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What makes a good magazine cover? Author Nigel French examines the design of magazine covers, dissecting the cover and explaining the purpose of the different components that make up the whole design. He then covers the design process from start to finish in Adobe InDesign, going on to show alternative workflows that exclusively use Photoshop and Illustrator. Each workflow shows you how to place and scale your image, position the masthead, add cover text, and package the end result as a print-ready PDF.
I am now going to add the extras to the cover, specifically the flash in the top left-hand corner, and the peeling sticker that's going to go right here. So we have the text for this over on the pasteboard. I am going to come to my Layers panel where I'll make a new layer, I'll call that extras, and I will drag the selection of that type to that layer. I'm now going to lock all other layers by holding down my Option or Alt key and clicking in the locking column. Zoom in on that Type, I may as well address as many commonalities as possible.
So I'm going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to open up my Character panel. And I'll set the Type in All Caps, on the Paragraph panel I will center it, and that's about as much as it has in common. I am now going to chop it up into two separate chunks. So I will select the first part, cut that, delete that extra paragraph mark that remains, hold down my Command or Ctrl key, click.
Back to my Type tool, make in Insertion point, Command+V or Ctrl+V, and we now have two separate pieces of point type. Starting out with this one, the Flash, let's move that over into position. And I need to do a few things to this. This actually should become condensed and switch to my Type tool by pressing T. The first line is going to become Bold Condensed. I see I've got some extra spaces at the end of that line, which I'll make sure I delete.
I will select the first line, and I am just going to increase its point size by pressing Command+Shift+More Than or Ctrl+Shift+More Than and decrease the point size of the second line down to 10 pt. Command+A or Ctrl+A to select both, and I am going to reduce the Leading or pressing Option+Up Arrow or Altus Arrow to bring those two lines closer together. Now I'll switch to my Rectangle tool. Centering on the center point of that type, I am going to hold down my Option or Alt key and draw myself a very wide rectangle like so which I will then apply a 50% shade of gray to, and I will then send that to the back, Command+Shift+Left bracket I am going to just nudge it up a fraction so that it's optically centered on that type.
I'll come and select the type along with the rectangle and press Command+G or Ctrl+G to group those two elements together, and then the R key to select the Rotate tool, and I will spin that around. Hold down my Command key so I toggle to my Selection tool and drag that into place, maybe spin it around a little bit more. Maybe come and adjust the size of the rectangle, which I think is a little bit too big.
I now have a group so I am going to double- click on that group to switch to Isolation mode, and I can select the particular item of the group--in this case the rectangle itself--and make that a little smaller. And while I'm here I am just going to increase its point size, I'll just tweak that a little, making size, and I think we'll quit there with that one.
I will come and exit Isolation mode and zoom out. So I now have type for the sticker. I will drag that over into position or near the position and then zoom in on this area, I'll switch to my Ellipse tool, hold down my Option or Alt key and my Shift key to draw a circle from its center point, I'll use that same Fill Color of 50%, and I now want to make this into a peeling sticker.
And I could do this the same way as I did it in InDesign using the Scissors tool, that's a perfect valid approach, but for a bit of variety I am going to use the Line tool here and then just drag a line over the bottom portion of that, select the two items, and I'll now use the Pathfinder > Divide option to slice those into two separate pieces. It's now the bottom portion of this that I want to select, and rather than going to Isolation mode, I am just going to press A, which will select my Direct Selection tool.
Click away from it so that nothing is selected and then click back just on this bottom portion but holding down the Alt key as I do. It's difficult to tell here, but this bottom portion is actually in the stacking order behind the top portion, so I do need to just do this, Arrange > Bring to Front. That's not going to make any visual difference here, but it will for the next step. And the next step is I am going to now spin this around. I'll press A to choose my Free Transform, hold down the Shift key, and then spin that around like so, hold down my Command key and drag it up into position, and then I will go to the Effect menu to Stylize > Drop Shadow, turn on my Preview, and we need to just adjust the position of the shadow.
Let's turn the X Offset down to 0 and the Y Offset I am going to make 0.05, and you can see that's going to adjust the position of this shadow so it's actually above the peeling portion of the sticker. And I probably would want to make a few adjustments to these other settings as well. Let's turn the Opacity down a bit. And now when I click outside that, you can see that the shadow is cast in the right direction.
But I do want to select this, let's come back and keep that portion selected because I want to apply a gradient to it. So I'm going to find my Gradient panel, which is that one right there, I am going to actually tear that Gradient panel right off, and I'll apply the default gradients to that segment, and then I'll choose the Color Stop. And the Color Stop, rather than it being white to black, I would prefer it to be white to the 50% grey.
So I'll hold down the Alt key and click on the color that I want to be the ending Color Stop, and I am going to drag that towards the center, then get the Gradient tool and determine the direction of the gradient which we want to be from top down to bottom, like so. So we have the lighter portion at the top. Now let's go and get that type.
We can drag that into position, like so. It needs to come to the front of the layer, Command+Shift+Right bracket, and that can get bigger and bolder and maybe become white as well and so can the last line. Now I'd like to center this on my sticker, so I am going to select both and then use my Alignment icons, and I'm now ready to spin that around to adjust its angle.
Somehow I managed to make that type black again, so let's put it back to being white. All right, one last thing that I think we need to do here. I think the sticker is probably a little bit too big. So I am just going to select that, hold down the Option and Shift key, and make that a little bit smaller. One last thing, and that is let's add a clipping mask so that we don't see the bar extending way out on to the pasteboard.
I will choose my Rectangle tool, and drawing a rectangle from top left bleed guide down to bottom right bleed guide, I can then click on Make/Release Clipping Mask, and that will clip everything on that layer to that shape. And there we have our cover extras.
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