InDesign was the software I used most during the construction of my magazine. It was very easy and enjoyable to use, offering features that made the whole creation process very simple.
It was by far the best software to use for this type of product, and whereas Photoshop excels in image manipulation, InDesign proved to be superior in creating pages, modifying text and setting up templates.
Adobe creative software is always highly professional and aims to be extremely user friendly, and after using it as much as I have it’s clear to see why it’s a market leader, used by top professionals within the publication field.
Over the next slide I will explain in more detail as to how InDesign aided me in creating my magazine, and some of the features that made the work easier.
The selection tool, although a basic and staple feature is a very quick and direct way of moving images and objects across my page with no problems. It makes any redesigns or dramatic changes simple. The type tool allows the user to place directly onto the page without the need of importing from other sources. The only problem is the lack of spell check. The rectangle frame tool is one of the key parts of the palette, allowing you to create a custom space in which to place images and graphics.
As well as the tool palette, InDesign offers a wide range customisation and in depth control options that allow you to create your product in the way you imagine it.
In terms of designing every aspect of the page, and total user control there aren’t many programmes that come close to InDesign, especially in the user-friendly area.
Although image manipulation and effects are limited, it still offers gradients for backgrounds, colour swatch presets and text effects.
I feel that I have become very comfortable with the programme now, having also used it for my preliminary task.
Photoshop was a massive part of my design process as it is by far the best software available when it comes to image manipulation and editing.
InDesign and Photoshop combined very well during the creation of my magazine, as they both specialised in different areas, bringing together the best elements from each.
When it came to work involving my stock photos, 100% of the editing, resizing, cropping and manipulating was done through PS. It was easily the best choice, keeping the trademark Adobe interface and having essentially unlimited options when it comes to customisation.
On the next are examples from my design work which demonstrate where I used PS the most effectively.
Photoshop allowed me to create and develop graphics that would be impossible with other software.
The masthead on the right is a good example of how I was able to enhance some simple red text and give it a 3D effect, using the bevel filter.
The picture of my cover star here was a simple desaturation effect, giving it a distinctive black and white look and brushing the edges with the air brush tool.
One of the most important parts of photo editing was creating renders of the cover star (erasing all the background and dead space of an image and just leaving the subject).
Photoshop was excellent to use for this, thanks to a selection of tools like the magic wand, quick selection and of course eraser.
Overall, I would say my skill in using this software has definitely increased, and I have gained lot more experience in using creative suite software. My magazine would not be possible without the technology I used, but I feel I got to grips with it fairly quickly, which is a credit to the user-friendly interface of the software.