Evaluation - Q7: Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Evaluation – Q7: Looking Back at Your Preliminary Task, What do You Feel YouHave Learnt in The Progression From it to the Full Product? By Gregory McLaney
Preliminary Production My contents page for my preliminary production was very basic and there wasn’t very good positioning in the overall composition. I used grids on my main task to split the sections of my magazine up creating two columns either side and a middle section. This worked well and I could create a clean and easy to read contents page. For my original production all my cover/sell lines were positioned on one side. On my main task I carefully positioned them for the best effect. Plus, I used Photoshop to manipulate the typography. This created a more outstanding and bold effect making the sell lines more viable for the reader.My mast head for my preliminary was verybasic with a coloured background. For mymain task I developed my skills andproduced a 3D text, positioned behind theartists head using Photoshop. The original preliminary task was lacking colour and Photoshop manipulation. During my main task I edited all of my images and made them link with my social class and genre. This made my compositions strong and created a large contrast between my original production and my main task. Final Main Task Production
My preliminary task was very basic in terms of typography and images. I used the same basic font throughout my preliminary task. So, in my main task I used 2 different fonts with better effects to create a more outstanding composition which appeals to the audience. Another main feature which differs the two productions is the use of images, I took basic images around college for the first task but when it came to the main task I used image from different areas to appeal to my target audience and genre. In my first task I missed out generic features of music magazines such as a website page this is a minor fault, however it creates a very un-professional touch to the magazine and does not create the right look. So in adding small features like this, it enabled me to create a better and more professional look.
Another feature that has progressed since the initially stages of the preliminary tasks is the use of Photoshop and manipulating images. I can now create professional looking images with effects I never knew before and this feature is shown throughout all stages of my main task production. My InDesign skills have improved since the preliminary task mainly with speed of editing, towards the middle of my construction task I started getting used to the short keys and other features which meant I was editing a lot faster than in the preliminary task.Since the development of my preliminarytask my technology/editing skills haveprogressed immensely. I found that I had alot of plain white space on my contentspage of my preliminary task and now onmy main tasks final product. I have learntfrom this mistake and made my magazinemore compact which make it lookprofessional and eye appealing foraudiences.
After completing both tasks I cansee my skills have developed and Iknow my software production skillshave progressed. I feel moreconfident using various differentcomputer and internet softwarenow. I found that Im also moreconfident taking photographs andcan capture the right angles tocreate effects upon the viewer. If it wasnt for the preliminary task I do not think I would be as confident with photography and software. It was good experience completing the preliminary task and it gave the experience of seeing the change of my own personal skills. I found that linking different software was a main feature that made the construction process easier and more effective. I used Photoshop for its advantages (manipulation and effects) and InDesign for its pros (Positioning and Text). This meant I could create the best possible compositions in an easy way which was time efficient. Also, a feature that helped me improving my skills was basically learning how to use certain tools in certain ways. This lead on to me using different tools and adapting to the layout of software and towards the end of my construction I was using various shortcut keys which cut editing time drastically.
Double Page SpreadEven though I didn’t create a double page spread Both the images in this double page spread werearticle for my preliminary task, the skills I developed created by manipulating them in Photoshop. If itin doing the preliminary tasks meant I could was not for the preliminary task I would not haveproduce a double page spread article for my main been able to create images to this quality.task. I used Photoshop to create paint splashes and a flasher in the top right corner. The feature of Photoshop throughout my production was from a result of progressive growth of skills since the original preliminary task. I used InDesign to create the drops caps on the text and insert the text. I also used InDesign to position the whole of my composition. Plus, I used InDesign to create the caption quote in which I added drop caps and a background. My skills from the preliminary task helped me develop an understanding of this programme and create this composition.
To conclude, throughout the whole of this product my skills have come a long way in all different forms of technology and software editing. I think that the main advancement has been using Photoshop. I have also started thinking of better ways to attract audiences whilst Im editing. I always had my target audience and genre in mind whilst creating my magazine so I could make sure that the magazine was targeted at them more than target to look good and stylish. However I think I got a good balance of both and my target audience was met at the same time of having a good looking and stylish magazine. Finally, I think the representation of my magazine is fine with good effects and appealing text and articles. However, the one downside to my magazine is probably a lack of imagery. So, if I could change anything this would be one option. But, on the plus side the images I used were very strong with perfect colours to connote links with my genre and target audience. Plus, all my compositions were filled in the end creating a finalized professional look.