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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.
Part 3 of adding and refining the cover lines. We are going to have to scrunch things up a bit down here, because one thing that I forget to consider was the Barcode. So I am going to place the Barcode, and let's create a new layer for this, I'll press Command+D or Ctrl+D in the Exercise Files folder, place this, and I am going to put it right there. I want it to go in the bottom corner.
So things need to move up to allow room for that. I am going to lock the Barcode, come back to the Color Lines layer, and that looks better now. In each case, I am going to fit the contents to the frame, I am coming to each text frame, and double-clicking on its bottom center handle, need to make sure that the end of story marker is on the last line of those pieces of type for that to work.
And having done that, we should be able to a make sure that they are using our smart guides. You can see those green lines kicking in there, that the distance between all of these elements is the same. I am now going to come and just position this piece on the right, let's drag down our guides to the baseline, right there, and we'll nudge this one up and over a fraction. Okay.
Now we get to see the benefit of having used Paragraph Styles, because we want to experiment with some colors here. I am going to come to my primary cover line and select that, go to my Swatches panel. Now when I was creating the Color Palettes, I've added a lot of colors using different approaches. I don't need all of these and ultimately some of these we will discard, but I am going to apply this color to that first cover line. And if I like that, and I do, I am then going to Redefine this Style based upon that selection, and you see that when I do that, because the kicker2 and the kicker3 are both based on that, they will also change.
I am going to use the same approach for the explanatory line in the original. I ended up using just a 50% black, and that ultimately may be what I do here as well, but for now let me try that one, how does that look? I'm going to create a 50% black. So after all of my jumping through hoops to create the color palette, I am essentially over-ruling it now and just creating colors independently.
So I want a tint of 50%. I want that to be rolled out across my other explanatory lines, so I'll Redefine Style based upon that. Let's see how all of that looks without the guides. Maybe we would like our kickers to be in a Bold Font. Currently everything is regular. Let's see what happens when we do that. If I turn on my Preview, things go a little awry, and that's because the type is now too big to fit inside those frames.
And now I am going to try this, I am going to Undo that first of all, come to my Cover Lines, select all of those Text Frames, and then from my Text Frame Options, go to Auto-Size, and I will turn on my Auto-Size Option. So when the type gets bigger, the text frames will grow accordingly, and I want that to grow from the top left. This option is only available in InDesign CS6. So now when I go in Edit kicker1, great! Those frames adjust their size accordingly.
So there we have our cover lines in position. It's looking rather cramped, so I could go on refining that and refining it for some time, but that's essentially the technique. It does need some tweaking, but I am going to live with it as it is for now. And then in the next movie, what we're going to do is add a few additional cover elements.
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