How to design a great magazine cover in Adobe InDesign.

How to design a great magazine cover in Adobe InDesign. an example in Adobe indesign

Adobe InDesign is very useful software when it comes to creating designs, brochures and cover for various purposes like magazines etc that contain large chunks of texts. InDesign comes handy for creating designing layouts. In this article, we shall obtain knowledge of designing a great magazine cover in Adobe InDesign. We are covering each and every step with the use of pictorial depiction to understand and have the in-depth know-how of the software. So let’s get started.

Creating a new Document for designing a great magazine cover in Adobe InDesign

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Follow the below given steps:

  • Open InDesign.
  • In the welcome window- Select New Document, or go to File > New > Document.
  • Set the Intent to Print and No. of Pages to 1
  • Uncheck Facing Pages.
  • From the Page Size drop-down menu select Custom and type ‘US Magazine’ into the text box at the top of the window that appears.
  • Then Set: Width= 213 mm and Height= 276.5 mm
  • Click Add and then OK.
  • For the New Document window,
  • Set the Top, Bottom and Left Margins to 8 mm and Right Margin to 4 mm.
  • Set the Bleed on all sides to 3 mm.

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  • Click OK.

Create a Layered Cover Image

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Here the need of Adobe Photoshop arises, to get the effect as shown in the image where the magazine title crosses behind the image of the woman but remains in front of the background of the photo.

The effect requires the splitting of the image to obtain the same.

Save two copies of your chosen cover image on your computer. One version of the image we’ll keep as it is and the other image we’ll be edited to split the image of the woman from the background of the photo.

Now follow the below given steps:

  • Open Photoshop.
  • Go to File > Open
  • Open the copy of the image you’re going to edit.
  • Duplicate the Background layer to keep an unharmed copy of the image while you work.
  • Switch off the visibility of the original Background layer.
  • Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) from the Tools panel (Window > Tools)
  • Magnify the image to 300%.
  • Set the Feather to 30% from the top control panel

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  • Use the Lasso Tool to roughly create a path around sections of the edge of the woman
  • Go to the Refine Edge button in the top control panel.
  • Check Smart Radius and set the Radius to around 70 pixels
  • Add a little Smooth and Feather.
  • Once you are done with your working, check Remember Settings

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  • Click OK.
  • Delete the selection to erase the background of the image.
  • Repeat around the whole edge of the woman until you have a layer with just the woman alone.
  • Here what we wanted to do is to roughly cut out the image of the woman, and move it onto a separate layer.
  • Go to File > Save As
  • Save the image as a PSD file

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Once finished with splitting the woman’s picture from its background we are going to move further in creating our magazine cover in Adobe InDesign.

  • Return to InDesign.

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  • Open the Layers panel (Window > Layers) and double-click on the default Layer 1 name,
  • Open the Layer Options window.
  • Rename the layer as Background Image and click OK.
  • From the Tools panel select the Rectangle Frame Tool (F) and drag to create an image frame that covers the entire page.
  • Go to File > Place and select the original, non-edited cover image.
  • Click Open.
  • Select Fill Frame proportionally from the top control panel to arrange the image in the frame.
  • Lock the Background Image layer in the Layers panel.

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  • Create a second layer by selecting the Create New Layer
  • Double-click the default layer name as before, and rename the layer as Foreground Image.
  • Click OK.
  • Select the Rectangle Frame Tool (F), as before, and drag to create an image frame that extends across the whole page.
  • Go to File > Place and select your edited image, the one without a background.
  • Click Open,
  • Then Fill Frame Proportionally
  • Lock the Foreground Image layer.

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Creating the ‘Impact’ Title for the Magazine

  • Return to the Layers panel
  • Create a New Layer name it ‘Typography Behind’.
  • Grab the layer in and move it to rest below the Foreground Image layer and on top of the Background Image layer.
  • Select the Type Tool (T) and drag to create a text frame with Width= 205 mm and Height= 48mm.
  • Type the name of the magazine into the text frame
  • Set the Font to Adobe Garamond Pro Regular with Size 174 pt and All Caps, and Tracking to 20.
  • Set the Font Color of the title to [Paper].

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Now we head to the next segment

  • Select the text frame and Edit > Copy
  • Edit > Paste in Place.
  • Go to Window > Color > Swatches
  • Select the New Swatch icon.
  • Create a new CMYK Swatch as C=20 M=31 Y=65 K=0 which would give you a golden color

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  • Set the Font Color of the pasted, second text frame to this new gold swatch.
  • Select the top frame
  • Go to Object > Effects > Gradient Feather.
  • Set the Type to Linear and Angle to -90 degrees.
  • Adjust the Gradient Stops so they are quite closely clustered together.

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  • On the last step of creating a title.
  • Select the Type Tool (T) and drag to create a small text frame.
  • Position this just below the magazine title.
  • Set the Font to Adobe Garamond Pro Regular of Size 13 pt and All Caps
  • Align the text to the Right.
  • Set the Font Color to C=20 M=31 Y=65 K=0.

Creating Typography on the Magazine Cover in Adobe InDesign

  • Simply select the Type Tool (T) and drag to create a text frame
  • Keep it 87 mm in Width and 34 mm in Height.
  • Type a sub-heading and a short description, as shown and set the Font to Adobe Garamond Pro.
  • Position the text frame below the magazine title
  • Set the sub-heading in All Caps.
  • Add two new Swatches from the Swatches panel, for instance, red with C=9 M=96 Y=81 K=2, and a darker red, C=23 M=97 Y=85 K=18.

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Next, to the above steps proceed with the below given steps:

  • You can put two more text frames on the Typography Behind layer. (Position them on the left-hand side of the page, resting against the left-hand margin.)

Further,

  • Create a New Layer in the Layers panel, above the Foreground Image layer, and name it Typography in Front.
  • As earlier, create a couple of new text frames using the Type Tool (T) and vary the Font Size, Weight and Color of the text.
  • Try increasing the Size of the sub-heading in this text frame to 40 pt.

A general method used by magazine cover designers is to incorporate a second or different typeface to draw attention to a particular blog or article in the magazine. The tip is that the other typeface should contrast against the other typeface that is, it should be more decorative.

  • Remaining on the Typography in the Front layer, select the Type Tool (T) and drag to create a text frame about 158 mm in Width and 67 mm in Height. Position this in the lower right corner of the page.
  • Type the text, “Your Most Stylish Winter Yet!” Set the text in Snell Round hand LT Std, Bold Script

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  • Set the Font Color to C=20 M=31 Y=65 K=0.
  • The first line of text to Size 60 pt, Leading 72 pt,
  • And set the second line to Size 69 pt, Leading 61 pt.
  • Finally set the last line of text to Size 83 pt and Leading 83 pt.
  • Highlight “Winter” and set the Font Color to [Paper].
  • Lock the Typography in the Front layer.

Create Appeal on the Cover of the Magazine

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We can get a wintery touch to the magazine cover for an issue published in the winter months. For the creating the above mentioned effects on the cover follow the simple effects:

  • Create a New Layer in the Layers panel, sitting above the Typography in the Front layer, and rename it, Snow.
  • Select the Ellipse Tool (L), hold down Shift, drag to create a small perfect circle about 3 mm in diameter.
  • Set the Stroke Color to [None] and Fill Color to [Paper].
  • Select the circle shape with the Selection Tool (V, Escape)
  • Edit > Copy, Edit > Paste repeatedly.
  • Adjust the size of some of the circles, while holding Shift, to make the snow appear more natural.

To produce a hard copy of your magazine cover in Adobe InDesign you can export the cover in PDF for printing.

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For the same follow the steps:

  • Go to File > Export
  • Select Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format drop-down menu.
  • Name the file
  • Click Save.
  • In the Export Adobe PDF window, select Press Quality from the Adobe PDF Preset drop-down menu.
  • Under Marks and Bleeds section, click to select All Printer’s Marks under the Marks menu.
  • Click to select Use Document Bleed Settings under the Bleed and Slug menu.

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  • Click Export.

You have successfully created a mind-blowing Magazine cover in Adobe InDesign.

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Hope this article was of help!!

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