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Designing a Magazine Layout

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Effective design and production techniques utilizing the best features of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
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  1. 12m 24s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. Saving a custom workspace
      2m 12s
    4. Deconstructing the document pt. 1
      3m 51s
    5. Deconstructing the document pt. 2
      3m 50s
  2. 31m 12s
    1. Choosing the magazine size
      1m 21s
    2. Setting up the document
      1m 51s
    3. Determining the number of columns
      4m 28s
    4. Creating the document grid
      4m 49s
    5. Creating master pages
      8m 36s
    6. Sketching thumbnails
      3m 55s
    7. Blocking out areas of content
      6m 12s
  3. 22m 58s
    1. Designing with bleeds, crossovers, and borders
      3m 4s
    2. Sourcing and evaluating images
      3m 0s
    3. Placing images
      2m 44s
    4. Fitting images with object styles
      2m 40s
    5. Cropping images
      3m 19s
    6. Creating a map
      5m 13s
    7. Extending an image
      2m 58s
  4. 40m 35s
    1. Choosing fonts
      6m 56s
    2. Aligning text
      5m 28s
    3. Hyphenating text
      4m 24s
    4. Creating paragraph and character styles
      4m 0s
    5. Loading paragraph and character styles
      1m 35s
    6. Creating a style spec sheet
      3m 15s
    7. Flowing text
      2m 22s
    8. Using Word's import options
      3m 59s
    9. Cleaning up text
      3m 35s
    10. Applying styles
      5m 1s
  5. 1h 21m
    1. Creating a color palette
      4m 34s
    2. Examining open treatments
      11m 20s
    3. Using drop cap treatments
      5m 43s
    4. Adding supporting articles pt. 1
      11m 30s
    5. Adding supporting articles pt. 2
      5m 49s
    6. Adding supporting articles pt. 3
      6m 8s
    7. Working with text wrap
      2m 57s
    8. Designing pull quotes
      12m 56s
    9. Creating captions
      8m 42s
    10. Fine-tuning the layout
      5m 7s
    11. Adding continued and end characters
      2m 29s
    12. Fixing spacing problems (widows and orphans)
      4m 9s
  6. 16m 30s
    1. Managing image links
      4m 2s
    2. Preflighting
      4m 58s
    3. Creating PDFs
      4m 36s
    4. Packaging
      2m 54s
  7. 29s
    1. Goodbye

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Designing a Magazine Layout
Video duration: 0s 3h 25m Intermediate


Building a great magazine layout can be a time-consuming and difficult process, and can involve working with a number of applications and perhaps a group of designers to achieve a satisfactory result. In Designing a Magazine Layout, graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor Nigel French teaches effective design and production techniques using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge to create dynamic magazine layouts. He establishes an efficient workflow using multiple programs, examines the aesthetics of integrating text with images, and teaches best practices for outputting the final document. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article
  • Creating an efficient workflow using Bridge
  • Designing with bleeds and crossovers
  • Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Designing and working with a baseline grid
  • Preflighting documents
  • Creating print-ready PDFs
Bridge Illustrator InDesign Photoshop


Hi! I'm Nigel French and this is Designing a Magazine Layout. As a graphic designer as well as an Adobe Certified Trainer and Instructor, I'm looking forward to showing you to how to use design and production techniques in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Bridge CS4 to create successful magazine layouts. We'll start by identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article. From there we'll establish efficient workflow practices using paragraph, character and object styles.

We'll look at the aesthetics of choosing and combining typefaces and the integration of text with images. When we are happy with our layout, we'll preflight our document and create a print-ready PDF. The techniques I'll be demonstrating will save you a lot of time, give you greater flexibility and make your designs more stylish. Let's take the first step toward that with Designing Magazine Layout.

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Q: The instructor explains that doubling-clicking on an image while holding down the Option key on a Mac will automatically open the image in Photoshop. However, the image opens into Preview instead. Why is this happening?
A: Before this feature will work, the correct file type associations must be set up, so that TIFs and JPEGs open with Photoshop and not with Preview.
From the Finder, select any JPEG or TIF file, then Choose File > Get Info. From the Open With drop down menu, choose Photoshop and click the Change All button. Repeat this process for each of the different file types you want use. You need only do this once and it should work from now on.





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