I had to make sure this one was big enough for me to enlarge it to fit vertically.

6 thoughts on “Cover Refresh #3

  1. Harvey Stanbrough

    Just FYI, another tool to check is the (legacy program) Serif PagePlus X6 (they also have 7 & 9) to design and create covers. It does everything Photoshop does, is very intuitive to use (almost no learning curve) and costs only around $20.

    When their Affinity Publisher comes out of beta, I’ll buy it, hands down, sight unseen. Check it all out at

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    1. Harvey,
      I’ll have to keep the Affinity products in mind. I just bought the latest Photoshop Elements for $75 (incl. tax) so I won’t be needing to change any time soon, but the product looks fantastic! I think by the look and description that it’s more like the full version of PhotoShop – but wow! What a savings!!
      Thanks for mentioning it!

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      1. I worked on PhotoShop itself, so I found PSE a pretty good option for covers. It has a lot of the features I needed, but not the cost.

        Be forewarned, it may have conflicts with Windows that you’ll have to fix. It’ll show up as an error message saying you don’t have enough RAM. Google the error and you’ll find forums where they describe how to fix it. I strongly recommend looking around a bit for one that really walks you through it.

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