Photoshop and Indesign – just a reminder


The application of choice for your digipack photography is Photoshop.

As you know from your Music Magazine, it’s a really complex piece of software but it’s worth investing some time in learning some of the amazing things it can do with images and copy.

Here is a link to a Youtube site, which offers tutorials on how to use Photoshop and may also be helpful in giving you inspiration for the design of your Digipack.

When you are laying out your digipack, you should use a template that would be used by professional printers. This template has clear guides for size of each of the four panes your need to design as well as the spine. Or better still, measure our cases and create your own templates in Indesign so that you can be sure it fits.

It is some time since you used Indesign and Photoshop.

Here is a slideshare with links to some of the basic skills.

These are the instructions in written format.

You can manipulate your photo in photoshop before exporting and placing into Indesign.

  • The tool bar at the top has a category called FILTER. In here you will find all kinds of presets to change how your photo looks – adding presets to make it look like a pen and ink drawing, mosaic etc.  You can also use the Liquify tool to alter the image – real photoshop territory and make eyes bigger and legs shorter etc.
  • The other tab on the tool bar called IMAGE options to change the colour to black and white, add gradient shadow to the background and change the exposure etc.

Or visit our Faculty of Arts website, where Serena has collated a simple ‘how to guide’ on how to extract an image from Photoshop to use in Indesign.   

or see the final page of this presentation for another way.

This is controversial, but you may want to ‘change’ the way your model looks.  Think about the impact this has and how it can relate to Media Ecology – can we really trust what we see today?

Cutting out tricky hair (works really well)


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