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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.
Here's where we left it. We have the main cover line in position, and we now need to add the others. Because the arrangement of the cover lines around the picture needs to be very flexible, I'm treating each cover line as a separate textframe which I can independently drag into position. For a most sober cover treatment, it might be preferable to keep all the type within a single textframe and adjust the spacing using the paragraph formatting options on the Control panel.
But that's not what I'm going to do here. I am, however, going to use Paragraph Styles. Now for a very free-form approach like we have here, some people might prefer to use the Eyedropper tool, and that would probably be quicker, but ultimately using Paragraph Styles is going to give us more flexibility in terms of how we edit the end result. So it does involve a bit of investment up front, but it will pay off. I'm going to come to my Paragraph Styles, and with my cursor in the main cover line, I'm going to call this kicker1, Apply to Selection, and then I'll come and choose the explanatory line, and I'll call that explanatory1, okay.
Now, moving up to my text file on the Pasteboard, I'm going to select all of those, and we will apply kicker to all of that, and that's going to make it go a little bit weird for a while, but then every other line we'll come and apply the explanatory to. Okay, and these two actually don't have explanatory lines.
This text which I'm going to cut from that textframe is for the sticker and the flash. I'm just going to put that in a separate textframe on the Pasteboard. Right, now that that's--we have the starting point of some formatting applied to this text, I will cut that cover line and come and paste it about there. So this needs to get smaller.
I'm going to scale it down, I'm going to adjust the leading, and I'm now going to create a new paragraph style based upon that, which I'll call kicker2. You'll notice--and very importantly--it's based on kicker1, and I'll use the same approach for the explanatory1. I want to make that smaller, so it fits on a single line. Let's just remove that end of paragraph mark. Hold down the Alt key, click on the New Paragraph Style icon, and we will call this explanatory2, then I will fit the frame around the content.
Let's cut the next cover line and paste that into a frame, and I think this needs to get a little bit smaller still. So same approach, let's scale it down a bit. So I'm continuing to scale this, I'm going to add a line-break, a Shift+Return to force the lines to break in a certain way, and then I'm going to create a new paragraph style for that, which will be called kicker3, based on kicker2 which itself is based on kicker1.
The style is applied to the selection. I think I'll keep the explanatory line the same size. Let's take the next one, and we'll put that in a frame right there, and this can be kicker3. This begins with a Plus symbol. If we just take a look at the finished version, we want the type to be indented, and we'll have the Plus symbol in a separate color. So I'm going to add an indent to here character just before the T, and the keyboard shortcut for that is Command or Ctrl+Backslash And again, another line break just to force the words to break in a way that both enhances the readability and hugs the contour of the model's picture as well.
Now we are going to have to come back and just adjust the exact positioning of those, but they are more or less in place. This final one that we left with that can be kicker3. Let's move that one over on the right-hand side. You can see my smart guides kicking in there indicating that this textframe is at the same height as the textframe on the left, which I'm not sure that's where we want it.
But I'm just going to put it there for the time being. So we now have the cover lines more or less in the right position, more or less at the right size. We need to change their colors, we need to refine their position, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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