To learn Photoshop production techniques by example. To learn Photoshop
filters, layer styles and adjustment layers by recreating the book cover
Low budgets sometimes requires Photoshop to become a photo studio.
In this case, a three-dimensional object (the rosary) was scanned
and placed on top of a computer-generated "canvas." By modeling
the light on the canvas, one can achieve a "photographic" effect.
With limited type elements, Photoshop can also act as a layout
tool. In this case, the seemingly random placement of the type
elements help create a poetic balance.
- download starter files
- launch Photoshop
- file > new "book.psd" (6x9
inches, 150 dpi, RGB)
- practice Adobe navigation keyboard shortcuts: space = hand;
space+cmd = zoom in; space+cmd+opt = zoom out; cmd+zero
= fit in window
- file > place "rosary.psd"
laying out the cover
- copy and paste type from "book.txt" into 3 layers
- make type Adobe Garamond:
• tagline: 8 pt, bold, tracking = 300
• title: 30 pt, semibold italic, tracking = 150
• author: 14 pt, regular, tracking = 450
- select "background" layer, new layer "canvas"
- edit >
fill > 50% gray (not 50% transparency)
- filter > convert to smart filters
- choose default colors
- filter > filter gallery > sketch: conte crayon
(texture = canvas, foreground = 11, background = 7, relief = 4,
light = top left; scaling = 200%)
- filter > distort > shear
- make foreground color a tan color
- new adjustment layer (hue/saturation): colorize, adjust
- go to "rosary" layer, change layer mode from "normal" to "multiply"
- fine-tune layout
lighting the background
- zoom out
- go to quick mask mode; paint edges (300 blurred)
- filter >
blur > gaussian blur (60); return to standard mode
- add new adjustment layer (levels)
above "canvas" layer; make lighter
- new layer "shadow"
- make foreground color dark brown
- paint corners; make layer
mode "multiply"; adjust opacity
- add layer style (drop shadow) to "silence" layer
- add layer style (color overlay): change type to red
- add your name and the exercise number on the PSD file
- layer > flatten image; image > mode > CMYK
- file > save as (format=JPEG; quality=10)
- open the JPEG in Photoshop and print a proof for grading
- file your graded proof in your Process Book for individual review