Exercise 109

Album Cover

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Using the introductory skills covered in the lecture, open Adobe InDesign and create an album (CD) cover for a new album by your favorite band. Take some time to think through the “Design Process” and make sure to define your role as the designer, the intended audience of the work (viewer, listener), and the desired outcome of the cover art.

Special Note:  As I will not be in class today before you begin this exercise, you should watch Lecture 109 here.

Part I: Size & Layout

  • Begin with a Compact Disc size document (In the New Document dialog box, go to the Print tab and select Compact Disc from the Blank Document Presets) in Adobe InDesign.  You may wish to change your default units to inches by navigating to Edit>User Preferences> Units & Increments... (Alternatively you can right-click where the two rulers meet and change the units from there)
  • Now, using your own images or images you have found on the internet, place the image into your InDesign document (Follow InDesign 2.2 [place, re-size, crop]) Remember, you can use Photoshop to process/correct the image before using it in InDesign!
  • You can now add text (we will talk in-depth about "text" in the next lecture) using the text tool. Select an appropriate font.
  • Don’t forget to use your intuition. Be creative and have fun!

Part 2: Exporting your work

  • When you have finished your layout, save your InDesign file in the way discussed in the lecture. (This should be an .indd file)
  • Now, use the File>Export command to create a .jpg of your work. You should select .jpg as the format, and choose where you would like to save the file. When prompted change the resolution to 300 ppi and the Quality to High.
  • By the end of the lab today, post your work on the course website.