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  • 1. FACTUAL PAGE LAYOUT Task 8

2. LAYOUT 1 3. LAYOUT 2 4. LAYOUT 3 5. FONTS Crosshead(Ariel Rounded MT Bold) Crosshead(Century Gothic) Crosshead (Corbel) Crosshead(Gill Sans) Crosshead(Hobo Std) Copy Body (Century Schoolbook) Copy Body (Bell MT) Copy Body (Calibri) Copy Body (Hoefler Text) Copy Body (News Gothic MT) 6. IMAGES 7. TABLOID 1 8. Before thinking about the design aspects of creating my first tabloid layout I had to re-write an extract from my broadsheet article to make it more appealing to the tabloid audience. I too the opening paragraph to my broadsheet article and changed the wording of some of the sentences to make the language more formal, as formal language is usually found within tabloid newspapers. After I had changed the copy to fit the audience I was then able to start thinking about creating my spread; when creating my first tabloid page layout I decided to follow the first layout flat plan, which was created by looking at current tabloid newspapers so that I could clearly see how usual tabloids are laid out. I started creating my first layout by using the process that I used to produce all of my broadsheet layouts within InDesign as I found this way to be very time effective as well as simplifying the process in general. I opened a new A4 document and changed the margin to 1cm then once this had opened I changed the grids so that I was using six rows and three columns as guides to create my page. After this I then went on to insert all of the different content boxes in the correct place for the images and text that I was going to be including within my spread, I found that I did have to alter the original layout that I created in my flat plans in order to ensure that the page looked balanced and organized, such as adding the tabloid masthead as well as the title to the story instead of just having one header to the page. After I had created the layout to my page I then started to work on the design on the spread, I decided that I would first create a page with a reverse background, meaning that the background would be black and the copy would be white. I created this effect by simply creating a content box covering the whole page and changing the colour to black, ensuring that the arrangement of the box was sent to the back of all of the other aspects of the page. I then went on to chose a font from the ones which I had sourced when developing my copy and inserted my re-written broadsheet extract into its allocated content box within the columns on the page page making sure that the font colour was set to white so that It would be visible on the black reverse background. The font that I chose for this particular page was a simplistic, legible font with no irregularities to it, I needed this to be a strong foundation when choosing my fonts as within all news stories that are being put across to the audience in written form must be in a clear font in order for al people to be able to read the story clearly. When I had changed the font I then added a drop capital to the beginning of the extract, I think that this is a very good way to make the beginning of the story look eye-catching and will draw people in to read the copy. Due to the fact that the copy was only a small extract, this meant that there was no need to insert a pull quote or any other aspect to the copy as there was no need to break up the text as the text : image ratio is so small, which is a regularity within the front page of a tabloid. I then went on to insert the title of the story, the only change of this aspect of the page is the font, in comparison to the broadsheet this font is very bold, big and, for want of a better phrase, in your face. This is the way in which most tabloids communicate their story to their readers, a short, punchy title will also help when partnered with this. After this I inserted the official mast head for the Mirror, to make the page seem more realistic, I also added some small adverts for other stories included within the tabloid as this is what is usually found on the front page of all current tabloids. I made sure that everything was in line with the grids and margins. I inserted an image which was relevant to the story, eye-catching and attractive to my audience, into the specific place that I had allocated for the image to be, however because the image that I had sourced was not visually informative enough, I added two smaller images to help illustrate the story more, I think that this makes the page as a whole look more interesting and balanced. 9. TABLOID 2 10. I went on to create the second of my three layouts based on the flat plans that I had produced for a tabloid newspaper. The process that I was planning to use to produce this spread was the same as all of the other layouts that I have created using the program InDesign, meaning that I opened a new A4 document, and after changing the guides so that I was working with three columns and four rows, I could insert my content boxes so that I had an outline for where all of the different aspects of the page would be going before I inserted them into the spread. Once I had all of the context boxed in place in correlation with the flat plan that I had created I could then start to insert the copy into its two specific columns, I then needed to chose a font out of the ones that I had sourced when developing my copy. The font that I had chosen for this specific page was very curved and slim, making the whole body of text look much more sleek and modern, this would hopefully give a more appealing look to the page as a whole therefore making the product more appealing to its target audience. Once I had applied this font to the body of text I then added a drop capital to the first letter of the extract as I think that it works really well in order to draw the audience into the piece of writing, also as I have said about the previous layout, there is no need for a pull out quote due to the fact that the extract is so small and therefore there is no need for the text to be broken up, however this also means that there it is more likely for the text itself not to look very appealing; this is where the drop capital comes in handy. After I was happy with the look of the copy I moved onto the titling of the text, I really liked the reverse colours that I used within the previous design for my tabloid as I think that it made the text seem much more bold due to the contrast in the colours. I used the same font as before also because I think that it is very effective to be used for a tabloid as it is bold and punchy, after I had inserted the text into the content box I then changed the boxs colour to black then changed the copys colour to white in order for it to be read on the background. I think that using this reverse technique is very effective and fits in well with the ethos of a tabloid. After I was happy with the title I could then add all of the imagery to my page. I first inserted the same mast head that I had used in the previous design that I created as I think that it aided very much in making the product seem more realistic and professional, I also sourced an advert for the left hand side of the page which was in the style of tabloid adverts so that it would fit in with the theme of the page. After I had added these graphics I could then go on to insert the splash image into its correct placing within the spread, which in this case was towards the bottom left hand corner. Once I had all of the different aspects of the page in place I started to nudge everything in place to make sure that they were all in line with the guides and margins that I had put in place so that the page would look balanced and orderly, this would also mean that the page would flow better and be easier to read for the audience, I think my page layout achieves this to a high standard and I think for a second attempt at creating a tabloid style page I have done well. I think that when creating my next page layout I will be able to explore more aspects of how to potentially layout a tabloid page. 11. TABLOID 3 12. With my third and final layout design for a tabloid newspaper I followed the third flat plan that I produced when developing my ideas. I found this particular layout to be quite boring when I was visualizing what the page would look like finished from my flat plans, but I decided that I would follow the flat plan as I had done when producing all of my other pages because I found the process to be very effective. First I created an A4 page within InDesign with a 1cm margin as I had done before, once the document had opened I was then able to go to change the guides so that there were four columns and five rows for me to work within, I estimated that this combination would work well in correlation within the flat plan that I had produced for this particular design. After this point I then used the same technique as I had throughout the whole of this task to create my page; I started off by inserting the copy body into its specific unit, which in this case was the far left single column. After this I could then chose a font out of the five I had sourced, the font that I chose in the end was more traditional that the font that I used in my previous page layout, and I think this makes the page look more classic, as if it were for a more traditional tabloid like the Daily Express rather than the Sun for example. I created a drop capital at the beginning of the body of text for the same reasons that I have specified within the last two spreads that I had created, it creates some interest in the text since it is not necessary to include a pull out quote within the front page and therefore the drop capital is a good way to draw the audience into the copy. After I was happy with the way in which the main body of text was looking I could then move onto creating the title for the story, I already had a specific conten