For motivation to finish a manuscript, it's fun to create an image of a book cover to go with your story. But for someone serious about putting together art for a novel, finding just the right photo and adding the text can be tough.
Click on the following link to see a video of a photo session for a Viking novel. They spritzed the male model's hair to make it look, well, rather messy and the author did get to attend. I think she enjoyed it—judging by her smile.
To see how they add the background, check out the following link.I also liked watching how much the model talked as she was made up.
Some writers simply go to an online company and select a cover. It's that simple. To see how one company displays their covers, the prices, and how easy it is to buy a book cover, go to: http://bookgraphics.net/pre-made-ebook-covers-2/