To bring the branding of the first three books in line with the later three, I decided to recover and relaunch Cut The Deck, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Roll The Dice. Relaunching the paperbacks also allows me to assign new ISBNs to the publications with the view of having them available in bookstores or libraries.
Let's begin with Cut The Deck. I wanted to keep the image of the woman walking away from the first edition (Purchased on a royalty-free licence via Shutterstock). I muted the colours by reducing saturation and used colour burn tools to darken everything for a spookier vibe. I also added an image of Tynemouth Priory to tie the cover to the northeast. The image of the Priory was taken by myself. Finally, I changed the fonts to Josephin Sans to match the later books in the series.
With Rock, Paper, Scissors, I wanted to include Marsden Rock. The landmark features as a location in the book and provides the Rock element to the title. I used an image from Pixabay on a free-to-use content licence. I expanded the rocks using a close stamp tool and extended the sky to fill the canvas. I muted the colours and gave a blue tint to the image. A fog overlay and a shadowy figure completed the background. All that was left to do was add the text. I chose orange as the accent colour as it is the opposite of blue on the colour wheel and would stand out.
The process was very similar with Roll The Dice. Via Pixabay I selected an image of the Millenium Bridge from used Wenzlerdesign using a free-to-use content licence. I extended the river and quayside to the bottom of the canvas, again using a clone stamp tool, and then repeated the process with the sky. I used a depth-of-field blur to keep the focus on the bridge, used colour burn to increase the pink tones and a colour dodge to brighten the bridge itself and make it more vibrant. When it came to the text, I used a bright blue to match the bridge.
So, what do you think? I'm very pleased with how these turned out. I think they capture the genre and ground the books in the northeast. I also love how they match the later books in the series. If I had to pick a favourite, I'd go with Cut The Deck.