Lab day: Book Cover Design
Lab day for
Book Cover Design!
Use your time wisely and remember to think about the following design questions while you are working:
1. Am I using type in a unique way?
2. Am I remembering to take into account the Principles of Design?
3. How does my color scheme set the tone for the narrative of the book?
4. Is the layering and seaming of imagery cohesive?
5. Am I considering the front cover, the spine AND the back cover?
Design Project One begins: Book Cover Design Collage in Photoshop
Objectives: Use Photoshop knowledge of scanning, sizing and manipulation of images and color to create an original Book Cover Design. The final design should be a collage of images and a unique layout of type.
Final project includes:
1. Brainstorming (5 downloaded book covers that inspire you) and 5 thumbnail sketches for composition, type and layout. This brainstorming should include any visual research, mind-mapping and inspiration and can be hand drawn. Place a PDF document of all 10 brainstorming images in your folder labeled, “Brainstorming – Book Design”
3. A final .jpg and PDF document of design.
4. Size requirements: 8” x 10.5” at 300 dpi-
Remember you will not only be designing the front cover, but the spine and the back cover as well. This should read as one cohesive design.
1. Use a variety of original images.
2. Use selection tools to clip photographs and arrange these on layers.
3. Add color through Hue and Saturation to each layer.
4. Add text that correlates to the Book Design, title, author, etc. Be sure to think about typography design to create an artistic arrangement of the words.
8. The design layout should be original, yet balanced.
9. Create unity by repetition of color, type styles and sizes and texture technique.
For inspiration: Check Amazon.com, Book Cover Archive , NYTimes Book Design Review and your bookshelves! Also see CORALIE BICKFORD-SMITH, a highly celebrated book designer for Penguin Classics, Anna Dorfman
TENTATIVE DUE DATE: Friday, March 3
This week is a catch up week. Use today’s class to finish your Image Adjustments and your two collages.
If time: (otherwise we will start this next week)
1. Critique/Feedback on your favorite collage.
2. Start brainstorming and research for Book Cover Design Project (Intro and start next week)
- Create projects in software used for illustration, image editing and page layout.
- Demonstrate/use current technology.
Mastery of Photoshop selection tools including: Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand, Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush, Layers.
Assignment 3: Digital Collages: Using selection tools and magic wand make (2) 8” x 10”collages using sections and pieces of your original images/scans/color alterations from Tuesday. Use at least 5 different images in each collage – think about how to compose an interesting design with the images that you have. Remember to assess the formal Principles of Design – Balance, Repetition and Rhythm, Scale and Proportion, Contrast and Directional Forces. Be sure to save two versions – a .psd and a .jpg Think of a way to create a collage with any of the following themes: 1. Memory 2. Documentation 3. Texture (see above links for free texture images) 4. Fantastical Landscape 5. Self Portrait See Maggie Taylor’s work or Jerry Uelsmann’s b/w photo work for inspiration on fantastical digital collages. Also, recommended by a student: Jim Carrey’s website design shows amazing photo + animated collages of his film career.
Due date for 2 digital collages: end of next class (Jan. 27)
Check out Smashing Magazine for more basic photoshop tutorials and effects.
Image Adjustments Assignment:
In this preparatory assignment, we will use your personal photos to experiment will all of the image adjustment possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. Be creative and adjust your images using Levels, Color Balance, Contrast, Brightness, Duotone, etc.
We will have class demonstrations at the beginning of class about Image Adjustments.
You need 2 total files of each original photograph. Save the original photo and a duplicate copy (for a total of 20) that have been adjusted using Levels, Color Balance, Contrast, Brightness, Duotone, etc. We will have class demonstrations at the beginning of class about Image Adjustments.