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What do you feel you have learnt in the progression from the preliminary task to the full product? The main thing I learnt about through producing my product was to use photoshop, as I had never used it before. During this time, I have learnt a range of things, like using Extras to create lines guiding me to keep text in my article in the same precise columns, to help make my magazine look professional and organised. This allowed me to place my layers in the correct place as well.

I have also learnt how to use paint to create certain effects. Here it shows how the splodges of paint make a rustic look, yet make them look as if they’re shining, this helped to grab the reader’s attention as it looked less dull.

I learnt how to make graphics and to make them transparent too by changing the opacity, this allowed it to melt into the background and look part of the background, yet allow the text to be clear for the reader.

Here, I used the magnetic lasso tool to cut out the unwanted background allowing me to blend into the black background to add mystery to the photo. I then was able to take my photo and make it look like a fish eye lens shot. I did this by clicking on filter-distortspherize, I could then adjust the photo how I wished to, I made it look like this, to be able to fit as much of her in the shot as possible, making the eyes the most important point of view (the smaller object in descending order). I also used some effects to add to the photo like emboss to create an engraved edge around my picture lifting it off the paper, looking more like a bubble, this allowed for a 3D effect making the reader closer to ‘Frankie.T’, I also used a drop shadow to reinforce this look. The Outer glow helped to make it look slightly shiny like my masthead. This made it stand out to the audience furthermore.

Here I have copied a free sticker badge whereas; in my magazine I have made mine. The text looks dull has no effects to make it stand out, boring the reader instantly. The photo is unedited. The cover lines look like a paragraph, and don’t make you want to read on, as they don’t grab the attention of the reader. The main cover line just looks like some text on the page. The Strip line at the bottom of the page isn’t very flattering and my eyes pass straight past it, it’s difficult to read too, plus the edge on the left hand side has a gap and isn’t joined to the side, looking scruffy and amateur. There’s not much else really going on around the front cover of the magazine, the only thing that stands out is the glare of the book. However, here I have used about three different layers to make a plastic look using an inner glow and then a bevel and emboss, to get to a triple gloss ring contour, enabling the text to become shiny as if like plastic. It also fits perfectly at the top of the magazine unlike ‘LOOK’. I also used the paint brush tool to change the style of the text and the photo too, creating different effects, and styles, unlike my original magazine. I also used the space available on my magazine much better than previously, covering most of the front cover to draw the reader in more than without. I believe this improvement came from looking at magazines like GQ and NME.

The font that I used looked so much bolder and stands out so much more than my previous one, it appeals to the reader by looking colourful and vibrant. I made them justified to the side at which they were on to make it look classy and to follow the same style as most magazines, by using these guide lines unlike previously, I could precisely line them up to look as decent as possible. NME have put left and right justified cover lines on their magazine, making it look neat and tidy, very similar to my own. There is also a graphic giving away free stuff like on my magazine too. This puts your magazine ahead of others to be purchased, as people may like the person within, plus many adolescents have posters on their walls! It also has a strip line but at the top of the magazine. The main cover photo is directly in the middle as well just like mine. Therefore, you can see that I have followed in the footsteps of the top publishers, and my skills have most certainly improved, but all I needed to do was target my audience and put in the correct types of information, to seduce them. This was aided by my increasing knowledge of photoshop, as I watched tutorials on YouTube on how to do certain things; then tried and tested those ideas. I went about finding my target audience by handing out questionnaires, getting feedback on what they like, what they want etc. from advertising to the amount of pictures to writing ratio. I also used surveymonkey, because it was a quick way to distribute my magazine (by publishing it on facebook and email- using various social forms of media) this was easier due to not having to find people then wait for them to complete a sheet, unlike last time and was no longer time consuming. In my magazine I kept the house style, which was important on keeping my magazine recognisable. All that I had to do then was get information and interesting stories from people; with text containing reggae culture. My ‘LOOK’ magazine contained no interesting stories, and I feel that I rushed it as well, unlike ‘MARMALADE’, which had thought behind it. I received a lot of feedback from piers, teachers, and even myself. I did this by taking a step backwards and asking myself whether I would buy the magazine, if it looked like this? Or, had this content inside. Henceforth, I based it not entirely on my specified target audience but myself too, from a non-bias point of view. Whereas, I only got feedback from my teacher a few times for my ‘LOOK’ magazine, getting minimal opinions compared to my finished product. Progressing on to my actual magazine cover, I had to pay much more attention to detail to make it look as professional as possible. I did this by using the previous method by taking a few minutes to look at the entire magazine, looking for any spelling mistakes and errors, like paint in the wrong place, or text overlapping. I could look very closely using the magnifier tool on photoshop, which is what I used to change the colour of the pixels for her eyes. Proof-reading was tedious and took time too but the results were very rewarding.

What do you feel you have learnt in the progression from the preliminary task to the full product?