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  • 1. Front CoverProduction LogBy Tesfah Watkins-Scott

2. This image shows one of the first backgrounds that I have1st Background thought about using for the front cover of my music magazine. I chose this background due to my research in reggae magazines where I found a very effective magazine which is shown in my research which uses a similar background. I think this particular image would be quite effective because it looks a bit like the tropical environment with all the sand from beaches in Caribbean where reggae originated. However, I felt that this background didnt really suit my main image when I assembled my 1st attempt at the music magazine front cover. To me with this particular background it made my actual magazine look sort of like a poster because the colour scheme that I had planned to use for my masthead did not really go well with this specific background. Although I do feel that this background would have a great effect on the target audience due to the tropical and calm feeling however, I feel that it does not suit my particular layout and colour scheme.2nd BackgroundThis image is of the second image that I have thought about usingfor the background of the front cover of my music magazine. Ihave thought about using this kind of background because,during my research about a video from a concert named Unity itseemed to me that it would be a great effect if I used my mainimage to look as if he was on the stage facing the crowd just like aconventional concert. On the other hand I feel that this specificbackground will be too dark to use even with the bright lightsthere. Also, I feel like if I used a background that uses at least twoof the colours for my particular colour scheme the masthead andmain image I have in mind will work very well. That is why out ofthese two backgrounds I prefer the 1st background because it usesat least one of the main colours I wish to be included in my frontcover which is gold (yellow). 3. This print screen shows part of my 1st attempt at actually creating my reggae music magazine front cover. At the start when I first began creating this specific front cover I1st Attemptthought that it would actually turn out quite appealing to my target audience however, with a little help from my media teacher and family members I came to the conclusion that when this front cover would be fully developed it wouldnt have a huge effect on the audience so I know now that I have to make changes.Firstly, the three images that I had used at the bottom of the front cover I feel present nomeaning to my target audience and reggae except the Bob Marley album cover (which isnta picture I have taken so wouldnt give me any marks). The image on the far left of the frontcover of the pitch black outlined character in the red, gold and green background I feelcould have been effective if I used a better image to turn black. For this particular image Iwas trying to create the iPod effect where they black out the character with a colourfulbackground. However I feel that this did not work very well due to the fact that the imagechosen to be blacked out didnt really have any meaning when made this colour because Ifeel that it just looks like some sort of black figure which would make the audience struggleto actually identify what the character is. Secondly the image next to this is of my family onholiday in Jamaica in the sea splashing around. I thought I could use this image torepresent the fun and peaceful side of reggae music and also link the image in with a majorcover line about a holiday. However, in the end I felt like this image could actually representany type of genre of music such as: indie, hip hop and jazz because these types of genres allcan be linked with fun and joyfulness. As you can see the background of the front coverdoesnt really compliment the main image that I have used especially with the red, gold andgreen lion figures in the background which have been faded using the opacity tool. Theseparticular aspect of the front cover allow it to look more like a poster than an actualmagazine front cover. Lastly, the main image that I have used for this front cover I feeldoesnt work really well in this particular position. A conventional main image is meant tobe very big and stand out from the rest of the images however with this particular mainimage it looks as if it is being overshadowed by the three images at the bottom of the page.Furthermore the darken effect that I have used combined with the blur tool makes themain image look very dull and un-appealing which is the complete opposite of the genre ofmusic known as reggae. After creating this I now know that I need to make some serious 4. Crowd EffectThe print screen above is of the beginning process of creatingmy reggae magazine front cover. As you can see the imageshows some sort of crowd image placed on the bottom half ofthe Photoshop screen. To get the image and also the affect thathas been used, I saved a dark black image of a crowd cheering.I then opened this image in Photoshop and then dragged theimage to my music magazine front cover. However, when Idragged this image I thought to my self that the image wouldbe to dark to be on the bottom half of my magazine whichwould prevent me from showing the rest of the backgroundwhich I would place behind this layer. Therefore, I playedaround with the different tools on Photoshop to try and makethis crowd image lighter or faded. I then found a tool calledopacity which allowed me to make the layer become less darkand more see through when I made the percentage of theopacity smaller. I made the opacity 87% which I think wouldwork quite well when my reggae front cover is finally created. 5. Background Image Now the print screen above is of when I finally found mybackground for my magazine after a lot of playing aroundwith different backgrounds and also advice from teachersand family members. I decided to use this particularbackground because, it uses all the 3 colours red,gold(yellow) and green which are the main colours used inthe reggae and Caribbean culture as I have stated beforewhich will be very effective to my target audience.Furthermore, the patterns that are used on the backgroundlike the different circular shapes I feel add a great amountof affect to the audience because, to me it feels like thepatterns could be associated with the musical instrumentsused for this particular genre such as guitars and trumpetsdue to the smooth effect. When I first dragged thisbackground image across to my music magazine I used theblur tool to smooth down the sharp sections of thebackground which would allow the background of mymusic magazine to look more calm and peaceful to theaudience which also links in with the soothing genre ofmusic. When this process was completed I then draggedthe background layer underneath the crowd layer so thatthe crowd would then be visible whilst the background ofthe magazine can still be seen. 6. Main ImageMoreover, the screen print shown presents the main image I am going to use formy reggae music magazine front cover. The main image used I took with a digitalcamera in my house and used my dad to be part of the main image as he wasactually born in Jamaica and grew up listening to reggae music so I thought hewould suit my magazine very well. I then thought to myself, what props wouldsuit my main image model so that It expresses the actual genre of music. I thennoticed I had a guitar in my house so I made my model hold the guitar and tooka couple pictures to see how it turned out. The first few times my model didntreally look like a reggae artist so I told him to act like your actually playing mesomething with feeling. Thats when I took the final picture and then I uploadedthe image to Photoshop. Once uploaded I had to remove the background of theimage so that all that would be left is just the image of my model playing theguitar. So to do this I used the Magic Eraser Tool and with just one click thebackground of the actual photo was removed and all that was left was the mainimage as you can see above. I then dragged the cropped image to my magazinefront cover, and began to play around with the image to find a suitable place for itto look like a real magazine and be effective. I then thought that if I placed theimage to the right hand side of the magazine the prop used wouldnt really bevisible, so I then moved the image across to the left and found that it was aperfect fit in that particular area as shown above. The image worked very wellwith the crowd image shown before because, it looks as if my model is playing tothe crowd and the reader which is a great affect to use to draw in the readerbecause it allows the magazine to involve the audience. 7. This screen shot is of when I first created my mastheadusing the font JF ROCK. I automatically knew that this font 1st Masthead would be a part of my masthead due to its unique and eyecatching look . As you can see I have placed a plant leaf torepresent the letter a. I have done this because thisparticular leaf is very popular in the Caribbean islands andalso is one of the main subject in reggae music. I added a redstroke around the leaf as well to link in with the colourscheme and found that this worked well. However, the sizeof the font which is 36 works very well on the magazine withthe black stroke around the letters but I was struggling tofind out which colour or colours I would actually use for themasthead. As you can see firstly I tried to use red for thewhole masthead apart from the green leaf but, I thoughtthat this looked to plain and also because this section of the2nd Mastheadbackground was also red so it presented the masthead to bequite dull and bland so I made a few changes.For this screen shot I ended up changing the colour ofthe top half of the masthead to the colour green to seewhat two colours would look like instead of one colour.Whilst doing so I found that using two colours act