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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.
Next step, we're going to the image with the masthead to achieve this commonly-seen effect of overlapping the model's head with the masthead type. Here is where we left off cover2, and to do this it's a bit more like how I did it in InDesign than it is in Photoshop. So it has probably more in common with the InDesign pen path technique than the Photoshop masking technique. And I'm going to go about like this. I am going to duplicate the cover image layer, drag that layer above the masthead layer, then I'm going to twirl that one open, select the clipping path--or the clipping mask, rather-- that is at the top of that layer, and delete it.
I'm now going to zoom in, choose my Pen tool, and draw my pen path around the top of hair. Once again, we're now going to have the opportunity here to not include these trapped areas of white space inside the curls of the hair so that the way you position the model relative to the masthead is going to have a big influence.
Now what I'm going to is I'm going to use that new path to be the clipping mask for this copy of the cover image layer just by clicking on the Make/Release Clipping Mask, and then we can see that doing that we now show the masthead behind it. Let's just zoom out a bit and deselect that.
I'm going to press Command+Shift+A to deselect, or maybe you need to just clean that up a little bit. So I'm going to zoom in. Bear in mind I am at a very large view size here, so many of these inaccuracies will not show up at 100% of the cover size, but I am a very enlarged view size. But I can just now come in with my Direct Selection tool and make a few adjustments to that clipping mask.
Now we will zoom out, and I want to make sure that that layer is locked. I will rename it, and I'm going to called it cut out. That should be locked, and so too should the cover image layer be locked In a nutshell, the technique is this: you duplicate the cover image layer, make sure that the copy of the layer is above the masthead layer, on that layer you draw a pen path, and then use that pan path as a clipping mask to reveal only that small portion of the head the overlaps the masthead type.
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