This Is Fifty-Three, day 42
Discovering that my more elaborate manipulations of stroke width in InDesign are not surviving the export to PDF (from which they simply disappear)—or even to JPEG (in which they form partial blocks bearing no resemblance to what I had been seeing on my monitor)—I worked a bit more on the cover yesterday.
Mostly, it was about simplifying—replacing the results with simple shapes, or leaving out the more complicated stuff. I am also contemplating going back to my original first draft—or perhaps, as in the third screenshot below, combining that full-bleed photo with the red-line overlay of the other drafts. Yet another possibility would be to use the plain first draft as the cover, then use one of the alternates as the title page.
This is the only real disadvantage to taking longer to put this all together: it is very easy to second-guess and resort to endless tinkering, rather than going with what feels right in the moment.
(5 August 2016)