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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.

Risk Assessment

This is a copy of my risk assessment for my location photo shoot, it has a copy of the signatures of who I will be with at what time so my teacher knows and also my teachers signature to say she agrees with what I am doing and where I will be at these particular times. My risk assessment is very important as I will know what risks to look out for and how to prevent them from happening to me or anyone I am with at that time. My risk assessment is going to help me make sure nothing goes wrong in my shoot and make sure no one is injured so it will all run well, with no accidents.

Production Meeting Agenda For 2nd Photo Shoot

This is my second production meeting agenda for my music magazine, this is going to help me and my models make sure the do not forget any of the costumes or props they need to bring and make sure that my shoot will run as smoothly as it can if everyone brings the clothes, make up and props that are allocated to them. Again, during my shoot the costume and props are related to my genre, indie pop and the background and location will also be related to my genre to get the best outcome for my images for my content page and double page spread.

Draft 1 – The Front Page


  • It is difficult to read the ‘indie’ writing at the bottom of the cover.
  • Needs a few more pugs to make it stand out more.
  • It needs a date on it.
  • She likes how the indigo dips into her hair line.
  • She likes how the impact is in bold, makes it stand out.

Personal Targets:

  • I will make the cover line at the bottom of the page bold so that my audience can read what it is meant to say.
  • I will add in some more pastel colour pugs to make my magazine pop with more colour so the readers are attracted to it more.
  • I will also add the date onto it as I forgot to do this in this draft.
  • I will go back into photoshop and feather gradient  my image as I feel like she is too sharp for the front of my magazine.

First Shoot Contact Sheets

These are my images from my photo shoot on Thursday, I thought my shoot went very well as I took a different variety of angles and positions of Vikki. I feel like my images have come out very well and they fit into my indie genre. I feel like the meeting agenda did help me a lot when it came to me and others having to bring in other props or clothing. I didn’t change Vikki’s hair as I feel like it was indie pop enough as it was.There are some images where I got the ceiling in which I will have to Photoshop out if I use those particular ones when I come to choosing my main ones for my magazine.


Early Mock Ups

Before my photoshoot I created a mock up of how my magazine could possible look. I created this lick and stick mock up, using technical magazine terms so i know where to place everything when I come to create my magazine.

The terms I used for my magazine mock up were:

  • Masthead
  • Maincover star
  • Main cover line
  • Plug
  • Headline
  • Insets
  • Pug
  • Subheadings
  • Caption
  • Date
  • Barcode
  • Price

In my magazine pages I made sure I used at least one of these magazine terms in my mock ups.

From making my early mock ups this will help me when I come to create my magazine as I will know where to put my magazine techniques, on the front cover, contents page and double page spread, to make my own indie pop magazine the best I can.

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