Glee Song Covers

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Okay here we go:

1. Start with your base image

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2. Create a new page 500x500 pixels

3. Resize your base image to 900x506 and drag it onto the 500x500 template.

4. Once you are comfortable on the image’s placement in the template, duplicate the base image.

5. Then change the duplicate image to 'soft light' and change the opacity to between 80-70%

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6. From here create a 'curve layer' to lighten the image (on CS6 choose the Preset ‘lighter (RGB)’)then fiddle around a bit til you are satisfied with the lightness. 

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7. Then create a 'Solid Color Layer' and choose a dark blue (e.g. 05031a) then change the solid color layer to 'exclusion' and opacity to 17-13%ish.

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8. Then create another 'solid color layer' and choose a tan-like yellow (e.g. d7ba56). Change the solid color layer to 'soft light' and change the opacity to 18-12% 

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9. Then duplicate the original base image and drag it to the top of the layers. Change the layer to 'soft light' and change the opacity to 60-70%.

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10. Duplicate this image and change it from ‘soft light’ to 'screen' and keep the same opacity. Then move over to channels and hold down shift-alt-command (ctrl on PC)-E. 

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this will select and lighten the whites/light colours in the image. This will increase the lightness of the image.

11. Change back to the Layer tab and delete the ‘Layer 1 Copy 3’ layer. 

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12. change the top layer to 'screen'. Then lessen the opacity until you are satisfied that the image is not too bright.

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13. From here create a 'levels layer' and play with the levels to make it lighter or brighter (which ever way you are comfortable with)

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14. Create a 'Selective Color Layer' and play with the colour. I like to have a high red saturation with a subtle toned down yellow to keep the pigments in the skin from getting too red. 

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Also intensify the cyans, blue and magentas in the image to give it a bold, sharp look. High colour to me looks awesome. 

15. Bring down the white level in the black and yellow bar.

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16. Now the image editing is finished, now you can place the text and final layers onto your cover. Choose a font that you like. You can add ‘blending options’ onto your title like a 'drop shadow' or 'outer glow'

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17. Now place on the ‘columbia records’ stuff at the bottom of the cover. use the font Movie Poster for this. Also add the ‘columbia records’ logo if you want it to look ‘official’.

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and shrink it down to 30x30 and change to 'screen' or 'multiply' (depending if the background is light or dark) you may have to 'invert' the logo depending.

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18. The final step is the border. 500x2 pixels for the border. I have a template for the border.

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Place it as the top layer and then set to 'screen' and the black will disappear.

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And there you have it, a new cover for 'Rumour Has It/Someone Like You'

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But please feel free to save them to your computer and use them as you wish. But if you are using them on the internet and not for your own personal use a simple nod to this site will be awesome.

Am loving this new Photobucket - everyone go check it out.

Am loving this new Photobucket - everyone go check it out.