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Designing a Book Cover
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Designing a Book Cover

with Nigel French
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  1. 2m 42s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. The project brief
      2m 30s
    2. Doing research
      4m 16s
    3. Setting up a document in InDesign CS5
      5m 4s
    4. Setting up a document in InDesign CS4
      6m 4s
    5. Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid
      3m 2s
    6. Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid
      4m 31s
    7. Setting up the document in Illustrator and placing it on a grid
      4m 30s
  3. 40m 39s
    1. Creating hand-drawn type with the Blob Brush tool
      4m 13s
    2. Using Live Paint to color type
      3m 40s
    3. Choosing typefaces
      3m 42s
    4. Creating a simple illustration using the Pen and Gradient tools
      8m 43s
    5. Applying type effects
      5m 42s
    6. Manual tracing
      4m 42s
    7. Using the gradient and transparency effects
      9m 57s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Distressed type
      5m 42s
    2. More distressed type
      3m 35s
    3. Using mirrored type
      3m 34s
    4. Using giant wraparound text
      3m 56s
    5. Starting text on the cover
      40s
  5. 13m 7s
    1. Illustrating concepts with abstract shapes and transparency
      6m 27s
    2. Representing the book content with icons
      6m 40s
  6. 24m 8s
    1. Using historic photography
      6m 21s
    2. Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 19s
    3. Using gradient mesh in Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 55s
    4. Using Live Trace on a photograph
      3m 52s
    5. Using black-and-white images creatively
      4m 41s
  7. 25m 30s
    1. Developing a book set
      2m 50s
    2. Designing the back cover
      8m 42s
    3. Designing the flaps
      2m 41s
    4. Designing the spine
      11m 17s
  8. 12m 56s
    1. Using spot varnish
      4m 30s
    2. Preflighting your document
      4m 51s
    3. Preparing the PDF
      3m 35s
  9. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

Video: More distressed type

In this second technique for creating distressed type we are going to see how we can apply a layer mask to this type running down the side "No Pasaran". And use a different technique from what we used here on the yellow type. So this is going to involve using a texture file. In the Exercise Files is this photograph of a paving slab. What we are going to do is drag this with the Move tool up to the top bar. Keep your mouse button pressed as you do this and then drag it back down on to the image, and you've now loaded that as a layer in this composition.

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Designing a Book Cover
2h 46m Intermediate Aug 26, 2010

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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Researching the design and brainstorming ideas
  • Setting up a document in InDesign or Illustrator
  • Choosing typefaces, colors, shapes, and imagery
  • Hand-drawing type and using different type treatments
  • Creating illustrations from scratch
  • Using and adapting photographs for illustration
  • Preparing the book covers for printing
Subjects:
Design Print Design Projects Design Skills
Software:
Illustrator InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

More distressed type

In this second technique for creating distressed type we are going to see how we can apply a layer mask to this type running down the side "No Pasaran". And use a different technique from what we used here on the yellow type. So this is going to involve using a texture file. In the Exercise Files is this photograph of a paving slab. What we are going to do is drag this with the Move tool up to the top bar. Keep your mouse button pressed as you do this and then drag it back down on to the image, and you've now loaded that as a layer in this composition.

Next thing we want to do is rotate it so I am going to press Command or Ctrl+T. That's going to take me to my Free Transform. And then spin it around. I am holding down the Shift key to spin it in increments until we get it like so. And then I am going to distort it, just pull it around until it covers the type that we wanted to affect. Then press Return to accept that transformation. And now I am going to come to the Adjustments and do a Threshold adjustment to this particular layer so that we get all of the pixels on this layer either black or white, determined by this Threshold slider how much black and how much white we have.

At this way you have more black or you'll be masking more; move this way and you have white and you'll be making less or revealing more. So I think I am going to leave it pretty much in the middle. Click OK to that. Having done that we then need to use this layer as the basis for our layer mask, and to do that I need to turn off all the other layers. I am going to hold down the Alt key and click on the eyeball of Layer 1 and it will hide all the other layers.

Then go to my Channels panel where I will hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key and click on the RGB composite channel. And that will load the luminosity for that channel, which means that I have a selection there of everything that is 50% or lighter. I am not entirely sure how it works but it works. So now I will turn on my layers again and I need to target the text layer and then with my selection active you can see the marching ants and I'll come to my Add Layer Mask icon, click on that, and press down I have my distressed type.

What we would then need to do is save this as a PSD file so that we can retain the layers and then in our InDesign document we can just place it. I am going to delete that one and place this one again. File > Place and I am going to go to my folder where the original version is, open it, and place it. And then of course send it behind the type. And the only thing that remains to be done in InDesign is to apply the author name, which in this case I have put in an orange rectangle.

And I have changed the opacity of that rectangle so that we can see a little bit of the texture through it. I have done this through the Effects panel applying the opacity reduction just to the fill, making sure I am not affecting the text, so that's Effects and then just reduce the Opacity, wherever you like it.

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