In my last post, I spoke about "The Third Layer" in my process of designing book covers. That was adding the author name.
I also likened layers one through three to being a cake. It's baked. The layers are stacked. And it's edible.
But in order to entice someone to eat the cake, the final decorations—icing, color, flowers, etc.—need to be added.
So what can I do with my current book cover to spruce it up?
The Fourth Layer of course!
This is the crucial and final layer. This is where everything comes together to form the complete book cover. The steps I use below are my own. You'll need to determine what is needed for your cover when you get to this layer. Only you know your book. Only you know what's important. The Fourth Layer is where you can get creative.
First, I want to continue with the older adventure book type feel. With The Legend of Kyd Lumin, I want people to think it's a book not published in 2021 but rather, published sometime in the 80's, or even earlier.
So I'm going to add some very subtle border lines that connect the top of the book title to the author name.