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Designing a Book Cover
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Using Live Paint to color type


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Designing a Book Cover

with Nigel French

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What I want to next is I want to fill in the interior shapes of the letters with bright colors: red, yellow and blue. Firstly, it's going to be helpful if I make myself a color group of those three colors. So, I am going to come over to my Swatches panel, and my panels, because of the monitor resolution that I am having to use here for recording, they are a little bit cramped. I am going to pull off my Swatches panel and just extend that a bit.
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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

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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

Using Live Paint to color type

What I want to next is I want to fill in the interior shapes of the letters with bright colors: red, yellow and blue. Firstly, it's going to be helpful if I make myself a color group of those three colors. So, I am going to come over to my Swatches panel, and my panels, because of the monitor resolution that I am having to use here for recording, they are a little bit cramped. I am going to pull off my Swatches panel and just extend that a bit.

Now, I am going to choose my red, hold down my Command or my Ctrl key, my yellow and my blue and then come and click on this one here, New Color Group. We can give that a name. We'll call the Miro. Now, I am going to select all of my letters and then come and find my Live Paint tool, which in Illustrator CS5 has been hidden a bit. It's now under this tool space, the Shape Builder tool.

It now lives under here. So, if you can't find it, that's where it is, Live Paint Bucket. Then I just come and click on my selected items. I should see this message, Click to make Live Paint group. When I do so, I'll then want to come and select this color group, because I can now, as you can see when I-- I'm just going to zoom in Command+Spacebar, click-and-drag. When I mouse over these interior shapes, I get the option of filling them with a color.

The red highlight indicates what shape you are about to affect. So, I am going to put my cursor right there and you'll see I have three color swatches, they are color swatches of my color group and I can move through those by pressing my left arrow, right arrow. So, it's really simple. We just mouse over these and apply whichever color we want, and there is our result. Now, we need to save this and then we need to incorporate it into the design in InDesign.

So, I am going to save this. I am not going to overwrite this one because then you wouldn't have the starting step, but I have one already prepared that is exactly the same as this. In the InDesign layout is the finished version, handdrawn type, but we can start with this one, handdrawn type_begin. Let me just explain the other elements that we have here. Using the grid I've made these solid fields of a not quiet 100% yellow at the top and at the bottom, and then over the top of that we have the author name really big.

We are doing the Big Book Look, so we want the author name really big. Then continuing through with this color palette of red, yellow and blue. So, all I am going to do now is come to File and Place, Exercise Files folder, and in the Link folder, the Links folder is where all the graphic assets are. There is this Illustrator file, homage to catalonia miro type.

I am going to open that and then I am just going to click and drag to place that and then position it over this field of the reduced tint yellow. There we have our first book cover concept.

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