What I’m learning about Cover Design (Part 2)

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On day two of photoshop, it was time to take my self taught skills to the test. My favorite show of all time is LOST (First Five Seasons) and figured I could recreate this in a relevant way.

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Step 1: I needed to find a sky. I scoured the internet for 10 seconds and came up with this one. I imported it into photoshop and boom, I was ready to roll.

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Step 2: I don’t know what I’m doing. I needed to find something rocky with a slight glow, so this would do. I imported this too.

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Step 3: I overlaid these two things and then added a reverse image of the rocks and … um, well, I don’t know, it worked. I guess it was time to lasso some rocks.

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Step 4: Presto, chango, here it is. I added some simple text for Lost and used some brushes to kind of add the texture. The Lost text also has an opacity that is around 70%. A light filter was added to make it a little darker.

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Step 5: Witness creative genius. Yeah, I know, you are all thought how would I get all he actors in the shot. Well, I figured I would test the concept and use some Lost politicians. Don’t worry, in order for art to imitate life, I had them all keep their distance.

If I can easily manipulate stuff, so can you for book covers. There is no need to pay people to make it when you can simply spend a few hours and make something that will please you and resonate with your readers.

Total time to make this: Around an hour. The pain is having to use the eraser tool to zoom in and edit what the lasso tool couldn’t do.

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The Spring Collection: The Business of Political Apparel

2016 is a big election year. I’m staying neutral in the political debate. What I will comment on are some of the products available to sale. SNL needs to have some sort of fashion show for all of this stuff.

Hillary Clinton (shop.hillaryclinton.com) 

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What the heck is going on here? Unisex pantsuit t-shirt? Do they really think this will energize the youth of America? Do they envision people going door to door wearing this … and convince people to vote for her?

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A step up from the red unisex pantsuit t-shirt, but still, a yellow revolutionary shirt? That is so 1932.  One thing I did notice was Bernie at least priced his shirt a little better than Hillary.  Truly, a man of the people. People might deserve free-everything, but I guess that doesn’t include t-shirts.

Ted Cruz (store.tedcruz.org) 

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Is this the craziest primary ever? Nothing says conservative like a Cruz Christmas sweater. Only at $65, Cruz is obviously going for a smaller demographic. Nice strategy. Market segmentation at its finest.

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I guess some reason, this shirt didn’t catch fire. The trend continues with no other candidate with the ability to underprice Bernie. Just look at this picture. What does it even mean? Is there a warehouse full of these shirts somewhere?

John Kasich (store.johnkasich.com) 

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This one really cracked me up. Do you see it? Look close. Yeah … that’s it. THEY CAN’T EVEN DECIDE ON A PRICE! OMG. Did they have to focus group this thing? These products are usually to raise money for the campaign. Are profit margins really that thin? Maybe it has to do with the small detail that he doesn’t pay attention to the detail other candidates did by specifying his shirts as made in the USA.

Donald Trump (shop.donaldjtrump.com) 

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In a parallel universe, this might have made sense, but for obvious reasons, this picture a paradox in itself. This screenshot might need to go up in a history museum someday. At least it is only $20.

Conclusion:For all the power they would have as President of the United States, inspiring the American people, and leading the free world, you would think they could afford better fashion advisors, right?

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