Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the technical requirements, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
In addition to the aesthetic requirements of the cover image, we also need to consider its technical spec.…When preparing a cover for print, never underestimate the usefulness of the telephone.…Your commercial printer should be happy to give you advice on the technical requirements of your cover.…The Resolution of the cover image should be at least 300 ppi, or Pixels Per Inch.…This is the standard resolution for commercial printing.…Sometimes you can get away with less, but your cover file may fail the printer's flight-checking program.…
Some magazines, depending on how they are printed and on what type of paper stock, may call for…a higher resolution, such as 350 ppi.…You can check the image's dimensions in pixels using Bridge. It tells me here its Dimensions.…This is the most important piece of information here, far more important than this.…We want the image resolution to be 300 pixels per inch, but it is the absolute dimensions…of the image that tell us its potential.…
If we divide these numbers by 300, that gives us our potential image size, and that means…
- 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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