— Glen Berteau - Author of Christianity Lite
Recently, my graphics students at Manheim Township High School created random album artwork in Photoshop for fictional bands as a design/creativity drill. It was awesome, and the prompt was simple. Follow the following steps to do it yourself:
*Note – You need image editing software such as Photoshop, GIMP, or Pixelmator
1. Follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/special:random. When the page loads, read the title of the article, this will be your band name.
2. Follow this link: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3. When the page loads, scroll down to the bottom. The last 4 or 5 words of the last quote will be the name of your band’s album. (Fun yet?)
3. Follow this link: http://search.creativecommons.org/ and search “Nature” in the search area under ‘Fotopedia’ (Works best in Safari or Chrome). Next, follow this link: http://www.randomnumberpicker.com/ and generate 1 random number between 1-30. Using that number, start from the top right photo thumbnail in the search you did in CreativeCommons and count from right to left, then left to right on the next row the amount of the number you generated. Once you land on the photo, that will be your album artwork. Download the HQ image file to your computer.
4. Create a 12in x 12in Photoshop document and combine all of the elements generated into this document.
Have a blast, and try your hardest to create a unifying “theme” using all of the random media generated. It’s difficult to achieve oneness, but absolutely hilarious and brilliant when done right.