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Preparing for print in Photoshop


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Designing a Magazine Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Preparing for print in Photoshop

So now our document is ready, let's look at how we can get this into print. So I'm going to assume a scenario the same as we used in InDesign that we have been recommended by our printer to create a PDF/X-1a file, a PDF file that is compatible with the PDF/X-1a standard, and this is a standard for commercial printing. It of course, is not the only standard, so do check with your printer.
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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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2h 45m Intermediate Oct 08, 2012

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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

Preparing for print in Photoshop

So now our document is ready, let's look at how we can get this into print. So I'm going to assume a scenario the same as we used in InDesign that we have been recommended by our printer to create a PDF/X-1a file, a PDF file that is compatible with the PDF/X-1a standard, and this is a standard for commercial printing. It of course, is not the only standard, so do check with your printer.

The PDF/X-1a preset is going to create a PDF with CMYK or print colors. We currently have an RGB image, so throughout the course of creating this document, we really should be working with Proof Colors turned on. I'll do that now. When I do that, you may notice the colors becoming a little flatter, a little less vibrant. So the CMYK that we are proofing is the CMYK profile specified in our Color Settings right there.

And as I have mentioned before, this can be synchronized in Bridge using the Creative Suite Color Settings, so make sure that you have the same settings in InDesign and in Illustrator. So with my document ready and my manually drawn crop marks that we created in an earlier step turned on, I'm going to go to File > Save As, where I'm going to choose As a Copy. And this is quite important, because this is going to mean that there's no chance of us getting the PSD version and the PDF version mixed up.

It will keep the PSD version, the cover5.psd as the open document, and then just create the PDF in the background. So I'm going to call this now cover_final, and then just to distinguish it from any others I'm going to add a PS to that, indicating that it's been saved from Photoshop. I'll come and choose the Photoshop PDF file format. I'll click OK to move through that.

Any presets that you made or loaded into InDesign or Illustrator will show up here as well. So if you have a preset that's been supplied by your printer or that you've made, you can use that right here. I'm just going to come back and choose the generic PDF/X-1a. I do want to make sure that I'm going to View this After Saving And everything else can stay the same. So I'm now going to save that. Even though I checked View PDF After Saving, it has not opened it for me, so I need to go to Acrobat, where I can just go to the folder where it was saved and open it from there.

And there is our print-ready PDF prepared from Photoshop with the crop marks indicated.

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