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How to make a starry vault in paint.net

To start with, choose one or several colours for your background. I chose two shades of purple as my primary and secondary colour (bottom left). Then I used the gradient tool to create the sky.

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I wasn’t happy with it, so I changed the hue.

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Then I used the paintbrush, 5 points white, to dot the sky with stars.

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Then I used free plugin Starglow to make the stars shine.

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You can tinker with the length etc of the “spikes”, and you can choose whether to add the diagonals (which I did).

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I fiddled a little with the Mini, Maxi and Radius. Don’t ask me what those mean. You can trial and error your way to a kind of star you like.

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And, um… done! 🙂

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Revamped vampires and non-obscene wall colours

Last Communion

So today was a day for covers. My old Last Communion cover was a bit dull, so I reworked it. When I say dull, I mean too little colour. I may dress almost exclusively in black, but I want my surroundings to be vibrant.

When people come to our house, they tend to go, “Oh… this is colourful.” And then silence.

LOL.

So anyway, something else I discovered is that I love texture. I’ve been studying covers that I love, and the things they have in common are the colours and the texture. When you just slap a title on a photo, it can look a bit flat.

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My favourite texture

It doesn’t always, but one way to avoid flatness is to put a textured image as your bottom layer, and then work with layer properties as outlined in this post to make the main photo and thus the cover look a bit more alive.

Especially important when said cover sports a vampire, wouldn’t you agree?

Of course, everyone won’t love textures and colours. In fact, my bestselling short story is very sort of mild and just has a few shades of purple on it. I don’t know if it’s the cover or the blurb that does it, but it seems to draw attention. Personally, I’m not sure I would give it a second look, but there you have it. We’re all different.