Photoshop Class: Creating a Magazine Cover

Magazine cover mockup - Click for a larger view

Magazine cover mockup - Click for a larger view

For this Photoshop class assignment, we had to create a magazine cover layout, trace the magazine’s title, include at least 4 images, a number of blending modes and text effects, and of course the regular color and levels corrections.

I originally wanted to use one of our travel photos for the magazine cover, but I just wasn’t happy with how any of them really fit in the vertical magazine layout, so I went to Flickr and searched for some photos of Japan. I found this very pretty one that I felt would work perfectly with the layout I was thinking of, and I really started trying to figure out what I wanted on there.

I had hesitations about making the cover too crowded, but I wanted to make sure I had all the elements in place, and I wanted to try out some different ways to highlight information, and play with the blending and text styles. I also decided to go even further on the image adjustments, really pushing the color levels and oversaturating the image. I also used a separate filter for the sky area to make it more vibrant and colorful — it actually has a gradient overlaid on it to add the pinks. I also spent a lot of time trying to figure out what colors to use for all the text, especially the title. And I found that coming up with the text was harder than I thought it would be.

Main cover photo courtesy of Chi King’s Flickr Stream

4 Responses to “Photoshop Class: Creating a Magazine Cover”

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    I think it looks great. I like how all the colors of the font and shapes (circles, rectangles, etc.) match what’s in the background picture (blue for sky, red for lantern/clouds, yellow/gold for the building).

  2. Francine says:

    Thanks! I tried to pack in as much as I could without making it look too busy! It was really quite a challenge!

  3. Troy says:

    Lovely work on the mag cover…if i may ask how long did it take you to design it??

  4. Francine says:

    Thank you, Troy. I don’t remember exactly how long it took anymore, but I typically spent something like 4-8 hours on a project for that class

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