Hey friend! Before I get into the review, I thought I might offer a couple quick suggestions. If the program you’re using is very limited and doesn’t really work for you, try some of these: Pixlr.com, Canva.com, Befunky.com. Also, don’t be afraid to go to a cover designer. There are a lot on here that have the tools that can do the work for you, all you have to do is tell them what you want and they’ll try to give it to you.
Onto the review!
So I’m not sure where you got this image from but I’m going to give you the same warning that I give literally everyone that ever uses a solid, unedited image: be careful. If you won the image, then this won’t really apply to you, but if you don’t own the image then you’re essentially stealing and as you can guess, stealing has repercussions. If you self published, you could end up losing your book. So in general: just be careful or ask for permission.
Moving onto your text… the name at the bottom of the image is excellently placed. You put in a spot where everyone can see it, yet isn’t in the reader’s faces. As for the banner of text though… that’s where you have most of your problems. The background for the banner is lower quality than the rest of the image which causes it to be highly pixelated. (This problem can easily be solved by looking for an image with a higher pixel count. Go to google, put in the image, search, then use the tools to find a larger version of itself.) The text is front and center and easily seen, which is good and probably the most important thing about a cover, but it also looks awkward because of the background that’s been placed behind it.
The background is a focal point, but it’s also really out of place compared to the rest of the image. Had you taken a copy of the girl and put it over a rainbow background, that probably would’ve made more sense than the banner straight across.
And lastly, the word “colorful” is really awkward. It doesn’t really attract the attention or give emphasis on the word like it’s supposed to. If anything, it just blends into the background and makes it harder to see.
If you do decide to revamp your cover, here’s some suggestions that I think you might benefit from:
What emotions you defined in your statement fit with Contemporary. A lot of contemporary covers have a lot of pastel backgrounds and simplifications to them. For example:
Or in other words, if you want to stick to a targeted demographic, keep it simple and keep it light. You can use brighter, more neon colors to fill in your “Colorful” part, but this will help you attract the attention of the readers who will be most likely to stay and continue reading your content. Also, small doodles will do the same thing.
Hopefully, this helped. It’s a good start, but it still needs work.