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Cover Art Tutorial (video)
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I've gone through and made a tutorial for all of those interested.  This is a video tutorial for making a fanedit DVD cover (or any dvd cover for that matter).  I've created a folder for you to download which has all of the materials I use in this cover and tutorial (including the final photoshop project files).  So, you can follow along, Bob Ross style Smile Sorry, there are no happy little trees in this cover Big Grin.  Download the project files HERE.  ~27MB

There are two options for you for the video.  You can watch the vimeo version below (which is still very nice quality) or, download the full HD version from us HERE.  If you download the version from us, it also contains the project files and folder in the rar archive.  The file is ~300MB

I would consider this tutorial appropriate for all skill-levels.  There are detailed instructions for all the steps, so those of you who havent done much with your image editing software should still be able to follow along.  For those of you who are a little more comfortable with imaging, there are some techniques here that may be considered a little more advanced.
  • Topics in this tutorial:
  • layer management
  • color correction
  • filters
  • layer styles
  • blending
  • working with vector files
  • layer transformations
  • working with text

The tutorial is for Adobe Photoshop, however many of the techniques would be applicable to other image editing applications.  I've made some notes below (think of them as appendices).  Please leave comments.  If something needs further clarification, I can update this post.






Additional Notes:

warping text
In the video, I didn't go over how to warp text, which I did for the text "The ADigitalMan Extended Addition" on the disc. Below are some notes and screenshots for how I did it

Create a new text box, and add the desired text.  After you have your text how you want it, resize the dotted text box so that there are no gaps around the text.  see the image below.


At the top of Photoshop, click on the warp text button (indicated by red arrow below)


Change the style to "Arc" and adjust the bend amount to fit your curve.  For this disc it was -66



I hope this helps.  Please let me know if something needs clarification, and also just if this was a help.  I am willing to do more tutorials in the future.  Enjoy.  AND MAKE SOME COVER ART!!!  Big Grin
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Thanks hawkings Big Grin !!!
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Excellent tutorial ThrowngCpr - very informative stuff.
Well explained and easy to follow for newcomers to photoshop. It inspired me to try my hand at some DVD artwork/covers.
I need to get used to the programs but once I get a feel for it I'll submit something.
Thanks!
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#4
This is fantastic news elbarto1!! Just what I was hoping for Smile I can't wait to see your covers
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just giving this a bump for our new members. We have a new contest coming up soon, and this is a great way to get a start. Smile
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Hello, once again.

I've been trying out your template, but I can't paste more objects out of sudden because "the scratch disks are full".

What does that mean?! Its driving me crazy...
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Never mind. I figured it out from the help menu.

Big Grin
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Batman Beyond Wrote:Hello, once again.

I've been trying out your template, but I can't paste more objects out of sudden because "the scratch disks are full".

What does that mean?! Its driving me crazy...

I had this problem to a few days ago....and still havnt a clue what was wrong.
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#9
This is really cool. Thanks Throw!
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#10
I learned everything I know about Photoshop from this video Confusedmile:
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