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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.
Magazines have been part of our cultural life for more than 150 years. Before television, general interest magazines were one of people's main sources of news and information. From the 1950s, television has compelled magazines to become more niche in their appeal. In recent years magazine publishing has faced a similar challenge from the web. In a world of online publishing, it seemed almost inevitable that printed magazines would fade away, and yet the web has not killed magazines, far from it.
Today there are more magazines than ever, each aimed at a carefully-targeted readership. Whatever your interest, there is a magazine that speaks to it .
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