Q7) Looking back at youmedia preliminary task, whatdo you feel you have learnt inthe progression from it to the full product?
QUESTION 7I looked at my final product in comparison to my preliminary task I can see how I have improved. I found that my skills on the software used and my knowledge of codes and conventions had improved.
Main Task Photoshop • I also improved my Photoshop skills as the images I have recently taken for my finished product are at a much higherPreliminary Task quality and standard. • The image I had taken for the Preliminary task was slightly blurry showing that my photography skills and camera angles have also improved.
Main TaskMain Task Photoshop • I used graphic features in both magazines but I can see that I have improved. • The graphic feature in my final product has had: DropPreliminary Task Shadow, Bold Text and Stroke. This has helped in to stand out and overall look more professional. • The graphic feature in my Preliminary Task had no style methods added to it which made it look flat, plain and boring.
Main Task Photoshop • Using Photoshop I improved the appearance of my barcode. • In my final product, I rotated the barcode, re-sized and re- positioned it. This helped to makePreliminary Task it look more professional than in my Preliminary Task. • It now is smaller and the information about the magazine surrounding it looks a lot more clear and in order.
Photoshop Main Task Preliminary Task• My coverlines before looked boring and unappealing. I added on my final product a drop shadow which helped it to hand out.• On my Preliminary Task the coverlines covered part of the main image where in terms of codes and conventions it should only cover slightly.• I made them look more professional by positioning them differently in my main task.• Also, by underlining my coverlines i have made them stand out more which may help to attract my target audience.
Photoshop Main Task Preliminary Task• I also improved my Photoshop skills as the name of the magazine appears to be more eye catching, after I had learnt the different tools such as drop shadow.• Although in the Preliminary Task the magazines name did have a drop shadow I improved it by using the advanced settings such as: the spread of the shadow and how transparent the drop shadow is.
Main Task Quark Xpress • I used Quark Xpress to create my contents page and double page spread. • When we created the schoolPreliminary Task magazine I didn’t know how to use the software such as Quark Xpress, which I had to learn as I used it.
Main Task Quark Xpress • The images I used within my contents page have improved as the sizing of the images now look professional. I learnt how to doPreliminary Task this by resizing the original image box to get the size I desired. • I also added captions under the images on my final product. This made it look more professional. I did this by adding graphic features and text.
Quark Xpress Main Task Preliminary Task• In the preliminary task I didn’t really know how to make the columns look professional.• To make columns I inserted a text box and there I changed the settings to make 3 columns.• I made the main text stand out by changing the colour and I also made the page numbers bold in my final product.
Quark XpressMain Task Preliminary Task• The masthead for the contents page was bland on the preliminary task, but for the main task I added a drop shadow and followed the codes and conventions by making the text different from the name on the front cover.• On the preliminary task I had already put the magazines name and the date under the heading ‘CONTENTS’, which already followed codes and conventions, so I did it again.
I can see now compared with my latest finished final music magazine that my skills have widelyimproved. Not only have I improved technically I have also improved my presentation as thelayout looks a lot more professional. Also when I started the preliminary task I didn’t have vast knowledge on the codes and conventions, I did know some but I quickly was taught them the rest of them when creating my main task the music magazine. This allowed me to make progression as it made the final product look more professional, like a real music magazine.