Online Tutorials

September 22nd, 2021

Adobe Live Book Club with Sarah Coleman: Historic Eras

Only If You Dare - 1963-style!

In Part II of the Historical Eras series, I created a cover for a book I've done in real life - but I went back in time to be inspired by the textiles, wallpapers and book designs of the early 60s!

 

In this session I include:

- drawing with Kyle Webster's brushes, to simulate my 'IRL' pens

- research into specific book design eras

- layering up

- using Adobe Stock to create paper backgrounds

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September 15th, 2021

Adobe Live Book Club with Sarah Coleman: Historic Eras

DRACULA!

Looking at historic styles and periods in book design, I create a cover for Bram Stoker's Dracula which pays homage to the ornate, beautiful cloth and leather-bound editions of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

 

In this session I include:

- drawing with the symmetry tool

- simulating a 6mm parallel ink pen

- gothic lettering from scratch

- deploying Adobe Stock and Adobe Fonts

historic and geographical inspirations

- making marbled endpapers, 100% digitally!

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Adobe Masterclass with Sarah Coleman

FAN ART! 'Dark': The Novel

In a 'Brush'-centric special I created this bit of fan art: the book of the Netflix series Dark.

 

In this session I include:

 

- setting up a template for a real book cover

- drawing with the symmetry tool

- time-lapses of ink creation

- integrating organic hand-made elements

- using layer styles to create atmosphere

- making and tweaking bespoke brushes

and their settings

- synthesising analogue fountain

and other pens with digital brushes

May 12th, 2021

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Adobe Live Book Club x Sarah Coleman

‘A Scanner Darkly’ by Philip K. Dick

Creating a book cover in an hour - from scratch, using ink elements and Photoshop, chosen by last week’s audience.

 

In this session I integrate:

- using layer styles to create textures

- adding scruffy hand-lettering via vectorisation

- using Kyle Webster’s brushes

- using the content-aware tool

- Enjoy the session!

October 2020

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Adobe Live Book Club x Sarah Coleman

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ by Edgar Allen Poe

Each session starts with a look at previous versions of the cover, and for this one there are many. In this session I do the front and the back of this cover, suggested by last week’s audience

 

This session includes:

- choosing and using licenced Adobe Stock

- layers tyles and textures

- using the mirror drawing tool to create 

a symmetrical image

- making my own brushes from original art

- layer discipline and modifying brushes

October 2020

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Adobe Live Book Club x Sarah Coleman

‘The Institute’ by Stephen King

Creating a book cover in an hour - from scratch! The first of four the sessions saw me create a book cover from scratch using sketches, ink elements and Photoshop. 

 

In this session I include:

 

- setting up a template for a real book cover

- a brief look into my workflow

- time-lapses of ink creation

- integrating organic hand-made elements

- using layer styles to create atmosphere

September 2020

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‘The Omen’ (novelisation of the film)

Adobe Live Book Club x Sarah Coleman

This was never actually a book - it was a film first, which was novelised later, and thus had no real ‘cover’ precedent. I wanted to get away from the cliches that have gathered around ‘The Omen’

 

In this one I demonstrate the creation of a very organic woodcut-inspired look: Along the way I look at:

- Kyle’s pencil, fountain pen and chalk brushes

- creating brushes from a Photoshop sketch

- why I ‘colour in’ rather than ‘fill’

- ‘dialing down’ on the sophistication

- and we discuss the real identity of the Antichrist!

November 2020

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