LP Album Cover

In this tutorial you will learn how to create amazing digital art by creating an Album Cover similar to Linkin Park’s Meteora. Shown below is a preview of the final result:

 

LP Album Cover

Reference Picture:

Above is the actual album cover for Linkin Park’s Meteora. We will be using this as a reference picture for this tutorial.
Another image we will be using for this tutorial is this one:

It’s already a great picture as it is, but we will be adding a few effects soon. You can either use the picture that I used, or find your own, it doesn’t matter much which you choose. So start by opening your stock photograph in photoshop. This step wont take too long as it is only a few quick effects.

First press CTRL+SHIFT+L to auto-level your picture.
Then duplicate your picture layer(CTRL+J), set the blending mode to overlay, and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur with radius of 4.0 pixels.
Next make a new level adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels). Play around with the settings until you get your picture a bit brighter. Here is the settings that I used:

Now make sure to place this layer between the original picture and the overlay duplicate.
Create another adjustment layer, but this time do photo filter (Layer>Adjustment Layer>Photo Filter). The final product of this tutorial will be monochromatic (color scheme limited to variations of one hue, a hue with its tints and/or shades), so whatever color you choose to use in your final, pick a similar color for the photo filter.

Now select all (CTRL+A), go to Edit>Copy Merged (CTRL+SHIFT+C). Create a new document 405×360 and paste your stock. Resize as needed. Select your rectangular marquee tool, and change the Style settings to fixed size, width: 407 height: 57. Make the selection at the top of the document and fill with black (for now).

Next create a new layer and fill with black. Press Q to enter Quick Mask mode, and with your gradient tool with these settings:

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Start from the bottom, and drag up:

Then press Q to exit Quick Mask mode, and press delete once or twice to get a nice transparent to black fade.

Next step is to make sure your layers are set right. Your going to want to have the top and bottom black pieces above your stock photo.

Now we are going to turn this monochromatic. To do this, create a new layer (on top of the rest) and fill it with the color you want to use and change the blending mode to Color. For my example piece, I used brown (#A4957B).

So next is the text. Theres not much to say about the text except the main thing is to keep the height constant.

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Another thing is to use two colors, white and the color you used as your monochromatic color. A little extra thing you can do now is to change the color of the black bars at the top and bottom to a very dark tone of your monochromatic color. To do this, set your monochromatic color to the foreground color, and then press CTRL+U to get to the hue/saturation. Then increase the lightness about 4 or less.

 

You are done! Your final result should look similar to the image shown below:

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