Using some abstract photos i took of natural objects, i uploaded these to Photoshop to make them into possible background ideas for my magazine cover. Below i have added some examples of the original photos and then the final effect after using Photoshop.

Original photo above.

Experiment one.  For this i cropped the photo for a more abstract close up to exclude some of the detail and then i added a filter witch softened the texture of the picture. 

experiment 2 with the same original photo, this time i have zoomed in even more and stripped the colour, aswell as using image adjustments to increase the contrast. this bring out the texture of the leaves. It almost looks like skin.

Experiment 3. This is similar to the second edit but has more of a shiny texture and shows where the has caught the leaf.


A Christmas Carol is an english book by Charles Dikens, it was first published in 1843. The story is about an old miser known as scrooge, who devoted his life to making money. He is known for being bitter and not very generous. The story is set at christmas time and the main theme is to show that christmas is a time for giving. 

The very first  cover for the story was very plain with no picture on, just the title in the centre, name of author and a few golden leaf patterns,  here is a picture of this below. 


Because the book soon became very popular it wasnt long before the book cover was redesigned. 

Below are some examples of how the book cover has changed over the century, up to a recent version . 

christmas carol

This cover is similar to the original just with colour added and more updated typography .

18. a christmas carol


christmas carol cover
I found that there were alot more modern covers made recently, each one becoming more colourful.