Designing a Magazine Layout

with Nigel French
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Designing a Magazine Layout
Video duration: 0s 3h 25m Intermediate


Building a great magazine layout can be a time-consuming and difficult process, and can involve working with a number of applications and perhaps a group of designers to achieve a satisfactory result. In Designing a Magazine Layout, graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor Nigel French teaches effective design and production techniques using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge to create dynamic magazine layouts. He establishes an efficient workflow using multiple programs, examines the aesthetics of integrating text with images, and teaches best practices for outputting the final document. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article
  • Creating an efficient workflow using Bridge
  • Designing with bleeds and crossovers
  • Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Designing and working with a baseline grid
  • Preflighting documents
  • Creating print-ready PDFs
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Hi! I'm Nigel French and this is Designing a Magazine Layout. As a graphic designer as well as an Adobe Certified Trainer and Instructor, I'm looking forward to showing you to how to use design and production techniques in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Bridge CS4 to create successful magazine layouts. We'll start by identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article. From there we'll establish efficient workflow practices using paragraph, character and object styles.

We'll look at the aesthetics of choosing and combining typefaces and the integration of text with images. When we are happy with our layout, we'll preflight our document and create a print-ready PDF. The techniques I'll be demonstrating will save you a lot of time, give you greater flexibility and make your designs more stylish. Let's take the first step toward that with Designing Magazine Layout.

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Q: The instructor explains that doubling-clicking on an image while holding down the Option key on a Mac will automatically open the image in Photoshop. However, the image opens into Preview instead. Why is this happening?
A: Before this feature will work, the correct file type associations must be set up, so that TIFs and JPEGs open with Photoshop and not with Preview.
From the Finder, select any JPEG or TIF file, then Choose File > Get Info. From the Open With drop down menu, choose Photoshop and click the Change All button. Repeat this process for each of the different file types you want use. You need only do this once and it should work from now on.
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