I found this image of lips covered with little bits of candy decorations and didn't really need to do anything to the image. I think I added a little glow to it and softened the edges. This one is more about font. I wanted something that would be good for a romance. The title for this imaginary book was easy based on the image and makes me wonder if I can write a story to match the cover. That could be my next challenge!
My breakthrough with this one was learning how to do the gradient on the word Kisses. It was so easy, now I feel silly for not figuring it out months ago.
Evidence is closer to my usual genre. the image already had the handprint, but I had to move it and make it a mirror image because I wanted it on the left. I don't know why. I think because I wanted the author name on the lower right, and wanted to stack the author name. I usually make the author's name all on one line out of habit.
There are some things I'd probably do differently on this one if I wanted to use it. I'd bring the tagline down a little, or move the title up, make it bigger, and put the tagline in that empty space beside the thumb print. I think I like the fonts I used. I wasn't planning on using a distressed font, but I thought it worked well with the texture on the background.
If you try it yourself know that I make sure that the fonts I download are free to use for commercial purposes. Also, the public domain images I've found to practice with are free to use for commercial purposes with no attribution required. In case I actually make something I want to use, I don't want to worry if I can legally do so.
This genre is
totally new to me. I have never even attempted a science fiction cover before. The one on the left feels like it needs something more, but I'm not sure what it's lacking. Anyway, I was happy to learn how to do that angle thing with text. I'm sure 'angle thing' is the technical name for it, right?
I have to admit that the one on the right is one of my favorite covers I've made.