Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding what makes a good magazine cover, part of Designing a Magazine Cover.
Throughout history the most memorable magazine covers have been those that have the human…face as their subject, whether film star, musician, politician, or your typical woman or typical man.…As magazine publishing has become more competitive, the design of magazine covers has become about…reflecting the right face to the right people.…In recent years magazine covers have become somewhat formulaic, a headshot surrounded…to an often claustrophobic extent by cover lines, enticing the reader.…
This is particularly the case with fashion and lifestyle magazines because the formula works.…Publishers don't want to mess with it…But there is a world beyond fashion magazines, and not all magazine covers have to have a glamorous headshot.…Technical and consumer magazines might show a product shot or a picture of what can be achieved…with the type of product they're addressing, a photography magazine, for example.…An outdoor or travel magazine might feature a shot of one of the destinations featured in their articles.…
- 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
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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