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1.3 Choosing a Cover Image

Choosing an image for a magazine cover can be a daunting task. The perfect image needs to be relevant, strong, and eye-catching. In this lesson, we’ll analyze a few different images through composition that will enhance a magazine cover design.

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1.3 Choosing a Cover Image

Hi, and welcome back to this course Magazine Cover Design in InDesign. Choosing the right image for a magazine cover can be a daunting task. The right image needs to be relevant, strong, and eye-catching. In this lesson, we will take a look at image composition. And how to find a focal point that will enhance your magazine cover. We know that creating magazine covers can turn into a real challenge, especially if you don't have much experience. So, if you're facing time or budget limits, make sure to check out Envato Elements and Twenty20. These two have a very extensive library of stock photos, print templates and presentation templates, fonts. Twenty20 has additional photos that can enhance your projects with authentic real world photography. So here are the Envito Elements, we can head over to Photos. We have lots of choices. And I've really liked this image actually, so I'll add it to my collection. And actually I have already created my collection. So here I can head over to my profile > My Collections, and I've already put together a few images that I like. If you're not sure about an image, this is a great way to sort of narrow it down. So let's talk about his fashion image that I have selected here. And the reason why this image would be really good for a cover magazine is one, the color. We have this really intense red. Second is the pose. The subject has a really strong upper body pose. In additional to that we have room on each side of the subject. So that would allow us to use these two sides for cover lines. While there isn't enough room at the top for a masthead, we can use Photoshop to extend the top a little bit more. Next we have this other beautiful image. And here the subject is looking towards the left. Ideally we want our subject to be looking towards the right, because that's how you open a magazine. But this could be easily flipped. What makes this image really strong is that the subject is occupying one side of the image while the opposite is completely blank. So that would allow for maybe a minimal cover design. So we have looked at color, posts. Next we have how interesting the image is. For instance, this image is very experimental. So it will draw a lot of attention out of magazine stand. This would also make a really good minimal magazine cover where you would just put the masthead at the top and some simple lines at the bottom. So far, I've shown you portrait photos. If you end up having to work with a landscape photo, make sure that you have room on both sides to crop the image if your magazine is portrait. Here you can see that the subject is nicely lit and the background is dark. So there is a focal point here. The subject is also in movements, so it adds some kind of dynamic to the cover. Another option if the masthead doesn't fit at the top of the image, you could place it sideways. And last we have this image of an athlete. And he is, again, looking towards the left. So we could easily flip this image to have him look towards the right. He has a very strong body pose and is nicely lit as well. And the way we could play around with this is that we have one side completely open or free to put our cover lines or even a masthead. So try to choose images that aren't that busy. Or if they are busy, that the background is dark. You'll notice that all of these photos are set up photo shoots, none of these are spontaneous photos. And that's probably the best that you can go with when you're designing a magazine cover. In the next lesson, we will be looking at fonts. The last but not least, element of a cover design. So I'll see you there. [MUSIC]

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