Assignment 4-Real or Fake
My camera is still away getting serviced so I am completing this Assignment using pictures that I have already taken a few months ago with this topic in mind. I had to travel up to London to get many of the shots.
The object of this assignment is to produce a series of images to illustrate a magazine.
I saw the notes on this assignment a few months ago when the course notes first arrived and I have been looking forward to it. I have never designed a magazine cover before. I looked back at the book I had to design for my last course. The first draft of the book I completed was submitted and my tutor , Mr Taylor, sent me a few tips on how to improve it. He said that my second attempt was much better so I decided to work along the same lines.
I did not realise until I did a little research that Photoshop can help you design a book/magazine. I also looked at a few examples of other students work to see what they had done.
It seemed that I could either take some images and change the cover of an existing magazine or make one up from scratch.
I decided to make one up from scratch, I wanted my magazine to standout from the others on the shelf so I set about taking images that would interest the reader.
So what does a magazine have to look like? I thought the bast way to find out was to buy a couple and have a look on-line.
Here is a magazine from the web.
So looking at the above example I need my magazine to have:-
- Bold Colours
- Nice background image to set the page
- Show what’s inside.
- Date of publication
So I set about making my own magazine, I chose to do an in-house magazine for the Police Federation, in London.
Firstly I got the blank template from Photoshop:-
Then I added my background image which I had to do a little work on:-
I then reduced the opacity to 45% so I could add the title and the other stories. I wanted to use as many of my own images as I could to make the cover.
Next I had to get the title, I needed it to be bold, to stand out and to mean something to the readers.
Blues and twos as all emergency service people is what the sirens are called!
Next I had to add a further title so people, who did not know what Blues and twos are,would know who the magazine was for.
You can see on the bottom of the screen shot the other images that I am going to use. (The picture of HM The Queen and the London Olympic Sign are from the internet)
The Date and the bar code have been added. We can also see some of the inside stories are now appearing so readers will know what to expect.
The image of the police bike was original facing the other way, however I discovered that the bottom right corner is very important, as it’s the last thing you see before you turn the front cover over. Images also look better if they are facing right.
I wanted something in the bottom corner that would catch the reader’s eye, so I thought it had to be details about a free gift or something that people would find interesting and want to turn the page over to have a look.
I then sent the proof images of my front cover to a friend for some comments, he sent me an email making some suggestions, which I have added to the front cover. I also wanted to add a crest to give the magazine a bit more authority. Again I set it into the front cover like a watermark.
I think that the crest in the background fills in the space nicely , but does not distract from the background image.
Here is the final Cover:-
Well what skills have I used in creating this magazine?
- Taking the original images, after I thought of the magazine front cover.
- Researching what a magazine front cover needs to look like.
- Cropping images.
- Cutting and pasting.
- manipulation of images (turning the motorcycle around).
- Reducing opacity of an image to set it as the background instead of using a plain white one.
- Using various tools in Photoshop to create text, resizing and changing its location on the screen/cover.
- Realising that you may need to get an image from a third-party in order to complete your work, i.e. getting an image from the internet if you can not/have not got a image that you need.
- Researching an image for copy right.
I have really enjoyed this assignment, it has taken over 10 hours over two days to research and complete. On top of this I had to go to London to get some of the images.
It will be interesting to see if viewers think it looks like a real magazine?