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Design Skills 1

During this task, I have learnt a lot of new skills that will definitely benefit me in the long run. I am most pleased with the work that I have done of Photoshop and Indesign and think that I have really challenged myself. I have also learnt more about using the cameras and how I can achieve a really good shot.

I am currently editing an image from our most recent shoot on Photoshop. I have worked on hiding some of the blemishes, changing the colour tints, adding shadows and liquefying areas of her face to make them look fuller. The effects of these changes mad the model look edgy, alternative, and more engaged with the audience.

This is the original photo that I had decided to edit:

Here is the image in the process of being edited:

As you can see here, I have already played around with different tints and colours and have erased a few blemishes that had shown up on camera. I experimented with the temperatures, shadows and tints and found that the best result I received was when I used a slightly warmer tone.

The effect of this allowed the logo on her shirt to stand out and the colours merged really nicely. It also accentuated her eyes and allowed her eye shadow to stand out dramatically. My model looked flawless!

I used the camera raw filter to get my desired look:

I then wanted to make my models face look a bit more fuller and intense so I decided to use the liquefy effect to broaden the shape of her lips and sharpen her jaw line as shown below. I did however only want to make subtle changes because my model is naturally stunning! The effect of this made my model look mysterious and seductive.

I used the bars on the right hand side to edit my models structure:

I also learnt about how to intensify and illuminate the colour of my models’ eyes on photoshop. I decided to do this for both my cover page and my contents page which I will insert an edit of below.

As you can see, her eyes are very bright and really engage the audience. I did this by layering brighter versions of her eye colour of the top of each other then blurring it out to smooth the look out. The outcome was brilliant and I was really happen with the end result. The effect of this change drew all of the attention to my model’s eyes, this makes her appear cool and edgy. 

Here are some screenshots of how I did it:

I also learnt a wide range of skills on Indesign, especially when designing my double page spread. I learnt how to edit the fonts, sort out the structure and layout, insert images properly and shadow pictures. I’ve had a lot of fun with this software and have worked really hard to improve my skills on it. 

One of the most important skills that I learnt was editing the characters. The text is very iconic when it comes to setting the style of magazine that you are going to sell. The text I chose was very Indie and worked really well!

Here you can see the text that I’ve used is very altered and I’ve changed a lot of it’s features.

The character box allowed me to make lots of alterations and the result of this made my font look fresh, modern and neat. I was really pleased with the outcome. 

Though I learnt quite a few skills on Indesign, I did not find this software as challenging as Photoshop as I have had previous experience with programs such as Microsoft and Publisher so I already know a fair amount when it comes to presentation skills.

I know that these skills will definitely help me when designing my double page spread and in the future of this course.

A New and Improved Contents Page

This is my new and improved contents page! I did make only a few adjustments to this page because I was really pleased with the original version.

But, after taking my peers advice I made both the text and images larger so that they would be easier to read and see. I was a lot happier with these subtle changes and think that my magazine definitely looks a lot more professional.

However, I did not change the brightness of the image because I really wanted to keep the cold and almost grainy look of the photo. i therefore decided that the darkness of the image, is what makes the magazine so unique and kept it.

2nd Shoot Contact Sheets



These are my contact sheets from the 2nd official shoot. The last page (with the shots named ‘Possibility’)  is of the photos I thought came out the best and the first few sheets are the shots that weren’t the best.

The shots were either out of focus, blurry, had bad lighting, or the models were doing something weird! However the last few were really good because it highlighted the beauty of my models really well. The flash made them look brilliant.

These shots really fit the genre because the models look very calm and relaxed. The shoot was also set in a very indie and edgy looking environment which fitted the genre as a plus.

The theme that I was setting was for my main cover star (Ezza Harris) was to reunite with one of her old band members (Mia Quintal) to show her fans that she was still on good terms with the band. Just because she has moved on to produce her own music, doesn’t mean they have to have bad blood between them. They are represented as being very edgy, alternative, chilled out, cool, up to trend, rebellious and wavy.

I therefore thought it would be best to have the models doing something very relaxed and as if they were just hanging out like they used to. That’s why I thought drinking tea and looking at records would look really effective.


Draft 2-The Contents Page

This here is the first draft of my contents page. After doing a lot of research, I found that a contents page must include information on what is going to be inside the magazine.

It is also important to use punchy and attention grabbing language so the readers are hooked and want to read more about it. The contents page should also include some images and colour of some sort if it is to be successful.

Feedback from Peers and Professionals:

  • The colour scheme is consistent
  • The text layout is very original and alternative
  • Love the repetition of the rock hand symbol

Targets to improve!

  • The font is a bit difficult to read make it bigger
  • Change the images
  • Model could be brighter

Risk Assessment

These are the images of my printed risk assessment.  I have here the signatures of my two models, my teacher and myself.

My models therefore know of the consequences and dangers of our shoot and will be careful at all times especially when moving equipment and props. Since my models agreed to sign this, they know what behavior is expected of them and the risks of this shoot.

Production Meeting Agenda for 2nd Photo Shoot

For our second shoot, we shall be going off campus and taking photos in a different scenery. I am really looking forward to this shoot but, there are a lot of things that I needed to discuss with my models before we go.

In this shoot I will be photographing my two peers Mia Quintal and Erin Harris. They will both convey the style of indie rock professionally during our shoot. I will have the two of them sat in front of a bookcase or a case filled with records and have them both looking relaxed and drinking tea. This portrays how calm and relaxed Indie rock listeners are.

Here is the document for the Production Meeting:

I am really looking forward to the shoot but still understand that we must be organised and sensible in order to create the perfect shot.

A New Improved Front Page

Here is my new and improved front page. I have taken into consideration the feedback that I was given and changed my cover for the better.

Based on the feedback that I was given, I made changes that I knew would make my magazine cover look a lot better. I am really happy with these subtle changes and think that my music magazine looks a lot more polished and professional.

I changes the size of the photos, the arrangement of both my plugs and text, I filled the space more and adjusted the main cover star slightly. If I could get some more feedback on this second draft, then even better!

Draft 1-The Front Page

This is my first draft of the front cover for my magazine-‘Indigo’

Here is the feedback I was given from my peer, Heather:

  • Good chosen colour scheme
  • The Masthead is very unique and alternative
  • The main cover star and image is well chosen

Here are some targets given by my peer:

  • Add an issue date
  • Arrange the purple circles better so they aren’t cut off
  • The text underneath the main cover star is difficult to read
  • Make the images a bit bigger
  • Fill the space more by adding more text or images

I will be sure to use this feedback when making this draft better. I now know where to go from here and have a better idea on what my final piece should look like.

First Shoot Contact Sheets

These are my five contact sheets for my first photo shoot. The shoot went really well and I was very pleased with the overall shots. The images came out really well and definitely suited the Indie Rock genre.

I have definitely met my aims and targets for the shoot and was able to portray the look of an alternative and edgy music artist. My model, just like the lighting and costume, portrayed this very effectively. 

For my next shoot, I will focus more on the positioning of the camera and try to get a few more close up shots. 

Early Mock Ups

The images below are of my first early mock ups of my magazine cover (first) my contents page (second) and my double page spread (last).

I researched a lot about how to lay out my magazine and found inspiration in professional magazines such as: Vogue and Indie. I will most likely have to change some of the decisions I’ve made depending on what looks better on Indesign. But I will try and stick to this layout as much as possible. 

This task will help me when designing my music magazine as I will have starting point and am going to know where to go.