Okay - part 3. WHEW. Until I started doing this I didn't realize exactly how much I did with a cover.
Last adjustment for this image - just darkening and lightening specific points to up his muscles and lighten her skin. I am now ready to call the couple done and take them into the cover blank.
Well what fairy tale would be right without a castle. All I've done here is trimmed out a lot of unneeded sections - like the cliff it was hanging off of and the tourist that were on the railing at the bottom. Looks okay but still not a wow factor.
I duplicated the castle did a few adjustments on it and adjusted the blending mode. Now I'm happy with it.
What's next? Putting in the title and author's name. Every single title I do a cover for starts with a very basic text in white. This will not be the final placement or style of the text - but it's a good starting point. It allows me to go - What should I emphasis in the title? Where's a good spot for it? What type of font should I use?
Stay tuned - finalizing the type and finishing are the last thing.