In further development of my magazine I have used more and more tools and techniques on both Indesign and Photoshop which has enabled me to enhance my photos and create cool and interesting graphic illustrations, in order to further develop my star images and overall appearance of my magazine.
Here are a couple examples of a few tools I have used in my magazine production:
When designing my DPS, I felt as if my page was a little bland with no real graphic illustrations which is a key convention in Jazz magazines due to the link of Jazz and creativity. Therefore I opened my star image up in Photoshop again to experiment with graphic illustrations to try and make my Star seem more exiting and creative rather than basic and boring.
I used the brush tool to draw an outline around my Star image, I selected the brush tool then used the chunky charcoal style brush, which was a slightly grainy realistic brush stroke as I felt it expressed an artistic and creative sense.
I firstly experimented with how it looked with a thinner black stroke at 100% opacity, however I felt as if it didn’t work in portraying my star as more creative, but rather more menacing.
Therefore I took note of the colour scheme I used in my DPS and Front Cover: Red / Peach pink, black and white and used a de-saturated, (peach pink like) red, which I felt portray my star more creative and unique but also smooth and seductive.
Another design tool which I have used in my magazine creation is the levels tool, which enables you to move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram, including the brightness, contrast, and tonal range.
I used this tool when creating my DPS background, I wanted to create a background which tied my article and Star image together as well as having a unique texture and appearance, so I used my image I took at Priaux Library of a bookshelf.
I used the levels tool bar to decrease the amounts of blacks in the image, to make the black text stand out more to make it easier for the reader to read. I altered with the mid tones and whites to reach this unique grainy image which looks aged and suggests sophistication.
I believe overall I have used Photoshops tools to my advantage well, and have been able to add some graphic illustrations to suggest creativity, but also have been able to alter my images to create new textures and a background for my DPS.
However I understand I have only touched the surface of Photoshop’s tools, and believe it would be better if I could find a tool to alter the background of my contents page to make it more interesting.