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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.
In this next book cover mockup, I am taking a key concept from the book Nineteen Eighty-Four and illustrating it with giant letters. The concept being 2+2=4, and I have a mask on my Layers panel which will turn on a black field so I can see what it would look like with just the front cover showing or if we see the front and back cover. And I've got a few alternative versions of this. So if we switch now to the beginning version of this it's very simple as we just play around with big letters, put each of the letters, in this case numerals, in a separate text frame, scale it up, and then just move it around until you position it, often cropping it by the boundary of the page in a way that you find satisfying.
So I am just going to check the Layers panel. I am making sure that I am on Layer 1. I am going to lock the background layer and I am going to turn off the mask layer, and then choose my Type tool. We'll click and drag to make a text frame, and in that I'll type the numeral 2. Highlight that. It's currently black so we can't see it. Come to my Swatches panel and I'll make that Paper. And I'll choose a font. Command+6 will jump me to my Font menu.
Now I am going to use something really lo-fi like Courier, which sort of goes with the aesthetic of the book. Then I am going to, let's make that a little bit bigger, we'll make that about 72 points. I am going to fit my frame to my content, right there, or Command+Option+C, Ctrl+Alt+C, and grabbing one of the corners of my frame, hold down my Command ke and my Shift key or Ctrl+ Shift to size that up like so.
I'll make a duplicate of that, pulling it away with the Alt key. And another one, and then in this one I am just going to replace that with a Plus symbol like so. Because we are working with such giant type here and because the size of the type doesn't fill the full height of the text frame, it can be a little bit awkward. We are going to get this rather sort of unwieldy space in these text frames, which is not necessarily a big deal. No one is going to see the edges but we could-- Once we are sure that we like the typeface that we are using we could convert this to outlines.
And then we put just a little bit more flexibilities, a little bit easier moving these things around. We can still scale them, holding down the Shift key, pulling from the corners. And then you can just position these however you like to make a pleasing composition. Perhaps we can change the color of certain elements of them. We can rotate them. It might be good to crop them so that their shape is implied.
And in this case we want to make sure that they go behind that band of gray. So I am going to select that band of gray at the top and the bottom and bring that in front. And then make sure we have got the author name in front of that right there. I know you are there! So it really is just a question of experimenting with the position of these until you find something that you like.
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