Unfortunately due to uncontrollable circumstances I was forced to replace Harry Cadby (Frontman) and Charles Blackwell (guitarist).
I replaced them with Oscar Barette (right) and Laurie Corbel (left). Both have a large amount of experience performing on stage and are both comfortable on camera. Both will be taking the roles of guitarists.
I replaced frontman Harry with previous guitarist Matt Donaldson. Matt has experience performing live and is very comfortable on camera. Matt’s skills as a performer are very strong and he holds a lot of charisma, making him fitting replacement.
My final Digi-Pak contains striking colours and images while maintaining the simplistic style I was initially aiming for. The abstract image on the back cover highlights the alternative look and style of my band and the drive away from the conventional style of modern pop bands.
Very simply, once I had written down my song Titles, I used colour overlay to change the colour of the font.
Inner CD Cover
Using the ‘Elliptical Marquee Tool’ I cropped the image so that if would fit the CD template. The cut out below is the body of the CD. I then added a black and white filter.
Following the same steps that I have done for my front and back cover I created the same colour scheme by blending the red and blue layers together.
Finally I moved the image onto a new black layer to complete the design.
Using a picture I took on my GoPro last year, I used the ‘Quick Selection’ tool to separate the image from it’s original background and create a new copy.
I then added a black and white filter before adding a solid red layer and multiplying the layer to add the red effect to my image .
I then added the same solid blue layer that I used on my Album cover to ensure consistency in my colour patterns and used the lighten effect to blend the red and blue layers.
I again used the ‘Magnetic Polygonal Tool’ to smooth out the edges of the image.
I then moved the image onto a new black layer. I rotated the image and duplicated the layer, allowing me to have two of the same images. I then flipped one of the images vertically, allowing me to have a mirrored effect.
I then added the necessary copyright barcodes and details to complete the cover.
I used the ‘Magnetic Lasso Tool’ to create a cut out of the image I wanted to use for my cover. This allowed me to separate the individual image from the original background.
I then added a solid red layer, using the multiply tool to add a red shade to my image.
I then added another solid layer, using the digits ‘172c5a‘ to create a darker shade of blue. Using the lighten option I blended the solid blue layer with the solid red layer.
In order to smooth out the edges of my image I used the ‘polygonal Lasso tool’ This gave my image a cleaner look.
Using the ‘move tool’ I dragged the image onto a separate solid black layer. Adjusting the size to fit the layer.
I added a gradient overlay to blend the bottom half of the image into the background, before adding the title using ‘Assa Fonts’, which I downloaded off the internet.
Having played around on photoshop I came up with multiple ideas and concepts for my final DigiPak. Although none of them have been used for my final draft they were extremely helpful in allowing me to see what worked and what didn’t. Most importantly I was able to take certain aspects from designs and place them into my final DigiPak. Furthermore my skills on photoshop developed dramatically, allowing me to use the skills I developed to create the best DigiPak that I could possibly make.
Below are the different concepts for my front cover. I played around with the same image for the majority of them as I wanted to make it clear that it was a band. However as you can see in the other designs I was still attracted to the simplistic style as well.
I also struggled with finding a good concept/design for my inside cover. I played around with multiple ideas, especially with the images of the boys swimming. Again although none of these ideas have been used, I used the image of the boy swimming in my final draft.
On the 6th December I had my first photoshoot with the band I will be using. I was relatively happy in the end with the pictures I got, however I have only used one or two of the pictures for my digipak. I found that for most of the pictures the lighting was to dark. I shot it in the school drama studio and therefor had access to convex spotlights which allowed me to shine a certain spotlight or colour on the band.
I will be doing another more professional shoot with them in the media studio at school.
I have decided to change my song choice. Originally I wanted to use Tom Odell’s ‘Another Love’. However after the recreation task I have decided to alter my song to an indie pop song called ‘Why do you feel so down?’ by Declan McKenna. This song is slightly more upbeat and will suit the style of film that I want to make.
My new design includes a retro analog effect. I also added a grain layer to give off the vintage feel. I am happier with this design compared to my initial idea as you get a better sense of who the artist/band is.
* the students used in this photo will not be used in my band. They have been used simply for my draft.
I added small animations to give the album a sense of fun and silliness; a mood which I hope to give off in my music video. The picture on the right has the grainy effect and the one on the left does not.