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Deciding between photography and illustration

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From the 1920s and 1930s with technological advances in printing and cameras, magazine covers have predominantly featured photography. Life, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue, among others, featured cover images from some of the world's most famous photographers. There are, of course, notable exceptions, and there are compelling reasons why certain magazines might favor illustration over photography. Illustration makes it easier to present an infographic or to illustrate a concept.

Deciding between photography and illustration

From the 1920s and 1930s with technological advances in printing and cameras, magazine covers have predominantly featured photography. Life, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue, among others, featured cover images from some of the world's most famous photographers. There are, of course, notable exceptions, and there are compelling reasons why certain magazines might favor illustration over photography. Illustration makes it easier to present an infographic or to illustrate a concept.

Cost may also be a factor. Arranging a photo shoot or buying the rights to a stock image of a major celebrity may be cost prohibitive. For this reason the covers of film and culture magazine Little White Lies feature illustration, and this has become the magazine's signature style. Famously, the New Yorker has throughout its long history always used illustrated covers, giving each issue a timeless quality .

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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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