Monday, 23 November 2009

Front Cover

First Draft
I decided to re draft this front cover because:
~ The photo is very grey and dull.
~ The background also looked grey.
~ I thought the pink colour scheme was too harsh and would only attract women who were classed stereotypically as 'girly'.
~ It is difficult to read the text down the left hand side.

Second Draft

~ I used the same colour scheme as 'VIBE' magazine.
~ I think the red will attract a wider audience.
~ Free CD helps to draw attention to potential buyers, this is a common convention of a magazine.
~ However, the image and background still looked grey.

Third Draft

~ I used the brightness and contrast tool on Adobe Photoshop to make the image brighter.
~ I also changed the background to ensure it was white.
~ To make some of my text stand out I added a drop shadow on Adobe Photoshop to make it look like it is jumping out of the page.
~ To make my title stand out I used the bevel and emboss tool, and also added the stroke effect to make it more eye catching and bold.
~ I added a discrete outer glow to the text on the left hand side to make it stand out against my models skin.
~ The price for my magazine is £2 as this is the amount my target audience said they were willing to pay in my questionnaire.
~ Barcode positioned in a discrete place so it does not draw attention from the cover.

Final Cover

After attempting to edit the previous photograph a number of times I decided to use a different one.
~ I think this one looks more professional and is of a much higher quality.
~ I altered the brightness and contrast using Adobe Photoshop to make the photo brighter, and also used the curves tool to make the lighting better.
~ I think the colours that my model is wearing help to compliment my cover.
~ In relation to Marjorie Ferguson's theory, my models pose is
a 'chocolate box' as she is looking into the camera, half smiling with lips together.

~ I think this cover looks professional as I have used common conventions of magazines already on the market.
~ I kept the same colour scheme as my 'house cover' 'VIBE', and used white for a small amount of text.
~ I think my magazine would attract the attention of a broad demograph.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Flat Plans

Flat Plans

Before I created my magazine I planned out the layout for each section by drawing a flat plan.



Main Article Double Page spread

Main Article Single Page spread

Wednesday, 4 November 2009



I decided to ask a friend to model for my photographs as I wanted to have a range of different shots. For some of my photographs we went to the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside to capture some different poses, on different backgrounds. However, I chose to use a photo against a plain background for my front cover, so that it would be easier to cut out. I am going to use my photos for my cover, contents page and four page article. As the majority of magazines only have one person on the cover I decided to use this convention when I created my own. After studying all of the photographs that I had took, I decided to choose which ones i definately did not want to use.

This photo is from the first set of photographs that I took, however I decided not to use them as the white t-shirt did not stand out on my white background.

Although I like the background of this photograph there is too much of a shadow on the model, therefore I decided not to use it as it was also unclear.

I decided this white background did not compliment my models complexion and the pose wasn't very good so this is another photo I decided not to use.

I was going to use a photograph of my model sitting down for my article however it was difficult to capture a good background and on the photo my model is laughing too much and is windswept, so I choose not to use this one either.

Originally, this was going to be the photograph that I used on my cover, however after analysing and trying to adjust it I decided that I didn't like the quality of the photo. I attempted to alter the brightness and contrast and I used the curves tool to make the photo appear less grey. In the end I decided I didn't like how my model was positioned or the bad lighting.

After taking another set of photographs I decided to use this one on my front cover. However, I decided that if I was going to use it on my cover I would have to drop it and alter the brightness and contrast using photoshop.

This is the final image once I had manipulated it. I think it looks more professional because the lighting is much better and the photo is cropped and ready to be placed onto my front cover.