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How to Make Your Own Sports Magazine Cover (With a Magazine Cover Maker)

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This post is part of a series called Book Templates .
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What You'll Be Creating

Creating a sports magazine cover can prove to be a difficult task, especially if you don't have the required tools or skills. But what if I told you that there's an easy solution that can help you create an awesome-looking magazine cover design in a manner of seconds using Placeit's online Magazine Cover Maker?

Why go through the process of creating a Photoshop magazine template, when you can easily use a pre-created magazine cover template by choosing from one of the available magazine cover ideas available on Placeit?

Whether you're creating a fake magazine cover or a real one, you can easily learn what it takes to make your own magazine cover by following this little tutorial.

Well, it that sounds interesting, follow along as I show you how to make your own magazine cover.

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Not quite the right look? You can find more magazine cover templates here:

1. What Is Placeit?

Before we begin, I want to take a couple of moments and quickly talk about what Placeit is and how it can help you.

If you aren’t a designer yourself, most of the time that means that you won’t have access to the tools that they usually use, such as Adobe IllustratorAdobe PhotoshopSketch, etc.

But what if sometimes you actually need to create something yourself, but don’t feel like spending a lot of money on a graphics suite or Photoshop template that you probably won’t use all that often?

Well, when that happens, Placeit can be a better fit, since it comes with a set of online tools that help you create anything from a magazine cover to an app mockup and even a logo, using just a couple of clicks.

That being said, we’re going to see how easy it is to make your own magazine cover using one of its magazine templates.

2. How to Access the Magazine Cover Maker

Before we can start working on the actual cover magazine, we first need to navigate to the correct section of the website that houses the Magazine Cover Maker.

You can access the tool by clicking on the Designs category found within the site's top navigation bar, and then choosing Magazine Cover Maker from the Design Templates side menu.

choosing the right design template

3. How to Make a Sports Magazine Cover Using the Magazine Cover Maker

Here, you’ll find a selection of different themed cover templates that you can choose from.

Since I’m a big fan of skateboarding, I’m going to go with this skate-themed one, but feel free to choose any other one that you like.

example of available magazine cover templates

Once you’ve made up your mind, you can easily customize the design by clicking on it, which will open it up for you to edit.

Here, you’ll be greeted by the actual cover front and center, on the sides of which you’ll find all the different available options, which may vary from template to template.

Usually, on the left side you’ll have all your text-related options, while on the right one you’ll find all your background and shape-related ones.

skate cover template preview

Step 1

Let's start by adjusting some of the cover's text lines. To change any of the default text, all you have to do is click on its corresponding input box, and then overwrite the preview text with your own.

example of adjusting the default text

Step 2

You can adjust the text by changing its font and even its color using the dropdown lists.

example of adjusting the font and color of the different text lines

Step 3

When it comes to colors, you can either choose from one of the predefined values, or you can click on More and use a custom one of your own.

example of using a custom color

Step 4

If needed, you can actually hide a text line by unchecking the little checkbox found in front of it.

example of hiding a text line

Step 5

If we move on to the right side of the page, we’ll see an option called Title Graphic, which will allow us to change the color and shape of the rectangle found underneath our text line.

example of adjusting the title graphic

Step 6

We then have Background, which lets us use a custom background color or image.

Personally, I really like this photo that's provided, so I’ll be using it as my background, but you can always upload your own image using the Custom Image button.

example of changing the background image

Step 7

Since the template supports interactive editing, we can easily adjust the position of some of our cover’s composing elements by first clicking on them in order to bring up their bounding box, and then simply clicking and dragging in order to reposition them as needed.

example of re positioning an element

Step 8

You can also resize them by hovering over their bounding box’s corners and then clicking and dragging either outwards or inwards, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.

example of resizing an element

Step 9

If for some reason you’re not happy with the result, you can easily undo all the changes by using the Reset Layout button.

example of using the reset layout button

Step 10

Once you’ve finished customizing the template using the Magazine Cover Maker, you can easily download the resulting design by simply clicking on the Download button, which will charge you a small fee every time you use it.

example of downloading the final result

Great Job!

No matter whether you're a designer or not, you can quickly create a magazine cover using Placeit's Magazine Cover Maker, which as we just saw is actually really fun and easy to use.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them within the comments section, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Build Your Designer Skills!

Just finished going through this quick tutorial, and feel like learning more? Well, if that's the case, you're in luck since I took the time to put together this little list that should keep you going for the following days!

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