IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF MEDIA PRODUCTS? Masthead Cover lines Cover image Rule of thirds
IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF MEDIA PRODUCTS? Masthead My mast head uses colours that are associated with the college (purple and green). I have done this to create a sense of uniformity with the magazine, and to make it seem like it belongs to the college. Empire magazine on the other hand, has gone for block capitals in red. Cover lines My magazines cover lines are relevant to the target audience, and they interest them. I have used different colours to attract the reader, and the red in the word ‘REVEALED’ makes it seem more important. It also helps draw the reader in. Empire magazine on the other hand has cover lines that would attract their audience. They have also included a puff. Cover image The cover image on my magazine is a medium- close shot of a college student. Obviously other students, the target audience, will be more attracted towards the magazine if the picture on the front is of one of their peers. The Empire magazine on the other hand is a medium shot of Captain Jack Sparrow. He is chosen because the main cover line is to do with him. Rule of thirds My magazine follows the rule of thirds quite well. The subject is offset to the right. I have done this, just to allow the masthead and cover lines to fit in on the left hand side. The Empire magazine has got the subject in the centre of the shot.
IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF MEDIA PRODUCTS? Title Highlights front cover features Layout of contents of magazine Images
IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF MEDIA PRODUCTS? Title On my contents page, I decided to not insert my masthead, due to design choices. I did however decide to have the title ‘contents’ across the top of an image. On the contents for Empire, this has not been done, instead having the title simple at the top in a square. Highlights front cover features For my contents page, I decided to have 3 of the main coverlines, as there own little sections on the page. The main cover line goes all the way across the top with its own image, and then the 2 next most important cover lines next to each other. This gives the 3 main cover lines a bit of emphasis, and the images mean that they will more likely get read. Empire have got something similar, but it has more text, and only small images scattered around. Layout of contents For my contents page, I decided to instead of listing the pages with the page number next to each one, to have them across lines like a paragraph of text, with different fonts, sizes and colours to differentiate. This is mainly down to design, but it also meant I had enough room to fit in the images for the 3 main cover lines. I also has the titles of the main coverlines and their page number on the image, instead of in the contents. The Empire magazine on the other hand, has just got the pages listed with their page numbers. ImagesFor my contents, I decided to use images for the three main coverlines. These are used to attract the reader to the articles. Considering a majority of people only ‘skim’through a magazine, looking at the images, this is a way help them read it, as if the image interests them, they may be inclined to read the article. Empire magazine hassomething similar, as they have got images for different articles, scattered across the front page.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT? For this task I have used the following technologies: • Adobe Photoshop • Adobe InDesign • Blogger • Digital Camera
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?Photoshop is an industry standard, photo editing software. It isused to manipulate images. I used Photoshop in this task to createmy front cover. I imported my cover image, created amasthead, added coverlines, a barcode and other bits and bobs toit.When I inserted the image into Photoshop, I cropped it to fit ontothe page. This was to make sure that the entire page was taken upby the cover image. Next, I added all my coverlines. For thecoverlines, I used a variety of fonts, sizes and colours, to help spliteverything up, emphasise certain parts, and to make the cover lookgenerally better. I added certain effects to the text, such as dropshadows, to make them stand out and look better. I also added a‘Costa Coffee’ logo, which I imported, cropped, removed thebackground, and resized it to go on my cover.During this task, I learnt a lot about Photoshop. I learnt how to useits basic, and some advanced, functions, how to create acomposition of images and text, and how to export it into InDesign(which I will get onto on the next slide).
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?InDesign is an industry standard piece of desktop publishingsoftware, used to manipulate text and images to create things suchas posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books.Unlike Photoshop, which is used to actually createsomething, InDesign is used to arrange things. Images would becreated in Photoshop, and then imported into InDesign, along withtext, and manipulated to create a page.I used InDesign to create my contents page. During my time withit, I created ‘frames’ which act as placeholders for things. They areused to represent any component that will be added to thedocument, whether that be text or images. Afterwards, I insertedmy 3 images into their associated frames. Next, I inserted text.After that, I manipulated them all. I added drop shadows to thetext, resized it, coloured and changed its font. This is to allow all thetext, especially that of the contents, to not all fall into one, butinstead, to be differentiated into individual bits. This was mostly fordesign reasons.After everything was in place, I inserted my front cover into thesame InDesign document. As InDesign is to create things such asmagazines, inserting the front cover into it, and making it alltogether, is what needs to be done.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?We used Blogger to create online Blogs. In these blogs, we will beuploading all the different tasks that we have undertaken. Thisincludes hand drawn plans, completed magazinecomponents, images and information about what we are doing.The blog act as a way to show what we are doing for ourcoursework tasks, and what going on behind the finished product.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?For our preliminary task, all images had to have been taken by us.This means we can not use any images for online. We were givencameras by the college, and we had to then go around thecollege, taking photos for the magazine. I took 4 photos in total: mycover photo for the front cover, and then 3 more photos for thecontents. The cover shot is a medium-close shot. This wasnecessary for the task.When taking some of the photos, especially the one for the frontcover, the subject had to have been standing in front of a plainbackground, as traditionally on a front cover, the subject is alwaysstanding in front of a plain background. This is mainly to allow thecover lines to go around the subject, not on top of a complexbackground.Once we had taken the photos, they were to be uploaded to thecomputers. We used a USB date cable. Afterwards, I uploadedthem to my blog. These photos were then inserted into Photoshopfor my front cover, and then InDesign for my contents page.
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES FROM THE AUDIENCE As part of my evaluation, I asked a student (the target audience) to list the strengths and weaknesses of the front cover. Strengths Weaknesses • Eye catching • Cover photo is blurry • Phrases that the target • Same font all over audience understand • Masthead • A lot to interest people • Interactivity • Prizes • Well organised • Looks like a professional magazine
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES FROM THE AUDIENCE Like for the front cover, I asked a student (the target audience) to list the strengths and weaknesses of my contents page. Strengths Weaknesses • Layout • The blankness behind • Contents layout the contents • Text for individual • Could have more text images/main coverlines • Different fonts, colours, sizes and styles • Titles
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