Magazine Cover Brief   November 2008

ABC Level 3 Award in Pixel-Based Image Manipulation

Design the front cover for a magazine.

Wherever possible use your own photographs or illustrations.
The magazine can relate to your photography or graphics courses if you wish.

Most magazines follow the A4 portrait format with the logo or ‘masthead’ in the top third for convenience as this fits well in newsagents’ stands. Upmarket design magazines such as Creative Review sometimes break with this convention. Format for the magazine – landscape or portrait – size & theme is your decision and if you choose to break with A4 portrait mode you will need to justify this in your evaluation as it presents a risk to the publisher.

Images should show manipulation, enhancing contrast, changing colour balance, resizing and perhaps cutting out from a background as appropriate.
You will likely need to use the clone or patching tools to retouch your images.

You can extend this project by  exploring alternative formats and styles, and perhaps creating additional pages and adverts for your magazine.

Evaluative notes are required, showing the steps you have taken and how you feel about the outcome, and how your ideas could be further developed.

Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

1. Confidently apply tools and functions within Adobe Photoshop
2. Be able to establish settings and parameters for a range of image-file types
3. Construct and manipulate scanned images to achieve identified visual outcomes or intentions
4. Present and organise digital files ready for output to inkjet or laserprinter, and store the files within your H-Drive space, on the FS3 server, USB memory sticks or CDs, and perhaps on your social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo or your own portfolio Website, the Wiki Totton College Photography Website or Moodle resource via the intranet.

Your work should involve the use of the primary tools and functions used in pixel-based image manipulation software for the management, control and alteration of images for print output or screen-based presentation
• Use of layers, filters, channels and masking techniques
• Selection and mapping tools used for image manipulation
• File formats and storage/output options for digital images