5. Aging & Fine-tuning: Exported from Flash as a high res jpeg and brought into Photoshop for some texturing, noise effects and desaturation. I made my other cereal boxes kinda look like the front of the box was gently ripped off and scanned. I wanted this one to look more like an actual box that was placed face-down on a scanner. So, I backed off a little with the rips and folds and focused more on what the edges of an old box would look like head-on. I also added a city silhouette to give the piece a little more depth and interest. And I couldn't leave out the big, bold message to moms about vitamins!
So there you have it! 5 (very condensed) steps to digital cereal box construction glory! Now onto the next one!
1/07/06 edit - Upon further reflection (and some quality critiques), I've decided to lose the cityscape (see above). It works better as a vintage style cereal box without it. Maybe I'll save the city version for the book cover ;)