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I like the idea of having one image at the bottom, rather than two images.
To me the current format looks a bit too busy - too many things to look at, things that are each in their separate spaces. I think it needs to be more unified to give it more punch.
EDIT: Now I've just seen the second version. That is way better IMO.
I think the main words of the title can be made slightly larger and also maybe more forceful by darkening a bit behind them right up close to the letters --same effect behind them but just a bit more "black ink" close to the letters. The top lettering could also be made sharper by making the white more pure.
Something else, for what it's worth, and it may be just the way my nitpicking mind works.....but I think the by-line should come after the main title, not before it. The title itself has a lot of impact (I am referring to meaning here, not visually as I was before). Putting the by-line before it, softens the impact of the title IMO. I would slam the title right in there and hit them with that, then put the by-line after it. Just my opinion of course and I expect many would disagree.
We ARE going with the second version... The first was far too busy.
I agree 100% that the Title letters need to be larger... We're still deciding on the sub-line text... where to have it?
It's been a long, 5 years process. I even went into a book store and filmed Book Titles to see what grabbed my attention.
Two graphic artists... Thousads of miles away from each other, (we've met in person) have worked on Cover and we're close
to having the final version ready for publisher.
In the second version, if you look close, you can see the man walking into the 'portal' and 3 numbers at the top... I's a clock...
Two proof readers are working side by side again today
Thank you for your post and the input... Much appreciated.
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