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Placing, scaling, and cropping the cover image in Illustrator


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Designing a Magazine Cover

with Nigel French

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.
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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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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

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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