What do you think of when you’re listening to a song or a basic mixtape which you’ve bought from iTunes or Spotify? The album cover art of course, the album cover not only signifies on what the genre of song you are listening to would be, it also acts as a symbolic arc on which the artist or the composer is headed to. An album cover design needs every ounce of intricate details and also attention to what it symbolises. Professional artists rarely make the cover art themselves, so professional graphics designer are usually called into help them in making an album cover. The expert photo manipulator needs to have large set skills in graphic design to reduce the faux pas in an album cover.
Mixtape Monopoly is a YouTube channel that posts the process of designing a Custom Mixtape Cover or in a more simpler term, the channel has a video that shows viewers how to make an album cover. The channel is clearly from a website called DesignerMixtape.com which provides the service of designing a custom mixtape cover that starts from a mixtape cover design price list service, as low as100 USD for a Basic Mixtape cover. The title of the video is Custom Mixtape Cover Design | Jay Critch. In the video, the graphic designer goes a step by step process on how mixtape cover are made from scratch.
The software used in the particular video is Photoshop CC, very light weight yet compact. The designer first starts of by selecting a few raw photos of Jay Critch and some other background photos. Then, he crops the former photo using a polygonal marquee tool and deletes the unnecessary background and replaces it with a white 4×4 background that serves as a canvas. He then proceeds to add the desired background and some interesting typographies on the word “Hood’s favourite” and etc. Finally, after adding the minute effects, he then does a touch up on the custom mixtape cover.