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Refining cover lines

From: Designing a Magazine Cover

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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.

Refining cover lines

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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Designing a Magazine Cover

36 video lessons · 17248 viewers

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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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