Using photoshop elements on the mac and the original photos we took we experimented with all the different features on photoshop
For our first variation, we stook with the original photo colour and cut out the background using a 'Magnetic Lasoo tool' and then filled it in using the 'Paintbucket'. We then just added some text to see what it would look like as an album cover.
As we fully decided we liked the picture and composition we used for the first idea, it was certain we were going to stick with it. On the below picture, we added a sepia filter over the top of the original photo and in-keeping with the colour theme we chose, we changed the colour of the text to a reddy/brown colour. We also kept the idea of cutting out the sky, and filling it blue.
Even though we quite liked the sepia photo filter, we tried just a black and white filter and decided we liked it much better. The photo below just shows the original photo in black and white and the text in a plum colour. However, even though we thought the black and white worked quite well, we agreed it lacked colour.
As we had agreed the above picture lacked colour, we decided to keep the idea from the first two drafts and cut out the sky and fill it a light blue colour.
We also agreed we liked the text on the left hand side with the album name just below in smaller font, and in the same sort of colour as the photo
The photo's below are the one we have decided we liked the most, and with audience feedback we are going to improve on these. The sky and the black and white work well together compared to our images.
We used this front image, as this is a scene that we have used in the actual music video, we also felt the mise-en-scene is perfect, as you can only see the band members, the rocks, and the sky. There is room on the sky to add a title, and an album name.
The rocks are in a great shape in the frame, and then you can only see the sky, this is exactly what we want in the shot.
We put the image in black and white, and made the sky a very light blue, as we did not use a bright blue, it is the image that stands out not the sky.
They are all looking up at the sky, signifying they have high hopes and dreams, and their superiority, they are looked up to, which is true in the sense of young female fans.
They are all in different positions, and doing their own pose, showing that they are individuals within a band, but the fact that they are all looking in the same ways shows they are together as a group. They are all wearing their clothing which is suitable to their personalities. And the fact Robbie (far left) is stood a bit apart and lower down from the rest that he is the main attention, as he is the main singer.
We used this image for the back of our digipak as again the mise en scene is exactly how we wanted, it is a high angled shot and you can only see the sky and the rocks, as there is nothing behind the band apart from the sky, it shows their superiority, again they are all stood in there unique positions looking separate ways.
The image is very similar to the front, and therefore the two images work well together, it is a longer shot, as it is just for the back, the front is the most important to grab attention.
Again, with the sky, there is room to put the songs on the digipak on the left hand side.
Also, with the bottom of the image just being the rocks, there is space to add a "strip" containing information such as a bar code, website and copy right material.
This works well with our front image, with the colourings of the sky, the band and the rock being the same.
These are our initial draft photos for the front and back of our Digipak, please leave comments.
(These are only rough, as we still have bits to add in, for instance the bar code)
This is similar to other album covers of Backstreet Boy's
Backstreet Boys album Millenium
And Backstreet Boys album Incomplete