7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
FRONT COVERS • Since making my previous magazine, I have learnt to use contrasHng colours and bold fonts so that the text stands out. This is important as it aJracts the viewers aJenHon and allows them to easily read the cover lines. Whereas on my previous magazine cover, the plugs were wriJen in a thin and unclear wriHng. They were also against neutral colours and therefore did not easily stand out.
FRONT COVERS • I have also learnt to use an image of where the proporHon on both sides of the model is even. Due to this, for my ﬁnal product I chose an image where the arHst was centered. This resulted in having an even amount of text on both sides of the cover, looking more aestheHcally pleasing and containing more informaHon.
FRONT COVERS • I also decided to create a meaning with the main image of the cover, a technique that I did not use in my previous task. To do this, I put my model in shorts designed in the style of the Union Jack, connoHng what the main feature was about.
FRONT COVERS • One thing that I have kept the same as my previous task is a colour scheme. However, as my other colour scheme was mainly focused around shades of pink, I decided to use the colours of red, white and black, so that the magazine would easily appeal to both genders.
FRONT COVERS • Since making the 6th form magazine, I have also learnt new skills on PhotoShop, allowing me to improve the aestheHcs of the cover. This includes factors such as; outling the text to make it stand out and superimposing images on top of text.
CONTENTS PAGES • Since creaHng my previous contents page, I have learnt to add more pages on the list of what is in the magazine. This is to add a sense of realism as in reality a magazine contains more than ten pages. • I have also learnt to emphasize the main feature within the magazine by displaying a large image of the main arHst on the contents page. Whereas on my previous contents page, I did not even have a main feature to emphasize. AWer research, I have discovered that it is a majorly important convenHon.
CONTENTS PAGES • I have also learnt to keep the colour scheme consistent the whole way through the magazine as it adds to the overall house style. • A factor that I did keep the same is the use of having two columns. This is because I think that it is an aestheHcally pleasing layout and is easy to disHnguish the diﬀerence between the page numbers and images. • Another convenHon that I kept the same was the use of a logo on the contents page for easy brand recogniHon.
LIAR • Since the preliminary task I have gained a beJer knowledge on how to apply LIAR to my product. For example, for the music magazine I carried out various research by looking at previous magazines to see which kind of language was used to suit the genre of R&B. I also looked at and created my own reader proﬁle (something that I did not do for my 6th form magazine) helping create a true picture of whom my product was speciﬁcally aimed for. This also helped when considering the representaHon of the arHst within my magazine. For example, the 6th form magazine consisted of a happy looking, well behaved, innocent school girl, whereas my R&B magazine was the complete opposite as it consisted of a rebellious, seducHve singer with hardly any clothes on.
OVERALL • Overall, I have developed a variety of new Photo Shop skills enabling me create a beJer, more aestheHcally pleasing and suitable product. I have also learnt that depending on the genre of magazine, the style of images taken will be diﬀerent in order to aJract the target demographic. This can be seen by the disHncHve diﬀerence of images from my school magazine, which contrast with my R&B magazine. Learning new skills, elements and convenHons has also allowed me to make a Double Page Spread, suited for my genre and target market.