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So far we've been focusing in on talking about how we can design the interior of the book, and that's really a good place to start. We want to get the guts of the book to look good and to match our vision. Next, what we need to do is to focus in on the cover because we all know the cliche. As a cliche goes, don't judge a book by its cover. And it's a cliche because the cover, well, it really affects how we view the interior of the book. So let's go ahead and zoom in on our cover. You can click on it, and then click on the icon, which allows us to focus on the spread.
Well while Lightroom is a powerful application, it didn't do that great of a job selecting these pictures for my cover. These default pictures that I chose when I selected Auto Layout, they just don't work. They are too cumbersome, they are too awkward. I want something more clean or crisp or clear. And so here what I want to talk about is how we can start to think about the cover from a creative perspective and also a functional perspective. What I'm going to do is I want to select an image like this one here which has more negative space.
I'll just drag and drop this into this window. As I do that, already, I really like it. I like even the positioning there. I think it's kind of nice the way that that works. And what would be really fun would be to have the mirror version of this image on the back cover. In order to do that though, I need to leave the Book module. So I'm going to go to the Develop module for a moment. Here in the Develop module, we can see the image. I'm going to create a virtual copy of this. To do that, press Command+' or Ctrl+'.
Here we have a virtual copy. With this virtual copy you can right-click or Ctrl+Click this image and Transform it. Here I'm going to flip this image horizontally. This will give me this mirror version of the photograph. So now it's leaning in that other direction, and we can see how that works. If we look in the filmstrip, it's almost like these two images together, well, they could create an arc. All right, well let's go back to the Book module. Now here in the Book module, what I want to do is use this image.
I can drag and drop this to my back cover. You can start to see how I could align these up so that I have this almost design that I've created. I could also try the opposite idea out, perhaps bring this image here and then this one over here and you can see how I have a different shape. Now you don't have to do something like this, but it might just be kind of fun. It might be interesting to try out how you can connect that front and back cover. Other times what you might want to do is simply have a nice strong image, then perhaps one that's similar but a little bit different on the back, like in this situation here.
So here with this layout, I'm starting to like it. It's not perfect but it's coming to life. Well the next thing that I need to think about is typography and title. You notice that on the spine of the book, there is a text field. If we zoom in on that text field by going to this 4:1 View and then moving this preview window here, our zoomed in area. If we get to that spine, what we'll see is that we have this Title Field. All right, title, I need to think about the title.
How should I title this book? This is a really important artistic creative process. Using language in combination with pictures especially on the cover, well it's so key. So what I want to do here is share with you a resource that I think might help you out, and also share with you a little bit about of my process of working with language and coming up with words, say for a title like this and then of course, take a look at how we can execute this and add some typography, not just to the spine of the book but also to the front and back covers.
Well let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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