Design Filter: Electronic Ambient Album
12 November 2022
Plunged Into Clouds is a experimental electronic ambient album cover. You can see the final outcome and read about the project's background in my Portfolio.
This blog series, Design Filter, is to focus on my design process for a few projects. This includes showing process work like mind maps and thumbnails.
To start this project, I drew upon my experiences of listening to electronic music and the experimental ambient genre to generate a mind map using word association.
Referring to benchmark images of album covers by The Future Sound of London, Tangerine Dream, and Amorphous Androgynous helped me develop thumbnails.
Early on these had a more fantastic quality to them as I was also inspired by some of Dream Theater's concept albums with science fiction and fantasy imagery. However as the benchmarks were more abstract the thumbnails eventually took on this quality as well.
Once I decided to focus on a scene of coral and more abstract walls of coral or underwater rock, I took photographs of sand, the ocean, and sky at Masthead Bay (Cleveland) with a Canon EOS 1500D. I scanned pigeon feathers at 600 pixels per inch so I could use them as image textures, and used stock photography for underwater imagery like coral and to make natural looking colour gradients. Some example imagery I used are shown below.
Processing the elements in Adobe Photoshop involved layer masks, the healing brush, advanced blending modes, the colour range select tool, layer masks, the mesh warp tool, and gradient maps. Some of the gradients applied were taken from swan feathers, pink sunsets, purple coral, and blue skies.
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