6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
What hardware and software have you used to plan your pages? How effective was it?
To plan my pages I used the Introduction booklet to this task and completed all the tasks on this blog which helped me with several things such as; Magazine analysis, Music industries, Choosing my genre, Magazine publishers and Audience research etc.
This then helped me to decide how and what my magazine would be about and look like. I then drew drafts of the front cover, contents and double page spread and uploaded them on the blog. As shown below.
I found PhotoShop very difficult and often get very stressed trying to do things how I wanted to.
I found getting the background on the front cover removed the most stressful thing to do as I kept cutting out the girl’s shoes as shown in the print screen to the right. In the end I decided to crop from the calves and below out to stop this stressful situation as shown on the bottom right.
I don't think this has made my magazine not as good, in fact I think it looks better as it meant the image could be made bigger as my image is of good quality and very effective so by having it as big as possible is a good thing.
I think PhotoShop is effective as it allows you to edit your pictures and change things to how you want and even though I got stressed using it I know feel more confident in using it again.
An example of using the techonolgy Photoshop was on the front cover, I wanted to make the main image stand out and be more eye catching so I decided to add the effect outer glow onto it. The first step was selecting the image layer, right click and the effects will come up, I selected outer glow.
After I selected outer glow, this box came up and I changed the opacity level to create the outer glow and alter its thickness etc.
I saved this font and opened it in Photoshop where I cut the background out behind it and then I went through several stages changing and the colour until I found one which I liked.
I went through most colours on the colour chart until I decided to keep it simple like other RnB magazines such as VIBE do and have it as white so it contrasted and stood out against the black background of my front cover.
I changed the colour to white using the magic wand tool to select each part of the letter I wanted to colour, then on the left hand side I clicked on the colour box and chose the colour as shown in the screen shot.
After I had selected the colour I wanted as shown in the previous slide, I clicked OK and then went to edit at the top of the page and clicked fill from the drop down box, also shown in the screen shot.
The only downside to this software was trying to get the same colour purple I had used on my Front Cover. To ease this problem I decided to use different shades of purple anyway, this meant that my magazine looked more eye popping because different shades were used but it also meant that there was less room for mistake on my behalf.
In conclusion I now feel confident in using InDesign and would happily use it again.
This was the first time I used both of these technologies and found it very easy.
I thought using Blogger inside of using a Hard drive disk that previous years had done was a lot easier and meant that if a mistake was made it could be deleted or edited. It also meant that I could keep uploading things to show my progress throughout the task.
I thought using Slideshare was also very effective as in the Preliminary Task I had to individually upload each slide of my power points but during this task by having the option to upload the complete power point it meant the tasks for done quicker and more information could be written on them without the hassle of uploading each one separately.
I enjoyed using these two technologies and would use them again confidently.
I think I was the only of one of the few who used this website. Having used this before out of college, at home years ago to edit pictures I decided to use it for this task because of my struggles with editing images on PhotoShop.
To use picnik you first upload an image, you then will be bought to the ‘edit’ page where you can use all the different edit features shown by the arrow.
Below is how I cropped an image, I selected basic edits from the feature boxes, clicked crop and altered the size of the box till I got the size I wanted and then clicked ok. The image I wanted is shown on the next slide.
After I cropped the image as shown below, I went to the effects heading and selected Focal B&W which made the whole image black and white but with colour focus on the lips. When I got how much of the lips I wanted in colour, I clicked ok and saved the image.