Production Skills Evaluation 3

When creating the images for our digipak both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign played crucial parts in the creation of it.

Photoshop

Within photoshop we used a variety of tools to help separate the star from the background. First of all we needed to increase the brightness and colours of the image as it was slightly underexposed, we adjusted the saturation, brightness and contrast to give the image a warmer feeling

This image is showing how we adjusted the saturation of the image
This image is showing how we adjusted the brightness and colours of the image

 

Photoshop – Quick Selection Tool

Within this image we have used the quick selection to separate Nick from the background. We then cut the subject and pasted him onto a new background. We then used the magic eraser tool to remove all of the white background and than sae him as a PNG to insert into InDesign.

This image is showing how we use the quick selection tool to select just the subject
This is showing how we cut the subject to separate him from the background

 

InDesign

The inside panels of our digipak were heavily graphic based so indesign was very helpful with creating our digipak. The measuring tools were specifically helpful with the creating of the circles as we were able to line up each circle to make sure that the lines in-between were the exact same size. On our first attempt we didn’t know about this which lead to the circles being different sizes.

This image is showing how the circles were lined up using the measuring sticks within Indesign


 

 

Digipak Draft 2

Using the feedback we have learnt from draft 1 we have change both the inside left and inside right of our digipak. We replaced the images of the beach and sunset and replaced them with more graphic designs. Overall were happy with how the new designs have turned out.

 

In addition we also asked a couple of peers from our class to use the level ladder to rate our digipak to see if there’s any final improvements that we could include. (This includes the feedback for our advert is well)

Here is the feedback we received:

Digipak Draft 1

With our first draft of the digipak we presented it to our media teacher who gave us some critical feedback in order to help us improve the quality of it. The feedback we received was helpful as it reminded us to include the typical conventions for a cd case that we had forgotten. Below I have created some targets in which we need to work on to improve our digipak.

Here is my draft one of the digipak:

Here is the feedback we have received:

Here is the targets that we have created:

  • Remove the inside left and inside right images – replace them with some more graphic design.
  • Remake the circle on the front of the cover – making sure all the measurements are the same so it looks neat.
  • Replace the duplicate of Nick and replace it with Ben.
  • Complete the spine of the the digipak.
  • Adjust the font and sizing on the front page of the digipak.

Evaluation of Shoot

Overall we were happy with how the images from our shoot went. We only had to do one shoot as the rest of our digipak was done digital. Looking back at the images we captured we were happy with the lighting displayed on the models. We were able to create a nice white background as well as a nice glow on the models faces.

This successful shoot led to a good time in post production. Having a nice clear background allowed us to seperate the subject from the background. In addition the good lighting allowed us to manipulate the colours of there skin slightly, giving them this glowing effect making them stand out a little bit more.

Here our some of the final images:

This image will be used to show him pinching on to two of the songs from the album.

This image will be used to look like he is holding up one of the name of the songs.

 

Digipak Photo mock- up

To help give us a better visual understanding of what we want our digipak to look like we created a digital mock up using images online to try represent what we’d like our final product to look like. It also gives us the chance to get opinions from our friends and teachers to see how we can improve our digipak. We also looked at exploring different type of fonts to see what looked best.

Here is the digipak mock up:

Digipak – Previous Students Work

To help give me a better understanding of how I can connect visually with my audience I’m looking at some previous students work using the level ladder to grade there digipak. This will give me a better understanding of how a digipak is marked and how I can achieve these marks.

First of all looking at how the shots  are frame I would give them an upper level 4. The composition of the whole album is really good, the back cover has good use of rule of thirds and long depth of field. We’re automatically drawn into the person. Within Photoshop we can see that they have manipulated and combines images successful. For example the from cover has the wave merged into the triangle as well as the little water effects if had out the outside. This shows a good use of editing techniques.

Looking at the Mise-En-Scene within this album cover we can see that they have thought carefully about what they’ve chosen. The mise-en-scene they’ve chosen relates to words already on there album. The title of the album is called “Catfish” is represented by the inside right by the two fish drawings while the artists are represented by the four bottles.  Whilst it’s a simplistic design they connect with what’s inside the album really well. With this I would give it an upper level 4.

The different types of shots within the album are abstract but have been done to help create meaning within the album. The mid – shot of the man with the fish hooks gives us the impression that he’s the main artist. The depth of field helps draw our attention to the man rather then getting distracted by the fish hooks. In addition they also have a nice long shot of the bottles, again the bottles relate to the name of the album. Overall with the variety of different shots and a good use of depth of field I would give them an upper level 4.

Finally the font of the album is really effective. The use of sans serif font for the front of the album cover makes it really clear and easy to understand/read. Again they’ve stuck with the same type of font for the back of the album cover which makes it easier for the audience to understand what songs are in the album.