What I've learnt about
technologies during the process of constructing my product.
While I was already fairly experienced in Photoshop, I did manage to learn a bit about laying out different parts of a magazine in Photoshop as well as picking up a few skills from browsing the internet and watching tutorials on how to create a magazine. I feel that after producing the magazine, I'm definitely a better user of Photoshop as I've accessed and used tools and effects I hadn't before. For example, I airbrushed the image of myself to remove blemishes and make myself look better; airbrushing is common practice in media nowadays, with magazines, newspapers and websites amongst other forms of media all having the stars in their images heavily airbrushed using Photoshop to remove blemishes such as spots or scars and even go as far as to radically change the shape of their bodies to make them look slimmer. While I didn't go that far, I did still use the process to make the images look more professional.
The original image was a simple image of myself.
By this point, the image's colours had been adjusted and some airbrushing had been done. The image was then flipped to fill out the page and challenge the conventions of a standard magazine. The masthead of the magazine was also added. This work in Photoshop involved the use of layer styles, Gradient maps and the removal of colour channels to create a 3D colour split effect/
I then made some final adjustments to the image before adding the logo of the cover star and creating the headline of the magazine around it. The creation of the logo involved editing text, removing colour channels, duplicating the original layer and moving it, while the headline was made using Photoshop's text tool.