Category Archives: Creative Critical Reflection Component 1

Feedback on Mock-up and Targets

Once we created our rough digipak we had to get some feedback to make sure we were encoding the correct genre and vibe to our audience and take notes to improve. To do this we asked several people to tally what genre and adjectives they thought were most appropriate to fit in with our digipak and these are our results.

Our results show that the majority of people understood our genre and linked in the correct adjectives we wanted to convey through our images and typefaces.

Overall this experiment went well and I think we succeeded in this and now know that our idea of grungy and indie rock is correct and similar to our audiences.

So How Did it Go?

Throughout my whole experience in making my music magazine I have learnt how to use different software such as Photoshop and in-design and have also gained many new skills and information. I now know how to use the correct mise-en-scene  to attract and entice my audience using the appropriate clothing, make-up, language and colour schemes for the appropriate target audience.

When it came to feedback I responded accurately and created many drafts to get to how my magazine needed to be, getting feedback from different people was good as they all spotted different things on how I could make my magazine better. Looking at my first drafts and my final product I am very happy with how much I changed and improved my pages.

Overall I am very happy with my final product as I feel I have worked very hard on it and have kept my attention to detail very important to make it perfect. I have kept to my colour scheme and showed my brand well through mise-en-scene.


Design Skills 2

After doing my drafts on all different kinds of pages that have many different layouts I learnt many different skills in Photoshop and in design.

One thing I learnt to do which was the most effective was making my text transparent as it looked really alternative and edgy.

To make this I started off by inserting a text box as usual but this time I selected “windows” and then “effects” so i could make it transparent.

After this I selected opacity and changed it to 57% to make it more transparent.

After this I changed the opacity  I changed the colour to red to it was still bright and contrasted.

Once I completed that I wrote the title “SASHA BELFORD” and it turned out perfectly.

I did the same thing with the background by taking an image of a brick wall and following the same steps. I think that it worked really well at showing my star image and genre of my music magazine.

I feel that my skills in in design and Photoshop have improved immensely and I look forward to excelling my skills even more in my final drafts.



Design skills 1

One skill that I learned while using Photoshop for my front cover was how to remove the background or parts of an image. To do this I started off by selecting the “quick selection tool” to select the main areas of the background.

Once I had the main areas selecting I zoomed into the image and made the size of my tool smaller to perfect all of the edges I wanted or didn’t want, this was especially helpful for getting around the hair.

While I was zoomed in I was also able to perfect my lines even more by using the separate + and – tools which was also very handy withe the hair and shadows. Once I had all I wanted selected I just u sed the eraser tool to remove all the parts I selected.

While learning about Photoshop I also later learned how to change her eye colour and smooth out her skin and how to make her makeup how I wanted it by using other tools such as the blur tool,  eyedropper tool and brush tool. I also learned how to play around with the opacity when painting on colours to give more natural affects.

When adding more makeup on Photoshop I did this because I felt that when the images were taken the lighting wasn’t taken into consideration when doing makeup so it didn’t show up as much as I would’ve liked, I wanted the darker eye make-up to really fit in with my genre and give a more dramatic look to go along with her album and what the meaning behind the songs are, I also gave her flawless skin to perfect her image even more.


So… How is it going?

So far in this term I feel that I have learnt many more skills in Photoshop and In-design and have also learnt the importance of correct mise-en-scene and how to produce it.

I feel that I have expressed my genre of indie rock very well in my magazine, I used the appropriate clothing and makeup when doing my photo shoots and also through my colour scheme of purple, red, white and black. I think that because of all these skills I have portrayed, my magazine will catch my desired audiences eyes immediately.

In my magazine I have worked really hard, mainly when using the new software and trying my best to learn how to use all the different features it provides. I think that my magazine looks very professional and follows the criteria that a popular magazine would too. Overall i’m very happy with my work and believe it demonstrates my genre perfectly.