Step 1 – Choose a magazine category or genre. Check out some popular teen magazines here. Or maybe you're interested in fashion or maybe music or sports. Find and save a sample magazine cover to copy the style of. You MUST have this done before moving on to the next step.
Step 2 – Make up a name for your magazine. Choose something that you think would attract readers of that genre.
Step 3 – Choose / take a picture for your cover. It should be in "portrait" mode (up and down). Most magazines have pictures of people on the front, but there are exceptions. This is a tremendously important step. Look at some samples in your category to see what type of picture is common. You can take a picture of yourself if you like.
Before taking the picture, answer these questions:
1) Do you need any props? How should you pose?
2) Detailed background or plain background?
3) How much blank space do you want for your text?
Step 4 - Open your photo in Photoshop. Use the crop tool settings to make it the correct size- 8.5 inches wide X 11 inches tall. Resolution = 180 pixels per inch.
Step 5 – Create a logo. Most magazine logos are pretty simple, and consist of the magazine name in a traditional font. Look at some examples in your genre for ideas.
Step 6 – Determine what text will go on your cover. This takes some creativity. It’s okay to borrow ideas from existing covers, but try to modify the text. For example, if a heading reads “Introducing the new Pentium 5”, modify it to something like “Introducing Windows Neo ”.
A typical cover has numerous headings and sub-headings, often in a variety of fonts, sizes and colours. Look at your genre for guidance on:
- how much text to use
- how many headings
- what sizes to use
- how many colours to use
- placement of text in relation to the picture
- placement of headings above the magazine logo or not
History of magazine covers
Article on magazine covers
Search for covers by doing a Google search of the magazine name plus the words "cover gallery".
You will have four classes to work on this assignment. Good luck.
Picture of you = 10 marks
Text formatting = 10 marks
Overall look = 10 marks
Total = 30