In the week we created the cover of a magazine, we learnt how to use the type tool. Using the type tool and retouching tool (which we used also in previous lessons) we get the exact idea of what not everything that looks like it is.
Procedure of what we did:
- Download the file “CoverShot” and open with Photoshop program;
- Resize the image to constrain the proportions and resize from the centre;
- Duplicate the layer and name one ‘Covershot’ and the other “Forehead”;
- Select the head, shades and hair with the Quick Selection Tool and then Refine Edge Option to adjust the parameters;
- The next step is OUTPUT TO LAYER MASK;
- Select the Type tool. Use the ruler and click at 50% in the centre of our image;
- Use the Georgia font style (bold 72 point, colour white, align centre);
- Type “EMPORIA” in upper case letters;
- Drag the “CoverShot” layer underneath the “Forehead” layer and use the Move Tool with ‘transform controls’ selected in its option bar to resize the text;
- Double click on the type layer to open the layer styles dialogue box, use the Stroke Option and give the layer a stroke of 5 points.
- Type, again with the Type Tool, “Executive Resource Management Blunders” (aligned to the left in the same font) and resize the text;
- Type “Can the Candle burn at both ends Forever?” (this time aligned to the right) and resize the text;
- Right click on the “Emporia” layer and copy the layer style. Then paste it on to the other two type layers;
- Download the “Barcode” image from Moodle, rotate and resize in order to fit in the bottom right corner of the image;
- Save the file as a .PSD and a .JPEG;
- There we have our Magazine Cover!!
After this lesson I got a broader notion of how the media works and how just a few simple touches can enhance the image of a person (or object) in order to capture the public’s attention. What we did is definitely essential for subjects such as Principles of Journalism and Styling, for example.