Harness CS6’s vector shape tools

A piece of design often achieves impact through the things you take away or choose to omit, rather than the elements you might add. Clarity of message and impact are two essential aspects to bear in mind when designing a book cover, or anything that relies heavily on its outer packaging to sell what’s inside.

Through this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a simple, bold, typographic cover for an imaginary new design journal, which I’ve (with tongue firmly in cheek) named Moving Shapes. I’ll run you through the basics of setting up a cover template and making type choices, and show you how to produce some striking effects using a few of Photoshop CS6’s new features.

We’ll look at the new vector shape layers, which enable you to combine different vector shapes in a non-destructive manner – much in the same way as Illustrator. The new erodible pencils are a great addition for any digital painter or illustrator, and shouldn’t be overlooked by designers either. With a little imagination these new features can be used in conjunction with other Creative Suite programs to create striking, eye-catching designs with ease.

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