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  1. 1. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feelyou have learnt in the process from it to the full product?
  2. 2. PhotoshopTECHNOLOGICAL FEATURESQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  3. 3. In both my Preliminary Task and my Main Task, my colour scheme flowed from my masthead. However, in my Preliminary Task, I simply guessed the closest shades to the shades used in the masthead. However, when I made my Main Task, I had learnt how to use the eyedropper tool to take the shades for the colour scheme directly from the main image.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  4. 4. My original colour scheme for my Preliminary Task was black, yellow and white. However, I discovered that – because of the main image – the white However, when I did my Main Task, I coverlines weren’t learned how to give text an inner visible, so I had to shadow, which meant that even if a remove white from coverline wasn’t visible, the inner my colour scheme. shadow made it visible.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  5. 5. When working on Photoshop documents, it was easiest to use guidelines to make sure that the coverlines were lined up and stayed within a sensible area on the front cover. However, this meant that you couldn’t see what the finished product would look like. When working on my Preliminary Task, if I wanted to see what the product would look like without these guidelines, I had to export the document as a JPEG. However, in the progression to my Main Task I learnt how to hide the guidelines on the document, so I didn’t have to export it to see what the product would look like..Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  6. 6. InDesignTECHNOLOGICAL FEATURESQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  7. 7. However, when I made my Main Task, I learnt how to use the rectangle tool on InDesign. This meant that my titles were directly made on my InDesign document rather than having been added in as pictures, which meant that I could edit them directly on my InDesign In my Preliminary Task, document. I made the titles for the different sections (regulars, features, etc.) on PowerPoint and added them to my InDesign document as pictures.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  8. 8. Looking back at my Preliminary Task, the writing on the pictures had a glow effect thatmade the writing look childish. This would have been fixed by using a feature that I learntto use in the progression to my Main Task: changing the tint of a glow effect. I learnt how to change the tint of a glow effect because of a different problem to the one that my Preliminary Task faced. This new problem was that I had an article that started on page 6 and an article that started on page 8, but because of the glow effect, the numbers looked the same. Therefore, I had to work out how to change the glow effect from 100% to 20% so that the numbers could be distinguished from each other. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  9. 9. Zooming InTECHNOLOGICAL FEATURESQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  10. 10. During the progression from my Preliminary Task to my main task, I learnt that zooming inwhen working on trickier areas of the product is very important, for three main reasons.Those three reasons are:1. To make sure that the coverlines are lined up on Photoshop2. To make sure that there is the same amount of space between the title and the text for all of the subsections on the contents page (regulars, features, etc.)3. To make sure that pictures are the same size when re-sizing them on InDesign Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  11. 11. 1: Lining up coverlinesThis was especially useful for the three coverlines in theleft third of the front cover. Looking at them like this, it isnot clear whether they are lined up with eachother, because they are not touching the guidelines.Therefore, when you zoom in, you are able to see moreclearly whether or not these coverlines are lined up. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  12. 12. 2: Getting the same sized spacesIn my contents page, I realised that the gaps between the titles and the text weredifferent sizes, which made the magazine less professional. However, the only realistic wayof sorting out this problem was to zoom in, which made it easier to make the gaps thesame size, like they are in the finished product (right). Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  13. 13. 3: Getting pictures the same size Originally, the smaller images on my DPS were even smaller than they were in the finished product. Therefore, when I re-sized them to make them bigger, I used a guideline and made sure that the tops of the pictures touched the guideline, so that I knew that they were the same size. However, from Actual Size, it was difficult to see that the pictures were in fact touching the guideline. Therefore, I had to zoom in to make sure that they were touching the guideline and therefore were the same size.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  14. 14. Studio PhotographyTECHNOLOGICAL FEATURESQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  15. 15. Photography was an important element in both my Preliminary Task and in my Main Task.However, in my Preliminary Task, I had not yet had my studio induction, so all of thephotographs were taken on a compact, without the benefits of studio technology.Therefore, everything that I learnt about studio photography and technologies was learntin the progression from my Preliminary Task to my Main Task. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  16. 16. I used a white colourama when in the studio because the photo that I took from the studio shoot was intended to complement the Christmas playlist article on the contents page. Therefore, I decided to use a white colourama – and have the model dressed in winter clothes – to give the photo a wintery feel.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  17. 17. In order to get an even more authentic winter feel, Idecided to use various technologies to white out thecolourama; technologies that I had learnt about at mystudio induction. These technologies included:• Flashlight, which shone a light directly on to the colourama to white out the colourama• Polyboards, which are useful especially when using a white colourama, as some of the light from the flashlight gets reflected back; however, this light then bounces off of the polyboard back on to the colourama, to ensure that a maximum amount of light from the flashlight is hitting the colourama Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  18. 18. Soft boxes were used to help with the lightingof the photograph. They helped my model lookmore natural and improved the generallighting of the photograph altogether. Withoutsoft boxes, the light would have been tooharsh and my model would not have lookednatural, which would not have fitted in withmy genre. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  19. 19. FRONT COVERQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  20. 20. In my Preliminary Task, I did not structure my layout. Instead, because my model was in the middle of my main image, I simply put the coverlines where they would obscure the model. For this reason, when I did my evaluation, I included a layout that I would have preferred to have used (above), as it would look better.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  21. 21. When I was doing my House Styles, I paid more attention to the layout of my front coverand worked harder on it. This was also due to my Newsstand Task, which I did after myPreliminary Task. While doing my Newsstand Task, I learnt that coverlines should either bein the left third or in the top quarter, so that they can be seen by the reader when themagazine is on the newsstand. Therefore, when I designed my House Styles, I used theinspiration that I had got from my Newsstand Task and the principals of the ideal layout thatI created for my Preliminary Task to help me with the layout of the front cover in my MainTask. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  22. 22. CONTENTS PAGEQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  23. 23. In my Preliminary Task, I had a single-page contents page. However, this was problematic as it was difficult to fit everything on to my contents page. However, looking back at my Case Studies, I saw that Q had a double-page contents page. Therefore, I decided to make a double- page contents page for my magazine, as this would solve many of the problems that I had with my contents page in my Preliminary Task.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  24. 24. In my Preliminary Task, I made a Flat Plan to help me sort out where the articleswould be placed in my magazine, which would help me with the page numbers onmy contents page. However, I noticed that the regulars were bunched together atthe start of the magazine, then there were the features, and then there was thecompetition. Therefore, it was not following conventions. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  25. 25. Therefore, when I created my Main Task, I paid more attention to my Flat Plan, and tried to place the articles more realistically within my magazine. The regulars are more spread out, and the Christmas playlist article takes up more pages, as this would be quite a long article.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  26. 26. In the progression from my Preliminary Task to my Main Task, I learnt the importance, of the placing in particular, of images on the contents page. In my Preliminary Task, I had not paid much attention to the images on my contents page. I simply put images were I had room for them and was spending more time on the text than the photography. Also, the image to complement the Student Column was taken at the last minute and quickly added in. Furthermore, the Agony Aunt picture is squashed into the writing and makes the contents page look less professional.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  27. 27. Therefore, when I created my House Styles, I paid more attention to the images on my contents page. I left spaces specifically for images on my contents page and chose what some of the images would be before I even began work on my magazine.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  28. 28. When I did my Preliminary Task, I made the Editor’s Letter quite long, but was told in myaudience feedback that my Editor’s Letter did not need to be that long. Indeed, the length ofmy Editor’s Letter had also caused me problems while creating the contents page for myPreliminary Task, as it meant that the rest of the content had to be squashed together in orderto have room for it all. Therefore, when I made my Main Task, I made the Editor’s Lettershorter. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  29. 29. COLOUR SCHEMES AND FONTSQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  30. 30. In my Preliminary Task, I simplyused the default font for themain body on my contents page.However, when I did my HouseStyles, I took more care over thefont that I was going to use formy Main Task, so I chose a fontother than the default and usedthat for the main body text in myMain Task. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  31. 31. In my Preliminary Task, the font that I used for my coverlines flowed from the masthead. However, when I did my Main Task, I used a different font for the coverlines than the masthead. This helped make the masthead more distinctive and increased the branding opportunities.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  32. 32. In my Preliminary Task, the font for my masthead was taken from the LSC logo that I used.However, in my Main Task, I trailed fonts for the masthead and chose the font that I thoughtwas the most appropriate, because it was similar to the font that is used in Bibles whichtherefore made it more suitable for my genre. Avenir LT 65 Medium Calibri Poor Richard (chosen) Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  33. 33. In my Preliminary Task, the colour scheme flowed from the LSC logo that I had chosen to use. However, in my Main Task, I already knew that I wanted my colour scheme to be blue and green, but chose the shades from the main image on my front cover using the eyedropper tool on Photoshop; the blue from one of the flowers on the model’s dress, and the green from the model’s cross.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  34. 34. WORK IMPROVEMENTQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  35. 35. When I had more time to do my Main Task that I had to do my Preliminary Task, I had to learn how to fit everything in on time. This included making time to improve the work that I had originally done, including changing the main image on my front cover and to rewrite the Editor’s Letter, as it was too long and hadn’t mentioned the cover story.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  36. 36. In my Preliminary Task, there were quite a few grammatical mistakes – especially on my contents page – that I hadn’t noticed until after I had finished my Preliminary Task. These included: The fact that the writing on the picture complementing the Student X doesn’t really make sense, and that I had ended the cover story description with a full stop when all the others didn’tTherefore, when I did my Main Task, I made sure to check would not have beenmy work and changed any article descriptions that didn’t problems if I had checkedmake sense. my work. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  37. 37. The Importance of Audience FeedbackWORK IMPROVEMENTQuestion 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  38. 38. I received audience feedback at various times throughout the project. Firstly, on myPreliminary Task, then on my House Styles, then on the first draft of my magazine, andfinally on the final draft of my magazine. The audience feedback that I received on myHouse Styles and my first draft helped me to improve my work, and I learnt that even if Ididn’t necessarily agree with what the audience had said, that it was always good to tryand see what it looked like; if I thought that it didn’t work, I could just change it back. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  39. 39. One of the pieces of audience feedback that I received was that the front cover main image needed to be changed. I could have ignored this piece of feedback, but instead I acted on the feedback and changed the main image, and it made my front cover look more conventional and more like a music magazine than a college magazine.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  40. 40. Another thing that I found audience feedback was good for was that the audience will often give you feedback that you weren’t expecting. One piece of feedback that told me something that I hadn’t noticed myself was when, on my first draft, I received a comment on my blog that said that I should make the main image on my DPS lighter.Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  41. 41. Question 7: Looking back at your Preliminary Task, what do you feelyou have learnt in the process from it to the full product?

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