Version 2 looks cheap to me...I don't like the washed out effect either. I also prefer not to see their faces for some reason. Version 1 is definitely the way to go.
You're welcome. The typography is all wrong in the second one too. It almost looks cartoonish...or like something that would splash across the screen of a 70's grindhouse flick.deanna c said:Thanks, JV
Yeah, the typography kinda goes from one (not great) extreme to the other... and that's definitely something I'll work on. I like your other ideas, too. Thanks for offering them.mbroadway said:I agree with JV. Although I'm not crazy about your type selection on version 1 either. It's too small and gets lost. Everything seems to be about the same weight and size, so you don't really have a focal point to draw the reader's eye. I would suggest, if you want heads, to move the subjects down on the page and run the title larger and above them. Or, move them up on the page and do a fade like on version 2, but fade it to black so you have a nice solid background below the figures where you can place the type. You could put your author name at the top above the heads. Just suggestions. Hope that's helpful.
Ha! Al, you have a great sense of humor. And these are romantic comedies... The sequel will have a new couple set in the same world so, yeah, off with their headsAl Stevens said:I prefer version 1 because the heads are cut off. I'd rather picture the characters in my imagination based on their descriptions and dialogue in the story. Then, of course, if you do a sequel, will you get the same models in another pose.
Off with their heads!