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Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator

From: Designing a Magazine Cover

Video: Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator

Our next step is to place, to scale, and to crop our cover image. I saved out the work from the last move as cover1.ai. I didn't in the original, but I am going to here put my guides on a separate layer. So layer 1, that I'm going to rename guides, and then I'm going to create a layer beneath that. I'm going to hold down my Option and my Command key and come on click on Create layer. That's going to create the new layer beneath the guides layer, and I'm going to call this cover image and then go to File and Place.

Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator

Our next step is to place, to scale, and to crop our cover image. I saved out the work from the last move as cover1.ai. I didn't in the original, but I am going to here put my guides on a separate layer. So layer 1, that I'm going to rename guides, and then I'm going to create a layer beneath that. I'm going to hold down my Option and my Command key and come on click on Create layer. That's going to create the new layer beneath the guides layer, and I'm going to call this cover image and then go to File and Place.

The image that we are after is in the Cover images folder, and that's the one we want, and it should be linked. So this is going to create a linked document in just the same way as links are created in InDesign, and we can check out those links using the Links panel, right there. We could go edit the original in Photoshop if we needed to. So that same relationship that you're probably familiar with in InDesign exists here in Illustrator as well.

Our next step, and this is unique to Illustrator, we want the image to be clipped to the bleed area. So to do that, I'm going to draw a rectangle from the top left bleed guide to the bottom right bleed guide, and then I'll come to the bottom of the Layers panel, and since these two items are the only items on this layer, I can choose Make Clipping Mask. I am going to use this as the top object to a Make Clipping Mask. Now if I want to select the picture that is being clipped by the rectangle that is on top of it, I can use this icon up here, Edit Contents. Because I do want to do that, I need to now scale the image.

I'm going to zoom out, and I can scale it by coming and picking up one of the four corners, holding down the Shift key, and just pulling that so the we keep things proportional, and I'm going to put it there. Next, I'm going to go to the masthead file, and the masthead as I mentioned in earlier movies is already converted to outlines. So these are just vector outlines. I'm going to copy the masthead, come back to the cover, and on a new layer which I call masthead, I'm going to paste those outlines and then position them according to the guides, so they should go to very top of the safe area, right about there.

So as I've done before, I'm going to sample some color from the image and then apply that to the masthead. Every time I do this I am choosing a slightly different color, so we are getting a somewhat different result. I'm going to choose the masthead, select that by clicking on the bull's eye of the layer, and then come and choose my Eyedropper tool, and that color will do just fine. So there we have our image scaled, clipped to the bleed area, and we also have the masthead that exists on a layer above that.

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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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