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This is my first real go at creating a cover-like creation on Indesign and Photoshop. We were creating a tour poster that was associated with a specific genre. I did some research so that I can get a better understanding of what specific traits go into a Indie Folk poster.
The image of the character was taken some while ago for another post that we did, because our genre was Indie Folk then – I did my poster to the same genre because we took photos for the genre already. This also made good practise for formatting pictures on Photoshop.
Throughout the making of this cover, I developed skills in the program – Indesign. Through trial and error, I learnt the many properties of this program. This will help me in the development of my final magazine cover. Generally, I think I did fine as this was our first practice on using this program. The fonts and the general size of the text and the picture are very similar to the real version of the NME magazine. The quality of the main cover photo is awful, but since it was just practice – it didn’t matter that much.
For future targets, I think I just need to get more familiar and comfortable with the program. I could look at some YouTube tips or articles if I feel like I need assistance. Some general targets I could make would be to learn how to use shades properly, use the Illustrator program more efficiently and just a better general understanding of what tools are there to use.
I also found some valuable links to help me with using Indesign:
For a general overview –
For gradient tutorial –
For the use of tools –
I feel like I manipulated the photographs to the right sizes. The quality of the pictures themselves are not the best, and some of the text is not exactly like the text on the original, but besides that, the photography is manipulated enough to have visible similarities. I followed the colour scheme accordingly to the original, and I think that I have succeeded in this, as the basic colour scheme and the font colour is nearly parallel to the original. As for the actual font of the text and it’s size, it’s smaller than the original, so that’s an improvement I could make. As for the fonts, I felt like the appropriate font would be a Sons Serif font. Looking from the original poster and my own, I think that I have used the right font. I was also very consistent with the use of fonts, I only used two different fonts, to keep up the consistency and keep the general look of the magazine as close as possible to the original.
Overall, I definitely feel more confident in using Indesign and Photoshop. This practice will help me when I will be making my own music magazine front cover. There is definitely room for improvement, but for a first go at this program, I feel like I did alright. For future improvement, I feel like I just need to use the program more, and if I feel like I don’t know something I can always google it, as I have already saved three videos on this post, which I found very helpful.
The main focus has been brought on the Main cover stars, the main cover line and the masthead. The rest of the properties like the captions, inserts and plugs are like ad-dons compared to the main conventional design features. This has thought me that the most important conventional features to a magazine cover are the main cover stars, the main cover line and the masthead. On this magazine, they have been designed to attract attention – these technical design features are done in a different colour to the background – so they stand out (Pink On Black). Therefore, I will spend the most of the time working on these specific technical and conventional design features out of all the typical features.
During our photo shoot, we encountered some mistakes and some failures. I learned that only a small percentage of photos we took, were good enough to upload to the mood board. I figured that this may have been because some were out of focus or at the wrong angle, and some didn’t present a positive image to the depth of field I was trying to capture compared to what I had originally planned to shoot. As far as experimenting with angles, shots and depth of field, I enjoyed tempering with the shutter speed and aperture of the camera in order to get the best possible shots. Experimenting with the angles was a good way to understand how much the angle alone changes the feel of the image. This can be said for every property though, as changing the slightest thing made the image completely different, and it told a completely different story.
During our photo-shoots, we learned that photos really can talk; even if you take the same picture – just from a different angle – you get a totally different feel for the photo. Juts a change in the lighting, angle, shot type or the depth of field, changes the emotion you feel from the photo. We also learned about new shots, angles and how to use an DSLR camera. It was a very fun experience and I really learned a lot during our time playing with angles, lighting, depth of field and various other shots.
This photo shoot helped me develop many new skills that will help me develop stories from photos in which ever way I need, this will also help me in further tasks in Media Studies as well as Film Studies. I had basic understanding of angles, lighting and depth of field beforehand, but I developed it tremendously during the photo shoot practices. This is also good practice for when I am going to make my music magazine cover.
This is my brainstorm collage of the general style that goes for the Indie Folk genre.
Introduction into the genre:
Our genre is Indie Folk. This genre is quite modern and trendy. Some people might say that people who like this genre are often hipsters. A hipster is just a person who follows the newest trends, like a gluten free diet or the newest pair of Yeezzys. The style is not very specific, it’s mostly urban casual but sometimes can be mistaken for a country like look, just a bit more modern. Usually people who dress to this genre are seemed as calm, happy and generally modest people.
I chose this photo because I found the angle, lighting and pose were all represented the best out of the twenty odd pictures we took. The lighting is directed straight to the face and the guitar – highlighting the instrument is key in the Indie Folk genre, as well as the lighting being high-key. Overall, I thought that this photo best induces the genre of Indie Folk.
I have realised after deconstructing this album poster that everything is on it for a reason. Everything has been planned out and put carefully on the poster; every sign symbolises something on the poster. This will now influence how I make my poster as all the fonts, colours and writing have meaning to attract the target audience. In order to attract the largest audience possible, I’ll need to perfect everything and use techniques that have been used on this poster. For example – the use of alliteration can make the poster more memorable as, if used in the title of the album, could make it sound better – just make it more remember-able. The colour contrasts are also very important as if I would just put on random colours, the cover might look unattractive for most of my target audience.