Trucos de diseño para diseñar como locos
Since discovering the wonderful world of literature book’ covers have passionate me. As an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy I recognize that in many cases, I can imagine that like all readers, I have been guided by a fancy cover when buying a book, a CD or a comic.
This is the reason why I like to do packaging, covers, posters … In this publication I will show you a cover made based on an idea from a fellowillustrator, who wanted to break the classic style of illustration’ books.
After evaluating and maturing the idea and make an outline with which you are satisfied, the first step is to get the necessary documents: a photograph and a hand drawing that is part of the book’s title imaginary.
It is important to choose an image that will offer possibilities to carry out the task you have proposed. This is a step of the process in which it is better to lose a little more time searching, comparing and studying different images to choose what we believe it’s the most appropriate, instead of getting the job done with the first image that we find. In case it is a contract job, I recommend testing with the client in order to validate the images, this will also save a lot of trouble.
The image chosen for this work is from Nemolumos, model and photographer, and is part of the image resource bank of deviantart. For the picture in the title I made myself a fast cartoon-style drowning trying to get the simple aspect of comic strips in black and white that appear in newspapers.
It is necessary to tweak the original image to clear blemishes, enhance color, etc … First trade the body of the model to alter the background color and skin independently.
In a new layer fix any details of the skin such as moles, pimples, etc … using for this the clone brush, or the corrective patch, as we saw in this publication, Repair images, the dangers of cloning. Then we use a Gaussian blur layer, suitably masked to soften the skin texture.
Since the bottom of the picture is clear enough in itself a layer of brightness/contrast helps to let even closer to the target, while improving overall lighting model. A layer of selective correction for the background helps to clean it up a little better.
Selective correction is useful in this case also to intensify the color of eyes and lips. After applying a high pass filter to sharpen the image and is ready to be mounted in Indesign.
The cartoon could be cleaned with PhotoShop in the case it should have been more detailed, but here the process with Illustrator’s interactive trace tool is done to clean the image and debug the issue sought. Besides the added advantage that vectorized images can be used to the size you want.
The last step is to compose the cover. The tool used to create the document with the cover varies greatly from one designer to another. This choice largely depends on the needs of the document. Usually I use Indesign to generate the final document, whether much of the work is carried out with PhotoShop or another tool. The advantage of using the Adobe suite is that its different file formats are easily carried from one application to another, saving much time trying to resolve incompatibilities.
The original idea in designing this work was to create the cover like a book of a generic advice for designers written in first person by a professional. For this reason both the image for the cover and the title of the cartoon are very personal. When you insert the photo of the model is easy to use utilities composition of layers, as it was published in The same document, different layers about the use of this tool, you can also use visibility of layers to put the hand over the cartoon, thanks to you trace it previously.
Now is the time to create the final composition. For this example I tried to hear what the photographer said to me, this was “keep it simple and attractive”. With that in mind I attempted to made a different cover but keeping all the elements together.