In further preparation of producing our own media text, we are taking time to replicate a professional NME Magazine front cover. This will allow me to become familiar with the software, language and skills I will need later on. We began by making a physical copy using sicks notes, pens an paper; we highlighted the elements, and applied the terminology we were taught previously. When developing my own magazine I think I will produce another “lick and stick” layout- I think it would be really useful.
My mock up version of the front cover.
The original version of the NME front cover.
- How well did you manipulate photographs (including cropping and resizing?
Gone are the days of spending hours Googling for the perfect image that has to have a transparent background- because now I know! I’ve learnt how to crop, resize and completely alter images in Photoshop. I initially thought this software would be tremendously tricky to use,but like most things it just took practice. At first I found the two exterior boxes on the image confusing, and kept slicing images in half- after experimenting I learnt their uses. I think I’ve manipulated the photographs well, I actually have three photos that I’ve manged to layer, arrange and place together (to get the same effect as the professional NME magazine it is based off of).
- Did you integrating image, illustration and text accurately?
Placing the main cover line proportionately to my photograph (as they were positioned in the original) was difficult, and lead me to believe that magazine editors primarily select their images, so they can base the rest of their work around them.
- Did you follow the colour scheme on the original page?
I followed the original colour scheme, I found the powerful red, contrasting with the florescent yellow created excitement and intrigue, whilst matching the original.
- Did you follow your lick and stick analysis of the conventions of layout and page design?
I found my lick and stick analysis very useful, it made it much easier to discover what I had forgotten to include, as the Indesign page got very busy– this page simplified the aspects I had to include.
- Were you consistent/accurate in your use of fonts and text size?
I am really happy with the font I used for the main cover line; it closely resembles the original, but I realise now their font is slightly thinner, mine thicker.
- How well did you use Photoshop & Indesign?
For a first attempt, on software I’m not completely adapted to, I think I’ve done quite well, I definitely enjoyed the experimentation, event though it was slightly fiddly.
What worked well:
I layered the three people well, I manage to create coloured boxes with text inside and make the main cover line really resemble the original.
What I would like to improve on:
- There were small spaces between my model’s arm and torso using the selection tool in this space was messy; in the future, this video suggested, I should try using the lasoo tool, and take I’ll take images for my own media text that don’t have miniature gaps.
- I managed to loose my side tools… It took me a long time to figure out how to get them back; this link helped.
- To help me with the cropping (multiple boxes), which I previously mentioned were complicated to me; I found this basic tutorial.