Cropping the cover image


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Cropping the cover image

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.

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Cropping the cover image
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Cropping the cover image provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the Designing a Magazine Cover

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Design
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Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
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