Layer an atmospheric metal design
Utilise a spectrum of features and tools both popular and unsung to forge a wicked metal music design
Music is an art form oftentimes accompanied by another important type of art: visuals. These can greatly enhance the fan’s appreciation of the music. Take CD packaging. The artwork emblazoned on the cover is typically a manifestation of the album’s theme or a rendering of a key subject in a featured song. The lyrics and liner notes can be accompanied by art and textures that are complementary to these themes and subjects.
To form cohesive branding, the visuals are repurposed for posters, promo kits, stage design and digital experiences. Thus, this associated artwork can be very important to the overall music experience.
Here, you will tap into a variety of Photoshop features and tools in order to create an atmospheric skull-scape for promoting a fictional metal band’s latest album. Masks and blend modes, the compositing all-stars, unsurprisingly figure prominently in the steps. You will also utilise some things you may not use every day. These include Blend If, a Gradient Map with the Steel Bar preset and the groovy Blacklight Poster Color Lookup.
While the tutorial is geared for CC, non-cc users who want in on the action can check the boxout for some tips and alternatives for their version.