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Magazine Cover
Posted by: Jakaleena on 12-31-1969.

"I used to design Magazine Covers for studios I worked for that shot youth sports. Making a magazine cover is one of my favorite activities, and one of the most requested items by my clients. These are some VERY basic steps for making one, but you can play with it, use layer masks, add designs & graphics, etc. to spice it up any way you want. You can also adapt the technique to make Trader Cards."

I used to design Magazine Covers for studios I worked for that shot youth sports. Making a magazine cover is one of my favorite activities, and one of the most requested items by my clients. These are some VERY basic steps for making one, but you can play with it, use layer masks, add designs & graphics, etc. to spice it up any way you want. You can also adapt the technique to make Trader Cards.

Be sure you save the end result as a PSD file with all of the separate layers intact to use as a template. That way, you only need to change the image and some text to make the same cover for additional clients or friends.

1. Create a new 8x10 inch file @ 300 ppi(2.5x3 inches if you're making Trader Cards)

2. Choose two colors you want to use for the background - team colors, favorite colors or whatever colors you want - and render clouds (or use the gradient tool if you're doing Traders)

3. Run Gaussian Blur @ 20 pixels

4. Open the image you want to use and resize to 8x10 @ 300 ppi. Copy the image and paste into a new layer on your magazine cover file

5. Use Free Transform to place the image where you want on top of your background

6. Add a drop shadow to the layer: Angle 150, distance 10, blur 10


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7. Add your main header text. Create a guide at the left edge of the photo and align the text to it. Add any effects you want to the text.


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8. Add your subheading. Use guides to align the cover elements the way you want them.

(Note: you can use Free Transform on the text to make it fit the desired area and snap to your guides)


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9. Add a barcode and price. Use guides and Free Transform to make the price match the width of the barcode.

(Note: I've included a PSD barcode in a zip file for you to use if you need one)


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10. Add inside article titles. I usually let them spill past the cover image onto the background in a couple of spots to give a more "whole" effect. Also, use colors that contrast well against the background and place the text so that it doesn't disappear into any shadows, light areas, nooks or crannys behind it.


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