Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping the images and preparing the type, part of Designing a CD Cover.
Having made our grid, having placed photos into that grid, we now just have a couple of things to do to this before we can send it to our client and get their opinion on it. And those things are, we need to at the type, and we may want to do some cropping on the pictures. So first of all, let's do the cropping on the pictures. As I mouse over these, you'll see the content select of the donut up here in the middle of the image. I can then click on that to select the content within the frame, and I may want to zoom in to a larger view size in order to see this, and then reposition the image within the frame.
In this case, I am going to nudge that one down a bit. And I may find that there are several of these that would benefit from a slight nudge in one direction or the other. Rather than dragging here, I am just using my cursor arrows and if I want to move in bigger increments, I can hold down my Shift key and if I find that the increments I am moving in are little bit too big, I can go to my Preferences, for Windows uses your preferences are under the Edit menu, and come to units and increments where I can change the cursor key, and I am going to take that down to a half point rather than a whole point.
And then if I hold the shift key I'm moving five times that increment, so little bit of finessing here and there with the picture cropping, and then we are going to add some Type. This might be a little bit easier, just so that we don't disturb any of these pictures now that they're in place, to rename this layer pictures and just because I always do it this way, I am going to make the pictures layer color red. And then, I am going to add a new layer, which I will call Text, and I will lock the pictures layer, so we need to add the artist name, Poptuna, and we need to add the CD title, Chill.
And I think in both cases, these are going to be quite understated. I am going to use the Sans -Serif font, Myriad Pro. I need to use a color that is going to stand out a bit from the background, so I am going to choose yellow, but then modify the yellow, so it's not quite as pure as it currently is. I am going to add 15% cyan, and we will also add 15% black. So that's more of a goldy yellow, increase my point size there, probably want to go to the Bold or perhaps Semi-bold weight, I think semi-bold. Bold looks a little bit too heavy I think.
Double-click on one of the corners of the frame to fit the frame to the content. And then I am just going to sort of position that against a relatively homogenous background, so that it is not too difficult to read. I don't mind that it's a little bit challenging to read, but we do want it to be readable. And then I am going to duplicate that and just change the title. And in this case I am going to run that just over a single grid square.
And of course, I could fuss with that for quite a long time to get that how I like it, but I think I'm going to quit right there. So, there we are with our third CD concept, inspired by the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, the use of the photo grid, and also the use of photo grid that we saw in the Pearl Jam No Code CD cover, using a 6 x 6 grid filled with images of different textures, man-made and natural textures, hopefully reflecting the very textured nature of the music.
- 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