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In today’s tutorial, we will be looking at heavy metal albums using 3D assets. This tutorial can also work as a guide to heavy metal T-shirts! We will be using multiple 3D assets, fonts, and textures to create a highly versatile heavy metal album cover art.
In order to complete this project, you will need the following resources:
Find more resources on Envato Elements!
First things first: When creating heavy metal album covers, or any album cover for that matter, you’ll want to make sure you have the correct document settings.
First, the size should be at least 3000 x 3000 pixels.
While this is technically larger than you need, it’s always better to go big now and size down later!
Next, set the Resolution to 300 Pixels/Inch. This will ensure a nice crisp print.
Download your 3D asset, a skull in this case.
Click View 3D Render and choose an angle.
Make sure PSD is Checked and then hit Download this Angle.
Open the 3D assets PSD file and delete the shadow and background layer.
Repeat this with at least three angles: one looking up, one looking to the side, and one looking straight forward.
Bring all three skulls into the document we created in step 1.
Add a +50 Contrast to all three skulls using Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.
Arrange the skull as you see below. Duplicate the left facing skull to create a fourth and final skull.
Group all of the skulls together.
Create and clip a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer into the skull group. Set the layer to Brightness: 70 and Contrast: 52.
Using the same method as the skulls, download this gold figure asset. We will only need one front-facing figure.
Drag, drop, and place the gold figure behind the four skulls.
Add a +50 Contrast and -90 Brighntess to the gold figure using Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.
Duplicate the gold figure three times, giving you a total of four gold figures. Place each figure behind a skull, using the Transform Tool to rotate the figures.
Duplicate the gold figures four more times, for a total of eight gold figures.
Shrink the duplicate figures, and place them in between each larger figure, creating an ornate circle design!
Group all the gold figures. Drag, drop, and clip a distressed texture into the gold group, setting it to Multiply.
Hit Control-I to Invert the texture, changing it from mostly black to mostly white. This gives your gold a grungy finish.
Create a black background using a Color Fill layer or the Paint Bucket Tool.
Find and place an X-ray of a skull onto your document, under your skulls and gold but over the black background.
Mask out everything but the right-side X-ray information.
Add a +100 Contrast and -29 Brightness to X-ray the texture using Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.
Chance the texture to greyscale using Image > Adjustments > Black & White.
Duplicate the X-ray information, flip it horizontally, and place it on the opposite side of the skulls.
Finish the background by adding some illustrative flourishes.
Below, I used the ornaments that come with the Glaive font face. I used “J” set to a dark golden brown
Group these, the X-rays, and the black background into a group named “Background”.
Using the Heartless Death Metal font, type your band’s name. Make it large, and place it towards the top of the skull’s foreheads.
Click Create Warped Text towards the top of the Type Toolbar.
Select Style: Arch, Bend: +44, and Vertical Distortion: -33.
Set the text layer to Overlay.
Duplicate the text for a total of two text layers.
Duplicate the text one more time, setting the new layer to Normal.
Add a layer mask and press Control-I to invert the mask from white to black.
Use a soft white brush to mask the top section of the text back in.
Drag, drop, and clip a distressed texture into the masked text, setting it to Multiply.
Hit Control-I to Invert the texture just like before, changing it from mostly black to mostly white.
Using the Sadis font, type out the title of the album, placing it directly below the skulls and X-ray information, and in the center of the canvas.
Use a soft gray
Between the words of the tile, add an illustrative flourish to match the ones we have in the background.
Again, I used the ornaments that come with the Glaive font face. I used “R” set to the same dark golden brown
#8c6032 color as before.
Continue to add flourishes around the text.
Below, I used the Glaive ornaments below and to the side of the title. The bottom brown border is “Z”, while the two side borders are both “a”, with one flipped horizontally.
Once you’re happy, group all of your title text together.
Copy and paste the same distressed texture from before onto the title group. Add more Contrast to the texture to give it an even more grungy feel.
Place another distressed texture over the whole canvas, above all other current layers. Set the layer mode to Lighter Color and to 54% Opacity.
Add a Brightness: -35 and a Contrast: 100 to the texture using Brightness/Contrast.
Create a Color Lookup adjustment layer set to 3dLUT File: Filmstock at 30% Opacity.
Create a second Color Lookup adjustment layer set to 3dLUT File: Bleach Bypass at 50% Opacity.
Create a third Color Lookup adjustment layer set to 3dLUT File: Kodak 5218 Kodak 2383 at 36% Opacity.
Create a fourth Color Lookup adjustment layer set to 3dLUT File: DropBlues at 40% Opacity.
Finally, create a Selective Color adjustment layer with the settings below:
Group all of your adjustment layers into a group named “Color Grade”, and you are done!
And that’s it! This design will give you a highly versatile base and can be the starter for tons of different heavy metal album covers. You can even try using Placeit’s T-shirt template to turn this into the perfect heavy metal T-shirt design! Despite its minimal appearance, this album art holds the basic foundations of some of the best heavy metal albums!
Placeit has hundreds of album covers spanning dozens of different genres! Once you’ve found the right album cover for you, you can completely customize it to fit your exact needs: text, logos, as well as backgrounds and textures. Have your own custom images or logos? No problem! Upload them right onto the site.
If you’re in a hurry or simply don’t have Adobe Photoshop, you can still create the heavy metal album cover art that will have your listeners dying for more using Placeit, all inside of your very own browser.
If you have a cat, consider yourself under constant surveillance. Cats are not only extremely cautious, but also super curious. Hence, it is natural for them to always be in places where they can observe everything all the time in peace. Like behind a glass ceiling, for example. Yep, we may not have the original ceiling cat any more, but it as a concept lives on in other iterations of ceilings and…
This week, the owner of Coach and Kate Spade named Joanne Crevoiserat as its new chief, while Jen Sey was named brand president amid an executive reshuffle at the American denim company.
It’s been said that if you love something, you have to let it go. And, dear friends, it is time for us to let Design*Sponge go. It’s time for us to close this wild and wonderful chapter and head out into the great unknown. While we are sad to say goodbye to the friends, colleagues, and community that we’ve found here, we know that we are stepping into this next chapter filled with the love, support, and care you’ve so graciously shared with us over the past 15 years.
Design*Sponge began as one girl behind a screen, and has grown into a beautiful, diverse, and ever-expanding network of friends, collaborators, confidants, and support systems. You’ve taught us all how to be better listeners, better sharers, better members of our community and, most importantly, you’ve taught us that what makes a community special are the people in it.
I know I speak for all of us at Design*Sponge when I say we are leaving here today with nothing but gratitude for what we have all experienced here. You’ve allowed us to share thousands of stories, homes, personal moments, and lessons that have not just expanded our minds, but our hearts and our understanding of the world as well. Your support has given us the courage to dream big, take risks, and push ourselves harder and further than we knew we could.
From day one, all of you have been so much more than readers of a blog. You’ve become our friends, our co-workers, our support systems, and our family. We’ve traveled across the world these past 15 years and have had the honor and joy of getting to know so many of you in person. Thank you for not only reading Design*Sponge online, but for letting us get to know you in real life, too. You’ve shared memories and stories of your highest highs and lowest lows and we’ve been able to support each other in those moments in real and meaningful ways.
Like any community, I know we haven’t always met the expectations we’ve set out to, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the grace and understanding to do better when we needed to and to pick ourselves back up when we’ve fallen. Your dedication, support, and honesty have allowed this site to become something different and something more than a collection of beautiful pictures — you’ve turned it into a real home. A home that has pretty, glossy parts, but also worn-in, loved-on parts that are familiar and make us feel welcome.
I am so grateful to have had the privilege to steer this small but mighty ship. It has been the greatest honor of my life so far to work among a team of people who are so unendingly dedicated to learning, growing, and sharing stories that remind us that design is about much more than the things we put in our houses — it’s about the people, the challenges, and the defining moments that turn those houses into homes.
To my team, thank you. You have shown me great patience, trust, and support. I hope I have done my best to show you how much I appreciate and value that generous gift. While our work together here is done, I know we will continue to connect and overlap in each other’s next chapters. And I hope you all know that I will always be here for each and every one of you, always. You have all been such dedicated and caring writers, but more importantly, you’ve been exceptional human beings. And it’s an honor to know each of you and call you my friend. Thank you for making Design*Sponge what it is and will always be: a place for friends to meet, connect, and learn from each other.
To our community, thank you. Your creativity, exuberance, diversity, energy, and talent have been our driving force since day one. What you all do is beyond words. You are artists, designers, makers, innovators, dreamers, and doers. And I am forever grateful that you all exist in our world. You have inspired me to do better, work harder, and grow at every step of the journey and Design*Sponge would not exist without the beauty and honesty you bring into the world every day. Thank you. Not just for inspiring Design*Sponge from day one, but for continuing to remind us that design is so much more than things, it’s about people and connections and building something meaningful.
Earlier this month we gathered outside of Philadelphia to celebrate 15 years of Design*Sponge with our friends at Terrain. They have so kindly supported us since the early days and they generously offered to throw us a farewell party to mark this bittersweet occasion. It was an evening full of love, hugs, tears, and reminiscing that I am forever grateful for. I am also grateful to Ian Fursa who filmed our farewell party and created a short 5-minute film reflecting on the history of Design*Sponge and what it has meant to all of us to work on this project together. The final result is a love letter to this site, our community, our team, and the memories we’ve shared together. I hope you’ll watch and join us in one last moment of reflection, love, and gratitude.
Thank you for letting us live out so many of our dreams here these past fifteen years. There will never be enough words to express the depth and sincerity of my gratitude for all that you have given us and all the love you have shown us. I promise that as we all move forward, we will honor that love you’ve shown us by continuing to pay it forward in all that we do.
Forever grateful and always here—
Photographs by Erin Austen Abbott and Sofia Tuovinen
Scenes from our final team retreat in Brooklyn
The beautiful farewell party that Terrain threw for our community.
Your sports fonts collection should include a great sports jersey font, a sports number font, and other versatile sports team fonts. If you’re looking for a great set of premium sports fonts for your next design project, look no further.
In this article, we’ll take a look at a collection of professionally designed sports fonts. This includes everything from sports lettering font designs to sports logo fonts. Whether you’re looking for a vintage baseball font or the perfect school sports font, there’s plenty to see.
When it comes to fonts, Envato Elements is an awesome library to check out. There’s a wealth of content to check out, including a huge collection of sports fonts. The best part is, you can download all the fonts you want for one low fee. That means you can freely download and try out all the professional fonts you want. It’s all covered.
But the deal actually gets even better. Envato Elements also includes graphics, photographs, templates, and more. You get unlimited downloads with Envato Elements. It can prove to be a vital tool for a whole host of design projects, whether you’re an experienced professional or a complete beginner.
For example, let’s say you’re looking for a flyer design to help advertise your team’s next event. You can find that on Envato Elements. Maybe you’re working on promo items for an athletic organization. From business cards to posters, video templates to audio, Envato Elements has it—and all your downloads are included, for one low price.
When you have a library of professional assets and templates available at your fingertips, this means saving time and money. Grab all the sports fonts you need, and pick up some templates, graphics, and photos while you’re at it. Why not? It’s all included with unlimited downloads.
Check out this versatile sports block font. This chunky typeface could work well for your sports embroidery font needs, but it’s a plenty great fit for digital projects, too. This font download comes with two styles and alternative characters.
If you’re looking for a sports block font that deviates from the norm, this one can be a great fit. It’s not your standard sports jersey font either—but that could make for jerseys that really stand out.
This font is versatile, in that it works great for your sports logo fonts needs, but it also works well as an all-around sports lettering font. Create a stylish monogram or use it for your lettering.
If you’re looking for a chunky font, give this one a look. It has an interesting side serif. This font could also work well as a baseball jersey font.
Looking for a sports embroidery font? How about something for your baseball jersey font style aesthetic? This sports font is quite versatile and could serve a number of design projects very well.
This bold sports block font is an excellent choice for headlines, logo design, and more. It features alternative characters, and it could prove to be an excellent choice for a number of different sports and athletic projects.
If your target aesthetic is classy and high end, check out this beautifully designed font. It’s an excellent choice for monograms, logos, and more.
This sports block font has a slanted style. It works well as a sports lettering font, but also has an unexpected edge that keeps it from looking boring.
This is an awesome download, because you get a font bundle. Use these fonts together to create awesome text-based logo designs for your athletic or sports design project.
Love a classic, vintage sports font? This one is just that. Not only do you get the large, blocky serifs, you get a touch of texture, too. This font could work very well for your college sports font needs or other athletic programming.
If you’re looking for a stylish, memorable font, look no further. The best sports fonts are the versatile ones, and this one not only has a ton of potential—it also includes an entire font family. Download and experiment with all of the fonts included today.
This sports lettering font is simple, clean, stylish, and memorable too. The angled edges key right into a familiar sports aesthetic.
But maybe a baseball script font is more your aesthetic. Check out this fun and stylish sports script font. It’s bold, memorable, and has a hand-drawn feel.
This font is a great choice for a college sports font or a school sports font. It keys into that familiar aesthetic with the bold serifs, but it’s versatile enough to work well for other design projects, too.
How about a different take on a baseball script font? Check this one out. It’s got that vintage baseball font feel, but it pushes things in a different direction. If you’re looking for a baseball font with tail elements, but you want something different, give this one a try.
This font takes a curved approach to a sports block font design. This isn’t just a sports lettering font; it could work really well as a sports number font and has plenty of potential for logo design too.
Love a vintage look? You can’t beat the classic, baseball script font look and feel that this font has going on. This one is also a great choice if you’re looking for sports fonts with tails.
What a classic! This font plays into a lot of college sports font expectations and aesthetics. If you’re looking to keep things timeless, it could be a great choice (this one could be a great sports embroidery font too!).
If logo design is the focus of your sports design project, this font might be just what you need. It’s a bold sports block font, but notice how well it works both as key and supplemental text.
Isn’t this a lovely font? Check out all that texture! It could be such a fun baseball jersey font, or consider using it on your next poster design. It really captures that baseball jersey font style.
Not looking for a baseball script font, but you’ve still got baseball on the brain? Check out this stylish approach. It definitely keys into some baseball associations, if you’re looking for a different kind of baseball font.
Here’s another sports block font with a lot of potential. Give your type an outline or work with the outline itself. This font includes two variants for you to experiment with.
Love a vintage look? Then this font is definitely worth a look. It’s got that sports block font vibe, but adds an interesting point to the letterforms.
If you’re a fan of American football, this might be a familiar aesthetic. This sports lettering font is a fun one with plenty of different uses available.
Looking for a high energy font? Imagine this one on a flyer or even in your next motion graphics project. It could be the perfect sports lettering font for articles, features, and so much more.
Here’s another take on a vintage baseball font. A baseball jersey font style can be such a classic, timeless approach. This one could also work very well as a sports number font.
Love the sports block font look, but looking for something a little different? Check out how this font breaks things up with interior linework. It could make a really interesting addition to your design.
When it comes to sports logo fonts, this one has plenty of potential. Use it for your athletic team or maybe a different team—like eSports.
Check out the points between this sports lettering font. It adds a lot of visual interest. However, notice that it works well at smaller sizes too. It’s a versatile one.
A vintage approach can be such a fun and memorable one. This sports font could work so well for poster design. This one also includes fun alternates to experiment with.
So, you’re looking for high-quality, premium fonts, but maybe Envato Elements isn’t quite your style. If you’re not looking for unlimited downloads or multiple assets, you might want to check out GraphicRiver.
GraphicRiver has the same high-quality content you’re looking for, but the downloads are all a la carte. Download only what you need—keep things simple and cost-effective by downloading a single font for one low fee. This is a perfect choice if you know exactly what you need and you’re not interested in additional downloads.
Check out some of these awesome sports fonts from GraphicRiver. Pick them up today for one low fee—one download, simple and easy.
This sports font really commands attention. It has some baseball font vibes, but could easily work for a number of different sports and projects. Swap the colors and remix the content for the perfect sports lettering font combo.
Isn’t this font stylish? It’s perfect on packaging, and it could work very well for poster design too. It’s a versatile sports block font—with plenty of potential applications in your other design work.
Sports fonts with tails are such a classic look. This baseball script font has such a vintage, fun feel. Use it as a sports jersey font, or remix things and use it as your next school sports font.
Here’s another take on a baseball script font. This time, we get more of a curly look and feel. This download comes with fun extras too, like clip art and a companion sans serif font.
Sports team fonts need to be eye-catching and memorable—they need to stand out! Well, check out this bold sports font. It works great as a sports number font too, as the numbers also have these interesting, pointed serifs.
Speaking of interesting serifs, take a look at this sports font. Experiment with the baseline, like in the example above, to try out different looks. This one is bold and really commands attention.
Here’s a fun, modern take on the classic sports script font aesthetic. Consider trying out a slick aesthetic, like this example, when working with your next sports lettering font. It can make for an entirely different visual direction.
Pointed and energetic, this sports block font has so much energy. Sports team fonts, like this one, need that high-energy vibe. Try this one out for your sports design project today.
There’s a reason why a baseball script font aesthetic is so popular—it looks great and it has so much potential. In particular, sports fonts with tails can add such an organic element to your project.
If you’re looking for the perfect baseball font with tail elements, this one takes the cake. Take a look at the different styles and download this one today.
Here’s a very different aesthetic for your sports fonts collection. The best sports fonts aren’t necessarily predictable—mix things up with this blocky, digital aesthetic.
This sports script font has such beautiful line widths. However, keep in mind that this one is a font duo—it also comes with a serif face that works as the perfect complement.
Envato Elements is an awesome choice if you’re looking for great sports fonts. There’s a huge library to choose from, and you can download as much as you want. With unlimited downloads, you have unlimited choice. Download to your heart’s content, and do it all for one low price. It’s a deal—especially if a library of content means saving time on your next design project.
However, sometimes, we just need one asset. GraphicRiver is the perfect choice in this scenario. Download just one font, today, and dig into your next design project—keep things simple and get what you need, right now.
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