Carey Ann Hays

CD Covers Wrecked Mixes 2010

I belong to a music-related online message board, and for a period of time (until Spotify came along) we had a mixed CD exchange at Christmas time. Each participating member was paired with a secret recipient.

After the recipient received his or her mix, we would offer up the mix to anyone else who wanted one. Many of us, myself included, had fun with themes and custom covers. Many of us would often make more than one mix each year. The time and postage invested was more than worth the piles of new music we would receive in return.

My 2010 mixed CD was the second of two mixes I’d made of nothing but cover songs. These were always fun to make. I titled this one, “You Can Judge A Band By Its Cover.” I used stock photos for the front and back, and had great fun adding the type and effects to make it look like part of the book.2010-Wrecked-Covers

For “Wanderlust Vol. 5” I used my own photos for the front and back covers. The title was supposed to look like skywriting. I liked how the basketball goal and the firepit suggest that this motor home is firmly planted in its location, and probably won’t see the road for a while. The back cover was taken from my window seat, flying back to Indiana from another visit to California, about a year before we moved to California for good.

Process: Adobe Photoshop an dInDesign

Output: Full color digital printing on 80# glossy paper

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