Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrap up #17New Challenge #18

Cover Makeover is the new themed feature of the Photo Rehab, created by me and Desley from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist.

Every week we give a new prompt, and participants go wild, using all their creativity, and producing fabulous covers far better than the original ones used by publishers.

Welcome to last week’s Wrap up and to the new challenge.

This was last week’s theme:

And now you will see the stunning covers made by the participants. We’ve included the links to their blogs, so that you can visit them to learn how they work and which techniques and apps they use. Go and visit!

Every week we see that they are bringing their covers to even higher levels of creativity, and that is fantastic.

Thank you all for joining in and making this challenge so much fun and original! We love what you do!

And the stage is theirs:

Geert from WitcWithaView made the composition in Indesign CC 2015. He was inspired by the Penguin Book style designed by German Typographist Jan Tschichold. Both Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda wear glasses in the movie so he used his own for the picture. The logo on the top left he designed for Charlie Hebdo: #Je Suis Charlie. The font used is Gill Sans. The Qr-code is a link to his website. Stunning and sophisticated!


Julie from Julie Powell: Photographer & Graphic Artist, explains what she did: “From a Dawn shoot back in March, I caught the most amazing light in the sky and the local duck pond. I added a black square, set to soft light to enhance the colours. Text is Pristina and Kozuka Gothic (with a stroke of colour from the water), I then duplicated the title and flipped it vertically, changed to black, added a gaussian blur, warped it and then dropped the opacity.” Superbly done.


Next is Sabina and Toby from Library of Cats. This is a very special cover as it features Sabina’s grandparents. She used a photo of a canal behind her aunt’s house. Then overlaid the couple over the canal and cropped, tinted the background, added tint to the water to create the golden pond, added a pair of loons, and finally the text. Super elaborated and very beautiful.


Sarah Vernon from First Night Design used a photograph from Unsplash that was taken by Vidar Kristiansen. She ‘mashed’ it up a little so that it was darker where she needed the typefaces to show clearly, and gave it a marginally sunnier glow. Stunnig cover!

Original & vintage art © First Night Design []
Original & vintage art © First Night Design []
So, ready to go for the next challenge?

Here is how it works.

  • Every Thursday we will give you the name of a book, music or movie, etc. and share with you our take on a new cover.
  • You will prepare you own cover by using your archive photos or shooting a new one to go with the theme.
  • Prepare your post and publish it. Remember to Ping Back (hyperlink) to this post. You may also copy your link to the comments section of this post.
  • Use the tag #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover, so that we can find your post in the WP reader.
  • Add your photo to the link provided below. In this way, you expose your photo to the other participants and the audience of the Photo Rehab.
  • If you wish, you can add to your post the badge we made for the challenge (below).
  • We will make a weekly wrap up of all the ingenious cover makeovers photos!

Every Thursday at 12:15 am CET you will find here the combined post. Immediately after that, every Thursday at 12:30 am CET, you will see the post with our version of the cover, which either Desley or I will create.

Here is the challenge: We go for the film The Long Kiss Goodnight suggested by our friend Badfish Out of Water.

The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Schoolteacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) lives an average suburban life — until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Hiring private detective Mitch Hennessey (Samuel L. Jackson) to probe into her past, Samantha discovers that she’s a well-trained government assassin who went missing after suffering a bout of amnesia and that her former handlers want her back in their employ.

This wasn’t an easy cover to make.  I had no photos with guns…I went for a photo with a kiss. I started editing at PickMonkey. I created layers to bring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson to the party. I also added an  extra layer to bring the photo of the couple to the background. I added text and saved. However….at this point the browser I was using froze and I had to force quit, losing  everything. I started it all over again and  the same issue happened.

I considered not to make a cover anymore….well, I changed browser and made another one, but this one is very different than the one I had done before, as I didn’t have the same patience anymore. I wish you better luck than I had.

So, have fun and and  go for it.

Here is the link to add your Cover Makeover to the link where all photos are. Click on the image below to add your cover when you are ready.


Happy Cover Makeover-ing 🙂

Lucile and Desley

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40 thoughts on “Photo Rehab Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrap up #17New Challenge #18

  1. Oops I forgot to fix Katharine’s spelling on my cover. Love these and thanks for doing the post. Your cover is fabulous. I don’t know how I would add those layers!! I need to open photoshop. I’m sorry you had computer issues, how frustrating. But your cover is lovely!!


    1. Oops! I didn’t even noticed it! No problem.
      You’re way too kind to me! This cover is not good at all. It’s below acceptable. I only posted because I simply was fed up already.
      And you can be sure that you can do a much better job than I do here when it’s my turn to create our cover. I don’t use photoshop and in fact pic monkey is super easy to insert layers, the problem showed at the moment to save my cover. Thanks lovely!

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  2. So you had your own little episode of the long kiss goodnight…trauma after trauma. Layer after layer…you mean in Photoshop? You do Photoshop? What don’t you DO???


    1. Thanks to you, who suggested such a difficult cover, I’m suffering of post cover traumatic stress.
      I don’t use photoshop as I haven’t learned to play with it. So I don’t do everything! I just used a free web editing tool called picmonkey! Check it, it’s cool and really easy.


        1. There is no comparison between the two. You cannot achieve the same you do with Lightroom and vice versa, for many features.
          It’s a great editing tool to play with though. Good and cheap alternative. If you want more features you need to pay too just like Lightroom.
          You’re to kind today to me, because this cover is mediocre. Seriously!


  3. Hi, I’m all new to these challenges, but as a recently early retired creative sort I have had a go. Not sure if I’ve done what I should have done properly, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it. Thank you for a great blog and idea.


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