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Using mirrored type


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Designing a Book Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Using mirrored type

This next example is all about concept and less about technique because the technique is extremely simple. But the concept I think is the strong one and that is taking a slogan that everyone associates with Animal Farm, "All Animals are Equal, But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others," and then showing this as a reflection one the reflection of the other. I have two versions of this where we see the reflected version here receding into the background field of green, or alternatively here where the design wraps around the spine and the back cover and is mirrored.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course 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
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Using mirrored type

This next example is all about concept and less about technique because the technique is extremely simple. But the concept I think is the strong one and that is taking a slogan that everyone associates with Animal Farm, "All Animals are Equal, But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others," and then showing this as a reflection one the reflection of the other. I have two versions of this where we see the reflected version here receding into the background field of green, or alternatively here where the design wraps around the spine and the back cover and is mirrored.

In addition I am using a quiet color palette that is intentionally belying the violence of the actual content of the book. So let me deal with the color palette first of all. I definitely wanted to use green as the base color and then find a color that went with that. Rather than just stabbing around in the dark to try and find a color that goes with it, I use the Kuler extension as an aid. So with this background field of green selected I can come to the Window menu and to Extensions > Kuler.

And the first time you open this you'll probably see in the About mode where you'll see color themes designed by users and saved on the kuler.adobe.com website. And you can click on this button here to add any of these themes to your own Swatches panel. But we actually want to use it to create and we are using it in a very limited, but nonetheless effective way here. Taking my current fill color as the base color and if for whatever reason it doesn't do that, you can come and click on this icon to make it do that.

It is suggesting four other colors based on a color harmony rule and the color harmony rule I am using is Analogous. And then when I have the color theme that I like and I like these very much. I am going to click on this button right here to add that to my Swatches panel. Let me just move that out of the way for a moment, come to my Swatches panel, and there they are. The five colors beneath it are the colors that were added from the Kuler extension, so I can click on that one and then I actually applied it as a 50% tint.

So that's how I arrived upon those colors. Now in terms of flipping the type, well it's very, very simple and straightforward. I'll just delete that text frame. We'll select this one, hold down the Alt key and the Shift key and pull away from it to make a duplicate. Then we want to flip it on itself so I am going to just drag one of the corners over onto itself. That's now I mirrored it and then we'll select the text and maybe I should have typed this before I mirrored, but I think I am okay with typing it in its mirrored state.

Let me make sure I have my Caps Lock on. And if necessary just extend the width of that text frame because it has more text in it now. Just to make this recede a bit more, so it's not competing with this, let me come to my Swatches panel, choose my Formatting Effects Text button, and increase the Tint on this to make it more similar to the color of the background so that it looks like that.

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