The programmes I will be using:<br />Adobe Photoshop CS3- I will be using this programme to edit images.<br />InDesign- I will be creating my magazine here.<br />
FLAT PLAN FOR MY DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD…<br />HEADING<br />T<br />E<br />X<br />T<br />IM<br />A <br />G <br />E<br />I<br />M<br />A<br />G<br />E<br />PAGE NUMBER<br />
Firstly I created my double page spread by putting together two single pages together. Putting the pages together made it easier to construct the magazine as it meant I was able to apply what I needed across both pages. Having created the double page I applied a black background. I used black because it was a continuity of the house style of my magazine.<br />
I added the text for the first part of my heading using the Impact font. Having created the text I added a white outer glow effect, behind the first part of the text I applied a red box out. For the second part of my heading I used the same colour font but applied a different colour outer glow, the box out for the second part I coloured white to cause it to contrast with the red. These three colours are a continuity of the colour scheme of the magazine, colours which are associated with hip hop. Varying the colours enhanced the appearance of my magazine making it look even more attractive.<br />
Having created the heading I added an introductory comment, this comment is important as it summarises the actual article giving the audience an over view of what the article about. I decided to put this comment at a slant as I felt it emphasised the cool aspect of my magazine. Again I left the font black and added a white outer glow, I felt this was effective because it contrasted well with the other colours. Also it was again a continuity of the colour scheme.<br />
I then used the margins and columns to act as a guide to allow me to keep my font in place, after this I began to type leaving spaces for where my pictures would be placed. As you can see I have added the text and left spaces for the images which I believe are the main attraction within the double page spread. I have purposely left a space for my image and then continued with the text after it to prevent the reader losing interest in the article by allowing them to see an image after half and then read the other half. For the font I decided to use two different colours a colour for the artist and one for the journalist, I did this because it caused my magazine to look more attractive. I kept the type of font simple using Tahoma, this is because fonts on magazines are simple and ones that are easy for the audience to read.<br />
I edited my photos within Photoshop removing the backgrounds, also on Photoshop I feathered the pictures so they blended well in to the background. Having edited the picture I saved them as PNG’s and then imported and placed them on to InDesign. On InDesign I added the outer glow effect on both of the images. I placed both the images on opposite pages as I felt it reflected the content of the article as the article is about band members splitting up therefore keeping them separate meant they were now alone. On InDesign I added a red outer glow effect.<br />
Finally I added the page number, a small simple convention which is vital as it allows the audience to navigate pages.<br />
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