Originally Posted by delphidb96
Yeah... Well, I've created a piece using Photoshop and here's what I *managed* to come up with...
Right. I'm suggesting you're using the right tools, but need better quality images to work with.
Of course, sometimes you're not the best person to develop graphic concepts for your own novel. Have you considered hiring the work out? Or at least having someone help you with the basic concept before you put the art together? That might help.
Then there's surfing through sites like http://covers.fwis.com/
, The Book Archive
and others for inspiration.