Looking back on my finished product of my magazine; I have reflected on the process and how much that I have learnt since I started the production of my magazine- Phoenix. From not knowing a lot about cameras or how to use InDesign, I now am greatly aware of how to get the perfect image from changing the shutter speed and exposure. Also, I have learnt to create my entire double page spread on InDesign which shows progress in my media skills as I didn’t know how to create anything on it when I first opened InDesign.
Reflecting further onto my front page drafts, I think that I have improved quickly due to the constructive criticism given once I posted each draft; overall I was constantly improving and testing what would look good. Therefore to show how I have advanced in Photoshop and InDesign skills I have put my first draft and my final draft together to amplify the development.
My final thoughts on the progress that I’ve made during the making of my magazine are that I have learnt a great deal of transferable, technical and communicative skills that will help me with my media work as well as in the future.
I think that my brand and genre is clearly reflected through the use of:
- Mise-en-scene- I have used edgy clothing for example the bright, bold red coat, and bright lighting to amplify her presence.
- Images- So that there’s more of a variation in my images I have made sure to add the images of Hollie H and Zara-z together because it will look more realistic rather than just having pictures of the main cover star.
- Colour theme- The colours that I have used throughout have stayed consistent so that each page looks like it belongs to the same magazine. My colour choices of red, white and black are used to resemble the bold and independent statement which I wanted to express in the magazine.
- Text/fonts- The font and colour that I have used for the magazine name/title on the front page reflects the indie genre with the boldness of the font, furthermore, I think that it looks slightly similar to the Rolling Stones Magazine which is also a magazine that shows independence and a care free attitude.
- Paint edits- To make the magazine more indie-looking, careless and rough, I have gone over the background of the front cover with a grey which makes my main cover star pop out more. Also, I have done this with black paint on the contents page behind the header to highlight the writing.
Progressing on in the creation of my music magazine; I have gained further knowledge of how to use certain design skills and production techniques that will help me create a magazine to the best of my ability- through the mediums of mainly InDesign and Photoshop. Now knowing more on how to better my work, I can use these skills to portray to the target audience how I want the Star Image to be perceived, also how they (and the magazine on a whole) give off the indie genre that i’m trying to give across.
Since creating my double page spread on InDesign I have become more familiar with the tools it has because with my front cover and contents page I mainly used the software Photoshop as that is what I am most familiar with, however, to better my work I realised I needed to widen my range of skills in different software so that I can have more options when making the magazine. What skills I have picked up on InDesign, are such things as using the colour palette and the eyedropper tool to maintain the colour, style and mise-en-scene throughout the front cover, contents, and double page spread, this is done by clicking on the previous colour that you have already used. As you can see below, there is a screenshot of the Eyedropper tool that enables me to continue using the same colours; therefore resulting in the same shades of reds, blacks and whites etc which portrays the indie genre well. This tool may be a small element of the range of utensils Indesign holds, yet has had a massive impact on the aesthetics on my work. Also, it has been very useful knowing how to use this tool otherwise my magazine would look unprofessional and unpleasing to the eye if it had all different shades of the same colour.
Whilst using Photoshop, I have advanced my skills further by experimenting with the tools to understand how they work and to see what I can create with them that’s new, different and original to make my magazine stand out. One of the production techniques that I had figured out how to use was how to put on a drop shadow on an image as it makes it jump out and draw your eyes to it. To do this, I clicked on the ‘fx’ button on the bottom right which allows you to vary the intensity and angle of the shadow, to which I then added them (making sure the angles of the shadows were all facing the same way otherwise it would appear messy). This creates an impact on the consumers of awe and captivation subconsciously; as it appears to almost be 3D which leads them to look at the image.
Furthermore, this holds impact upon the audience through her star image and the narrative that I have created due to certain elements; such as the shadowed images that I put together for a specific reason- which is so they can see what story is trying to get across to them instantly. Below you can see a snippet from my contents page which is where I used Photoshop to put the drop shadow on the images and used the narrative for the impact as explained.
Whilst creating my magazines front cover and contents page, I have discovered a range of new tools, production techniques and skills that have helped me a lot along the way by using software such as InDesign and Photoshop. I am more familiar with Photoshop so I have tried to learn and do more things on InDesign so that I can have a wider range of skills to apply in the future; what I’ve learnt on InDesign is how to play around with text and manipulate it to make it look like your own, this can be done by the text tool bar at the top which gives you many options to make the text longer, shorter, thicker, thinner, wider, a different font etc. This really helped to make my magazine look different and unique, below is an example of a font I manipulated for my magazine. This fits with the indie genre as it mirrors a rough, edgy effect, therefore matching the magazine on a whole very well.
Using Photoshop, I have figured out how to do different things to make my contents page stand out, for example; I experimented with the varied paint brush selection they have to see if it could work as a background which I think turned out well due to the rough outcome, this portrays the indie genre well as it shows a messy, careless vibe as seen below:
Preparing to photograph my star for my magazine has lead me to realise what is important to justify the genre that I am working towards. Moreover, to get to the standard of indie genre I have used and researched well what Mise-en-scene I should use for my main cover star.
I have decided on the colour scheme of mainly red as it is used a lot in this genre and projects a bold statement to the reader. The costume I have chosen to use on my model is all black but a bright red puffer coat to accentuate on the independent, bold and care-free presentation of the main cover star. Makeup and lighting are also an important element when thinking about how my model is going to be presented, therefore I researched into the makeup and decided that I am going to use a red/pink eye shadow portray my model to be daring. I’ve decided that the lighting needs to be bright to again represent the meta-narrative of this person, because dim lighting would imply that the model is welcoming, soft, and friendly.
Another important factor of piecing together a good magazine; is getting the right angles of the main cover star. So, for my magazine I want to get all different angles, but also get some low angle shots so that they can be represented as how I want them to be.
During the past few weeks in Media Studies I have learnt so much already that has helped me with my previous posts such as making the mock magazine; this is because I learnt how to use software such as InDesign and progressed my knowledge in Photoshop. Also, a major part that has helped me analysed work is Mise-en-scéne. This makes analysing so much easier as you can go through what needs to be there so you don’t miss anything out (CLAMPS).
What do I need to think about when I make my own magazine cover?
From what I’ve learnt; colour plays a big role in a front cover of a magazine as it portrays the feeling a genre that you want to represent. For example: blacks and reds go with the punk and goth genre, and pinks, whites and pastels would go with the pop genre. Another thing that I need to think about when making my magazine is how the main cover star is presented, so their body language, clothes and facial expression.