TMI & Emily

These days by the time I see a double dip (or some call them lookalikes) it’s on someone’s else’s book cover blog. But here’s one I haven’t seen spotted. What amazes me about these is how similar the cropping can be. I mean… does this photo model have a really weird mouth or something?
And so often, the chosen background color is the same, too.
Brand-New Emily (by Ginger Rue, Tricycle 2010, c2009) is more tan than TMI (by Sarah Quigley, Dutton 2009). Hair and eye-color has been changed. I always wonder how hard it is to do that.  Which one of these pictures is closer to the real girl?

TMI: Fifteen-year-old Becca has the habit of revealing too much personal information about herself and her friends, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her and she vows to stop “oversharing,” she does not realize that her blog postings are not nearly as anonymous as she thought. Ages 11+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Brand-New Emily: Tired of being picked on by a trio of popular girls, fourteen-year-old poet Emily hires a major public relations firm to change her image and soon finds herself “re-branded” as Em, one of the most important teens not only in her middle school, but in celebrity magazines, as well.  Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4.

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10 Responses to “TMI & Emily”

  1. Nice! I did this one, but I found the girl in an advertisement, rather than a book cover. Gotta say, though, TMI does it better with the background. I think. http://stackedbooks.blogspot.com/2009/08/double-take-part-viii.html

    • Jacket Whys Says:

      Same cropping in the ad! The stock photo itself must be cropped this way.
      Thanks for the link.

  2. Stephanie McGee Says:

    Very interesting. As for changing hair and eye color, eye color is easier than hair. With hair you’ve got all the tonal variations to deal with. It’s not so much difficult as it is time-consuming.

    • Jacket Whys Says:

      My graphic design days were before computers… so I never had to do this kind of thing. But I’d love to see a video (like the one here, of someone changing a photo like this!

  3. And look closely at this jacket, the same season and publisher as TMI!

  4. This makes me wonder why I’m not creating stock photography. One image, used four times (at least!) equals easy money?

  5. I saw another cover with either the same model or a very similar one. The eyes are looking in a different direction though.

  6. I never notice these things in stores, but that’s really interesting. It makes me wonder what drives people to use the same model picture on two different books. And, from the standpoint of noticing things like this, it makes me wonder if anyone purchases all of the books with the same photo usage just to see if anyone else notices (like the cashier).

    As for the hair/eye/skin color shift, that’s relatively easy if you know what you’re doing. The hair would be a little more difficult. And, of the two of them, I’m betting the second one is more accurate to the model… with exception of possibly enhanced eye color. The first one appears to have an increased red and yellow factor, hence, the vibrancy of the hair and skin, and the greenish-gray coloring of the eyes. It also may have been darkened a bit.

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