Book Cover – Frankenstein – Final Edition

23/04/2018

Today was the day I finished my book cover, starting with the penguin logo!

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10:55am – Penguin logo positioned in spine


I wanted to get rid of the white square background outside because it didn’t look right nor did it match the book’s style.

So I opened it up on Adobe Illustrator and went Object; Image Trace; Make and Expand to convert the image into an editable illustration.
This process was easy since its form was simple.

 

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10:59am – jpeg converted to object

The object was brought to InDesign, given an orange background and then copied from the spine onto the front and back covers.

 


The numbers above were somehow used to categorise the book individually from the main barcode itself.

My next final objective was to add in the barcode.
Although the book was just a college project and the brief never mentioned anything about having a barcode on it I still thought it was appropriate to include as part of the design so that it looked like an genuine professional novel ready for publishing.

I duplicated one of my book cover scans and cropped it down around the barcode on their back. I then went back to the Word document converter web and did the usual.
The results however did not meet my standards; it was just a small grey square with writing behind.

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So I tried tracing the image on Adobe Illustrator like I did with the Penguin logo and the transformation worked perfectly.
Although this method was much better than the last, the barcode trace was not neat and tidy. The tips of the bars were deformed and peaking out from the top to bottom so I needed much clearer and higher quality image of a barcode than this one…

I cropped another cover down to the barcode and proceeded with the tracing.

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11:17am

I then adjusted the anchor points, straightening and smoothing the bars and positioned them altogether in accurate order (x/y coordinates: 225,400).

The last thing I did was add numbers above and below in Chalkboard font.
I chose Chalkboard to resemble the font that’s normally used in barcodes; they usually have ‘preformatted’ styles; round corners, thick strokes and no serifs.

 

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11:41am


Next I wanted numbers for the smaller bar code at the side. I looked back at the other back covers for inspiration and I noticed that each cover had only one bar code each. Two barcodes were only found on the back covers of Toni Morrison’s novels.

 

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11:59am


Next I wanted numbers for the smaller bar code at the side. I looked back at the other back covers for inspiration and I noticed that each cover had only one bar code each. Two barcodes were only found on the back covers of Toni Morrison’s novels.

 

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Barcode on back of Toni Morrison’s book cover.

The numbers above were somehow used to categorise the book individually from the main barcode itself.

I decided to get rid of the second barcode and leave the first one visible on the back as it made enough sense.
At last, I finished off the design with Penguin’s logo and web address and included a UK price to make it look like a published novel.

 

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12:05pm


With all that progress done and dusted, my book cover for Frankenstein was FINALLY COMPLETE! 😀

Frankenstein - Book Cover

Frankenstein Book Cover – COMPLETE!


Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 12.14.20The only thing I didn’t like was how desaturated the colours were. This happened since I added the emboss effects to the title and author’s name. Even when exported it still turned out that way.

It made the book cover look dull, grey and unappealing and reduced the amount of attention it was supposed to evoke.

At this point I decided to brighten up the green a bit just like it was once before.
I previewed it on Preview and adjusted the colour settings, that way it made it brighter and clearer to read as well as more appealing.

 

 

 

Frankenstein - Book Cover (modified)
Frankenstein Book Cover (Modified)


In the end I was truly happy with the final result. It was imaginative and original and it looked like a truly professional Penguin book cover, especially with the barcode on the back.
The process has been easy to hand, I improved on handling my time and I managed to complete the design within four days before the deadline!
As for the typography, it had an appropriate format and horror related features due to its Gothic style and green color pattern. But the best part of all was the title for its ghastly illegible appearance!

Frankenstein mock-up 1I tried searching for an internet template to mock-up my design pages as a prototype display.

Source: outlinetemplates.info/3-log-book-template.html

The first example didn’t quite work out for me because its spine was thick and the image was small and quite pixelated.

In order to find a good template to display my cover I had to be more specific.
I typed in ‘book cover mock-up front spine and back’ on Google images and found this…

This was the perfect site in helping me find a template for my cover as it held many examples categorized by different sizes.

 

Frankenstein mock-up 2
covervault.com/6-x-9-paperback-book-mockup-with-front-and-back-cover/

 

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11:08pm
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Penguin logo was too wide on spine so I attempted to narrow it down a bit which unfortunately revealed the grey template from behind…
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11:18am

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My final decision for the template was Nature Things 5 x 8 template, because it was at a clear angle where I would show the front, spine and back altogether clearly.

covervault.com/nature-things-5-x-8-front-back-book-mockup/

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11:26pm
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11:30pm: Vibrancy increased to brighten up design.

Frankenstein mock-up 3

Book Cover – Digital Template – COMPLETE!

 

24/04/2018

Book cover printed on A4; dimensions inaccurate; does not fit the book properly; improvement required!

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12:00pm: Mock-up printed on A3; dimensions exact!

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12:30pm: Mockup folded and tested on Book. Result satisfactory!

 

Book Cover – Evaluation 2018

 

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