Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Coloring the artwork, part of Designing a CD Cover.
This is where we are at with our CD Cover Design inspired by the work of Andrew Goldsworthy, and we are trying to get something like this. I think this time, my second time of doing it, it's going to be better than the first time. I'm liking this one better already. Our next step, if you were with me in the previous movie, there was quite a lot of repetition involved, duplicating the leaves, coloring the leaves. Thankfully, it gets easier from here on. We can turn off the layout for the color wheel.
We can also come down to the bottom of our layer stack and turn off the layout for the grid. I'm now going to select all of the layers for the leaves and the colors above them. Select the first of those, hold down the Shift key, move to the top of the layer stack and select that. Then from the Layers Panel menu, I'm going to choose New Group from layers. I'll call it Group 1. Now all of those are organized into a single group. Now that they're in a single group, what I'm going to do is duplicate that group by dragging it onto the New layer icon.
So I now have copy of that. I'll call this Group 2. Now with the group selected, I'm going to press Cmd+T. This will allow me to transform everything that is in the group. So I'm going to transform it from its center point, holding down the Alt key and the Shift key and pulling in, like so. Let's also rotate it around the circle. So I'm going to try and have it fill in the gaps a little bit. Make it a little bit bigger.
If you go wrong, as I just did, your undos will work while you are in your transformation rectangle. Okay, I quite like that. So I'm going to press Return. I think the next thing I'm going to do is make another duplicate. I'm going to duplicate Group 2. Drag that onto the New layer icon, double-click on it. We're going to call this Group 3. I'm sure you can guess what I'm going to do here, Cmd+T for Free Transform, Alt+Shift or Option+Shift and drag in towards the center point, and then let's rotate that a little bit as well.
Now, I'm getting quite a different design to the one that I showed you originally. That's because I was working with bigger leaves here. I have scaled them smaller in this version. I actually like it better I think, but I think because we've made them smaller, we could stand to have a further group. So I'm going to duplicate Group 3 to that Group 4, Cmd+T, Option+Shift or Alt+Shift, pull in towards the center and rotate; one more, why not? Okay, I think that is our design.
Now what I was coming out with this originally, I did it on a white background or a transparent background. I'm now going to change my Transparency preferences, so that I have a Grid Size of None, so that we see the transparent areas as white. I actually ended up preferring it on a black background. So I'm now going to try changing the background of this to black, but before I do that, you may remember, a couple of movies back, I set this up at being CD size, 4 3/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches.
I need an 1/8th of an inch extra on the right-hand side for the Bleed. This, on the left, is going to become the spine of the full-page booklet. So we don't need any extra Bleed there. So while I'm here, I'm going to do this. So I'm going to come to Canvas Size. Put my gray anchor point on the left, so that any extra is added on the right-hand side. Then we'll make the Width 4.875 inches.
I've just got a little bit extra on the left. I'm now going to press my D key, which will set my foreground color to black. Then making sure I'm on my background layer, Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete key. Now I need to just add the name of the artist and the title, which is poptuna, and title is chill. So with my Type tool, I'm going to come to the top of my layer stack.
Click and poptuna have their name all in lower case, so that's how I'm going to type it, all in lowercase. I think I want that to be white. I'm going to use my scrubby thing up here to change the size of my type. I think I'm just going to go with Myriad Pro, nice simple San Serif and position that. Then to contrast with that and since we're using all lower case for the name, I think we'll use all lowercase for the title as well.
I'm going to use a script phase called Bickham Script Pro, which you should have because it comes with InDesign, but if you don't, use any other script face. Just to make sure that those two layers share the same left edge, I'm going to select them both and then use my Alignment options right there. So quite a different end result, but the process was the same, but we did get quite a different end result. One more thing, just one more thing, and that is I'd like to put a black bar behind the artist name.
I'm going to drag that to the top of the layers. I'll create a new layer underneath that one, Cmd or Ctrl and click on my New layer icon. Then I'll just drag a marquee selection around that, press my X key to make sure that black is my foreground color, Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete key. Then I'm going to reduce the Opacity and/or in this case, I'm just going to change the Blend mode.
I changed the Blend mode of that to Soft Light, so it just makes the title or the name of the artist stand out a little bit more against the background. I could do the same with the title of the CD, but I don't think I'm going to in this case. So there is the first of our five different approaches. This is the first of our five mockups, which we will then send to our client and see what they come back with, see what their feedback is.
- Working with templates
- Combining type and images
- Selecting and preparing images
- Experimenting with color and transparency
- Designing with a grid
- Applying consistent formatting with paragraph, character, and object styles
- Laying out the track listing
- Creating a logo
- Making a print-ready PDF