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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.
Continuing with our simple illustration what we need to do next is add the hillside. And let's create this on a new layer. So I'm going to create new layer and we'll call it hills. I'll change the color of the layer just so that we can see the selection outlines more easily, and I'm going to lock all other layers. Hold down the Option or Alt key and click in the locking column. To create the hillside shapes, I'm going to use the Pen tool and just click-and-drag to make some graceful curves.
One like that and then we'll have another one that overlaps it, like so. They both got filled with the last fill color I've used, which was the yellow gradient. So I'm going to select both of those and would apply the green color to them. I want to make sure that this one on the left is at the front, and it's not currently, because I drew it first. So I'm going to come to the Object menu and choose Arrange > Bring to Front.
Now, what I wanted to do with both is apply gradient mesh to them. So I'll select both of these and then from the Object menu choose Create Gradient Mesh. I could use the Gradient Mesh tool and just add mesh points, but this is going to be adequate for the simple needs that we need. I could use the Gradient Mesh tool over here on the Tool panel to create the mesh points, but creating a simple grid of 4 x 4 is going to be adequate for our simple requirements.
Having done that, I'm then going to deselect the two hills. Select just this one here, and so that I don't interfere with, I'm going to lock the item. Object > Lock > Selection or Command+2 or Ctrl+2. Then using my Lasso tool I'm going to drag over the top anchor points, surround them with my lasso, so that those top anchor points become selected and then I can come and apply a lighter color green to those anchor points to just give me some light on the hill.
And I wanted to a little bit more, I could use a lighter green still, but I think I'll play it relatively subtle here. So having done that one, I'm going to lock that one or first of all I'll need to Unlock All. Choose this one, Command+2 or Ctrl+2 to lock that one, and then repeat the process with my Lasso tool. Swipe around the anchor points that I know are there. So I'll select just those and then apply green color to those, maybe a little bit of lighter green on this one.
And then we see the green highlights, the light green highlight on our green hillsides. So we can now turn on the other layers and there is our illustration pretty much finished. We do need to crop it, although I'm not particularly worried about that, because what I'm going to do is when I put it into InDesign, the picture frames that I put it into will crop it anyway. But if we did want to crop it here, if it's looking a little bit untidy, then we could do this.
I'm just particularly worried about the sun flare, not really about the hill, so I'm just going to come and click on that layer and I'll add a bounding rectangle to that layer like so, and then I can come and click on Make or Release Clipping Mask. And then I could repeat that on the hillside, but it's not really necessary, because what we're about to do next is save this.
And I don't want to override the original, so we'll call this simple illustration_done. And then I will switch back to InDesign, where I can delete that one, choose File and Place, turn on my guide so I can see my bleed guide, and click-and-drag, and then you can see that the picture frame is cropping the image anyway.
And there we have it. And of course I'd need to send that behind so that I can see the title of the book and the author name in front of it.
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