Month: December 2018

Design Skills 2

One thing that I have learnt when making my double page spread is how to change the opacity of a specific type of writing. In order to be able to do this you have got to select the box in which the writing is in. Once you have done this you have then got to go across the top scroll bar and select object. Once you have selected object you then go down and select effect. Once you have clicked effect you can then change the percentage of the opacity of the writing.

Another skill in which I learnt through InDesign was changing the opacity, colour and borders of different boxes. Doing this allowed to portray to real meaning of my genre and it also allowed it to have similarities with my front cover and contents page.

There have not been many new tools that I have been using or learnt when using Photoshop, although one thing I have been able to do was further my understanding as to how to cut out pictures. I used the magic wand tool in order to cut out different parts of a picture. I also figured out how to use the lasso tool when some parts of the image wouldn’t let cut out with the magic wand tool. I had to use the lasso tool when the colours in the background and the image I was cutting out clashed. 

A New Improved Double Page Spread

The first change that I made in my magazine was the colour of the background. I decided that I would change it from gray to light blue. I did this because I felt like the gray didn’t suit my genre as much as the light blue would. 

Another thing that I decided was to add another inset picture into the double page spread. I did this because it meant that there was a bit more meaning in the picture. It also gave the audience something to look at. 

Another think I changed from the original was the amount of writing and the size of the blocks of writing. I did this because I felt that with the amount of writing I had made the double page spread boring to look at. 

The final thing that I changed within the picture was cutting out my main cover star. I did this as it allowed to then change the colour of my background. 

Draft 3 – The Double Page Spread

The idea of this draft was to give me an idea for my layout of my double page spread and how it would look when I have added all of my articles and images. In doing this post I have used a professional double page spread for guidance. I have received peer feedback which will help give me guidance on how I can improve my double page spread.

  • Describe the images of the star using adjectives – Serious, meaningful, intimidating, moody, aggravated. It looks like he has a purpose
  • Which cover lines tempt the audience to read on and which ones stand out and why? I think that the use of the cover line “Inside the mind of Carson Daniels” is quite good because it would make the audience want to understand what the might have been saying or what he might have to say. Other than that there are no cover lines so I think one think Alex could do might be to add a few more cover lines.
  • How do the cover lines reflect a music magazine? If they don’t, which ones need to be adapted? I currently believe that his cover lines don’t fully reflect a music magazine and therefore he might need to adapt them in order for them to have some more relevance towards the music magazine.
  • Which areas, aspects have distracting areas of integration of copy and images? I don’t think that there are any parts of the double page spread that are overall distracting. I think that the use of the image is very good with the spacing of it and how it fits into the double page spread.
  • What aspects do you consider conventional or unconventional? I don’t think that there are any parts of this double page spread that are unconventional. I think this because the use of the picture, the title and all of the writing fits well into the double page spread and nothing looks like it should be out of place.
  • Does the language and register in the headline create enough interest for the reader to commit to reading the copy? I think that the headlines will be good in attracting the readers attention because it is all about the artist and what he has been up to and what he has been thinking.
  • Is the layout considering where the fold will be in the DPS? As of now it is not fully clear where the fold in your double page spread would be.
  • Does the image create enough visual intrigue for the reader to stop turning the page and read more? I think that the images within the double page spread are quite intriguing through the poses that the model is making. This attracts the readers attention and makes them want to read on.

Targets for development?

  • I plan on adding a nothing smaller inset image so that the page doesn’t look to bland and blunt.
  • I also want to include more cover lines to help explain different things throughout the double page spread.
  • Another thing that I want to change is the size of the blocks of writing. One thing I want to do is make it more consistent throughout the entire double page spread.
  • I also plan on trying to add a quote from a star within the text somewhere. This would allow me to break it up so it doesn’t look too much like an essay.

Design Skills !

One thing that I have learnt when creating my draft is how to create different colour boxes and fill shapes. I think that this is very good because it allows me to add a variety of different colours into my drafts. This is also good because it is a good part of Mise-En-Scene which is very key when you are making a magazine.

In doing this I also learnt how to add borders to my text boxes and my images. I think that this is a very useful skill to have because it makes the draft look very tidy and crisp. It is also good because it help you understand and separate the different parts of the magazine and what they might actually do.

Another skill that I acquired when making my drafts was the use of cutting out my models on Photoshop. To do this I had to use the magic wand tool, quick selection tool and magnetic lasso and eraser tool. Using these tools taught me how I would be able to achieve the best possible results, and it also allowed me to develop my skills in many different areas.

Another thing that I also learnt was how to zoom in and out when selecting and deselecting different parts of the image. This meant that it made cutting out my picture far easier than it had previously been. Another thing that this also helped me to do was understand the differences in picking out the colours.

I think that another very key skill I learnt when doing this was to understand how to layer the different images on InDesign. This meant that I was able to put the pictures in different places and also allow the writing to be on top of the picture, as well as having other pictures on top of the main background picture. 

The picture below helps to understand how you are able to insert a picture onto your InDesign document. Underneath you are also able to see how you might be able to arrange you pictures. This is how you might be able to move a picture to the back or bring a picture to the front.

A New Improved Contents Page

This is my new and improved contents page. I decided on various things I wanted to change after getting peer feedback from some of my classmates

Things I changed:

  • I changed the colour of the boxes from red to blue. I did this because I felt as if it matched better with my font and it looked better and fits in better with the rest of the contents page.
  • Another thing that I changed might be the boxes. Within the boxes I changed the colour of the titles and I also changed what some of them actually said. I did this because I feel like the shape of the boxes didn’t look very conventional. I also made the boxes wider and longer, with one extra long one. This meant that I removed one of the boxes.
  • Another thing that I changed was the main picture. This was because it looks better and has a bit more of a meaning than the other picture had. I also made the dimensions of the picture thinner so that it included more of the vibrant parts of the image rather than just the blank wall.

Draft 2 – The Contents Page

The next stage for the design process of my magazine was to create my contents page. When making the front cover I had to make sure it was consistent and similar to what my front cover looked like. This meant I had to use similar colours.

In making this I was struggling to find the correct image for what I needed. I was also struggling when I was trying to decide what I wanted to put into the boxes so for now I decided to make something up. I also decided to include two main pictures so that I was able to highlight the main articles within the magazine.

As it is the only my first draft I have got some peer feedback off of Harry Torode.

Describe the images of the stars using adjectives – Colorful, young, coordinated, glamorous

Which cover lines tempt the audience to read and which ones stand out and why? The featured column stands out to me because it has a red background and this increases the contrast. The article titles are large and easy to read and their isn’t very many so it draws attention to them.

How do the cover lines reflect a music magazine? If they don’t, which ones need to be adapted? ‘exclusive’ is something that I associate with all magazines and therefore using it here may draw in people. The cover lines don’t really reflect a music magazine but they still work here.

Which areas, aspects have distracting areas of integration of copy and images? I don’t like the way the boxes look, they are difficult to read and cause a lot of strain on the eyes. The image fits well, however looks squashed and stretched?? The inset image is good, I think it works well at that size.

What aspects do you consider conventional or unconventional? (page numbers, inserts, captions, catchy cover lines) The design of the magazine is very conventional , the boxes are something that I have seen in magazines before and them image layout works, i would maybe suggest using a different colour for the background as the red seems to harsh for a pop genre.

Targets For Development?

  • I want to try and change the way my boxes look to allow me to include more information
  • I also want to try and change the main picture as it doesn’t really portray any specific meaning.
  • I also want to try and change the colour of red because it doesn’t suit the genre as well as it probably could.
  • I would like to make one larger box which would be able to include more information that the others.

Second Shoot Contact Sheet

How far did I meet the aims for my shoot? Within my shoot I think I did quite well in achieving my aims. One reason that I think that the images were quite could was through the use of Mise-En-Scene. I think that the use of Mise-En-Scene was very good because of the colours, make-up and props. I think that the use of outfit is really good because it matches the use of the genre quite well. I think the fact that they were both wearing denim was also very good as they looked quite similar.

I also think that the use of the colour was quite good because it looked quite vibrant and it also links in very well with my genre. I think that the colour of the clothes they were both wearing worked very well in attracting the attention of my audience. I also think that the balloons were very good in adding context into my magazine and it adds quite a happy upbeat vibe.

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