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  • 1. By Tesfah Watkins-Scott

2. This image shows one of the few backgrounds that I have thought about1st Background using for my Reggae magazine contents page. The reasons why I have actually thought about using this particular background are because I feel that I dont want the background of my contents page to be as colourful and bright as the front cover of my music magazine. I feel that if my contents page will be effective with the magazine front cover it shouldnt be dull and bland but should be quite plain when compared with the background that is used on the front cover of the magazine which I have picked up on through reading different music magazines. However, once I created this background on Photoshop I realised that this particular background if used would allow my contents page to have no meaning to the front page other than the images and fonts used. I feel that this background would be too conventional for my contents page as I am doing the genre of music Reggae which is quite unique compared with other students, therefore I wish to have by background quite different compared2nd Background to normal contents pages. This image shows another background that I have thought about using for my contents page. As you can see this is the same background that I have used for the background of my music magazine front cover. I have thought about using this as my background for my contents page because, I feel that I want all the sections of the magazine to link in through the colour scheme so why not use the exact same background as the front cover to show the link between the two sections. 3. 1st Contents Page Design This screen grab presents my first attempt at actually creating my reggae music magazine contents page. For my first attempt I was quite proud of the layout of this contents page due to the unique features such as the background and the cannabis leaves behind some of the images. However, with a little advice from one of my media teachers he suggested that I shouldnt use this particular background for the contents page because conventionally the contents page is normally quite plain but well designed. Furthermore, while designing this first draft I realised that the way the tilted images have been placed it will be hard for me to write the text in columns to make the contents page look structured. Instead the text that would be written would make the contents page look all cluttered and rushed. Also, I have changed my mind about putting the small masthead at the top of the contents page and instead have thought about placing this near the bottom left hand corner of the contents page because I still want to have that link with the front cover for when I change my background design. Also, moving the masthead from its original place will allow more space for me to write the actual title Contents across the top of the contents page in a bold font to catch the readers attention to inform them that this page is the actual contents page. 4. Final BackgroundThis image is of my final choice for the background of mymusic magazine contents page. I like the appeal of thisparticular background because as I stated before, I do notwant the contents page to be too bright like the front coverbut I want it to still be appealing. I had thought about using aplain white or black background but with a little help frommy media teacher I realised that I could still have a plainbackground for my contents page but it could be a differentcolour other than white or black. 1. To help find a unique colour to use for the background of my contents page and allow it to link with the front cover of my Reggae music magazine front cover I had to use the Eyedropper tool to help me select a suitable colour to use for my background. With this tool it allowed me to go on my music magazine front cover and actually copy the colours that were used for my front cover and literally use the same colour for another section of my project. This then allowed me to get the yellowish colour from my front cover to use for my contents page as shown above which I feel is very appealing to my target audience because it involves one of the three colours involved with the colour scheme of my particular music genre. 5. 2. This screen grab presents a new document in Photoshop that hasbeen painted in this unique orange colour. I am using this particularcolour to demonstrate how I got my effect on my background tomake it seem like the background of my front cover is apart of thecontents page background. As you can see after using the Eyedropping tool to select the colour that I wanted from my front coverI then had to get this colour onto my actual contents page. To dothis it was very simple, all I had to do was select the paint buckettool as shown and then click the white background that I wanted tochange colour and then within a second the colour has beenchanged.3. For the next step in creating this particular effect I had toselect the clone stamp tool so that I could basically mimic aspecific area from the background of my music magazine frontcover. To do so I had to hold down the Alt key whilst leftclicking the mouse to drag over the specific area of mybackground so that the tool copies the specific area.After this I then decided to lower the opacity of the clonedbackground as I only wanted it included in my contents pagebackground if it was to be faded. To do this I just left clicked thetool that said opacity and lowered the opacity from 100% to 7%so that the pattern from my front cover background can only beseen faintly. 6. 4. Once the last stage was completed I then had to switch to the contents page sheet onPhotoshop and use the clone stamp tool on the background that I had created before.To do this I had to go over the background and left click wherever on the page I wantedthe clone stamp tool to take effect on the contents page background. As you can see itallows the background to look very unique but still not look too bright andoverwhelming. It allows my contents page background to be related with the frontcover of my music magazine front cover which is a major technique to use to make surethe whole magazine is linked together. 7. Red coloured backgroundfor subheadings.This screenshot presents a section from my 2nd attempt at creatingmy contents page for my music magazine. The screen grab shows ared background behind one of the subheadings which saysInterviews. The reason why I have done this is because, fromlooking at the background that I wanted to use before even thoughI was on the verge of changing backgrounds, I still wanted to beable to use all three colours for the colour scheme of the contentspage. And as you can see from the previous slide that thebackground of my contents page will contain yellow which thenfades into a light green, so all that was needed was the colour redwhich is why I have used it for the subheadings. Also, I feel thatthis particular dark red colour also makes the subheadings standout even though the font colour and the background are both darkcolours. This is because when the dark colours have beencontrasted against the bright background of the whole contentspage it makes the dark section stand out just as much as the brightcolours.I did think about using bright colours for this section but I feel thatit will make the whole contents page look to bright and toocolourful whereas I would like my contents page to look quite calmand mellow yet still unique in its own way. 8. How I created the red Backgroundfor the subheadings1. The first tool that I used to create the red background was therectangle tool. The reason why I had to use this was because I had toselect and highlight an area which I wanted to change into the dark redcolour. So I clicked the rectangle tool and went onto the page and leftclicked the mouse to dragged the rectangle as much as I wanted and thenlet go of the mouse when I was happy with what I had selected as shownin the screen grab. 2. This screen grab presents the next step I have taken to create the red background. After using the rectangle tool to highlight the section I wanted coloured I had to go to the icon that shows the two panels with colours on them and click the icon. As you can see when the tool was clicked a box appeared with many colours that I could choose from to fill in the section that was highlighted and obviously I selected a red colour and pressed ok. 9. 3. This screen grab presents the actualhighlighted area to be filled in. I did thisstage by after choosing my fill colourwhich was red I had to select the paintbucket tool to fill in the section. Afterselecting this tool I then left clicked thearea that I wanted filled in and thenwithin the space of a second the area wascoloured with the red that I had chosenfrom the panel.4. After that stage the final step that Ihad to take was to get rid of therectangular shape around thehighlighted section. To do this all Ihad to do was click back on therectangle tool and then right clickthe highlighted rectangle and selectthe word which says Deselect andthis got rid of the rectangular shapeas shown in the screen grab. 10. Smaller Masthead This image presents the masthead that has been presented on the front cover of my reggae music magazine. As you can see I have decreased the size of the masthead which is presented on my contents page. The reason for doing so is because I want my contents page to be linked in with the front cover of the music magazine not just by the colour scheme of the font and backgrounds used. This will appeal to my audience because it will make them notice that my magazine has been well organised and thought through and not rushed at all.How I done this?1. The first step I had to take to be successful withduplicating my music magazine front cover mastheadwas that I had select all 3 layers that were used tocreate the masthead. To do this I had to click on Layer23 and then hold the Ctrl ke