Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the magazine size, part of Designing a Magazine Layout (2009).
Our first consideration is, what size is our magazine going to be? In reality, this is probably going to be predetermined and not something that you have control over. But in the case of our fictitious magazine, we can make it any size we want. Now because I live in Europe, this magazine is going to be an A4 size. If I would have created this magazine in the States, I would probably make it 8 3/8" x 10 7/8", the common magazine size. Magazines have become more standardized in their sizes of late and a case in point is Rolling Stone, which recently redesigned from its large format 10x12 inches to a more standard 8x11 inches.
There is no specific size that it has to be, but generally speaking of standard magazine size in the US is somewhere between 8 inches wide and 11 inches tall and this is so that the magazine can occupy a specified amount of space on a magazine rack and also for selling advertising which is not to say that every magazine has to be that size and famously, Interview magazine is a large format magazine. Although, even Interview has recently redesigned to a smaller, 10x13 inches, smaller than it was before, but still oversized. So let's now get into creating a document.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.
1. Document Essentials
2. Working with Images
3. Working with Text
4. Designing Page Elements
5. Proofing and Output
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