... I'm not seeing much of any relationship between the covers, to be honest. Looking at the second set, there's a general oddness shared between the first two, but then the second two look more like romance covers. They all have different palettes, focuses, and of course the title fonts are all different.
I guess my first question would be: what did you want the four covers to have in common?
I see the similarity, but the overall theme is disjointed. I could pick up each book and not know it was from the same author by the cover page.
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Personally I feel that all but the White Rabbit one match (the garden theme), though LBlakenship has a point about the odd relationship. The faded sort of look matches, but I agree, that the color pallette and theme appears to vary. I do like the second group better than the first set, though.
When matching things, consider placement of objects (within the image, title, size, etc), consider colors, text, etc.
The pictures don't all match, and they're generally quite complex, making it hard to put text on them. You might find it helps to make a frame, so the picture only covers part of the cover. That would also give you some series branding space. Right now, I get the Wonderland vibe, but that's all I'm getting. How does the retelling stand out from the original?
An example of what I mean by a frame:
Adding the garden behind the bunny girl helps, and so does the consistent fonts.
Some suggestions, though this may need real Photoshopping:
- Can you adjust the saturation in the Rose Red cover to match the other three a little better? The black in particular looks washed out, to me.
- You've got a clear spade on the bunny girl. You could argue there's a diamond over the mad hatter's eye. That would leave clubs and hearts for the other two covers... if you could work them in somewhere. If playing cards figure prominently in your story?
In the last post second set is a lot better, however, the placing of the red rose cover text bugs me. (Splits the plane in half)
It is an improvement, however.
How about, for Painting the Red Rose (these are getting better, by the way), that you align the text so it follows the white space of the dress. Therefore it doesn't split the plane in half, and adds a bit of emphasis to the cover.
I do like the adding of the garden behind the white rabbit, they're looking a bit more consistent (and more professional) now. :-)
Overall, there's some definite improvement. Personally, I'd still play with the text placement of Painting the Rose Red (you might at least toy with having the text cascading along the dress)
Having this pattern roughly in the white part of the dress. It might not look right, but you'd just have to experiment with it.
However, keeping that same format for the title (as you have it) would create a fairly similar, consistent feel, with the covers, except for White Rabbit (which would still be similar, just slightly different).
Overall, I like them. :-)
I think they'd look better if the title text was on the same alignment for each one (excluding the rabbit hole... but future books with a top title would be aligned with that). They're just slightly off, and it looks odd when they're placed next to each other.
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My two cents
The composition of the photo and values of the first one just drop it out of the mix for me. I like it individually, of them all I think it is one of the strongest because of the composition and the symbolism--but also of them all it doesn't fit.
The second and fourth have the most connection with each other. The third does not read right off as a wonderland character, I am guessing it is the white queen, but only guessing.
I am going to shoot down the gradient on the title font as well and steer you toward looking at it either all red or all white and see how that feels to you.
I agree with what most of Tezzirax mentioned, and I encourage you to experiment with the fonts, but I actually think the gradient adds interest. That could be a personal preference, though.
Overall they look fine but I agree that matching the contrast and saturation fo the pictures is key to making them look like a series. And it can be done by eye even with a very basic picture editor.
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Thanks everyone for all your input. I'm going to set them aside for a bit, as all of my cover-editing has been super distracting me from actually writing, but overall I'm really excited about where these are headed.
Pick a single title and author font style and location.
Ding. This was my thought as well. A couple of your fonts - at least here in the forums - were outright difficult to read let alone legible as a thumbnail in an ebook store, or on a shelf in a B&M.
Originally Posted by WeaselFire