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Design a 6 Panel CD Package Tutorial

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A few months ago, I wrote a tutorial for Computer Arts Magazine about how I put together the CD Package for the band Hollywood Ave. I wanted to share you the link, since it’s now available for free online in PDF form. Which by the way, we’re currently looking to do more CD packaging for bands or DVD packaging for filmmakers. Hit us up! Let’s work together.

Follow a brief to produce complete CD artwork from concept to final product, using Photoshop and Illustrator

The CD package I’m going to show you how to create over the following pages was a real commission I undertook for New Jersey rock band Hollywood Avenue. The band gave me a lengthy brief that described their vision for their album artwork down to the very last detail. This was both a good and a bad thing; good because I knew exactly what to create, bad because with the client having such a specific idea there was little room for manoeuvre.

The band’s idea was very imaginative and allowed for a surreal and artistic piece. Typically, I found stock photos of individual pieces or textures and assembled them together using various image-manipulation techniques in Photoshop, and I even used hand illustration to fake some parts. Colour overlays and other subtle effects and textures were also used to help blend things together.

Follow this tutorial to find out how I made Hollywood Avenue’s insane vision come to life. I’ll talk you through my workflow and decision-making process rather than focus too much on specific graphical techniques and I’ll also explain how to use printers’ templates to make sure your design comes up to their specs.

Here’s the link to read the tutorial:
Design a 6 Panel CD Package

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • http://atrickdesign.com Pat

    Any idea how much like packaging like this costs? I remember when simple cardboard sleeve covers were almost twice as much as a regular jewel case to have done.

    The artwork looks great!

  • http://atrickdesign.com Pat

    Any idea how much like packaging like this costs? I remember when simple cardboard sleeve covers were almost twice as much as a regular jewel case to have done.

    The artwork looks great!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    To get it printed? Around $2-$4 per CD usually.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    To get it printed? Around $2-$4 per CD usually.

  • http://www.oastler.ca JamieO

    While not *as* sparkly as what you have produced, you can use the products from http://www.jewelboxing.com as a middle-of-the-road alternative. They have free Illustrator, .pdf, and Photoshop template documents pre-defined so you can print your own.

  • http://www.oastler.ca JamieO

    While not *as* sparkly as what you have produced, you can use the products from http://www.jewelboxing.com as a middle-of-the-road alternative. They have free Illustrator, .pdf, and Photoshop template documents pre-defined so you can print your own.

  • Brian

    This is great! How much do you charge for something like this?

  • Brian

    This is great! How much do you charge for something like this?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Brian,

    It depends on the amount of work involved and the amount of panels you decide to get. I will try to work with any budget and see what I can muster up for you. If you have a request, just send me an email at jeff@gomedia.us

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Brian,

    It depends on the amount of work involved and the amount of panels you decide to get. I will try to work with any budget and see what I can muster up for you. If you have a request, just send me an email at jeff@gomedia.us

  • Marcus From Philly

    Jeff-

    This was very helpful and inspiring. Kudos. Look forward to seeing more of your work flow processes. Go Media Rocks!!!

  • Marcus From Philly

    Jeff-

    This was very helpful and inspiring. Kudos. Look forward to seeing more of your work flow processes. Go Media Rocks!!!

  • http://www.samkaufmanart.com Sam

    Nice work here Jeff, as always. I basically use the same process in my work. Stock photos are great! See you on emptees.

  • http://www.samkaufmanart.com Sam

    Nice work here Jeff, as always. I basically use the same process in my work. Stock photos are great! See you on emptees.

  • Bryan

    Great tut,
    I just downloaded the right files ( I think ) and am going to give this a whirl. Thanks, great as always Jeff!

  • Bryan

    Great tut,
    I just downloaded the right files ( I think ) and am going to give this a whirl. Thanks, great as always Jeff!

  • Myo Min Latt

    Too grate,too fresh,toonice for a designer.I likt to work with u for a drawing pleasure.

  • Myo Min Latt

    Too grate,too fresh,toonice for a designer.I likt to work with u for a drawing pleasure.

  • Minus

    The link seems to be dead, but I would really like to see this tutorial. I am a big fan of this kind of photo manipulation and would love to see a tutorial on your techniques to achieve this effect. Cheers!

  • Minus

    The link seems to be dead, but I would really like to see this tutorial. I am a big fan of this kind of photo manipulation and would love to see a tutorial on your techniques to achieve this effect. Cheers!

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    Great looking sleeve design!

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    Great looking sleeve design!

  • Matt

    Thanks for this nice work!
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  • http://www.clippingimages.com/ Clippingimages

    awesome one…nice looking CD covers…thanks for sharing..

  • Roger

    Where in the world was the female in this tut found. I can't find anything remotely close.

  • cd dvd printer

    The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need!

  • http://www.craigfordham.net Lisa Thomason

    Excellent looking CD covers, and thank you for the link to the tutorial, very detailed!

  • http://www.americanrecordablemedia.com/ CD DVD Printer

    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

  • Jaiser Abbas

    awesome work Jeff finely, i tried last time to  designed many CD jackets but didn’t got any related tutorial post but your post and attach file really awesome which help to be learn more about this stuff , will definitely try to be designed 6 panel custom CD jackets, thanks for your post Jeff :)

  • George Buckley

    Awesome tutorial, with some unique tips. Keep it up.

  • Printing Leeds

    Awesome tutorial, with some unique tips. Keep it up.

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    Thank you for that