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Book Covers Emily Jackson


Photographic images


Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The front cover on the book visually illustrates what the story is about. The placement of the large text and image draw you in. Making you wonder what this book about obvisley the title gives us a clue but the image doesn't not.

The effect of the image make you question about the book and what it is. The font is large and white making it stand out from the background, making it the first thing you see. The words used suggest something has happened to the girl and the placement of the image is laying down and looking straight at you. Which gives a daunting effect.

You can see that the designer of the book cover has used death field to blur out the front and forces on the girl. Making the Girl the main object of the book. The colour used are basic whites and neutral colour which gives a sense of peace. The angle of the girl is on the side create the image has the book based on death and the girl laying on her side.


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The designer of the book has been successful because they have made sure that it is not over the top and the placement of the text is big and in the centre. This draw people in and make them want to pick the book up. The colours used make this book makes the whole image build up an image visually of the story and a formal elements.

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I think that this book cover has been very successful in the visual side. I think this because the use of colours and depth of felid bring contrast and meaning to what the book is about. I also believe that the girl creates the whole image of the book and the visual side because the girl is very plain and not easy to read. It is only the eyes that gives a sense that there more to the book than you think.

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When looking at the book cover I can see that it tell a story of a girl and something has happened. The use of the placement of the girl gives a sense it is not what is seems and this is proven when reading the blurb. The fact that she is on the field makes us wonder what has happened to her and why is her eyes open. The image clearly illustrates what the book is about through the contrast of text and colours to build an image based around the story line.


Heavily Manipulated


Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.

The content of the front cover shows visually and illustrates the book. The large wings illustrates that this book must be about angles. But the colour used are dark black which could only mean something bad. The fact that his is above the city mean he is flying and his face is looking down. This illustrates that he is up to something or done something like the blurb says.

When looking over at the text and the use of colours that he has an effect over the image. Of course this is down to the large man hovering over the city and fancy font over the top. The placement of the men shows us that this book is about angles. But dark colours have an effect on the image to be dark, scary and dangerous effect on the cover. The use of fancy writing has an effect on the images because it makes seem to be more that what it is telling. That there could be romance or secrets to be told.


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The formal elements of this book made by the designer help create the book. As this book is about darkness, kiss, angel it only seem right to place them all on the front cover. The overlay at the background is a pattern that makes the city more unclear. Designer used this to help shows us that the mean is flying but the location is not has important. The dull colours creates the image to be mysteries and unknown to what could happen. I think overall the designer has been successful in creating a image that has an visual impact on the cover. I think this because of the colours used for the wings, overly pattern, fancy text and man help to build up an image of what the book has to offer.

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The front cover visually has been successful in creating an image that illustrate the content of the book. The book is about a kiss that turn someone to something else and this kiss was from an angel. Meaning it must be something dark or unknown. So it only seem right to use dark colours and large over textured wings with fancy writing in the middle to illustrate the content of the book.

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Visual the image of the book illustrates the content of the book very successful. I think this because of the angel being portrayed as something dark and powerful only means bad stuff will happen. This is already told in the content of the book. The use of having fancy writing matches the content of what the story is about and help to build the image up to visual illustrates this.


Photographic based collage.


The front cover visually illustrate the content of the book. The main summery of the book is “As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.” When looking at the front cover you see straight away there’s a campervan and in the summery they mention a campervan. Also you can clearly see that this book is about lies and a school because of the skirt below. Visually this book cover illustrate the content of the book because of the picture that are used and the writing.

The effect that the font, placement and text as is clearly illustrated. The text is bold and clear drawing us into the different words. The pink background makes the writing stand out even more from the pictures. The contrast of colour make the font stand out from the context of the background. This book font clearly states that this book is about lies and this is shown by the use of colours and font.


The way the designer has separate the images gives the cover more contrast and more depth. This is down to the simple pictures used and the colour of the text. Also when looking at the front cover you can see that each image has its own place. For example the campervan is at the top right and so is the girl skirt but for the face it is on the left and in the middle. Which gives a sense that this image is more vital and more meaning as it stand out form the other images. Composition that the designer has used is based around the story line. The designer has successful be able to create an image from the context of the book. Due to the contrast of each image and the use of colours to make the cover stand out. Also he relates each image to the story line for example the book is about secrets and he portrays this by having a girl face with her finger to her month.

The visual content of the front cover has been successful because they have use the right colours and the images to create the book .The bright colours makes the book more visually applying to view than other books because of the contrast of pictures. The contrast and the depth of filed makes the front cover more visual appealing. I believe that the photography has been able to successful portray the image of the book by using composition and different angles. The photography has placed the images very carefully to create an layering effect. This I believe has been to make the front cover more visual appealing.

The book is about “public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs. But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.” When looking over the context of book I can see that the photography I has used images to portray the story line. The three images that are used carefully illustrate the story line. For example the colours that are used brings out the contrast of the images. Also the images are of uniform and school. Cleary state that these pictures have been used successfully to portray the context of the book.


Traditional collage


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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe.

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When looking at the visual side of the book it is clear that someone hiding. The idea that the mouth can not been seen gives me an understating of what the book might be about. But apart from that I can not see how this front cover shows me what the book is about. At first glance you can see a women be hide trees looking sad. Which will make you think it is about someone hiding something not about a her ravelling a secret.

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It is interesting that the photography has used a collage aspect to the work of the cover. In some ways it brings more depth and character to the cover. The dull colour gives the cover more life and creates an edge to the book. Also the fact the work speak is below very small in the corner suggest that the image is more important than the text.


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The choice of having black colour only highlights the shadow to give a sense of how small the tree is compared to the women. This makes the book cover more different because of the contrast and the sense of the unknown be hide the story. The use of tones and depth in the image outlines the face eyes and texture. But the light in this photo on the cover has helped to bring out the visual presentation of the tree. Outlining the formal elements that the designer has used capture a sense of personality in such a prominent way.

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I believe the visual image has been successful because of the use of the leafs creates a strong shape and defines the face more. Making it visual pleasing due to the prominent black and browns agasit the white the face. You can also say that the front cover is an illusion has the tree blends in with the face. However the front cover dose not suggest or give away anything to what the book is about.

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Also when analysing the front cover I can see that this image dose not illustrates the content of the book. I believe this because they have used simple and basic photo. Which does not help to inspire people to look at and wonder what the book is about. That can be down the fact that the title is to small and is in the conner making it harder to read.


Art Based Imagery


"Spollen interweaves elemental, evocative images of what is formless and boundless--water, air, grief, death--with what is solid and limited-earth, objects, human love and forgiveness. This enchanting novel starts quietly, draws the reader in and weaves a seductive spell that holds until the last page.“

This image in some words stand out from the crowd. The artist has used the light to their advantages to create a breath-taking image. It may be a simple image but it shows you what the book is about and that is the main objective. Of course the hair tells many story with the bright colours and images bold into one.

The placement of the picture is the key part. As the hair is the main forces and it draws you in. The women has been drawn to capture it in its simple form to bring out the bright colours and the features of the face.

The brown background add more texture and depth of field to the cover. Making the cover successful on the visual side. As the artist has made the women hair the main subject matter. This enhance the appearance of the image by using recognizable shapes that outline the women face and hair. Bringing more contrast to the image making it visual appealing and also successful. The bright colour in the hair draws the viewer in has there a lot of different secret hidden. Meaning the content of the book has been down to a high slandered as the artist has been able to portray the content of the book through an image.


Graphic design only


From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of colour and sound, hallways hum “Star girl.” She captures Leo Bullock's heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

When looking at the visual side of the book it is clear it is about a girl. The idea that the features can not been seen gives me an understating of what the book might be about. The visual side you can see a women an outline of a girl with a star. Also there no title on front covering which is cleaver has you have to read the book.

It is interesting that the photography has used pencil aspect to the work of the cover. In some ways it brings more depth and character to the cover. The bright colour gives the cover more life and creates an edge to the book. The placement of the picture is the key part. As the sketch is in the middle meaning it is the main forces and it draws you in. The women has been drawn to capture it in its simple form to bring out the bright colours.


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Visual content of the front cover has been successful because they have use the right colours to bring contrast to their. By using bright colours it makes the book more visually applying to view than other books because of the contrast of pictures. The contrast and the depth of filed makes the front cover more visual appealing. I believe that the artist has been able to successful portray the image of the book by using composition and different angles. The photography has placed the images very carefully to create an layering effect. This I believe has been to make the front cover more visual appealing.

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The book is about a new kid to a school who not who she seems to be When looking over the context of book I can see that the artist has used the right images to portray the story line. The two images that are used carefully illustrate the story line. For example the colours that are used brings out the contrast of the images.


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