Alright you had your photo shoot, you have your photos, now what?
There are many, many programs you can use to edit your photos for any of you needs. Photoshop, Bridge, Coral, Lightroom, Aperture and many more. The things that these programs can do in insane. You can create fire out of nothing, remove that zit that popped up the night before, remove that double chin if you so please. Any of them are grand as well. Even if you can’t afford CS5 or bum a license off of your friend, any of the previous versions work just as well, even if your still on 7. You may just be missing a tool or so but you can still create magnificent images.
When I’m in the shop, meaning at my computer, it depending on what I’m working on, determines which program I open. If I’m working in bulk, I tend to go with Bridge because you can do everything at once. You can view all of your photos at once, tag ones you like, want to use, you can adjust the color, the contrast, anything to all of them at once. This saves a lot of time when you have to go through 100+ images of the same person or group and shot them all with similar settings.
When I’m working on a project, I go with Photoshop. Here you can focus on one image at at time and polish it until you’re happy. You can change the whole look of the photo. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can create it. Try. I dare ya. You can desaturate it (make it black and white) by clicking the desaturate button which does it by itself, or you can adjust the levels yourself to give it the exact look you want, you can sepia tone it and give it the rustic, old time feeling (that coppertone look), add text and shadow, bold, texturize the font to really make it stand out and look good. You can make the foreground black and white and leave the subject in color, merge photos together, make the image a bit sharper, really anything you need to do.
When you’re making a flyer, whether it’s 11×18 or a quarter sheet you need all the standard things:
- An eye-catching image to attract the eyes to your flyer
- Your name so people know who the flyer is about
- Event info (CD release date, venue name, address, event date, time, all the important information, but still needs to be short and too the point)
- Addition contact information (website, myspace, facebook, etc)
Album art is slightly different. It doesn’t have to have any photographs in it at all. You can have it be 100% graphic design, just text, its up to you. It’s your work. You still could use these editing programs to get it all done however. You can change the image size here so it will fit properly in the jewel case or be the appropriate size for a slip case, use the rulers so everything is neatly aligned, use one of the many filters to give yourself a mosaic look…maybe? A Standard CD Cover has two different dimensions for the front and the back. The front half should be 12cm x 12cm and the the back should be 11.75cm x 15.1cm. Remember, the back is a bit bigger and has the side flaps. Another couple of important thing to remember is that this images should be high resolution as well, 300dpi. This should be done so its crisp and clean no matter the printer. The second is to leave some bleed room. Don’t leave any text or important imaging on any of the boards in the event they get cut during printing.
If you have any question about things you’re working on, feel free to keep sending me messages.