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Magazine Cover – Playboy

This is a magazine cover/table of contents design concept for Playboy Magazine. I’m a subscriber and thought it would be nice to redesign one of their covers (I decided on the November 2011 issue). I thought the original cover was good but also a bit plain and felt that it didn’t really go too well for a ‘college’ themed issue.

A total of 5 images were used to compose the final layout in Photoshop. To make the chalkboard background, 3 images were composited together using various masks and transformations (the globe and books were later added to the background to make the scene look more like an actual classroom). A slight blur was added to give a ‘depth of field’ effect and to give more focus on Miss November (Ciara Price). She was cropped out using a quick mask and placed accordingly to complete the image.

Illustrator was then used to vectorize the Playboy mast head along with all the other text on the cover (which is from the original magazine with a redesigned layout and style). Afterwards everything was exported into InDesign and a clipping path was added to the top of Ciara which ‘obstructed’ the mast head and added even further depth/focus. Lastly the bar code and the ‘hidden bunny’ were added to complete the final cover.

As for the table of contents, a similar layout to the original was used to keep with the Playboy theme (all of their issues have a similar layout and feel). Of course different images were used for the left column and the ‘cover story’ was redesigned to match the cover. As far as the text is concerned, all of the original text from the magazine itself was incorporated and redesigned in InDesign for the final composition.

Software Utilized: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
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