Learn how to create a very stylish album-cover!
Open up a document of 640x480 and add a nice cityscape with a lake or canal on the foreground;
Move it all the way up to the canvas;
Take the Single Row Maruqee-Tool and select 1 pixel of the water and stretch it. With the selection still on go to Edit>Transform>Perspective and grab either the lower left or right-anchor and move it in the opposite direction;
Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl+J and then cut off the water on that layer. Flip it vertically and place it on the water and lower the opacity to 12-30;
Now it's time to add your render... any choice is possible;
Resize the render to a nice position;
Then cut off everything that is in front of the buildings;
And behind the render, add a strife of lines;
Take good clouds from a stock and manipulate that into the picture by using the Eraser tool.
Flatten all layers using Ctrl+Shift+E and duplicate it by pressing Ctrl+J, then bur the layer a little by doing Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and choose 4-6 and then set the Blending-Mode to overlay;
Then add a gradient-map by going to Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map.
Then choose a gradient that goes from purple to violet to white;
Then add any text of your choice in white;
Select the text by Ctrl+clicking on the layer-thumbnail and go to Select>Modify>Expand and choose 3 or 4 pixels.
Then fill it with black;
Then add these layer-styles to the white text;
And add these layer-styles to the black text;
And it will turn out like this;
Add some nice ornaments behind the title of the album;
Don't forget the "Parental Advisory"-label and the Record-Company;
Finally add the artist, or in my case the beautiful model I used for this tutorial and you're done!
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