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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 I have saved the document that I was working on in the previous movie as cover1, and we're now going to put the cover image into this document, so I'm going to open up the cover image, and then just to make things a bit easier, I am going to go to my Window menu, and to Arrange, and to Tile 2-up Vertical, I'll then switch to my Move tool, and I'm going to drag that over into the cover document.
We can now come and close that, and we can go back to Arrange and do that, Consolidate All to Tabs, and so we're now just looking at the single document. I want to make sure that this is actually beneath the crop marks. So our next step is to scale this, and I need to scale it relative to the masthead. So I'm also going to come to Illustrator, where we have the masthead, I'm going to select this and copy it, and then come back to Photoshop and paste it.
And I have some options here. How do I want to Paste it? I want to Paste it As a Shape layer. I can then drag that up into position. And because it's a Shape layer, I can very easily change its color. Just before I do that, though, let's just make sure it is in the right location. That looks good. Let's rename that. Changing color, very easy. You just choose the color that you want and Option+Delete or Alt+Delete to fill your selected layer-- in this case, the masthead layer with the color.
Scaling the image. Now, because there is likely to be some back and forth on this, some experimentation, what I want to avoid is transforming it, making it smaller, making it bigger, making it smaller again. Every time I do that, I'm going to degrade the image. So to give myself the necessary amount of flexibility and not degrade the image, I am going to Convert that layer to a Smart Object, and I can now scale it to my heart's content.
So I'll zoom out a bit, give myself a bit of growing room, Command or Ctrl+T, and I am going to position it very similarly to how we had the image positioned in the InDesign document, about there. So that is that step completed. Two important points there: I copied and pasted the vectors from Illustrator for the masthead, and I copied them as a Shape layer.
That's going to allow me to very easily change the colors within the Photoshop document. And secondly, I dragged and dropped the image, and I've Converted that to a Smart Object so that I can scale it non-destructively.
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