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Cropping the cover image

From: Designing a Magazine Cover

Video: Cropping the cover image

When preparing your cover image, avoid cropping the image too tight. You will probably want to place cover lines around the model, so it's preferable to have a generous amount of background, either side and above the figure. For this reason, the image when viewed by itself may appear too loosely cropped, but in the context of the whole cover, you need that extra space around the subject So with this in mind, if you have the chance to direct the cover photo shoot, or if you are the photographer, capture your subject with a loose crop.

Cropping the cover image

When preparing your cover image, avoid cropping the image too tight. You will probably want to place cover lines around the model, so it's preferable to have a generous amount of background, either side and above the figure. For this reason, the image when viewed by itself may appear too loosely cropped, but in the context of the whole cover, you need that extra space around the subject So with this in mind, if you have the chance to direct the cover photo shoot, or if you are the photographer, capture your subject with a loose crop.

When performing the final crop, rather than do it in Photoshop--even though in Photoshop CS6, you can crop non-destructively--I prefer to do it in InDesign, simply by positioning and scaling the image within a picture frame that is set to the cover bleed size. If we go to the Layers panel, turn off all the other layers. The Fitting option for this picture frame was set to Fit Content Proportionally, and then the image has been scaled within the picture frame.

If I select the Image content, I can scale it using the following shortcut, Command or Ctrl More Than or Less Than, and when I do so, I am scaling from whatever is the chosen point on the reference square I actually want it to be the center point. And then I can also nudge the image using my cursor arrows. I find that gives me more fine control. If I want to go in larger increments, I can hold down the Shift key.

So in a nutshell, capture the cover image with a loose crop and then perform the final crop in InDesign.

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Designing a Magazine Cover

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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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