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Designing a Magazine Cover
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Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop


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Designing a Magazine Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop

Since the last movie I've made a few changes to this document. I've added the flash in the top left-hand corner, a photographer credit running up the right-hand side, price and date line, and this peeling sticker. And it's the peeling sticker that we are going to recreate in this movie. Let's just zoom in on it. That's how it looks. We get a different sort of--or at least we have the potential of creating a peeling sticker with a different feel to the one that we can create in InDesign, which you saw me do in an earlier movie.
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  1. 1m 57s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. Looking at the history of magazine covers
      46s
  2. 8m 27s
    1. Understanding what makes a good magazine cover
      1m 47s
    2. Deciding between photography and illustration
      1m 6s
    3. Understanding the parts of a magazine cover
      5m 34s
  3. 21m 7s
    1. Choosing a cover image
      3m 0s
    2. Understanding the technical requirements
      4m 32s
    3. Cropping the cover image
      2m 0s
    4. Working with color and tonal adjustments
      3m 50s
    5. Retouching the cover image
      7m 45s
  4. 48m 8s
    1. Setting up the cover document
      3m 17s
    2. Placing and positioning the masthead
      4m 5s
    3. Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
      3m 57s
    4. Combining the cover image and the masthead
      4m 28s
    5. Creating a color palette
      8m 47s
    6. Adding cover lines
      4m 28s
    7. Using paragraph styles with cover lines
      5m 32s
    8. Refining cover lines
      4m 54s
    9. Including additional elements
      8m 40s
  5. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a preflight profile
      3m 52s
    2. Making a print-ready PDF
      9m 24s
    3. Packaging and archiving the project
      2m 14s
  6. 34m 16s
    1. Setting up the Photoshop document
      6m 19s
    2. Placing and scaling the cover image in Photoshop
      3m 11s
    3. Combining the image and the masthead in Photoshop
      5m 49s
    4. Working with text in Photoshop
      9m 33s
    5. Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop
      6m 16s
    6. Preparing for print in Photoshop
      3m 8s
  7. 35m 7s
    1. Setting up the Illustrator document
      4m 35s
    2. Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator
      3m 30s
    3. Combining the cover image and the masthead in Illustrator
      3m 5s
    4. Adding more cover lines in Illustrator
      9m 41s
    5. Adding cover items in Illustrator
      9m 32s
    6. Preparing for print in Illustrator
      4m 44s
  8. 1m 11s
    1. Goodbye and next steps
      1m 11s

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Designing a Magazine Cover
2h 45m Intermediate Oct 08, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • The history of magazine covers
  • Choosing a cover image
  • Making color and tonal adjustments to the image
  • Placing and positioning the masthead
  • Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
  • Creating a color palette
  • Adding cover text
  • Creating a peeling sticker effect
  • Preparing for print
Subjects:
Design Page Layout Projects Design Skills
Software:
Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop

Since the last movie I've made a few changes to this document. I've added the flash in the top left-hand corner, a photographer credit running up the right-hand side, price and date line, and this peeling sticker. And it's the peeling sticker that we are going to recreate in this movie. Let's just zoom in on it. That's how it looks. We get a different sort of--or at least we have the potential of creating a peeling sticker with a different feel to the one that we can create in InDesign, which you saw me do in an earlier movie.

So this is going to be a slightly different approach and a slightly different result. I'm going to turn off the Layers Group that makes up the current sticker, Create a new layer, choose my Elliptical Marquee tool, and draw a circle from its center point. Before I do that, I'm also going to turn on my Guides, Command or Ctrl+Semicolon, so there is the guide that marks my safe area. I'm going to hold down Option or Alt and the Shift key to draw myself a circle.

If necessary, just drag from within to reposition that, and then I'm going to fill it with 50% gray, which is currently my foreground color, so Option or Alt and my Backspace/Delete key will do that. I'm now going to switch to my Polygonal Lasso tool, and I'm going to draw myself a simple selection over the bottom portion of that sticker, and now I want to cut that portion of the sticker to a new layer. Command+Shift+J will do that.

So if we turn off layer 3, we can see that we have just the peeling portion, or what will become the peeling portion on its own layer. I'm going to name this just so there's no ambiguity. So now on the peeling layer, I'm going to press Command+T or Ctrl+T to go to my Transform, flip this around, move it into position, and I'm going to apply a Gradient to that.

I'm going to Lock the Transparency of that layer, come and choose my Gradient tool. I'll press the G key to do that And I'm going to flip my foreground/background colors so I have white to gray, and then just drag down from the top. If you don't get it right first time, have another go. Okay, so we have the white at the top. I am then going to Unlock the Transparency and come to Bevel & Emboss, I want to make sure that Global Light is turned off, and for the Style of the Bevel & Emboss, it's just going to be an Emboss without any shadow, so all we're seeing is the light top area of that.

I might want to increase the Size. And then I'm going to go to Drop Shadow, turn off Global Light, drag the shadow into position, increase its Size, decrease its Opacity. I'll now come to the circle, and on the circle I'd like to add a very small amount of Inner Shadow.

I'll increase the Size of the Inner Shadow just to spread it a bit further, but I'm going to dramatically decrease its Opacity. Now I'm going to add another layer beneath the circle layer. Since I know I want it to go beneath, I'm going to hold down the Command key when I click on Create new layer, and that's going to add it beneath that. I'll call this one shadow, because on here I'm just going to literally with a paintbrush, press B to go to my Paintbrush tool and D to restore my colors to their default black and white.

I have my Opacity all the way down at 20. I'm just going to paint in a bit of a shadow there, and then I can always reduce the Opacity of that. I think one more thing I'll do is come to the peel layer, get in a little bit larger, press Command+T or Ctrl+T to go to my Free Transform, and then I'll just warp that so it's looking a little bit less perfect and more like it is peeling.

And I might also consider a small amount of warping on the circle itself, like so. So finally, I just want to put these three layers into a layer Group so that I can keep them organized. Command+G or Ctrl+G will do that. I'll call that sticker1, and I now need the type. And the type I'm just going to borrow from the already finished version.

I'm going to come to that type layer, hold down the Option or Alt key, and drag it into the sticker1 group, which I'll then expand. I'll contract the layer effects that were applied to it, drag that type layer to the top, and then I can press Command+T or Ctrl+T and transform that and position it as necessary. So there's the sticker in the context of the whole color.

So a different approach to creating a sticker using Photoshop, painting in a shadow, warping the different elements, and also we have the ability to add in shadows and embosses. So a slightly different result to what we saw in InDesign. I'm not sure it's any better, but it is different.

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