I'm always finding new online toys to play with over at The Generator Blog, and one that Gerard recently posted might be fun for those of you out there who like to make your own cover art.
The TiltShift generator takes a normal photograph of a location or object and manipulates it so it resembles the photograph of a miniature scale model. But I didn't use it for that purpose; I just uploaded a shot of some art and one of my roses to see what I could do with it.
Here's the original image I used:
Once I uploaded it to the TiltShift Generator, I played with the center radius and the brightness settings on the generator's panel:
Once I had the blur and contrast I wanted, I used the altered image to make a cover for one of my poetry books:
You technosavvy people could probably do a lot more with this generator than I did, and get all sorts of neat effects out of it for your covers.