Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Cropping the cover image, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
When preparing your cover image, avoid cropping the image too tight.…You will probably want to place cover lines around the model, so it's preferable to have…a generous amount of background, either side and above the figure.…For this reason, the image when viewed by itself may appear too loosely cropped, but…in the context of the whole cover, you need that extra space around the subject…So with this in mind, if you have the chance to direct the cover photo shoot, or if you…are the photographer, capture your subject with a loose crop.…
When performing the final crop, rather than do it in Photoshop--even though in Photoshop…CS6, you can crop non-destructively--I prefer to do it in InDesign, simply by positioning and scaling the image…within a picture frame that is set to the cover bleed size.…If we go to the Layers panel, turn off all the other layers.…The Fitting option for this picture frame was set to Fit Content Proportionally, and…then the image has been scaled within the picture frame.…
If I select the Image content, I can scale it using the following shortcut, Command or Ctrl…
- The history of magazine covers
- Choosing a cover image
- Making color and tonal adjustments to the image
- Placing and positioning the masthead
- Positioning, scaling, and cropping the cover image
- Creating a color palette
- Adding cover text
- Creating a peeling sticker effect
- Preparing for print
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Magazine Cover Design
2. Planning the Cover
3. Creating the Cover in InDesign
4. Preparing for Print
5. Alternative Workflows: Photoshop
6. Alternative Workflows: Illustrator
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