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Using giant wraparound text

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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.

Using giant wraparound text

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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Designing a Book Cover

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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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