Revising Leah

January 11, 2009

Proof Copy: First Look

Filed under: Uncategorized — J.M. Reep @ 10:01 am
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In my last post, I discussed how worried I’ve been that the back side of my book cover wasn’t going to turn out well. I even started designing an alternative back cover just in case my fears were realized.

Well, my fears were indeed realized. Late yesterday, my proof copy arrived, and I found that not only does the back side of the cover look obviously pixelated (even more pixelated, in fact, than it did in the PDF file from which the cover was generated), but my attempt to soften the pixelation by slightly blurring the image has failed spectacularly: the image looks both pixelated and blurry.

Only three visitors to this blog voted on the two back cover options in my previous post (and those votes resulted in a three-way tie), but it looks like my decision has been made for me. There’s no way I can use Option One. Option Two is in.



  1. depending on where you got your image makes a big difference, i’d be more than happy to adjust the pixels if you wish, takes just seconds, if the file allows. most images from web will never work in print because they are 72dpi, and print needs to be at least 300 dpi. if you have the original file/painting, you can take it to kinkos and scan it at a high resolution and get it on a disk.

    just for future reference :)

    Comment by featherbookseries — January 12, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  2. What I was trying to do was use a detail from the front cover image for the back cover. The front cover image is (more or less) the full image of Laura Loe’s painting. The front cover image turned out just fine in the proof copy — no problems there. The pixelation occurred when I tried to blow up the detail to fit the entire back cover of the book.

    I don’t have the original painting in my possession; I wish I did, but it was sold to someone else for a nice chunk of change a few years ago. What I’m working with is an image of the painting that I saved from Loe’s website a year ago.

    I think I’m going to go with Option Two. I like it more and more. Option Two also uses a detail from the front cover, but that detail is much smaller and pixelation won’t be a factor in that case.

    Comment by jmreep — January 12, 2009 @ 11:58 am

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