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Making of the cover

  1. 1. Media AS<br />Making of the Cover<br />
  2. 2. Photo Shoot<br />To make the cover I had to set up a photo shoot so I could create a musical background. The shoot had to be relevant to my music genre which is rock.<br />The first thing I had to do was to Find an environment in which I could take a photo shoot in. It had to be a place that accommodated musical instruments such as drums, guitar and piano. I did some research and found that in my college there are music practise room which are for use for music students.<br />My next step was to contact the head of the music block and ask for permission to rent out a practise room and take photographs. I did this and permission was granted. This allowed me to have a good environment for my shoot.<br />Then I had to find a model for my shoot. I emailed my friend Charlie and he agreed to model for me. <br />
  3. 3. Email to Charlie (model)<br />
  4. 4. Photo’s for Cover<br />
  5. 5. Chosen Photo<br />After going through each of the cover photos I took. I found this was going to be the best suited.<br />What I really liked was the white space above the subject which would make for a perfect mast head. There is also a lot of emotion coming from my model and this makes a bigger impact as a front cover compared to the others.<br />The colours were also more neutral, this will make it easier to edit and to layer the photo with writing.<br />I am pleased with this photograph and feel it will work really well. <br />
  6. 6. Cover Plan<br />What I have done here is by hand drawn a rough plan on what I want my cover to look like. As you can see I have sketched the main photograph which will act as the subject. Through this I have been able to distinguish where the empty space lies and thus able to create text.<br />What I haven’t shown on this plan is the colour scheme, but I want to focus it on red and have shades of different levels of white and blacks. <br />
  7. 7. Editing the Background<br />Before I create my magazine cover I will first have to edit my background image.<br />
  8. 8. I changed the levels of the image manually.<br />
  9. 9. Then I added a red background layer to make it easy to see and added a mask over my original photograph. After this was set up I then used magic wand to select background parts to delete. It was quite perfect so I had to manual add or delete parts using the rubber. The red background made this easier to achieve. <br />
  10. 10. Here is the final image after the levels have been change and after I have taken away the background noise.<br />
  11. 11. Creating the Cover<br />The background base colour of my cover is a gradient between purples, blacks and greys. This fills in around my cover image.<br />
  12. 12. After finalising what my background colour shading should be, I imported my image onto the coloured background I created. As you can see it comes through where I earlier had taken away. <br />
  13. 13. Following the colour scheme of the cover I added text, This included the masthead and other information.<br />
  14. 14. Final Cover <br />This is the final cover I produced on Photoshop. In this I have included a masthead, barcode and other textual headlines. I tried to follow a strict colour scheme because I found this very important from my research. I also tried to integrate my objects and texts in line with my background image. For instance I created the square object in the white space, I feel this works really well. I also had the mast head on an angle following the lines of the background.<br />Another technique I used was to create shadowing behind my subject, this made it stand out from the background. This makes it look more professional and gives a better feel for the over all magazine. <br />Another final touch was I pained in some of the drum kit red, the same colour as the text. This was to add a stylish blending effect you might sometimes see on magazines.<br />
  15. 15. Evaluation<br /> This cover took a few attempts to create, firstly because of the software I was using. The saved formats were wrong causing me to lose some of my work and concluding me to starting again. Secondly I wasn’t quite sure what feel I wanted to give off and that’s when my research came into play. I spent a lot of time looking at my selected magazines and taking and manipulating ideas from it into my own.<br />The photo shoot went really well because I was able to get the perfect front cover photograph. I was able to do this because I had a plan before the shoot and I was able to organise it to work in my favour. <br />Then there was the editing which was fairly enjoyable. However it took me awhile to get used to the tools and extract the information I wanted. As you can see I used a variety of Photoshop's tools to create my final cover. I really like how simple the mast head is and I think the colour scheme works really well with the whole feel of it. <br />All together I feel this was a great success and by having the research and careful planning it really helped get me moving through the process.<br />

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