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Creating a DVD cover in Photoshop CS 3

Photoshop CS3 Toolbox Overview

Creating a DVD cover in Photoshop CS 3 Photoshop CS3 Toolbox Overview By P.Felstead – April

By P.Felstead – April 2008

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Creating a DVD cover in Photoshop CS 3

In this tutorial I am going to attempt to get you up and running using Photoshop whilst creating a simple DVD cover that you could if you wish modify for your own use.

Now, the first thing to bear in mind with Photoshop is that there are settings, lots and lots of them!

This is a great thing for creativity and control but a bit of a nightmare if they have all been changed to something that suits the previous user but not you.

So, to make sure that we start off at a default where we know where we are, we are going to reset the Photoshop Setting file.

The manual advises that to do this you need to press the Ctrl and Alt and Shift Keys immediately after you have started to launch Photoshop.

Like a lot of things stated in manuals this is easier written than done! After several attempts at getting nowhere I adopted this approach that I would like you to try now.

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Don’t open Photoshop yet! Just click once on the Photoshop short cut on the desktop so that it is highlighted.

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Rest three fingers on the Ctrl and Alt and Shift (left hand) Keys and another on the Enter key.

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Hit the Enter key and then immediately press the Ctrl and Alt and Shift (left hand) Keys simultaneously.

Hopefully you will be rewarded with a 'Delete the Adobe Photoshop Settings File' window.

If this is the case you can feel suitably chuffed and Click Yes and Photoshop will open with its default settings. If not then perhaps a few more attempts will be required (or the help of someone with faster reaction times!)

OK, having achieved our first level of Photoshop enlightenment we can move on to setting up our canvas.

Go to FILE -> NEW in Photoshop.

Type in DVD Cover in the name box.

Enter the following :-

Name DVD Cover

Preset - Custom

Width - 272mm and change the unit of measure from pixels to mm .

Height - 183mm

Resolution - of the image as 300 and change from pixels/cm to pixels/Inch.

Mode RGB – 8Bit

Background contents - White.

Click OK to accept your choices.

You've now got your DVD case image, but wait! It's just one page.

It will be difficult to work with the image if you do not know the boundaries of the spine and the front and back panels.

Select the Zoom tool (as shown), you will find this in your toolbox on the left hand side of the screen

this in your toolbox on the left hand side of the screen With this selected at

With this selected at the top middle of the screen you will see a Fit Screen button (shown below).

the screen you will see a Fit Screen button (shown below). Click on this and your

Click on this and your work will fit to the size of your screen.

To the left of this you will see a resize window to fit box, tick this so that as you resize your work you won’t have over sized windows to contend with.

work you won’t have over sized windows to contend with. To help us to accurately position

To help us to accurately position our elements we will use rulers which run along the top and left edge of our canvas.

Go to VIEW > RULERS and then Right click on the ruler and select millimetres.

Now that the rulers are showing, we can set up some guides which will help us position the elements of our work.

Make sure that you have the direct selection tool selected from your tool box.

the direct selection tool selected from your tool box. To get an accurate idea of where

To get an accurate idea of where we are placing elements we will use the info palette.

Click on the info tab window up at the top right of your screen (It will be tabbed together with the Navigator and Histogram windows).

tabbed together with the Navigator and Histogram windows). So go ahead now and click inside the

So go ahead now and click inside the left hand vertical ruler, and hold the left mouse button down.

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While holding, drag the mouse to the right, a dotted line with a double arrow cursor should appear, as shown below.

We need to create our first guide at around 128mm in (from left to right).

We need to create our first guide at around 128mm in (from left to right).

As you drag your guide the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) values will be displayed.

Keep an eye on the info window (X value) and drag until you get to around 128mm in (from left to right).

Now release the mouse and your line will turn solid and blue.

You can also judge the distance by looking at the rulers.

Note – Guides are NOT part of the image and will not appear in the final output.

If you let the mouse button go and it is not in the right place move the cursor onto the guide until it changes to a double arrow and drag your guide until it is in the correct place.

If you need to delete a guide just drag it back into the ruler margin.

Create another guide and put this one at approx 143 mm. You should end up with something that looks like this –

this one at approx 143 mm . You should end up with something that looks like

Now that you have got something to save go to FILE > SAVE AS

File name – DVD Cover

Format – Photoshop (PSD PDD)

and save it to your desired destination (e.g removable drive or USB stick).

Now that we have our canvas prepared we can move onto something creative!

Step Two: Edit the images and create the cover.

Next you will need to open the picture files that you are going to use on your DVD cover.

A really useful way of finding files that you want to open is by using Photoshop’s file browser which is called Bridge.

Simply click on this icon at the top right of your screen

Simply click on this icon at the top right of your screen Navigate to the folder

Navigate to the folder that contains your lesson files and within this double click on the Tintin front icon to open it.

You will now see that it has opened in Photoshop in a separate window that is on top of your DVD cover.

You may need to resize your images in your window at times, to do this select the Zoom Tool in the tool bar.

Now you will see a plus and minus version of it at the top left of the screen as shown here

version of it at the top left of the screen as shown here Selecting the plus

Selecting the plus option enlarges the image when you click on it and the minus option reduces it.

With the mouse cursor on your image you can hold ALT on the keyboard and you will see that it changes to the opposite of what you previously had selected.

You can also zoom into a specific area of your image by drawing a box using the plus option.

Just click and drag over the area that you wish to zoom into.

click and drag over the area that you wish to zoom into . Black circle identifies

Black circle identifies area of zoom selection with plus zoom option which is a box of dotted lines

Go ahead and have a go! Use the minus option afterwards and then click on

Go ahead and have a go!

Use the minus option afterwards and then click on the image a number of times until you can see the whole image once more.

A very important thing to do before working on any image is to create a duplicate to work on thus preserving your original.

To do this simply

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Go to IMAGE > DUPLICATE from the main menu and a 'Duplicate Image' box pops up.

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leave it as the default choice then click OK.

You now have two identical images open, the original and your duplicate.

Make sure you have your copy selected (it will say ‘copy’ on the top of the image window) and then save it as a JPEG using the Save As option to your desired location.

when the JPEG Options box appears increase the quality to maximum.

You can now close the copy knowing that you have a back up of the original if needed.

Right now that we have sorted that let's get on with our creation!

The first thing that we need to put right is that the image needs rotating.

To do this go to IMAGE > ROTATE CANVAS - 90° CW

This is probably a good time to mention that if you go wrong at anytime you can undo your last action.

There are two ways of doing this either go to EDIT > UNDO or press the keys Ctrl and Z.

Now we need to clean up the scan by cropping out the blue strip on the left hand edge and the grey strip at the top.

Make sure that you can see the whole of the image, if not, use the magnifying tool as described earlier.

Also, make sure that you enlarge your Canvas window slightly by clicking and dragging on the bottom right corner so that you have some Grey space around the image.

corner so that you have some Grey space around the image. Resized window to reveal grey

Resized window to reveal grey are for accurate cropping

Select the Crop Tool and now select the part of your image that you wish to keep by clicking and dragging and drawing a box with it

your image that you wish to keep by clicking and dragging and drawing a box with

So draw a box from the top left corner that excludes the blue strip on the left and the grey strip at the top of the image

Don’t worry about being too precise at this stage as you can adjust this further in a moment.

You will see a dotted line marking the area that you have selected and the area outside the box will go darker.

The grey and blue areas on the outside of this box will be what gets discarded.

You can click on and drag the little boxes (handles) around this line to modify your selection.

If you zoom in you will find that you can adjust your crop marks more finely.

Once you zoom in you may wish to stay zoomed in but be able to navigate to different areas of your work.

To do this simply press and hold the spaceba r and then click and drag to your desired point.

Alternatively you will see that when you zoom in you get scroll bars on the edge of your window.

When you are happy, click on the tick on the top right of the main window, to confirm your crop.

on the top right of the main window, to confirm your crop. Ok, now let’s sort

Ok, now let’s sort out the image quality of the scan because as it is it is looking a bit washed out.

Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > LEVELS and the Levels box will appear.

Arrange the levels window so that you can see it and your image. Make sure

Arrange the levels window so that you can see it and your image.

Make sure that the preview box is ticked.

You will see that there are three triangles just below the black waveform of the input levels , a black one, a grey one and a white one.

Now click and drag the triangles and see what happens.

The black triangle represents the shadow detail. The grey triangle represents the mid range detail. The white triangle represents the highlight detail.

When you are happy with the result, click on OK, and then save your work

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Arrange your Tintin image widow and your blank DVD cover so that you can see both

windows.

You will probably need to resize both widows and use the zoom tool so that you end up with something like this:

We will now place our tintin image onto our DVD cover. Select the move tool

We will now place our tintin image onto our DVD cover.

Select the move tool and drag from the inner part of the Tintin image onto your DVD cover.

With this done select and close the Tintin file without saving changes (be careful not to close your DVD cover instead!).

You will find that because the Tintin image is big you will not see all of it on your DVD cover document.

Use the move tool to position it so that you can see a corner of the Tintin image.

Now go to EDIT > TRANSFORM > SCALE.

You will now see the familiar handles that you can click on to adjust.

Hold down the shift key as this will make sure that your image will stay in proportion.

You will find that if you click and drag the inner part of the image you can move the image around as necessary.

Now click and resize and drag to make the image smaller and fit on the area on the right hand side of the page.

When you are happy click the tick! It should look something like this -

happy click the tick! It should look something like this - Alternatively you could choose to

Alternatively you could choose to fill the front cover and not have any white space, resulting in an image with a slightly changed aspect ratio from the original.

We now have one document with two elements to it, the background of the DVD cover with the guides and the Tintin image.

These two elements are called Layers and you can see them by going to layers window which is over to the bottom right side of your screen.

If you click on the little eye you will see the elements disappear and appear.

If you click on the little eye you will see the elements disappear and appear.

We will rename Layer 1 so that it is easier to keep track of our workflow. Double click on the text where it says Layer 1 and when it turns blue type in Front cover, then press enter.

Make sure that both elements are showing and save your work.

If a Photoshop Format Option box appears make sure that Maximize compatibility is selected and then click on OK.

This has the effect of you being able to open the file in earlier versions of Photoshop.

We will now create some text for the spine of our DVD cover.

Click on the text tool.

for the spine of our DVD cover. Click on the text tool . You should now

You should now see text formatting options at the top of your screen. Choose Ariel size 14 and black as your text colour or click on the black rectangle if you wish to change the text colour.

Now click somewhere on the left of your cover (we will move the text to

Now click somewhere on the left of your cover (we will move the text to its exact location in a minute).

Type in ‘The Adventures of Tintin – Cigars of the Pharaoh’ and then go to EDIT > TRANSFORM > ROTATE 90º CW.

Notice that Photoshop has created a new layer for your text.

The Tintin and the Cigars of the Pharaoh part of the text needs to be bigger in order to stand out.

To do this double click on the text layer on the T icon as shown bellow.

click on the text layer on the T icon as shown bellow. This will now allow

This will now allow you to select parts of the text and change the size from the text formatting options. I changed my ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ to 18 and my ‘Cigars of the Pharaoh’ to 24.

Be warned if you try to click on your picture instead of the layer whilst you have the text tool selected you will end up creating another text layer.

If this happens just click and drag the layer to the trash can icon down the bottom right corner of the layers palette.

Now that you have finished working on your text you can move it into place along the spine using the move tool.

If you are finding it hard to place the text exactly where you want it try zooming in on your work and then use the keyboard arrow keys with the move tool selected.

Now save your work by clicking on FILE > SAVE or by pressing the Ctrl

Now save your work by clicking on FILE > SAVE or by pressing the Ctrl and S keys

When you click on SAVE the following box will appear

keys When you click on SAVE the following box will appear Make sure that the Maximize

Make sure that the Maximize compatibility option is ticked as this will ensure our file will open in earlier versions of Photoshop and then click OK.

We are now going to add another element that will be our back cover.

Navigate to the relevant folder in Bridge and then double click on the Tintin page crooked file to open it.

A very important thing to do before working on any image is to preserve your original. To do this we will create and work on an exact duplicate.

To do this simply go to IMAGE > DUPLICATE , lets save it straight away (in the same way that you did before) in your area.

Now close the original and say no to save changes.

As you can see the page is crooked so we are going to deal with this and cropping in one!

Choose one of the cartoon frames (you will need to zoom in with the zoom tool).

Now using the crop tool draw a crop box around it like so:-

using the crop tool draw a crop box around it like so:- Next place the cursor

Next place the cursor up near the top left box of the crop box so that it changes into a curved double headed arrow (shown below)

Now click and drag so that the crop box rotates so that it is straight

Now click and drag so that the crop box rotates so that it is straight with the edge of the cartoon frame box.

You will also need to move the crop box handles and in this way you should be able to achieve a result similar to that shown below.

be able to achieve a result similar to that shown below. Once you have this it

Once you have this it is a simple matter of clicking the tick up the top right hand of the Photoshop window and you will get a cropped and straightened image.

Now drag your extract onto the left hand side of your DVD cover using the

Now drag your extract onto the left hand side of your DVD cover using the move tool.

This will now create another layer in our DVD document, re name it back cover.

Close the original extract image (making sure that you do not close your DVD cover).

Resize your back cover layer so that it fills the left side of your cover by choosing Edit > Transform > Scale (remembering to hold down the shift key).

Remember that you can click and move your image whilst you are resizing.

To accept your changes ‘Click the tick’

Notice that this time we did not go through sorting out the image quality of this image, that’s because we are going to do it now as a layer.

In the layers palette select your newly created back cover layer by clicking on it once and highlighting it in blue.

Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > LEVELS.

Arrange the levels window so that you can see it and your image.

Make sure that the preview box is ticked.

Now click and drag the triangles as you did before to get the desired result. When you are happy with the result click on OK.

Notice that because we are only working on one layer the rest of our work is not affected.

You should now have something that looks like the following.

Let’s finish off our simple cover with some more practice at adding another element. This

Let’s finish off our simple cover with some more practice at adding another element.

This time it is a DVD logo.

Open up the DVD logo file from the Lesson files folder.

As mentioned before we need to preserve our original by choosing IMAGE > DUPLICATE from the main file menu.

Let’s save it straight away (in the same way that you did before) in your area.

Now shut down the original and say NO to save changes.

Firstly let’s get it the right way up by going to Image > Rotate canvas > 90° CCW.

Now we need to crop the logo so that it is roughly square.

Make sure that you can see the whole of the image, if not, use the magnifying tool.

Select the crop tool and now select the part of your image that you wish to keep. Don’t worry about being too precise at this stage as you can adjust this further in a moment.

You will see a dotted line (marching ants) marking the area that you have selected. The grey area on the outside of this box will be what gets discarded.

You can click on and drag the little boxes (handles) around this line to modify your selection. When you are happy, click on the tick, (on the top right of the window), to confirm your crop.

Ok, now let’s sort out the image contrast of the scan.

Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > LEVELS

Arrange the levels window so that you can see it and your image.

Make sure that the preview box is ticked.

Now click and drag the triangles until the black seems black and the white looks white. When you are happy with the result click on OK.

We can now drag it to our cover

Select the move tool and drag the logo onto your DVD cover image below your spine text.

If you want to more precisely control placement of your logo you can use the keyboard arrow keys to move one step at a time.

Now close the DVD file without saving changes (be careful not to close your DVD cover instead!).

Rename your layer by double clicking on the Layer text and re naming it DVD logo, and then press enter.

Zoom in to your logo to make the next bit easier. You can do this by selecting the magnifying tool (plus option) then drawing a box with it around the logo.

We can now rescale our logo the image by going to EDIT > TRANSFORM > SCALE.

Hold down the shift key as this will make sure that your image will stay in proportion.

You will find that if you click and drag the inner part of the image you can move the image around as necessary after resizing.

Arrange and size the image so that it will fit on the bottom of the spine.

When you are happy click the tick!

Your finished simple DVD cover should now look something like this –

Congratulations!!! For further tutorials I would recommend visiting - http://library.creativecow.net/tutorials.php Also

Congratulations!!!

For further tutorials I would recommend visiting -

http://library.creativecow.net/tutorials.php

Also the library is well worth a look!

Remember also to explore the MOTIONOLOGY area on the learning space located under support and the Media Centre.

If you need to ask me a question relating to Photoshop or After Effects please come and see me or contact me on pete.felstead@falmouth.ac.uk.

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