Book Cover Art Chapter 6: UNMOVING tutorial continued

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Design Advice, Series | No Comments

If you’re just now joining us on this cover designing adventure, I’d suggest picking up from Chapter 5, where we begin the tutorial, or Chapter 1, to see how far we’ve come. Last week we ended off with a good starting base of a color-adjusted and textured bench:

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And again, the basic design elements

Part II: Step-By-Step Tutorial for the Unmoving Book Cover

Bring in the filigree

To start, we’re going to jump right in to the floral filigree steps, which is– by far– the more difficult part. Bring the floral filigree in to your photoshop document by your preferred method (c+p, drag/drop, etc…), into a new layer above the work we’ve already done. You’ll want to Transform (CTRL/Command +T) and rotate the image -5.77 degrees to the left, to get it in a similar location as the final for unmoving. Of course, you can omit this step.

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Set the layer to Lighten and you’ll see a very gray silhouette of the filigree:Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 6.29.54 PM

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To get that gold color, we need to mess with the image Hue & Saturation by going to Image > Adjustment > Hue and Saturation: 

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Click the Colorize option, and then then this is where a lot of playing around, and guess/check comes into play. If you select Preview you can see your progress before committing to anything. I set Hue to “45”, Saturation to “24” and Lightness to “+15”.

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It’ll give you that gold color on only the filigree element.

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But the filigree in the sky too light for our liking, so duplicate the layer by either clicking CTRL/command + J or right-clicking the layer and selecting Duplicate Layer:

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Set this layer to “49%” Opacity:

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There, that’s a little better! But now we have all that crap over the fence that we definitely don’t need. Here’s another section that’s guess-and-check worthy as well. Take those two filigree layers and put them in a group of their own by highlighting them both and hitting CNTRL/Command + G or right-clicking and clicking the folder icon at the bottom of your layer window:

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Your two filigree layers should now be in their own group, easy to edit at the same time, which is what we’re about to do! Using that same icon bar above, when selecting the group folder as a whole, hit the icon with the circle in the square to create a mask.

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This adds a white box next to your group, which – in essence – allows us to erase any element within the group, without truly editing the image itself. That way, if we ever need to go back and make changes, we don’t lose the authenticity of the image:

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(Disregard that mine says “Group 9”, yours likely will say “Group 1”)

Now, name sure you’re selecting the mask (it should have a the frame around the corners when selected as seen above), you can select the Eraser tool. You can hit “E” on your keyboard to pull it up, or find the eraser icon in your left toolbar:

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From the color selection at the bottom of your toolbar, make sure the foreground color is set to white:

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We’re moving all around your screen now. Looking at the top toolbar, you can select the brush size and shape to use. Make sure it’s set to a fuzzy circle, at any given size (mine is 300px):

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Working back on your artboard, begin to “erase” the filigree overlapping the bench and surrounding area. You’ll notice your mask on the group layer begin to turn black where you’ve erased:

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I can’t say exactly how I erased, but you can see my mask on the guide layer as a general idea. The lighter grays were created by changing the opacity of my eraser while erasing, so I wasn’t deleting as much. And there you have it! The filigree has been added to your design.

Typesetting title, author name, and tagline

We’re now jumping to the easiest part of the design. You’ll see that’s italicized, because although I consider it now the easiest part of the design, Kisa and I still went through multiple different combinations and options before settling on the final. Let’s start with the tagline…

The fonts used were “Gotham – Light” and “Gotham – Bold”, for the unbolded and bolded words, respectively, at a font size of 9pt. Here’s where you can sub for Century Gothic (a common computer font). All you really have to do here is type out

“Everyone has a limited supply of good karma. What happens when it’s gone?”

And break the line between the sentences. Center this nicely in the sky, and you’re all set with the tagline:

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Next, the title. The title is “Proxima Nova Alt Condensed – Light” at font size “64pt”. Here’s where you can sub “Collaborate – Thin“. Type out “Unmoving” in all UPPERCASE. The font color doesn’t matter at this point. Set it evenly between the tagline and the top of the bench:

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Back in your layers window, change the fill to “0%”

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You’ll notice the font has disappeared, but that’s okay! That’s what we want. Make sure you have the text layer selected, and from the layer toolbar at the bottom of your layer window, click the FX icon and select “Drop Shadow”:

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Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 7.09.34 PMThis’ll open the effects window, where you can change the Distance to “5”, Spread to “89”, Size to “1” and Angle to “150”:

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And, boom. The title 🙂 The last piece of text, Kisa’s name. Her name is in the “Proxima Nova Alt Condensed – Light” font at size size “14pt”. Here’s another place where you can sub “Collaborate – Thin“. Type out “Kisa Whipkey” in all UPPERCASE, and place it right below the title, centered on the artboard.

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Similar to the title, we’ll open the Drop Shadow Effects window, and set the Blend Mode to “Normal”, Opacity to “75”, Angle at “150”, Distance to “1”, Spread to “0” and Size to “1”:

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After hitting “OK”, all the text in the design is complete!

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Last, but certainly not least, next week we’ll address the necklace sitting on the bench, and finish off the Book Cover Art Series! I hope you’ve enjoyed (and found useful) this step-by-step tutorial. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what I’m here for!

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