How to create a magazine in Adobe InDesign 2020

Magazine covers are a great opportunity to tense your creative muscles, but it’s hard to know where to start. In this article, we’ll take a look at the steps to create a cover template for an adventure travel magazine in Adobe InDesign. We’ll demonstrate basic cover design skills, such as creating a visual style for your magazine, selecting and editing images.

When magazines first open their doors first, money is limited, and maintaining a budget is very important. Despite the fact that you may not have your own staff for the complete production of your journal, understanding the process and the ability to make some changes can save your life. Even if you have internal staff, it can be a problem to format the files on the printer correctly on time and on budget. You can see more videos here

How to customize the cover template in InDesign

For this tutorial, you’ll need access to Adobe InDesign to customize the look of your cover and Adobe Photoshop to edit cover images.

Here I configured a simple template just for the front cover. You can later expand the page to include the spine and back cover; we will look at how to do this a little later in the lesson.

Open Adobe InDesign and choose File> New> Document.

In the “New Document” window, save the “Print Intent” setting and select “US Magazine” from the “Page Size” drop-down menu. Alternatively, enter 213 mm for width and 276.5 mm for height.

How to create a magazine in Adobe InDesign 2020
How to create a magazine in Adobe InDesign 2020

Create a cover template.

The key to creating an easy-to-modify magazine version is the layers. Layers help you organize items on the page and allow you to edit content without misleading the above or the following features. This proposed sequence of layers is suitable for any cover style and will create an excellent base for your design.

Expand the Layers panel (Window>Layers). Double-click the title bar of layer 1 in the panel to rename it as the background.

Click the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the panel to create a second new layer above the first. Double-click the default name as before to rename it, this time as Backup. Create two new layers: first “Image in front” and finally “Typography” in front, at the top of the stack.

How to create a Brand for your cover:

Magazines use all kinds of printing machines on their covers, which are designed to attract the attention of the right readers. Whether you choose a traditional serif font so that the title seems desirable or serious, or a modern serif-free font for a more modern, lighter atmosphere, it’s a good idea to cheese out various fonts on both your computer and your computer. Market research framework if you are on the right track.

Now that you’ve set up the basic cover template organized as a sequence of layers, you’re ready to start developing the look of your cover. Once you’ve set a strict font style for your magazine, you’ll see that the fall from different images and colours for different versions will be easy. Let’s see where to start and how to choose and form an appropriate font for the name of your magazine.

Here I will use the example of a new fiction magazine called Wave, a travel magazine for adventure and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

How It’s Working with images:

InDesign image processing is slightly different from other Adobe programmers. Although it can be difficult to adapt at first, the programmer gives the designer a powerful set of tools that make it easy and flexible to work with font and images in one form.

In InDesign, the image and image frame can be edited separately. This gives you great flexibility when it comes to cropping images to exactly match the look you want.

Start by setting the frame in which you want your image on the page. When you import an image, you will see a blue line around the image. This is the framework.

Cover images play a huge role in attracting readers and are a great way to give the issue a special atmosphere. Choosing the perfect cover image doesn’t have to take long – once you’ve set several rules that all covers must follow, you’ll be able to find the right image every time.

 The toolbar at the top of the image will show several ways to adjust the image size depending on the frame:

  1. Fill Proportional frame: Keep the proportions of the image, but make sure the whole frame is full.
  2. Adjust Proportional Content: keep the aspect ratio of the image, while matching the entire image in the frame so that the frame cannot be completed completely.
  3. Place the content in the frame: tilt the image to fit the frame.
  4. Fit frame to Content: tilt the proportions of the frame to match the image.
  5. Content centering: centers the content in the frame.
  6. This group aligns the image left, right, center, up, and down.

I prefer to manually adjust the image size to the frame to get exactly what I need.

Create your paragraph style

Now that we have the settings for documents and homepages, we can start thinking about our font styles. This is a very important choice. Your decision will affect the reader’s ability to understand your content. We will not go into paragraph styles here. If you want to learn more about how to create and use them, go to this page.

How to create a magazine in Adobe InDesign 2020
How to create a magazine in Adobe InDesign 2020

Here are some common paragraph styles you might need in a magazine:

Body type: Body type Always start with body type. Since over 80-90% of your journal will use this style, you should take care of this. Use a font that can be reduced to large blocks of small letters. Make sure you give it some breathing space to brighten the reader’s eyes. Keep in mind the age, interests, and personality of the brand you are trying to communicate with.

Header: you will need at least one type of header. This can be a chapter title, a section title, and a subheading. Since there are very few types that use these styles, the headings can be used a little more creatively.

Page headers and footers: It’s a good idea to create a paragraph style for the headers and footers we created in step 2. A smaller version, with italics like our body type, will work here.

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Make a Cover:

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to someone picking up your magazine, that’s exactly what they do. It is important to create a fascinating, engaging cover that will tell you what the magazine is about and what readers can do.

Exporting your final design

The front cover looks great! When you’re happy with your look, you tin extend the design to the full coverage, including the spine and back cover. You tin send this immediately to printers that print your cover as a separate sheet of paper and link the pages inside.  To see what your work looks like without instructions and to make sure everything is up, go to the toolbar in the lower-left corner:

 There are five different viewing options

  • Normal: this is the document type with all the rulers, guides, and other marks needed to create the design.
  • Preview: a preview removes these marks, giving you a clear view.
  • Bleeding: same as a preview, but includes bleeding
  • Slug: Same as bleed, but also includes slug
  • Presentation: shows a black background preview

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Moving Forward With Your Cover Designs

In this guide, we’ve looked at the entire process of creating an attractive, sales-friendly magazine in adobe InDesign, from creating a reusable template to exporting a mock-up for professional printing. We have analyzed some professional methods and tips for creating attractive awnings, including:

  • Create a corporate identity for your magazine by setting an excellent typeface for the magazine name. • Dramatically change the look of your awnings by adjusting colors and images
  • A selection of cover images that is perfect for the cover, whether it’s a captivating landscape or portrait
  • Edit portrait images to give them a 3d look
  • Formatting attractive typography on the cover and creating a hierarchy of article teasers.
  • extend the lid into the full-width lid with a back cover and spine

With these skills, you need to feel confident in approaching several magazine design projects. And, most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the design of the layout – magazine covers are a particularly creative parting of graphic design, and choosing wonderful images and typography is fun! You can see more videos here