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I'm currently working on a university assignment which tasks us to design a series of crime fiction book covers (based on Ian Rankin's rebus series). The main objective is to be able to create a unified visual and/or theme which identifies the books as a series and as part of the genre.
My concept is essentially taking photos as though from a first person perspective, reflecting Rebus' harsh, violent view of the world. This does not specifically mean Rebus himself, since the job of a police officer is to see through the eyes of criminals or victims.
I want the type to reinforce this idea. I'm trying to figure out a way I can prevent the text from obscuring the image without drawing too much attention away from it or making it unreadable. These are the two best solutions I've come up with...
This first option involves trying to integrate the text in to the scenery (hopefully exectuted more effectively than this):
The second option is to overlay the text:
The title for this second one will be laid out similarly to this:
Is there any advice anyone can offer? Are EITHER of these working well?