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Feedback contents draft

19 Mar

Feedback magazine contents page


Feedback front cover draft

19 Mar

Feedback-front cover-network-2

Summery of analysis

21 Feb

Summary textual of analysis

After analysing all three of my magazines, I have noticed that all three mastheads are placed at the top of the page in order to stand out to the audience. The masthead also represents the house colours for the magazine. For example, ‘Q’s masthead is in red and white. The red and white theme is carried throughout the magazine.
In all three of my magazines the main image has covered up a part of the masthead. This has been done as the editors know that their magazine is established enough for people to know what magazine they are looking at just from looking at the colours of the masthead.
The masthead does not always reflect on the genre of music inside the magazine. With the exception of ‘classic rock’, ‘Q’ and ‘Kerrang’ do not reflect on the genre of music. Instead the magazine may use the main image to reflect on the genre of music. For example ‘Q’ use alternative rock band MUSE to show that their magazine contains mainly rock bands.
‘Classic rock’ and ‘Q’ uses a serif font for their masthead, where ‘Kerrang’ uses a san serif font. This shows that the font of the masthead does not reflect on the genre of music, but serif font seems to be a popular choice in order to make their magazine stand out against others.
From the mastheads I have analysed red and white seem to be a reoccurring colour used as mastheads. This may be because it stands out to their target audience, it may also reflect on the genre of music as many other magazines use the same colour scheme.



From my textual analysis, I have found that rock music is normally performed by men. This is why that from all three magazines that I have analysed, all three front covers, contents page and articles had only pictures of men on it.
Although rock music appears to be a male dominated genre of music, men are represented in different ways depending on their sub-genre of rock. For example, on the front cover of ‘Q’ magazine, three piece sci-fi rock band MUSE are represented with a starry background to reflect front man, Matt Bellamy’s love of space, Where on the front cover of ‘Kerrang’ Oli Skyes is represented with lots of tattoos on his body to show the death core genre of music that he and his band plays.





From what I have also seen on the front cover of the magazines I have analysed is that men our represented as a dominant figure, this is done by the camera looking up at the person, and the person looks down at the camera.

Although I haven’t analysed any magazines which include woman in the content, woman are represented to look sexual and seductive. This is mainly done to appeal to a male audience to make them want to buy the magazine.
The sexual representation of woman is also increased by the revealing clothes in which the women wear. Woman also wear clothing to make other parts of their body more attractive as you can see in the images below.







From the magazines I have analysed I have noticed there are different ways to use a background.
I have noticed that the back ground is used to make the main image stand out and look good, or reflect on the genre of music the main image plays.
For example ‘Q’ magazine uses a starry background to help reflect on the MUSEs love of sci-fi alternative rock music. It also goes with the main cover line that relates to old sci-fi films.
The other way in which the background has been used to complement the main image is by using a plain colour to make the main image look more attractive or dominant. For example ‘classic rock’ magazine uses a metallic silver background to make front MUSE man Matt Bellamy stand out. The silver colour has been mainly used to go with his jacket. It also fits the house colours represented by the masthead. The same technique is used in ‘Kerrang’ magazine to make Oli Skyes stand out.








There were a number a different images used though out the font cover, contenas page and double page spread of the magazines that have analsyed. On the front cover I noticed that besides the main image, which normaly relates to the cover story, that are are several other images a lot smaller that are captioned by cover lines. Threse images are placed there in order to grap the auidences attention without having to read the coverline.
On the contents pages of the magazines I analysed the amount of images used varies. For example, ‘Kerrang’ magazine had one imain image of camera equipement, however this did not relate to the contents page as it was part of a compotion.  ‘Classic rock’ magazine used one main image of Matt Bellamy to advertise the cover story relateing to MUSE. ‘Q’ magazine uses a varity of different images relating to various articles within the magazine, ranging from the cover story of MUSE, to smaller articles such as an article about public image limited or ‘rock proberbs’. However all three magazines captioned their images with a title and page number.
The main articles also feature images of the article they are writing about. This nomrally includes one main image of the whole band, then one smaller image of the band playing live.

The layout for all three of my front covers all follow the same theme. Each magazine has a masthead at the top of the page. Each magazine also uses a main image on the cover in order to reflect the genre of music the magazine writes about and to advertise the main cover line. All three of the covers are also covered in cover lines in order to advertise the content of the magazine.
However the three magazines I have analysed all present their contents page in different ways. ‘Kerrang’ and ‘Classic rock’ both advertise the content of their magazine on the right hand page. They both also have an image taking a majority of the space. In ‘Classic rock’s case it advertises their main cover line, in ‘Kerrang’s case it advertises a compotion. ‘Q’ has gone for a different approach than the other two magazines that I have analysed. ‘Q’ has used a double page for their contents page and has used lots of small images captioned by text to advertise the articles within the magazine. However all three magazines have stuck to their house colours when presenting their contents page.
When it came to the double page spread ‘Kerrang’ and ‘classic rock’ both again chose the same style of lay out. Both magazines used a main image to take up a whole side of a page. Both magazines also used a clever masthead to make their article more appealing to the audience. Both magazines used a smaller image captioned by a small piece of text relating to the image. ‘Q’ went for a different approach where a collage of images and captions were used of live performances of MUSE. Surrounded by this was the main article. All three images used the same size text, used drop caps to show where the article started, included quotes from the band and all used a base line in order to keep within the house style and make the article look neat.

The langue used by all three magazines were all written in the same way and context.  It ranged from Standard English, to using words such as ‘musers’ as an adjective to describe MUSE fans. All three magazines also used quotes from the bands they interviewed, copying them word for word.

The clothing that all the main images used, on the front cover and in the main articles reflected on the genre of music that they played. For example ‘classic rock’s main image of Matt Bellamy wearing a silver jacket, relates to a spacy theme that a lot of the music he plays with his band MUSE is about. ‘Kerrang’ also did this my there main image of Oli Skyes having tattoos all over his body reflecting on the death core genre of music in which he and his band plays.


Preliminary task – contents page

21 Feb

Howle contents page

for my contents page i have used different parts of the magazines i have analysed  and added them to mine. i have placed the contents title on the top right hand side of the page to make it easier for people to find the contents page.
I have made the sub titles different colours to the article title so my audience know that they are sub titles, in doing this i have also kept to my house style by using the same serif font and using the same black and white colours.
each artile title is followed by a small pice of writing telling the reader the content of the article. i have also placed the page number on the right hand side so my auidence know what page the artlce is on.
Instead of leaving dead space on the right hand side of the page, i have included images of articles that are inside my magazine. i have included an image on the right hand side of the page, followed by a title, a caption and a page number.



preliminary task – Front cover

21 Feb

Howle front cover

From what i have seen from previous magazines, i have noticed that more minimalist front covers are more effective and stand out more to an audience, as there is less to look meaning the audience will look at whats on the magazine. it is also important to keep the house style going throughout the front cover, i have also carried on the house style of back and white writing on to the contents page.

my masthead ‘Howle’ is followed by a selling line. there is then the main cover line advertising beauchstock, i have then placed three more cover lines at the bottom of the page, this is so the main image is not blocked by any writing. i have then placed a bar code at the bottom of the page to make it look more realistic.

Secondary research – the internet

20 Feb

This photoshop tutorial teaches you how to take clouds out of a picture.

Step 1

open a photo that you want to extract a background from in photoshop. In this tutorial I’m going to use a scene of two trees and a blue sky as background, but you can use the same techniques applied here to a variety of images and situations.

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Even though the name says “Background” eraser, this tool can actually be used to erase a lot more than that, and it works more as a “Color” eraser rather than a “Background” eraser. So to start off let’s select the tool. You can use the shortcut Shift+E to cycle through the erasers panel, or you can click on its button on the left panel.

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After selecting it, the options on your top panel will change, and your mouse will become a circle with a crosshair in the middle. The crosshair area is where we’re going to select the color that we want to erase, and everything else inside that circle that has that color will be erased. Right click anywhere in your image to open up the brush options for that tool.

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Remember to always keep the hardness high because soft edges may leave background artifacts behind. Change the size of the brush as needed, and keep the spacing fairly low (1~50%) so it creates a smooth continually erasing line when you are using the tool.

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In the top panel, chose the Sampling Once option, so we will only sample the color once and erase a big part of the image with it. Keep the Limits at Contiguous and the Tolerance at 50% for now.


Step 3

Click in a random part of the sky, hold the left mouse button, and drag the mouse around to erase.

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As you can see in the image above, we are not erasing the background between the leafs and branches, but that leads us to the “Limits” option of the Background Eraser Tool. Go to the top panel and change the Limit from Contiguous to Discontiguous. Now do the same thing we did before and let’s see what will be the result.

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Step 6

After you used the Background Eraser Tool in your whole image for one color, you should have something like this:

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Even though my background was pretty much all blue, it has different tones of blue, and even some whites in it. To deal with that, you just have to sample a new color and repeat the process all over. You could also select the “Sampling Continous” option in the top panel:

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But I don’t recommend that because if you come too close to your subject (in this case the trees) you may sample their color by accident and end up erasing parts of the image that you didn’t wanted to erase. So just aim the crosshair of our mouse into another color and repeat the same process until our image is fully cleared.

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Step 7

After erasing the background you have two choices, you can either select the subject you just extracted and use it in a photo manipulation project, or you could replace the background you just deleted with something new to create a different image (that’s what we’re going to do). Download the sky gradient pack and chose the best one for your image. I chose to replace my old background with this blue sky:

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Final result

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secondary research – Book

19 Feb

secoundry research picture

Secondary research – Book

This page I have found helps to enhance a photograph in order to improve the image. This can be done by including colour controls and balancing light and dark. The book also warns the reader that the standard of quality may not be very high or obvious. The book also includes two images of a before and after edit on a re car that has been enhanced through Photoshop.

The book goes on to talk about distorting an image, or constructing a new image by putting together a collage. The goes on to talk about ‘plug in’ tools that are add ons for the Photoshop program which will allow the image to edited further and in more detail, it also adds a more noticeable effect to the image.