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Designing a Magazine Cover
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Creating a preflight profile


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Designing a Magazine Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Creating a preflight profile

Now that we have our magazine cover designed, it's time to start preparing it for print. Before we make a print-ready PDF, we are going to preflight our document using InDesign's Live Preflight feature. Down here it says no errors, and that's always a good thing to see. And preflighting has been happening while we've been working on the document, but the Preflight profile or list of criteria that our document has to match that has been used is just the basic working profile.
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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 preflight profile

Now that we have our magazine cover designed, it's time to start preparing it for print. Before we make a print-ready PDF, we are going to preflight our document using InDesign's Live Preflight feature. Down here it says no errors, and that's always a good thing to see. And preflighting has been happening while we've been working on the document, but the Preflight profile or list of criteria that our document has to match that has been used is just the basic working profile.

And the basic working profile isn't rigorous enough for our needs. So we are going to create our own preflight profile. From the Preflight panel, I am going to choose Define Profiles, I am going to call it Magazine, and then it's just a question of checking the relevant boxes. So, starting out with the LINKS, I am going to leave those two checked. In the COLOR section, I want to make sure that the Transparency Blending Space is CMYK.

It's highly unlikely that it wouldn't be, but just to make sure, it's not going to hurt to have that checked. I also want to be informed of any overprinting or registration having been applied. Again, highly unlikely that such a problem would exist, but it's not going to hurt to have the boxes checked. More relevant and far more likely to be an issue is the image resolution. As we have discussed, we want the image resolution to be 300 pixels per inch. So, I am going to twirl that one open, and put 300 as the value in there.

Then I will also do the same for grayscale images, even though it's unlikely that we'll use any. I am also going to increase the resolution for the 1-bit image, but again, even more unlikely that we would use those. Non-Proportional Scaling of Placed Object, this will inform us if we've distorted any of the images. I would like to make the Minimum Stroke Weight one-quarter of a point.

In the TEXT area, I'd like to be informed of any overset text, any missing fonts, any non-proportional type scaling. And in the DOCUMENT area, I'd like to be informed of any blank pages, and in the Bleed and Slug Setup, we want to make sure that the minimum bleed size is 9 points. We are not using a slug, so that's not relevant. That is pretty much it for our criteria.

I am now going to click OK. And then we need to turn that profile on, and the preflighting is now happening using this profile. If we are packaging this document to send to a colleague, we can click this button here to embed the profile with the document. So I see no errors, which is good. I am now going to do something that will cause an error to happen. Let's say we said we wanted no non-proportional type scaling.

I am going to do that, and then you see that when I do that, I now have an error. To troubleshoot the error, I would come to my Preflight, twirl that one open. It gives me a hyperlink to where the error is, and then it's up to me what I want to do with it. Obviously, in this case, I am going to just press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to go back to how things were. So now that we've preflighted our document, we are ready to go and make a print-ready PDF, and that's going to be the topic of the next movie.

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