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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.
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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