How to make a sci-fiction book cover in photoshop

 In book design tips, current projects

I’m finishing up a science fiction book cover for Cameron Mcvey’s “Nova Sol” – it’s fun to see how far it has come since the initial mockups. Based on the description (a moon crashing into earth/green planet, with lightning, maybe a person watching) I came up with these:

Cameron liked the 3rd one, so I reworked it into these, adding detail and text effects, and changing the man:

(I really love this one of the road, but maybe I’ll use it for something else).

The following will probably be the winner:


What do you think?


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  • J.M. Porup

    these are some great sci fi covers, Derek. I actually liked 1, 4, and 5 of the first ones you put up. Although the final one rocks, too. I especially like the tarnished font.


  • Robert C. Bergman

    Nice work. I liked “novanew1” myself. It fits the text beneath the title the best.

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