So…how did it go

Over the course of this unit I have learnt many skills which will help me in the next unit and in my other subjects. Using research and feedback I have created a magazine which I feel that not only fits the criteria of what a magazine should have in it and read like but one that also looks professional.

Before starting I had no knowledge of Photoshop or Indesign but now I think I am able to use them to a good standard. Over the course of this unit my magazine changed drastically as I learnt new skills and ways of editing which allowed me to improve my work. As well as these production skills I also learnt how to use a DSLR camera and how to write an article using the conventions of them. These are skills that will help me in future media studies projects but also in other areas of work.

Overall I am happy with the final outcome of my magazine as I think it is to a high standard and that it reflects the skills that I have learnt throughout the course.

So…How is it going?

At the moment I think my magazine brand is clearly reflected throughout the 3 pages and the images of the stars. I have a strong colour scheme throughout and I have used the same fonts for all 3 pages. I think my models and fonts fit the alternative rock genre of my magazine well and convey the edgy and rebellious connotations I was aiming for. I have tried to keep my design simple to avoid overcrowding the reader with information and I think I have achieved that.

Design Skills 2

By using the paint, smudge and copy tools on Photoshop, I was able to edit the colour of the lips of my model and create a more even coverage of the lipstick. This improved the star image by making her make-up look more professional. I also used the healing tool to edit parts of my models face, such as removing spots and making her skin less red to make her more conventional and also improved her star image.

On Indesign I used the colour dropper to take colours from my photo and create a colour swatch from it. This allowed me to use the same colours that were in my photo in the rest of the spread. This meant that I had a consistent colour scheme which made my magazine look more professional. I also used a drop cap for the first letter of my article. This made my article more conventional and also meant that the readers eyes will be drawn to the start of the article, so they are more likely to read it.

Design Skills 1

Throughout creating my front cover and contents page I have learnt many new skills in Indesign and Photoshop including editing photos to make them fit easier into my magazines design and to create an effective and interesting magazine. These skills that I have learnt can help me in future projects and in improving my magazine.

I learnt how to edit the models appearance so that she fitted more into the standards for a magazine using the paint and pen tools and the liquify filter in Photoshop. Using this feature I have been able to change the star-image and make my model look extra-ordinary. I also learnt how to apply gradient overlays with different layers to change the colour of the model in a natural looking way. Being able to change the colour has helped to make my model look alternative and edgy and allowed her to look naturally placed onto my front cover.

In Indesign I learnt how to edit text using fonts, height, width, colour and gap spacing. This allows me to create interesting fonts, highlight the importance of different parts, have a consistent theme and create alternative connotations using different types of fonts and styles. It also makes the magazine more interesting to look at. Using layers I have been able to place objects over other ones to create headings for my contents page and make the model on the cover be in front of the masthead. The paint-strip headings help to fit my magazine into my genre and make it easier to navigate my contents page.



So…I’m ready to photograph my star

After lots of preparation, I am now ready to photograph my star. I will use everything I have learnt over the past few weeks to create a professional magazine cover that is both informative and effective. For my main cover star, I will have to make sure that I have the correct costume, make-up, lighting and expressions in order to create a great cover. I will also have to make sure that I have a range of different types of shots in order to capture the feel of my magazine.

I will also make sure that my model fits the aesthetic of the alternative and indie rock genres and the overall theme of my magazine.

So…I’m ready to make some media

For my magazine, I will need to use everything I have learnt about front cover composition, camera skills and editing using Photoshop and Indesign. When taking the photos for my magazine, I will need to consider the use of angles and lighting and the different connotations within them. I will also consider the model’s facial expressions and body language and what they convey. Using photoshop I will edit the photo so that it fits the theme of my magazine by editing aspects of the photos such as saturation and hue, and to make it easier to place into Indesign. I will use Indesign to create my magazine cover using the conventions I have learnt, e.g. including the main cover star and pugs and plugs. I will also use it to create interesting fonts and use colours to convey different meanings to the audience. Finally, I will use the AIDA concept; attention, interest, desire and action, into my magazine to draw the attention of the reader and make them want to buy my magazine.