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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.
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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