Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Retouching the cover image, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
We've all seen covers of fashion magazines where the models look like they've been sculpted…and airbrushed to within an inch of their lives.…We may also have seen some of the more aggressive retouching jobs posted on blog sites like Photoshop Disasters.…It's possible that the magazine buying public has become tired or cynical at seeing faces…and bodies that look other-worldly, unbelievable, and unattainable.…When it comes to retouching, my preference is to use a light touch.…
You have to find your own comfort zone and work within it.…Personally, I think if the blemish wouldn't on a good day be there, then retouch it.…Pimples, stray hairs, unflattering creases in clothing should be retouched.…A subtle smoothing of the skin, if necessary, that's okay, but I have no interest personally…in plumping lips, reconstructing cheekbones, or removing every last wrinkle and character…from the model's face.…
Make your model look good, but don't make them look unreal.…Here are some suggestions for retouching with a light touch.…
- 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
Designing a Magazine Layout (2009)with Nigel French3h 25m Intermediate
Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouchingwith Chris Orwig6h 4m 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
Goodbye and next steps1m 11s
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