We changed the masthead and the changed to font of it to make it aesthetically look better.
We changed the text of the tracks so it doesn’t cover the model on the back cover.
We changed the right inside panel, which we manipulated in Photoshop to create that image that is now on our final right inside panel, also we played around with the stone which was a target of ours which we managed to do.
Centered the text on the spine.
We then got feedback from 3 of our peers to tell us what they liked and targets for improvement, here is what they said :
Images suit the genre well, and theme of the tracks.
Conventionally well presented and suited.
Positioning of model is great.
Maybe fix the back cover looks a bit stretched.
The text at the bottom of the back back cover is hard to read.
The fonts are well chosen and suits the digipak
Color scheme is well chosen.
Great manipulation of images on right inside panel.
Maybe do some color corrections on the back cover.
You could change the color of the text of the tracks to white to match the color scheme with the front cover.
Clouds are well manipulated in inside right panel
Drop shadow on masthead is a good choice and looks good.
Good color palette choice.
Could re position the masthead on the front cover, so have the album at the top and artist name at the bottom.
Different picture selection with the manipulation of the heart shaped rock, looks the same image as the front cover.
What we’ve changed from our previous draft is that we’ve included in our right panel is that we’ve included the image of the rock and manipulated it in Photoshop so that it looks the heart shaped stone is broken, portraying an heartbroken theme, we’ve also changed the masthead and the size to make it look much better in terms of appearance, we’ve also changed the text of the tracks on the back so they don’t overlap with the star.
Here is a screencastify from our teacher giving us feedback on our digipak draft 1.
WHAT WE DID WELL :
Nice, fresh, nature feel to it, fits the genre.
Likes drop shadow on name.
Lovely picture for back cover.
Spines are good.
The heart shaped stone is well constructed.
Make the star bigger.
Bit too plain for masthead.
Maybe change text on back cover so it’s not over model.
We have now completed our first shoot for our Digipak, now it’s time to evaluate on our photoshoot, and our digipak design so far. Also with the evualtion we will be able to assess where we could improve our product overall.
Overall, we were happy with our photos that we took on our shoot, we had a variety in terms of distances of shots which enabled us to have the joy of choosing a suitable photo for our digipak and website, with the freedom with the number of photos that we had. Below is some of the photos that we took from our shoot.
However, when it came to our design, we had found suitable images for our front and back cover in addition the left inside panel, in contrast we did not have a suitable image for right inside panel which is where we had to come up with something which was suitable for the panel, we should’ve had more clarity on what we wanted for that panel, but this problem gave us something to work towards.
Most importantly we had the images for us to use and manipulate for our digipak and website and ovreall we were happy with the outcomes of the shoot and the graphic designs that we had manipulated.
For our digpak production we used a variety of skills in order for us to construct our digipak, we used Photoshop to edit and manipulate our photos, for our front and back covers we applied filters/layers in photoshop, first of all will used a black and white gradient map which we applied to give more depth to the image in terms of color aesthetically it looked pleasing to the eye in contrast to the original, in addition to this we implemented a gradient fill, which made the image black to transparent from bottom to top which can be seen visually on our front cover. Lastly, we included an exposure layer to give the image a bit more exposure but not too much which enabled us to portray this lost isolated feel which the color black as synonyms of.
In Adobe InDesign for the construction of our digipak we used a template for it so we had the right dimensions and was conventional for the digipak, in addition, the template came with the spines also so were efficiently able to implement the conventional elements of the digipak, also in terms of text we were able to play around with the text to either space it out, change size, and even the type of text, which we believe portrayed our genre of indie pop via the font and text style.
Our aims for the shoot is to get our front cover shot which is the main target for the day, and our production meeting agenda for the shoot is below and our risk assessment is also below for us to analyse any hazards when going out for the shoot and how we can prevent these hazards, we have both signed it off when confirmation by the signature of our teacher.
We were sent out to ask our peers on what they thought the genre was for our digipak from our digipak photo mock-up and received feedback from them on our digipak. In terms of what genre visually our peers thought of our digipak 4/11 thought it was Indie Pop which was our genre this shows us we are doing something right and are on the right as the majority chose that genre. However, we had some peers chose classic rock, we could see how they would comprehend this because of the dark color palette and the low and dark exposure on our images, we would have to consider this on our final product so essentially people are not misguided by our digipak and think the totally wrong genre which is something that we don’t want.
Many people thought in terms of the adjectives that we listed and asked them to tick which adjective out of the list they thought described our digipak best was the majority chose ‘loss’ followed by ‘love’ we were happy with this outcome as that’s what’s associated we our digipak and wanted our peers to chose, which yet again shows that were doing something right, other highly chosen adjectives which are relevant with our theme of the digipak being ‘sad, intense’ which were the main chosen which also describes our digipak.
Below we were tasked to create a digipak photo mock up for our own digipak, we were asked to create our digipak used images that were relevant and suitable to our genre and what theme we aimed to achieve. In order to ensure that we were on the right track in terms of genre we were tasked to ask our peers who didn’t know who our genre was to ask them what they thought our genre was and hoped that they said our genre of Indie Pop. We were also tasked to chose adjectives that described our digipak and the emotions and feel that it portrayed.
Below is our Digipak Photo Mock-up :
Overall, our digipak was conventional to do the ideas that we had, the pictures are relevant to the themes and genre that we were aiming to achieve. With the images in particular the image had an edgy feel towards however we felt that it suited our ideas that we had, we used ideas from our music video to provide the theme and meaning behind the images chosen, the songs in the album are linked to love and loss in one way or another which can be seen by the track names.
This is a collage of the elements of our moodboard that represent our digipak and our genre of Indie, this includes the style of font that we want to implement, in addition to the color palette in some of the images below, furthermore, with some of the image connoting meaning and significance behind them for example the road portraying this journey so to speak. What the moodboards portray is the theme that we aim to achieve in terms of the physical moodboard that we put pictures such as the road suggests the journey that our performer has been on of his relationship and connotes the journey essentially. In our digital moodboard we have looked at other album covers with the same genre as ours and have used them for inspiration for our own digipak, in addition including a sans serif fonts that we aim to use which believe would suit our digipak and genre. Generally the feel of our moodboard are simplistic we believe and we aim for nothing over the top in contrast however not to basic and we believe the moodboard show our ideas for this.
Overall, this task has given inspiration and more of an idea for the construction and the implementation of elements for our digipak.
For the creation of our very own digipak in this task we were asked to look at a previous students digipak, this task will be beneficial for us when creating our own digipak as we will be able to see how they’ve constructed there own digipak.
THE USE OF CAMERA AND PHOTOSHOP TO MANIPULATE AND CREATE ENGAGING IMAGES:
The use of camera in this digipak wasn’t overall pleasing, for example, the visual content present it looks like they’ve only taken 2 simple images of the girl and just put them facing each other which seems like this the only use of the camera that they’ve used in there whole digipak, however it can be argued and I do not know if the splattered colors were taken by camera or not in terms of the level ladder I would give it a lower level 2 as it only consists of a straight shot and nothing else has been played around with for example there is no variety of shot distances. Furthermore, with the use of Photoshop it seems pretty poor it doesn’t seem that they’ve used it well or at all by the looks of things to create an engaging image overall so yet again I would give a lower level 2 in terms of the use of Photoshop to create an engaging image.
In terms of mise-en scene they have used make up it seems on the left image of the girl which is good and portrays the them of the digipak in terms of color and genre also I would give the mise-en scene an upper level 3 of the level ladder, in terms of mise en scene the colors can be talked about and the bright colorfulness display it provides, however I believe that the vibrant colors contrast with the black background to give this dark and deep feeling to it which is good as it can portray there genre in the way that they wish to achieve.
CHOICE OF WORDS USED TO ENGAGE THE INTENDED AUDIENCE:
The choice of words used are relevant to the album in terms of the track names linking to relationships, love the meaning behind the music video and album, however it can be said that the ‘necessary’ the name of the album isn’t really prominent on the front cover, in contrast the meaning of necessary can be interpreted in many ways and can and cannot be linked to love, however with the track names the meaning can be decoded, in terms of level I would give it a lower level 3 with the choice of words used to engage the intended audience.
HOW IMAGES AND TEXT ARE LINKED:
In terms of how the images and text is linked, I feel that the font is suited and conventional to the genre and theme of the digipak, in addition, all the conventional images are used such as the barcode, record label etc. Furthermore, in terms of font and text sizes the conventional elements are intact for example the album name and artist is in a suitable size and I would give it a lower level 3 of the level ladder in my opinion more elements could be used overall.