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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

I received a PM from someone asking if I was going to give any previews of my novel (just published). If you'd like a preview, go to the Amazon page and use the "Look inside" feature. If you're logged in, you get access to a larger number of pages. (EDIT: The Kindle page gives a much longer preview. Not sure why that is.)

So as not to make this post entirely a shameless self-promotion, I designed the cover and would appreciate comments and critiques on the design. Later I'll upload a revised cover to Amazon, so your suggestions could be helpful for this.

EDIT 2 - another angle of possible forum interest: A man is charged with a murder he didn't commit. A crucial piece of evidence is a digital photo of a shoe impression. The defendant knows the evidence has been tampered with, and even knows who did it. But he can't figure out how it was done. At trial, two experts testify on both sides of the question of whether the image was altered with Photoshop.

Feb 23 13 09:18 am Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2280

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

My first impression smile is that I would change the highlights on the footprint. If light is coming from bottom right, like the bevels and shadows from the letters indicate, there would not be any highlights where they are now. ( the footprint looks raised now, as if the light is coming more from top left )

Feb 23 13 01:18 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

pellepiano wrote:
My first impression smile is that I would change the highlights on the footprint. If light is coming from bottom right, like the bevels and shadows from the letters indicate, there would not be any highlights where they are now. ( the footprint looks raised now, as if the light is coming more from top left )

Take a second impression. This may be one of those Gestalt things where I'm seeing a raised area where you're seeing a depression. I'm not sure.

Here's how I'm seeing it. Note that I used global light in the layer styles so that all shadows and highlights would be consistent.

http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/7679/shadows2.jpg
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/217/shadowsl.jpg

Feb 23 13 01:57 pm Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2280

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

To me it is strange why A ( inside edge ) is lighter than area B ( bottom surface ) when they are hit by the same amount of light. Unless the surface is somewhat reflective of course. That may be it.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/peano.jpg

Just did a fast test in 3d and some edges do turn out lighter thanks to reflectiveness and some dont. Interesting. Did not anticipate that in my head.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/peano_foot_3d.jpg

Feb 23 13 03:33 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

pellepiano wrote:
To me it is strange why A ( inside edge ) is lighter than area B ( bottom surface ) when they are hit by the same amount of light. Unless the surface is somewhat reflective of course. That may be it.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/peano.jpg

Same amount of light, but different angles of incidence and reflection. I suspect that's the physics of it.

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/9120/moonkf.jpg

Feb 23 13 04:28 pm Link

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Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3068

Lodi, California, US

I like it, I'll check it out when I have time. The first thing I thought for
the design is to put "The First" on the top line in a smaller, narrow font,
then "Impression" in bold. More of the shoe print would show and help
get the message across.

Feb 23 13 10:14 pm Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2280

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Great, thanks. One learn something new everyday. Hope the books will do well.

Feb 24 13 12:35 am Link

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Redcrown

Posts: 156

West Des Moines, Iowa, US

I don't have much to contribute to this thread, but shortly after reading it I went to Amazon to search for a battery. This is the "home" page Amazon gave me, with Peano's book first on the list!

http://kellyphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-8cNsS5H/0/O/i-8cNsS5H.jpg

I'm sure I would not have noticed it if I had not already seen the cover image.

I was logged in automatically by a persistent cookie, so the content of my home page is probably based on some profile Amazon has built. I expect others get a different display.

But congratulations Peano!

Feb 24 13 11:02 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33513

Los Angeles, California, US

pellepiano wrote:
Great, thanks. One learn something new everyday.

I'm sure you knew it already. Maybe you didn't recognize it in that context

http://rolustudio.com/images/cube-table … tr-web.jpg

Feb 24 13 12:19 pm Link

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John M Hoyt

Posts: 347

Greenville, South Carolina, US

How politically incorrect - You used the word "hillbilly". I'll have you know that we are referred to as "outer suburban mountainous residents".

Feb 24 13 12:26 pm Link

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John M Hoyt

Posts: 347

Greenville, South Carolina, US

I'll also have you know... I'm kidding...  The PC thing turns me off 8-)

Feb 24 13 12:26 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

John M Hoyt wrote:
I'll also have you know... I'm kidding...  The PC thing turns me off 8-)

How about "hillwilliam"?

Feb 24 13 12:49 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Redcrown wrote:
I don't have much to contribute to this thread, but shortly after reading it I went to Amazon to search for a battery. This is the "home" page Amazon gave me, with Peano's book first on the list!

http://kellyphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-8cNsS5H/0/O/i-8cNsS5H.jpg

I'm sure I would not have noticed it if I had not already seen the cover image.

I was logged in automatically by a persistent cookie, so the content of my home page is probably based on some profile Amazon has built. I expect others get a different display.

But congratulations Peano!

Thank you. They tagged you when previously viewed that page. Notice above the thumbnail, it says "You viewed." Now you need to return to that page and click the "BUY" button!  smile

Feb 24 13 12:59 pm Link