After collecting some market research in the form of a questionnaire I decided on thefollowing:
The magazine will be aimed at 15 to 19 year olds.
It will be aimed at both boys and girls,
It will be released monthly.
The price will be £2.99.
I will now take you through the processes I went through in creating my magazine cover.
These are my two sketches. I created them on Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe. Most mainstream magazines contain full colour images but, intending to appeal to a more specialist and “arty” crowd, and also to cutcosts, went for black and white images with cyan and magenta text.
These are my best photographs from my photo shoot. I took them against a white wall ina room with a lot of natural light, this combined with no flash, meant I got to shadow inthe photo. This time, I chose a simpler composition so as not to make the same mistakesas last time.
On Adobe Photoshop, the first thing I did was to resize my chosen photo to 210x297mm – A4 size. I then used the auto tone function to brighten the image and create somecontrast. Next, I adjusted the individual black and white colour properties, for exampleincreasing green, made the lips and hair darker. Finally, I added a yellowish filter to makethe image look older and more retro.
I will now take you through my front cover. My mid-shot of Alex and Charlie bleeds tothe edge of the page. The two are leaning into each other suggesting friendship andsimilarity in style. They’re also positioned above the fold suggesting their importance.The title font “forty second street” is a free retro font from the website dafont.com.Similar to this is the tagline which is in the font “street cred” – from the same website. Itis similar and compliments the title well. Together these form the masthead. It will stay aconstant each issue, staying in exactly the same place month after month. The main fontused is “arial black” which is simple and easy to read. The sticker was the mostcomplicated aspect to the magazine cover, containing the most stages of editing. Theconcentric circles are two separate circles filled with colour. I then added a translucentgradient to create the highlight in the corner making it look shiny. To make it look 3D, Iused an effect called satin emboss. I inserted the writing and rotated it to make it look like