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September 26, 2017
By Deborah Bradseth
Tugboat Design's Deborah Bradseth reimagines the cover of 'A Daughter's a Daughter' by indie author Irene Vartanoff.

This month, Deborah Bradseth at Tugboat Design reimagines the cover of A Daughter’s a Daughter by indie author Irene Vartanoff, who called the new design “a more accurate evocation of what my story is about.”

Design Note #1: The decorative font on the original was hard to read. I made the type softer for the redesign.

Design Note #2: The original’s solitary woman on the empty beach gave a hardened, cold tone. With the new design, we achieved a lighter, more hopeful feeling, which is accomplished via the colors, people, and dog walking on the beach.

Design Note #3: When combining multiple images, be sure they look natural. I added shadows to make it look as if the couple were really walking the beach. The original cover didn’t do that.

Design Note #4: The type is large, but it doesn’t compete for attention with the imagery at the bottom. Eyes are drawn from the title to the scene below.

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