December 2021 Shift Art Photoshop Challenge.

Theme: Album Art!

This month, let’s create an original album cover. Whether your jam is more LP or CD, heavy metal or classical, create some album artwork to show off. Invent a band, or create a cover for a band you love. Don’t forget to use some great typography for your band and album names! Please note the special rule this month to use a square format for your work. Have fun with this one, and rock on!

Top Prize:

An Individual Summit of Choice with Lifetime Access!

The winner of this challenge will receive an individual Summit of choice with Lifetime Access. All individual Summits are available for active Summit Members. This prize will give you lifetime access regardless of your membership level.

Runners Up Prizes, chose between:

A CJM Texture Collection

Texture collection pack of choice from CJM Texture Collection. These textures are created by Caroline Julia Moore, our top Shift Art Summit instructor.

A PSD Stack Lightroom Preset Pack

Lightroom Preset pack of choice from PSD Stack. The Lightroom presets are created by Bunty Pundir, a top Shift Art instructor and contributor.

Second runners up will receive a Texture collection pack of choice from CJM Texture Collection.

Pixabay images included for this challenge:

Check out the images use in your creative entry!

The Rules:

Below you will find the rules as well as the images to be used in your composition. Entries will be judged by Caroline Julia Moore, Bethany Perron, and Andrei Tallent.

Special Challenge Rules:

Special rules only apply to this specific challenge.

  • Your entry must be square!

Standard Challenge Rules:

These general rules apply to all Shift Art Challenges.

  • All entrants must be Shift Art members. Join for free here.
  • Entries must be received by midnight on December 15, 2021 U.S. Pacific Time (UTC-8).
  • You must use a minimum of three Pixabay images provided in the download packet.
  • Previous challenge winners are welcome to participate in all challenges.
  • Entries featuring violence, hate, pornography or any other content deemed inappropriate by the judged will be disqualified. The decision to disqualify an entry is entirely at the judges’ discretion and is not negotiable.
  • You may use any of your own assets/images as long as they are under public domain, or if you have full commercial rights to them. This includes textures and overlays. See our article on finding images for ideas of where to find images.
  • Only one entry per member, per challenge.
  • Upload your entry image as a JPG with a width of 1200px on the longest side. Images with smaller dimensions will not be accepted. Maximum file size is 50Mb.

All images on this page, and in the challenge assets for this challenge, were provided by Shift Art Shop, or found on Pixabay.


This challenge is open.

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