Looking back at thepreliminary task,what do you feelyou have learnt?
Photoshop – College As you can see, I haven’t used many skills in Photoshop whilst making my College magazine, Magazine this is because at this stage; I only knew the basics needed to create it. I was confused by Crop the different Photoshops that are available as I Move have a different version at home. I found that I only needed certain tools to create the cover, Re-size although this meant I was unable to try out new Textbox things and make it look more professional. I used normal things such as text boxes to place Colour words, layers to make sure each section of the magazine was separate so I could freely move Shapes them around and change the layout if necessary Copy & Paste and the shape tool to create boxes to make the design a little bit different. Layers Free TransformAt this stage, I didn’t get chance to experiment withPhotoshop and see all of the things you cando, which effected the look of the College magazine.
... My skills increased aPhotoshop – Music lot whilst making theMagazine Black & White music magazine compared to theCrop Inner/outer glow College magazine as IMove Sharpen image had done research on other products whichRe-size Eye dropper gave me ideas on howTextbox Exposure a magazine should look, such as theFill colour Auto Levels masthead behind theDrop shadows Eraser photo. Whereas I did no research for theLevels Justify College magazine.Hue/Saturation Layers I used many more Photoshop techniques whilst producing myMagnetic Lasso music magazine, this is because I took time to use the internetOpacity and research tutorials on how to do certain things, such as the magnetic lasso. I found that I needed to use these other tools toFree Transform create the magazine as they made it look neater and gave an overall better finish. I used settings such as the opacity to makeCopy & Paste shapes more opaque so that the colour wasn’t as bright, this also made them stand out somehow and separated them from otherAll of these tools were very things. I also used hue/saturation to edit my photos to make themuseful and needed to create clearer, although I found that levels was more effective as it allowed me to change the lightness of pictures and make coloursmy music magazine. more subtle. I used this for the full page photo on the front cover to make it more white and less yellow.
What have I learnt?Cover lines Studio lighting makes it look glamorousover thepersons face Photograph ys improvedNo barcode Pull QuoteUsed the obvioussame fontsOnly used Price, datwo te anddifferent barcodefonts Text isColours off thedon’t imagerepresentanything Masthead behind theNo real imagelayout, Costumelooks has beenjumbled thoughtup about College Magazine Music Magazine
Different fonts Through usingused instead of Photoshop, I wasthe same one. able to find new Masthead has ways of making myThis makes each a drop work like othercover line stand shadow effectout more and get magazines already on it to makenoticed for it stand out. on the market. Thisdifferent reasons meant I could placeand also makes the masthead behindthe cover look the models headfun, which which makes it lookrepresents the more professional.genre of music.I have used layers The pull quote uses textto create my front effects such as dropcover, this meant shadow, which wasn’t usedthat I was able to anywhere on my Collegemove things such magazine front cover.as text. It alsoenabled me to beable to put the My Collegemasthead behind magazine didn’tthe image and cut have a barcode,it out. website or price.
Obviously, I only did a draft of the College magazines Used acontents page but you can tell how the layout of each I have used text effects pattern tomagazine is different and the music magazine is such as drop shadow represent themuch more sophisticated and looks like others on the music genremarket. I haveToo usedmany columnsimages PageOnly uses numberstwo fonts BetterLooks very layoutbasic and ofboring images, spreadBlock acrosscolours, the pagenoeffects Colours match No the effects photos on text Use ofHowever, many I do like differentthe I have fontsheadings College Magazine Music Magazine changed the I have used opacity on justify to chance images and the position of the shapes the text
Pop designDrop shadow – used to used tomake the text stand out represent theelse it could blend into music genre.the white background. Edited photos to make certainColumns things colour but everything elseUsed text effects black and white.such as dropshadow again. I changed the opacity of this photo because I I have learnt a lot thought it was about Photoshop too bright. whilst making my final magazine, I felt I only had the basic skills when making the College magazine whereas I now know more.