Designing a Magazine Cover
Illustration by John Hersey

Designing a Magazine Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Packaging and archiving the project

So, let's imagine that the cover has been printed, it looks great, and now we're ready to celebrate, but just before we do, one last thing, and that is that we want to package the project. In creating our cover, we would have experimented with various different images, we may have a folder full of lots of assets that we never actually ended up using. So we just want to narrow it down to a folder that contains only the things that we ended up using in this cover, and we can do that using the Package command.
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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 26s
    1. Understanding what makes a good magazine cover
      1m 46s
    2. Deciding between photography and illustration
      1m 6s
    3. Understanding the parts of a magazine cover
      5m 34s
  3. 21m 4s
    1. Choosing a cover image
      2m 59s
    2. Understanding the technical requirements
      4m 31s
    3. Cropping the cover image
      1m 59s
    4. Working with color and tonal adjustments
      3m 50s
    5. Retouching the cover image
      7m 45s
  4. 48m 6s
    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 27s
    7. Using paragraph styles with cover lines
      5m 32s
    8. Refining cover lines
      4m 54s
    9. Including additional elements
      8m 39s
  5. 15m 27s
    1. Creating a preflight profile
      3m 51s
    2. Making a print-ready PDF
      9m 23s
    3. Packaging and archiving the project
      2m 13s
  6. 34m 11s
    1. Setting up the Photoshop document
      6m 19s
    2. Placing and scaling the cover image in Photoshop
      3m 10s
    3. Combining the image and the masthead in Photoshop
      5m 48s
    4. Working with text in Photoshop
      9m 32s
    5. Creating a peeling sticker in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    6. Preparing for print in Photoshop
      3m 7s
  7. 35m 3s
    1. Setting up the Illustrator document
      4m 34s
    2. Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator
      3m 30s
    3. Combining the cover image and the masthead in Illustrator
      3m 4s
    4. Adding more cover lines in Illustrator
      9m 41s
    5. Adding cover items in Illustrator
      9m 31s
    6. Preparing for print in Illustrator
      4m 43s
  8. 1m 11s
    1. Goodbye and next steps
      1m 11s

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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
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Packaging and archiving the project

So, let's imagine that the cover has been printed, it looks great, and now we're ready to celebrate, but just before we do, one last thing, and that is that we want to package the project. In creating our cover, we would have experimented with various different images, we may have a folder full of lots of assets that we never actually ended up using. So we just want to narrow it down to a folder that contains only the things that we ended up using in this cover, and we can do that using the Package command.

This is just going to gather up everything all of the linked files in this document and put them in a single folder. There was a time when this command was used to make a package to send to the commercial printers, but these days most printers will prefer to receive a print ready PDF. It's easier for you, it's easier for them, and it's less prone to error. But the Package command is still useful because it provides a quick and effective way of gathering up everything that's used in the project and by implication, separating those things out from all the elements that didn't get used.

So at this point, all I need to do is click Package. I don't care about this, this is irrelevant, and since this I think is meant to be the February 2013--that's what I'm going to call it, February 2013 cover-- I don't need to copy the fonts. If you do that, you're going to end up with lots of copies of fonts on your hard drive. If you are sending this to somebody else for them to finish this project or to print this project, then yes, you would choose this, but in this case using Package for an archiving purpose, not necessary. What I do need is to copy the linked graphics.

Click on Package, and then we can go to wherever this was saved. In my case, I just put it on the Desktop. There it is. I have the InDesign document, I have that instructions.txt file, I didn't bother to fill out, I can get rid of that, and I have a folder of links containing all the linked graphics that are part of this project.

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