Design

55 Best Tips for a Successful Magazine Cover

55 Best Tips for a Successful Magazine Cover

After we introduced you to the world of magazine covers, this post will give you some general tips about cover design and headline writing. Of course you will have to be the judge if these concepts will work for your audience and we would like to point out that these are the concepts for magazines […]

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Introduction to Magazine Cover Pages

Introduction to Magazine Cover Pages

Magazine cover page serves several purposes. It sells the brand, it has to be visually appealing and different from the other cover pages on the newsstand to attract the new readers. On the other hand each new cover must be different from the previous issue but still familiar and recognizable to regular readers. It has […]

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Typography

Text Hyphenation

Text Hyphenation

Hyphenation is a process of dividing the words at the end of the line of the text. It is symbolized by hyphen mark which is dividing the words by syllables. It is often adjusted together with justification settings and good setup of both settings should result in good flow and easily readable body text.  This […]

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Tracking the Text

Tracking the Text

Tracking is adjusting the overall spacing of a group of letters, words or even whole paragraphs and blocks of text. Along with kerning, tracking is the most used feature when adjusting body text. Although tracking is also widely used in headlines and other textual elements, especially if the text element is bigger in size. Tracking, […]

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Production

Create and Manage Content More Efficiently

Create and Manage Content More Efficiently

Today, in a fast paced world of publishing, where you have to distribute your content to multiple channels, good organization and bullet proof workflow is essential. There are numerous tools out there that can help you and one of those is publishing planners and digital flatplans. One such solution is PagePlanner. Bad organization can affect […]

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Overprinting Black

Overprinting Black

Overprint is a common mistake that happens a lot in print production. It is easy to avoid it but it is even easier to miss it. This is why you should carefully assign correct attributes to the objects and colors used in your design. Especially to the black colored objects and text. Overprinting is a […]

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Digital Publishing

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Workflow

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Workflow

When starting out with Adobe DPS you may be confused how it all works and what additional tools are needed to produce your digital publication. In this post we will try to resolve this confusion and describe the tools needed to produce digital publications. To create digital publications you will be using InDesign, since version […]

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Digital Publishing Checklist

Digital Publishing Checklist

I am sure many of you wonder how to approach the still new and confusing world of digital publishing! It is so easy to get lost in all those numbers, aspect ratios, resolutions, orientations, devices. In this article we will try to make your life easier and to describe some of the things that you […]

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Tutorials

Background Removal from Packshot Photography

Background Removal from Packshot Photography

Today we have prepared one treat for you, that will save you lots of time. We are giving you away one handy Photoshop tutorial and action that is aimed at extracting packshot images from their backgrounds. Back in the day when I started working in magazine publishing Photoshop was in its early years. The first version […]

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Text Justification

Text Justification

In this tutorial we will discuss how to adjust settings for justified type. Tweaking word, letter and glyph spacing is a must if you want to improve the appearance and readability of your text.   First let’s go to the preferences setup of your document and make an adjustment which will help us to see […]

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Story

How to Make Dr. Oz Good Life cover Better?

How to Make Dr. Oz Good Life cover Better?

Last few weeks we have been writing a lot about cover pages. We presented what we thought were the best ones from the last year, we gave you some tips, and we introduced you to the cover page design. This post will discuss one that is, well, not that good. Yesterday I was reading an […]

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Magazine Covers from 2013 That We Liked the Most

Magazine Covers from 2013 That We Liked the Most

Since this is a time of competitions and best of lists, we thought we should contribute in our own way. We do not think that these are necessarily the best magazine covers of 2013 since there have been so many great covers created this year, but this list is a selection of covers that inspired […]

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Other Recent Posts

Intro, Deck, Standfirst or Kicker

Intro, Deck, Standfirst or Kicker

| January 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The element of a page that we will talk about today has many names. Some refer to it as deck, other as kicker, standfirst or intro. So many names for one single element which plays a big role in providing information and grabbing readers attention.  In this article we will call this element intro. Intro […]

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Esquire Covers by George Lois

Esquire Covers by George Lois

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the 1960’s Esquire magazine produced some of the most memorable covers that are inspiring designers all around the world even today. This is not such a surprise since they were designed by one of the legends of graphic design, George Lois.  He designed 92 covers in total in the period from 1962 to 1972, […]

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Introduction to Digital Publishing

Introduction to Digital Publishing

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Digital publishing is the future of magazine publishing. At least we all hope that it is! Tablet devices, although only a few years in circulation, have spread around the globe and have become new toys that we all love to fiddle with.  Almost simultaneously with the arrival of the first tablet, the iPad, magazine publishers […]

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Structure of the Magazine

Structure of the Magazine

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just like each page has its own structure so does the magazine. Todays magazines follow the same structure and although there are magazines that do not follow this approach we can say that this is a default one. In the future posts we will cover some of the pages presented in this article in more […]

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When and How to Redesign a Magazine

When and How to Redesign a Magazine

| October 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today in modern magazine publishing, magazines are being redesigned every few years. I think we can call this 2013, a year of redesigns because so many famous magazines had opted for the change in the design (Inc., Men’s Health, MS Living, Lookbook, AdAge, Texas Monthly, Self, Stern… to name a few). Even legendary New Yorker […]

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