Magazine Cover Creation

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1. Creating My Magazine Cover 2. To begin, I used a layer mask on top of the usual plain background to get a gradient effect. I chose the colours black and white and edited the gradient so it flowed down the page. This is to give the masthead more colour and will bring the reader to instantly look at it, selling the magazine. It also follows the rest of the page as it subtly draws your eyes down the cover, reading everything along the way. 3. For the masthead, I chose the font FRANKLIN GOTHIC HEAVY for both words. I ensured that the word fits across the page to highlight the significance of the masthead. I then placed the word CINE on top of the E to make two separate words. I used the same font for this piece of text too but in black instead. I then edited the opacity to stop it from having such a harsh effect. 4. I have decided that this would be the magazine header. It not only advertises the issue of the magazine but also highlights the fact that it is full of information about up and coming thriller films, something that would attract fans of the genre. I have sized the text so that it is the length of the masthead, making the cover look neat and ordered. I emphasised the word thriller by changing the colour and editing the text to italic. The font used for the whole header is ORATOR STD so it contrasts with the font of the masthead. 5. I have added the small but important details just underneath the masthead. This is so it is likely that the reader will read them after noticing the title of the magazine. This included the website of the magazine and most importantly, the price. I did the price in a bolder text to highlight the importance not just for the magazine but for the reader, as if they cannot see the price they may be put off buying it for the fear of it being too expensive. I have also added the slogan of the magazine, highlighting its success. I have used a fairly simple font to emphasise the sophistication of the magazine. 6. For the title of the film I have used ORATOR STD as this font is much different to the rest of the fonts, making the title of the film stand out as important and one of the main features. I also did the two words in contrasting colours as this draws more attention to it. I positioned the tagline just underneath the title of the film but in a much smaller text, this is so the title is seen as the most significant thing. I inserted a plus sign at the top of this section of text so that the cover line positioned above the film title will flow correctly. 7. I used the font AGENGY FB for the names of the films and MANGAL for the title of the cover line. I inserted a small red rectangle to back up the sub-title to ensure it stands out and draws attention to the full cover line. To add a different effect and to ensure that the names of the films are distinguishable from each other, I made every second piece of text bold. I linked the layers together to create one main cover line. 8. I used a similar effect for the other cover lines by making the main lines in bold and the title in a regular font. I feel that the bold font allows each piece of text to stand out and 9. I have created a flash using two circles and text. To get the blurred effect I used a bigger circle underneath in white and used the filter Gaussian blur to select the correct level. I then gently blurred the black circle on top in the same way to make the two merge. I finally added text on top of the two circles using the font GILL SANS MT CONDENSED as it is slim and fitted well within the flash. I made sure that the number 30 was in bold to start off the text in the flash to help the audience read it in a flowing way. It also emphasises the number of films mentioned in the magazine highlighting how jam-packed it is. 10. I next added the text to the footer. I used ORATOR STD as the font as it is quite slim and meant that I could mention as much as possible. I tried to use famous names and current films to make the magazine seem up to date and full of knowledge about the modern film industry. I then used a small circle between each phrase to separate them. I chose the colour grey as it stands off of the background but blends in with much of the cover. 11. At this point I inserted the image. I firstly cut it out and then dragged it into the magazine cover. I flipped the image so it fitted around the text better and then edited the colours. I used the brush tool to colour over the top of the features on the mask in black to make them much more prominent. I then edited the contrast and the saturation to enhance the colour of the costume and make the white of the mask stand out on the whole cover. I finally enlarged the image so it slightly overlaps the masthead, showing the significance of the character. 12. Next, I added a long rectangle at the bottom of the page just above the footer. This is where I will place images of shots from the filming of the trailer. I then added four, smaller rectangles on top of the large rectangle to show the placement of the images. I finally used the brush tool in the clear mode to gently blur out the edges of the rectangle to add the effect of the rectangle curving with the page of the magazine. It also helps in blend with the background. I lowered the opacity of the tool to avoid the effect looking so harsh. 13. For this cover line I decided the ARIAL was the best font as it is clear and allows the text to stand out. I have also made the name of the actor red and the name of the film white. This is so the reader will read the actors name first, drawing the attention of fans, adding to the unique selling point of the magazine. 14. I have added the four images of shots from the film trailer. This is to show the reader exclusive images of on the film set, bringing the audience into the actual film, making them a part of the action. I have edited the brightness and contrast of each image to help it blend in with the black background behind each image. 15. I have inserted the barcode and publisher. I decided that the bottom right hand corner was the best place to position it as it allows it to be seen but does not overpower the rest of the cover as there are more important aspects.