Use custom brushes and patterns to create an album cover that in-spire and delight.

Add design assets to a Creative Cloud library and reuse the same elements across multiple designs to create a cohesive look. Featured artist: Hoodzpah. Check out more of their work here: https://hoodzpahdesign.com/

Now try it yourself

1. Download the practice files and open "_make-album-cover_practice.ai" in Illustrator.

Import the Creative Cloud Library

2. To import a new library, go to Window > Libraries to open the Libraries panel. Click the menu icon and choose Import Library from the Libraries flyout menu. Select the Library location by clicking the folder icon and select the "albumcover.cclibs" file provided with the practice files. Then click Import and OK.

Side by side graphic of a rocket ship in vector on the left and a blurry raster version of the same image on the right

Add colors, patterns and brushes

3. Click with the Selection tool (V) on the foam group that is colored purple yet, then go to the Color section in the Library and select the cream white color.

Rectangle Tool selected in the tool bar, a vector owl graphic is shown in the Illustrator workspace with all points selected

4. Select the other foam group. Then open the Swatches panel by going to Window > Swatches to see the patterns Hoodzpah provided. 

 

5. Click on the green dotted square to apply the pattern to the selected objects. 

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

6. Apply another pattern, now to the sky. For that, select the rectangle on the top of the artwork. Click the horizontal striped pattern from the swatches to apply it to the sky. 

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

7. Next add brushes to the wave and foam objects that still have black strokes. Select the tab Brushes on the Swatches panel.

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

8. Select all objects except the font part on the bottom and click on "Pattern Brush 5" in the brushes panel to apply the brush to the objects. Close the Brushes Panel.

 

Tip: With the Selection tool (V) selected, drag a rectangle starting slightly outside the upper left corner to the right side slightly above the font to select multiple objects at once.

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

Add graphics and type

9. Go to the Graphics category in the Libraries panel and select the sun. Drag the graphic on to the artwork and click where you want to place it. Repeat to add graphics such as clouds, smileys and other assets you want to include in the artwork.

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

10. Finally select the text "Saltwater Slackers" on the artwork, then go to the Type category in the Libraries panel and click "Trilby Black Italic“.

A text box that says "Owl Preserve of Oregon" is selected, the Character panel is open showing Font selections

That's it! Now it's your turn to make an album cover in Illustrator. Download the assets or use your own and share your result on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MadewithIllustrator to get feedback and connect with other creative minds.

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