New new Sapphire Blue cover
As you all know, I recently revealed the cover design for Sapphire Blue. It was a glorious, naive time, before I knew about things like RGB and CMYK and what is wrong with the color blue. A time of peace. A time about a week and a half ago.
Okay, so here’s what’s going on. The cover was designed using a process called RGB which stands for I-Don’t-Know-What-It-Stands-For. This process is common for Internet images. The printer–a new printer for the publisher, connected with a new distributor for that publisher and more on that later because it’s awesome— is using CMYK, which stands for Like-I-Even-Know. This is common in printed works.
RGB begins with a white page and adds colors to it. CMYK begins with black and adds colors to it. This means certain colors that look lovely in RGB don’t look good at all in CMYK.
Specifically? The color blue is a thing.
Unsurprisingly, a book called Sapphire Blue has some blue on the cover.
I’ve been going back and forth with the artist, trying to get an image that looks like the one I’ve already shared with you to come out in CMYK. The results alternated between almost-kinda-there to *horrified shriek*, but the closest we came still left us with something where the blue coloration from the gemstone looked artificial and kind of photo-negative-ish.
So my last suggestion was to give up on the super-glowey part of the cover and see how things went with just the gemstone, and scene. Here is what we came up with: the new new cover for Sapphire Blue.