Untangling Christmas Cover

Untangling Christmas

I promised a few weeks ago that I’d share about designing this cover.

Originally, I thought it would be fun to have a guy all tangled up in lights on the cover. The only images I could find, though, didn’t put me in mind of Mike, our hero.


Yeah, scratch that plan and go back to the drawing board.

So… after searching and searching and searching, I finally chose this photo from a stock photo site.

The man and the woman embrace against wood 3254.

Obviously, it needed a little work.

First, I removed the background.

Then I got rid of his braid or whatever you want to call that thing on his head. And I shortened the sideburns, changed the color of his pants and gave him legs.

I still haven’t quite figured out what to call the outfit she’s wearing – A bridal negligee in the woods? Whatever it was would never do for my sweet Taylor’s character. She got a lacy blouse and a red tulle skirt. Oh, and I added legs to her, too. Then I switched the blond hair for red.

The thing I loved about this photo, though, was the look of love and emotion on her face. And that’s why I chose it.

After adding a wall and door, and a few Christmas trees, I still wanted something with the tangled lights on the cover.

That’s when I found some clipart for the string of lights. It worked so perfectly to string through the text on the cover.

And there you have it!

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