A Tale Of Two Computers – Part 2


PC: courtesy Achim Hepp via Flickr Creative Commons

Way back when I had written a post on my writing hardware, A Tale Of Two Computers-Part 1. While going through my blog posts and pages list today, I realized that I had not written the concluding post.

When I started this post, there was a very specific issue I wanted to highlight. A weird issue, but an annoying one too.

Writing, like any new skill you pick up, has a fairly long learning curve. Especially when you are going indie, like I have. Unlike the traditional route where there’s the writing to be learned and the query letter polished and the art of waiting to hear back perfected, the indie folks have to do much more on their own. I have just started, so I come across many things I had no clue about, including Photoshop.

No, every indie author doesn’t need to learn or master PS, there are plenty of awesome designers out there who are, like I said, awesome. But I love PSing (Photoshopping). It tickles my creativity and relaxes me in between tedious projects. So anyway, while I do seek assistance from freelance designers for some of my projects, many of them I tackle on my own.

One of them was tweaking the cover for my short story collection, Population Morpheus (which, BTW, is available as a FREE downloadable eBook).

If you’ve made it so far, great. This is where the fun begins.

The graphic above is one of the first iterations of the cover (please, if you can, ignore the font discrepancies for the purpose of this exercise). I liked the layout and I ordered printed proof copies of it. All looked good, so I ran a pre-launch promo with it as well.

Point to note, all this time I was looking at the cover on my Mac where I do my design stuff.

There I was, happy and moving on to other projects, when . . . one fine day, I just happened to browse the net with my VAIO and I chanced upon this cover.


If you are reading this on a Windows machine, you’ll have seen the glaring problem already. You’d think, it’s pretty obvious, how could she miss it?

If you’re on a Mac, you’ll wonder, what the heck is the woman talking about? Everything looks fine.

That, precisely was the problem. My Mac didn’t show the terrible brown background color for the text fields, which showed up, clearly and inconveniently, in any Windows machine. Everything looked pretty and perfect on my Mac but Windows is still what most people use, right?


Although some damage was already done, I scrambled, fixed the layers, merged them in a different way in PS and corrected the problem (so I believe) in the cover below.

From then on, I have been looking at all my graphics on both platforms. None of them since have showed major differences, but I have learned my lesson. Always check on every platform you have access to. Never stick to one platform because your audience will not.

I was hoping to retire the five-year-old VAIO this Fall, but I guess that will have to wait. My VAIO will continue to hold onto a significant amount of space on my cramped writing desk, even though the Mac would like to have the whole area to itself.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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