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Photoshop – A Birthday Gift

A few days ago, I went out with my close friends for that thing you do once a year.  We ate Chinese food and drove up and down town and I finally buckled down and bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 from the local Best Buy.  Scratch that.  I bought a Photoshop & Premier Elements combo pack…cause…why the hell not?

So, I sat to work getting the learning curve taken care of, using only the vanilla mode.

(For those of you unfamiliar, ‘Vanilla’ is a term to describe the default set of tools / graphics / features in a product.)

Turned out, while the learning curve in Photoshop took some getting used to, I managed to figure out most of the basic features in the following few hours as I worked to create a cover for some of my books.  Primarily, I was working on Short Change.  My blog post had gotten mixed reviews from family, friends and strangers, so I worked to create a more symbolic cover.  With the Steel Soldier rough draft almost completed (1 Chapter away), I needed to have a cover that could essentially palette swap with a different core graphic for the remainder of the series.  Also, I looked into what I could do to improve some of my other covers.

The following are before and after pics…

Short Change – Before

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SC Stock #0

Short Change – After

SC Cover 3.2

The Hunt – Before

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The Hunt – After

Cover 2015

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