When we started brainstorming about the look of Isle of Hope (Jefferson’s third album) my husband expressed interest in a design reminiscent of a well loved vintage Florida postcard.
I instantly got the image of a blue sky, just about sunset, when flamingo pink starts to play around the horizon.
Jeff knew he wanted to showcase the marshes and the Spanish moss of our dear ole Savannah. He talked to our friend and photographer Charlie Ribbens and they came up with a list of no fewer than 5 locations to check out. Jeff instantly felt connected to the trees that lined the old railway walking trail out to Tybee and knew it was the perfect location for the cover.
CD Graphic Design
Although I used Illustrator to create the CD graphic text and layout, I used Photoshop to grunge up the photo. I found this great Photoshop Tutorial from Bloom Web Design that helped with a baseline for my workflow.
How I deviated from the tutorial:
Step 2 – When I added in the gradient map I reduced the opacity to 75%. This helped balance the colors for printing.
Step 3 – Instead of just erasing the gradient map in areas to let the original color show through, this is where I added the blue (#5EA0B0) and pink (#D5A0B0) hues. The colors are a bit bright, but when added to the sepia tones they end up showing as vintage.
Step 4 – I added the paper texture and only reduced the opacity to 60%. Then I used an eraser to clean up the area when Jeff is standing. I wanted his image to slightly pop from the distressed background.
Step 5 – I did not add another layer of paper. I wanted to keep the brown tones to a minimum for printing purposes.
Step 6 – I repeated what I did using the paper texture with the metal texture reducing the opacity to 50%.
Step 7 – 10 – Again I did not add another layer of metal. I liked the look of the image at the end of step 6 and used it to load into Illustrator.
Jeff had already picked out a font for Jefferson Ross. (Always making my life easy!) I think it’s called Showboat. So I added something simple that I thought complimented the vintage feeling of the font he chose.
Isle of Hope
I have always loved the mixed media aspect of CD graphic design. Listening to an album full of stories inspires a multitude of ideas and it’s a fun challenge to whittle them down into a few cohesive images. And as always it’s fun to collaborate with my husband.
To pick up your own copy of Isle of Hope please visit Jeff’s website.
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