Album Cover Construction

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Album Cover Construction

  1. 1. Further Tools Tools When starting my front cover for my CD/DVD cover, I had to use a Once the program was up, I was clear of where everything was and what I program called ‘Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended’ and on some occasions was going to be using to edit my images. As you can see, on the left shows I used ‘Adobe Photoshop CS5’. In this case, I opened the program on my the tools that I would possibly use to edit my image and further tools at Apple Mac Laptop to get started. the top that give variation of using a different tool to the ones identified on the left . The chosen image for my album cover To edit my image onto Adobe Photoshop, I had to open it first, I then had to the select the image that I wanted to edit. I had already chosenotherwise there would be nothing for me to edit. In doing so, I went the image that I wanted to use for the front cover of my CD/DVD Cover, so it to ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ was easy for me to go ahead and find the image, in an instant.
  2. 2. Once, I clicked the image it came up on Adobe Photoshop, in As I as was going to start airbrushing my model’s face, I had towhich I was pleased that so far, I was using the program correctly. duplicate the image and rename it, (although I still hadAs you can see, the image is simple, but beautiful effective. This is another copy of it). This is usually done, when images are seen by the girl in the image, looking away from the camera, in being airbrushed. which her hair falls beautifully, making her look sweet/nice and quite innocent. After that, I began to edit straight away. When clicking on ‘Gaussian Blur’ you have to make sure that the ‘Radius’ is set the right ‘Pixel’. The radius can go to high numbers or to low numbers, but theOnce I had done duplicated the image, I went to ‘Filter’ then down to important thing is that you choose a radium that makes the image look blurry but‘Blur’ and then to ‘Gaussian Blur’ in which I clicked on it. This is very not too blurry, as this have an effect when you come to airbrush or image.important when airbrushing, as the ‘Gaussian Blur’ must be correct. Therefore, I did my radius at ‘5.0 pixels’ in which you are able to see how it has an effect on the original image; in this case I my radius was set perfectly as the image didn’t look too blurry.
  3. 3. Duplicate Layer HistoryOnce that was done, I went to my ‘History’ in which I clicked on my After doing that I used the ‘Brush Tool’ to airbrush my model’sduplicated layer that was named ‘Rosie’. I then scrolled down on my face, in which I had to take my time and do it accurately,history and ticked the box that consisted of the ‘Gaussian Blur’ tool because I mainly just wanted her face to be airbrushed. that I used. This enables me to start airbrushing officially. Airbrushed An Airbrushed Area As you can see from the circled area here, I did a bit of airbrushing below my model’s lips. You may not be able to see the ultimate difference, but that is because the ability airbrushing a picture is to This was the finalised version of what my model’s face looked like after it had been make sure that it looks natural. airbrushed accurately, in which it looks amazing.
  4. 4. Once I had airbrushed my models’ face, I notice that there was a lot of blown hair around hair (that was from her head of hair) so to solve this I decided to also airbrush round the outsides of her hair, in which I would be able to blend it in with the cream/grey background.Airbrushing This did take quite a while to do, as I did not airbrush someone part of outside areas accurately, in which I had to re-do them carefully.the blownhair This worked perfectly as it was wasn’t really noticeable to indentify and it looked completely realistic when viewing the image as a whole. When I had finished airbrushing the outlines of my model’s hair, I thought that the image looked quite dark and didn’t have enough life to it. In this case, I decided to brighten the image and enhance the contrast of it. By doing so, I went into ‘Image’ then down to ‘Adjustments’ then across, I clicked ‘Brightness/Contrast’. As you can see on the left, I have shown what level I enhanced by brightness and contrast, in which you are able to identify from looking at the image, of how it has had an effect on the image and how it looks so much better than it did before.
  5. 5. After brightening my image, I decided to change the colour of my model’s eyes Once I had clicked ‘Variations’ there were different colour changes of the to make them look more eye-catching. However, I still wanted them to look eyes. These colours were to make the eye look more green, yellow, cyan, natural and realistic. In doing so, I circled my model’s eye with the ‘Magnetic red, blue or magenta, in which I chose for the eye to have more cyan in Lasso’ tool, in which I went to ‘Image’, then ‘Adjustment’, then across and it. down to ‘Variations’. Circled eye with the ‘Magnetic Lasso’ Tool Once again, I circled my left eye with the ‘Magnetic Lasso’ tool, in I then clicked the ‘Variations’ tool again, in which I chose to make her eye look which you are able to identify what the tool actually looks like. more cyan again, so that it matched the right eye. This is the overall result of how my model’s eyes OVERALL RESULT OF looked after being edited with the ‘Variations’ THE EDITED EYES tool, in which it looks realistic ad natural
  6. 6. After finishing the editing of my model’s face, I decided to put text As you can see from looking at the image, I put the text saying ‘Your on my image. This made sense, as without there being text on my Song’ in the colour of a green/turquoise as I wanted it to match the album cover, the audience wouldn’t be able to identify who the colour of my model’s eyes. I also put another text that said ‘Ellie artist was and what the album was called. In this case, I called the Goulding’ so that the audience could identify the artist. In this case, I album ‘Your Song’ as that was the song that I was doing for my put the colour of the text saying ‘Ellie Goulding’ in white so that it music video. differs from the name of the album. THE OFFICIAL ALBUM COVERThis is the finished version of my album cover for Ellie Goulding’s ‘Your Song’. As you can see the album name differs from the name of the artist, as it’s in blocked capital letters and it’s in a different colour. I’m really pleased of how the album cover turned out, after all the editing I did to it.
  7. 7. This was the image that I was going to use for the back cover of As I as was going to start airbrushing my model’s face again, Imy album cover, as one is always needed in an album. Once, it had to duplicate the image and rename it, (although I still had was up on Adobe Photoshop I began editing straight away. another copy of it). As you know, I had done this previously with the front cover of my album. Once I had done duplicated the image, I went to ‘Filter’ then I then set my radius at ‘4.0 pixels’ in which you are able to seedown to ‘Blur’ and then to ‘Gaussian Blur’ in which I clicked on it. how it has an effect on the original image; in this case I my radius was set perfectly as the image didn’t look too blurry.
  8. 8. As shown from this image, I started to airbrush my model’s face After airbrushing my model’s face, I wanted to make the image a lotvery slowly as I wanted to make sure that I airbrushed the right brighter so that it was in the same contrast as the front cover of my areas, so that the editing was accurate. CD/DVD Cover. In doing so, I once again went to Image, then down to Adjustments, then over to Brightness/Contrast.This shows the different levels, where I enhanced the Brightness and For the audience to identify the tracklist of the album so that they Contrast of my image. As shown above, you are able to see the are aware of the songs that are being featured on the album. I had to Brightness/Contrast bar more clearer. do this, I had to use the Text ‘Horizontal Type’ tool, in which I typed out all the songs that were featured on the album.
  9. 9. I then positioned the text to the right side of the image, as I didn’t want Once I had positioned the text to the right side of the image, I changed the it to draw the attention away from the closing of the eye (what my colour of my model’s earring stud, as I wanted it to look more turquoise. In model is portraying in the image). doing so, I circled the stud with the Magnetic Lasso Tool, then went to Image, then across to Adjustments and then down to Variations The earring stud (edited) As my model’s stud was quite blue, I had to make it look more turquoise by This id what the earring stud looked like after I finished editing it, ineither choosing it to have more green, yellow, cyan, red, blue or magenta, in which you are able to identify that it is more turquoise, which I’m really which I chose for it to be more cyan, as it made the stud look more happy with. turquoise.
  10. 10. Since the text wasn’t lined up properly, I positioned it more to theright side of the of the image, as the text shouldn’t interfere withthe image since the image is portraying/representing one thingand the text is following up from that.From a person’s perspective here, you may not be able to identifythe text as clearly as should be shown, but at the moment I amtaking the risk of colouring the text white, as I want it to be simplethrough inspiration of Adele’s album ‘21’.I thought it would be smart of me to double check the name ofthe songs that were featured on the album, in which I printscreened this as evidence.I found out that I titled one of the songs ‘Starry Eyed Peas’ insteadof ‘Starry Eyed’. I immediately changed the text of this, so that itmade a lot more sense for the title of the song and also that theaudience don’t get confused of whether the title of the track isright or wrong.
  11. 11. The HD DVD Cover TemplateAfter I finish editing my images, I needed to put my images on CD/DVD I opened the HD DVD Cover Template in my folder ‘A2 Media’ (on Cover and Backcover template, so that it definitely look like a my USB/Memory Stick’ in which this was going to the template that album/DVD. In this case, I had to open the template. I would have to work with for my CD/DVD Cover and Backcover. Once I clicked the HD DVD Cover Template, I clicked ‘Open’ to open This is was the HD DVD Cover Template looks like once uploaded. As the image on Adobe Photoshop. (This is something that I found you can see it looks very professional, although it doesn’t look like your incredibly easy to do). usual DVD Template, in any case I’m still happy with it.
  12. 12. The album cover image The album cover image stretched/spread out Since I had uploaded the DVD template, I had to put my album cover As you can see, I started to stretch out my album cover image ononto it. In doing so, I opened my album cover image and started to place the front cover of the DVD template. From looking at the image, it it on the front cover of the DVD template. looks quite nice and simple, as that it what I’m mainly aiming for. The backcover image The backcover image being stretched/spread outThis is the image of my backcover, as you can see it looks quite simple This image, shows me spreading out the image, on the backcover of the DVD but beautiful as it shows my model portraying the likes of natural template. As you can see, the image shows simple can be effective as both the beauty, to the audience. front cover and backcover, contrast as they both different but yet still simple.
  13. 13. Middle of the template Once I had spread out both images across the template, I needed to As clearly identified, the text evidently says ‘Ellie Goulding’, in add text in the middle of the template, as albums/music DVDs always which I needed the colour of the text to match the colour have text in the middle of the template, so that people can identify the palette of the CD/DVD Cover itself, so I put the colour as a light name of the album/DVD when it’s flat on a shelf. beige.After I had finished putting the text saying ‘Ellie Goulding’, I created another Once I had put the text up on the middle part of the template, I turned it piece of text that said ‘Your Song’ which is the name of the album. In this so that the text was being read vertically. In doing so, I also changed thecase, I did the album in the colour of turquoise to match the turquoise colour size of the text so that it was a lot easier to read. already shown on the front cover.
  14. 14. From looking at the image on the left, you can see the simplicityof the album, yet you can see how effective it is for the audiencewhen viewing it.There is a simple colour palette going on which is white,turquoise, light beige and brown (from the model’s hair). Withthe colour palette not being overrated, it goes with the simplicityof the music video, as there are no overrated palette colours inthe music video. This is mainly the finished version of my CD/DVD cover for Ellie Goulding’s ‘Your Song’. I believe that this image, matches the beautiful simplicity of the music video, in which I believe that target audience will understand why I have chose these images and how it relates to the song and music video.
  15. 15. The text that features all the songs on the albumSince I was not entirely happy with the finalised version of the CD/DVD I changed the colour of the text from white to brown, as it matched the Cover (backcover), I changed the colour of the text, that showed the model’s hair and it was more identifiable, plus it was clearer for the featured songs on the album. audience to see and read. The finalised version of the backcover This is the finalised version of the CD/DVD backcover and as you can see, it looks a lot better than before, as you are able to see the text is a lot clearer because of the colour change that I made.
  16. 16. This is what the backcover looked a lot alongside thefront cover, and as you can see it looks quite nice andeffective as the brown goes nicely with the colour of themodel’s hair.Once I had finish doing that, I changed the colour of thetext that was in the middle template.The text I changed, was the text that said the words‘Ellie Goulding’. The reason for this was because the textwasn’t ultimately clear, as it was blending in with thewhite background on the template.I also included a barcode for the pricing of the album.I decided to change the colour of the text saying ‘EllieGoulding’ to grey, as it would be a lot clearer and moreidentifiable for the audience.In this case, once I had finished doing that I was pleasedwith the CD/DVD cover itself as I thought it lookedprofessional and logical, as it suited the song and musicvideo, unbelievably.
  17. 17. THE CD/DVD COVER FOR ELLIE GOULDING ‘YOUR SONG’

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