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Magazine covers..how to make them?
Old 06-06-2003, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I have gotten wrangled into doing team pictures and the like back in my home town...about 30 miles from where I am now. The local photog over there has hung up his glass and now spends his days gardening.

Several of the parents, including the league president want me for the job. I have researched several different ways to get the Look-A-Like magazine covers. The ones I really like require that I buy into some type of franchise and pay them upwards of $10,000. I have found some labs that will do them, but their designs are cheesy.

I figure I could make several photoshop PSD templates and make a fairly nice looking "covers". But I was wondering for an 8x10 print, what type of bleed room is needed?

the image file will be coming off the 10D so resolution is no problem.
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Re: Magazine covers..how to make them?
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In printing the rule of thumb is to allow a quarter inch bleed all around and keep the "live" material at least a quarter inch from the edge of the finished product.

I'm not quite sure where the up to $10,000 franchise fee comes in, unless you are trying to put them on something like "Sports Illustrated" cover.

Create your own design, or work with a graphic designer to come up with an original idea. Line extensions can include items such as trading cards. Again, create an interesting design front and back. It might not be glamour, but it can generate quite a bit of revenue.

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this is what I came up with. and from the cheap ones I found online, $99, I like mine better. but I would like a consenus.

Don't pick apart the photo, just the layout. I know her face in not in focus, but I am more worried about being able to reproduce this, and do it rapidly.

the text took the longest to produce. I printed this out on my HP printer here at the house on some Kodak 71 lbs. glossy paper. and It doesnt look bad. I have seen worse pan handled at local games on cheap office depot photo paper from those little $50 printers.

I will probably still use my normal lab that has good looking baseball type cards, but for the magazine type stuff I think I can make it on my own and then send the files to printroom.com and have them printed on crystal archive and drop ship the covers to the clients.

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Re: Magazine covers..how to make them?
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Clint,
Have you checked out the International Association Of Professional Event Photographers and corresponding site at www.iapep.com. This sort of thing is what they do and they have templates for covers and trading cards that can be purchased if needed.
Good luck,
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thanks for the info
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this is what I came up with

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For Mag covers, Photoshop\'s not right tool
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When creating a magazine cover, first thing to do is talk with the printer you are going to be using about formats, costs and fonts to be used.
Most print shops are going to be using Adobe Illustrator, Quarkexpress, In Design or some sort of equivalent layout program. Photoshop is raster based (small dots like a tv screen) to generate an image, while most layout programs are vector graphic based. This has an effect when images are enlarged or shrunk, and can manifest as lettering having jagged edges where there should be straight lines and why vector graphics are preferred by print shops. Cleaner lines. Also, most printers print with cmyk printers, change your color mode to cmyk to verify it's got the "zip" you want it to. Generally it's a little bit flatter, but not too bad.
Printers can convert from photoshop images, but they charge for it. How much depends on the printer. Your best bet may be to see if they can accept an "eps" format from photoshop, and what kind of resolution they expect from you.

I'm majoring in graphic design (BFA) and just spent the last semester working with photoshop, quark and illustrator.



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but I am not as comfortable with it as I am photoshop. thanks for the info though.
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I believe the current versions (6 and greater) of Photoshop all use vector graphics for the fonts and shapes. So I believe Photoshop will work just fine for this sort of work.
I remember many years ago, I bought some negatives that allowed me to create magazine covers in the darkroom user my enlarger. They worked fairly well. They were all knockoffs of popular magazines of the day.
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Yes, the later versions of Photoshop does use vector graphics for text, but then the problem runs into what version the printer is using of photoshop, or will it be rasterized when converted (etc).... Either way, a conversation with his printer will help time and money...
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