December 2017 archive

So… How’s It Going?

My genre of indie pop is clearly represented through my choice of fonts, colour scheme, title and mise-en-scene through my images and my star image and also the location of where the photos were taken plays a big part of the mise-en-scene of the photo, these are typically things related to an indie pop magazine. My front cover, content page an double page spread represent my brand and what story I am trying to create throughout my magazine.

Furthermore, throughout my front cover, contents page and double page spread, I have try to  use the same colour scheme to make sure I keep to the indie pop genre and so my audience realise what type of magazine it is and also through the main title of ‘Indigo’ this also gives off the indie pop feel. Also, my images have either been softened in Photoshop or I have added a border to them to make them look less harsh so they look less jaggered and fit into the pages more.

Design Skills 2

I have now finished my double page spread and I have learnt how to use more tools on Photoshop and InDesign to make my double page spread look the best it possibly can.

One of the techniques I used on InDesign was adding in columns. This makes my page have two separate columns which are even in size so my magazine looks even where I write my article. I make columns on InDesign by pressing on ‘layout’ then ‘margins an columns’ in the top right of InDesign.

In InDesign I used the ‘ellipse’ tool to create my circle for my main cover star to be placed in so my star image is in the centre of my double page spread on the left hand page so she stands out and the focus of my star image is just on her, I also used the ‘ellipse’ tool to create my pugs so they stood out and can be seen easily by my reader.

Furthermore, I also created borders around my insets of my main cover star to make her stand out more, I created borders around my images by making the outline of the image bigger by using the ‘pt’ and making it thicker and the ‘type’ of the line to thick, then I changed the colour of the border by changing the colour that said ‘none’ to the colour of my choice by either having to make my own swatch or using one of there own already made colours.


I also used a new skill in Photoshop, this allowed me to use the different type of brushes to create a line affect behind my caption at the top of my magazine, this allows my caption to stand out more and draw my readers eye to it. I used a fan shaped brush to create the look I wanted to for behind my caption.

Overall, these new skills have helped me when I have come to make my magazine fit into my genre of indie pop and my star image.  These new skills have helped me to improve my magazine as without them I wouldn’t be where I am now with my magazine. I feel like my magazine is indie pop enough and that is shown through my magazine colours and the fonts I have used, without InDesign I could not have produced these techniques and my magazine would be dull and not support my narrative. I feel like my fonts, colours, insets, pugs and images all fit in with my narrative and show the audience what they want to see in an indie pop magazine. I have shown through my star images my genre of indie pop, I have shown my stars to be excitable and fun but also the serious side of them when it comes to my front cover, to portray the story all the way through my front cover, content page and my double page spread, this shows there confidence and quirkiness in my indie pop magazine and in my images of my models.

Draft 3 – The Double Page Spread


  • visible title
  • close up the gap with the columns
  • experiment where the smaller images go
  • move plug away from corner


Targets for development:

  • Add in drop capitals to my paragraphs
  • Add in a logo for my magazine
  • Put in a byline
  • Add more paragraphs to my columns


This is my second draft for my double page spread, I have taken on my feedback and added in everything I was meant to from my targets for development. Please click on my magazine to see it in full.

Design Skills 1

Before I started my A level media course I had never come across Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Adobe bridge. Now without these applications on my computer I wouldn’t be where I am now with my music magazine. I first  used bridge to create my contact sheets for my first and second photo shoots to show my audience what photos I produced and what angles and lighting I uses to produce them. I used Photoshop to cut out my main cover star and to soften around her as she looked to sharp to fit in with my indie pop genre. I then placed my photos in InDesign to design my magazine around my cover stars.

Firstly, I used Photoshop to cut out my main cover star, I uses the ‘magic wand tool’, the ‘quick selection tool’ and the ‘lasso’ tool cut out the background of my image to make the background  transparent so it was easier to place on my front page and also so I could overlap captions or plugs on my image without there being a white background on the image. then I went around the edge of my image with the ‘eraser’ to soften the edges to give it a softer feel instead of it being so jaggered and sharp, so it looked more realistic to my reader.


I have learnt that on InDesign it is crucial that you make your main cover star your main priority because that is that your audience is mainly going to be looking at when they pickup and buying your magazine. But I also used InDesign to create the different colours, shapes and fonts to create the best front page, contents page and double page spread that I possibly can. I chose three fonts from InDesign that I thought portrayed my indie pop genre the best and that the fonts fit in with my magazine the best, so my reader van get a real feel of what story I’m trying to convey throughout the whole of my magazine. I have also learnt how to add in text to my magazine using the ‘text’ tool which allows you to draw a box and create text where ever you like on your page.


Finally, I have realised that bridge, Photoshop and InDesign are going to help me further my knowledge in media but it is also going to help me complete my music magazine and help me in my further year of media.

Draft 2 – The Contents Page



  • The colour scheme fits the indie pop genre well.
  • The images look professional because of the canted angles.
  • The simple font fits the content page, not too in your face.


  • There are no captions, need to add more.
  • Try a different background and experiment with it.
  • Highlight some of the important words to give it more impact.

Targets for development:

  • Make some of my headings have individual bold words to make them stand out to my reader.
  • Add some captions to it.
  • remove the hyphen in number 13.

This is my new and improved contents page. I have taken on the feed back given by my peer and have added in big, bold font in my content page headings to make them stand out to the audience and I have also added in a caption to make my reader want to continue reading my magazine with a little help from the caption. I have also changed my font of my ‘contents’ page heading as I feel this font fits in more with the indie pop genre and it fits the whole contents page more. I have also added page numbers into my images so my reader knows what page they are on and what story they want to read about from the images or the contents page headings. Overall, I feel like this has improved my content page and made it look and feel more like an indie pop magazine.

2nd Shoot Contact Sheets

Good Photos

These are some of my favourite photos from my photo shoot as they portray the kind of story I wanted to produce for my indie pop magazine, I wanted my model’s to look like they were having fun and enjoying themselves while still looking professional and having them in a quirky but serious stances. I also wanted my model’s to come across as being energetic but also a little bit laid back as I wanted them to look like they were enjoying themselves while working in front of the camera. They are also the photos which have the best lighting and camera angles to convey what my models are feeling and how they act as a person. these are also my favourite images because they have the right exposures to the lightings and images and also they include a variety of different backgrounds. Additionally, in all my favourite images my models expression on her face and her stance or composure fits the indie pop genre perfectly.

Bad Photos


These photos aren’t some of my favourites because the photos are either blurry or too dark, which doesn’t fit into the indie pop genre. Also, some of my photos include my model getting herself ready for the photo or looking away from the camera and this doesn’t convey very good story from my audience and doesn’t portray the meaning of the photos that I am trying to produce. Furthermore, some of my images are also out of focus which doesn’t imply the look I am going for of sharp and crisp images to draw my readers into my magazine and want to read more.

Draft 2 – The Front Page

This is my second draft of my front cover of my magazine, I have change the points of which I had feedback on which were to make my cover lines bold so my audience could read it and so it will catch my audiences eye. I also put in an extra inset to entice my audience to want to pick up my magazine and feather gradient my photo of my main cover star which makes her look less square and sharp. This has helped me as my magazine cover now looks more professional and more indie pop with more pastel colours on it. I forgot to add in my date of when it is meant to be published but I will do this next time.