So how did it go?

My final product ‘Millennial’s’ magazine as my component one is finished and can now be viewed as the first post on my home page. Through research, experimenting, creating, feedback and then evaluating, the magazine has developed a lot from its original design and form and transformed into the final product that it is today that I am very happy and proud of.

I’ve enjoyed learning how to work with a range of hardware and software to produce the best work I possibly can. Making it new, interesting and unique as a magazine. Overall I feel like I have been able to accomplish that very well. These new skills that i have learnt range from using image manipulation on Photoshop, using my DSLR or editing my dragons den video and finally text to fit my genre and branding.  These are just a handful of new skills in which I have learnt with regards to creating my music magazine and blog. I have also begun learning how to navigate my way around Premier Pro which will equip me for my next component with my music video.

So… How is it going?

What design skills have I learnt?

Throughout my experience using Photoshop and In Design I have gained skills to help manipulate text into certain shapes and to fill certain areas on a page so that the text can look a particular way.

The biggest factor that has helped me a lot recently with allowing me to fit my text around my images has simply been using the drawing pen tool to draw a particular shaped box to follow around an image.  This tool is very simple to use and to find on the toolbar. It allowed me to create any shaped box I wanted to with ease. The fact that the pen tool also had a range of different setting meant that I could find the perfect one for the job. Freefrom Pen Tool was the one I most often used within my work.

Things such as spacing between letters, width of letters and height of letters are all factors which it is very helpful to learn for magazine editing. I have used this loads in particular the Masthead and the plug just above it so that they would both fit and work well together. I mainly used this in In design due to understanding that software more however I am aware you can simply and easily do the same process on Photoshop.

This is what the settings look like on Photoshop to be able to change the settings. The Indesign version is also very similar.

Another skill in which I have defiantly learnt and improved on is my overall IT ability and know how due to constantly being on the computers and laptops. In particular my software skills have vastly improved in quality and speed witch has meant I can edit my magazine to a higher quality level and at a quicker pace. I have also developed general ICT skills from working on a PC constantly. Other skill include formatting photos and making everything compatible from my blog and also editing my blog.

In conclusion these are the three most relevant skills in which I have either learnt like the Pen tool or just gradually improved on with loads of practice and dedication.  Learning these skills has made it so much easier and the quality of my work much higher as these were simple parts of the software’s and understandings that I didn’t understand but not I am aware about.


Design Skills 1

Throughout the course of my designing so far I have learnt many new Design Skills. Here are some of the first skills that I have learnt in order to make a well composed piece of work that includes all the necessary details.

The first Tool that I used to edit the title colour was to use the lasso tool to select all of the empty spaces behind the letters. I had to do this originally because  airbrush tool. As you can see from the two images below doing this has made the letters stand out so much more. Along with that I have also sharpened the image up by giving it a black outline and used brighter colours.

The Lasso tool can be found as it looks like the image below:

My other recent Design skill in which I have learnt in which I think will be very helpful to be able to look back on and refer back to when I need to is cutting out images. I am very aware that I am going to have to change my image so this will come in very handy in the future. As you can see from the image below I have cut out my main cover star and just simply filled the background with Pink to allow myself to see any places that I have not removed.

I used a mixture of Quick selection, Magic tool and polygonal lasso Tool. These can be found in the Photoshop software as they look like the following.



Design Skill 2

Throughout creating my different pages so far I have learnt many new techniques in relations to editing, Here are some of the more significant ones that I feel I have overcome very well and something I may use again in the future if I decide to change parts of my magazine.

Firstly, I needed to figure out how to remove the top of the background of an image for my double page spread. To begin with, I was very clueless but after searching up many different tools to help me on the internet, I learnt the easiest way to get the result I wanted was to first split the image into two. One top and One bottom layer. This would allow for the background to be deleted using the magic tool around the top half of my Star image without the quick selection tool automatically removing the whole background. In my opinion, this process created a very good image that with a small number of tone adjustments and resizing will look very professional.

 Here is what the Quick Selection Tool and Magic Wand Tool look like. The first two images in the document below are showing how this has been done and where it is going on my double page spread.

The next Design Skill in which I have recently learnt is how to colour adjust but in particular with the Hue and Saturation. In this case, I was experimenting with having a faded image behind the text on my double page spread to see if it would look effective. I had imagined it in my head looking very professional but in learning how to any applying it, I wasn’t a fan. Learning how to do this subconsciously taught me how to edit around with the images to try and make them look more realistic and genre specific. I was very happy about learning this design skill as it will now help me in all of my next drafts to bring the images to life even more so.

 Here is what the Hue and Saturation editing tab looks like. You can see I have used it on the third image below of the faded image.

In conclusion, I have learnt some new and very basic tools that can be used in specific ways. This, in the long run, is going to help out with all of my pages when I go on to create the next draft and finally the final draft.

So… I am ready to photograph my star

After everything I have learnt, I now feel like ready to shoot my star for my front cover. The different devices which I have been taught and now feel confident in using in my own work are: Mise En Scene, Camera Techniques and the information that the Richard Dyers Star Theory has taught me. These can be found in more detail below:

Camera Technique

To create a great image it is key to be utilising the camera and its capabilities. The camera angles are as important as the camera settings to create a well executed front cover image. This is very important that this image is done correctly as it is a huge factor of a front cover.  Both the camera angle and Settings can change the atmosphere of an image dramatically. Along with that they can also change the depth of field as well as the meaning of the image.  The fact that I have been taught how to use the flash equipment has meant that I feel confident and prepared in terms of my Camera Techniques.

Richard Dyers Star Theory

We have been looking at the Richard Dyers Star Theory it has taught me many things. These include:

  • That the star is a construction and not a real person
  • Stars are produced to create a profit of related merchandise (posters, tops)
  • Stars will be relatable and represent a certain social group and some of their views

There is also Richard Dyers ‘Paradox of the star’. He himself explains the paradox is:

  • The are must be both ordinary and extraordinary

This part of the theory means the star needs to be ordinary to allow all the audience to be able to relate them but at the same time posses an extraordinary talent.

  •  The star must be both present and absent

This other part of the theory explains that the star must be present in our lives whether it is through their social media, merchandise or even just day to day conversation but also absent in the fact they aren’t actually there or are seen as ‘out of reach’ 

Mise En Scene

Mise En Scene has allowed me to think more deeply into why I will be doing certain things in my images.  Mise En Scene is so critical as combined it communicates a certain meaning to your audience.


So.. I’m Read To Make Some Media!

So far in my first term of Media Studies I have learnt a lot! I have really started to understand what it takes to create different forms of media such as Music Magazines and Tour Posters.  I have learnt a huge amount of stuff and that all of the small details that go into making these forms of media are so important, so that they are successful.  Skills that I have acquired include using Photoshop and Indesign. In particular in Photoshop I have learnt how to effectively remove backgrounds from images,  changing settings on images such as contrast and the exposure levels of an image. Whilst using In design I have been taught about the different texts that go well together and ones that do not meaning that I can now use suitable text fonts. I have also learnt about what colours work well and what don’t, this will ensure that all my work done on In design can be as effective as possible. All of these new editing software’s have enabled me to to create some detailed pieces of work.  The fact that I have learnt all of the specific terminology regarding with what should be on a magazine front cover has given me great confidence on being able to end up with a very well executed final Music Magazine front cover.  All of the new techniques I have learnt will enable me to create a Indie Rock genre Magazine with specific details that will attract a wide range of people but in particular people to love to listen to Indie Rock music.