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Today, I tried making my 2spot color magazine cover and spot varnishing it (done in earlier stage of the project)

This is how I did it and really hoping this is how it is done.

    I opened my CMYK image in photoshop and colorpicked the red from the bus and the blue from the sky. I used the red for the spot color.

   I converted it to greyscale and adjusted the brightness and contrast/levels

  +   In image>mode>duotone, I chose duotone then used the red color picked earlier and Pantone+ solid coated and adjusted the curves of both.

  Then saved my image as psd file to a folder.

In indesign, with my document open, I placed the spot color image  on the cover and there it is…my not so good looking cover using 2 spot colours. and i gained spot colors in my swatches!!!

Final cover using 2spot colours and spot varnishing. This is for learning purposes, FYI 🙂



The previous blog showed images of the grid, margins and master pages. I used 7 columns and 8 rows. I opted to use black background as most of my photos have red on int and will look striking with black. That left me with using white fonts. The type used was Myriad Pro in varying sizes and styles to show hierarchy. The start of the paragraph is in bold and slightly large font in red to mirror my photos. The layout was meant to show various styles. Photos crossed over both spreads at times and sometimes occupied the whole page. I tried to group the images in a theme eventhough there was no understandable heading and topic (I do intend to change that so I can really print this one and have it as my souvenir.)  The text body was all lorem ipsum as this assignment only meant to show the dynamic use of typography and photography.
Preparation of the images was made in photoshop and was drag and paste from adobe bridge to indesign.
Photography by Melinda Mendez
This is how it should look like after printing.

Magazine design

Posted: November 3, 2012 in printing, week10
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This week’s task is to ready documents/design for printing. “Design a 20-page magazine style brochure combining dynamic typography and photography. You can use placeholder text for body copy. For your magazine, use a spot varnish for the cover and design it using two spot colours.”

As much as I enjoyed layouting the magazine, I can’t say the same in preparing it for print. I still am not sure about spot printing and using spot varnish. I consulted a website for added info (

So while still learning and researching about type of paper and more on printing and binding, this is how the magazine would look like if printing is successful.

I have saved the work in PDF and also packaged it. Paper: 180 to 250 GSM for the cover and 90 GSM for the content pages. As I am very sleepy now, I will update this blog tomorrow and probably under a new title.

Click the link for the for the finished project. magazinelondon5  


packaged and ready for transfer 🙂