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How To Design Magazine Cover With Illustrator

Henna Ray by Henna Ray Tweet - in Illustrator


For a magazine, it is important that its cover stands out in the crowd of many other covers in a stall. The readers must get a feel of the content inside of the magazine by just looking at its cover. The designer, therefore, takes special care of all the magazine cover design aspects so that the magazine catches the eye of the readers.

Here, we take you step by step to creating a magazine cover.


Go to file menu and get New Document. Fill all your design requirements in the document.


Get a blank document to create magazine cover design on it


Click on the selection tool at the top of the left bar and get outside background of the documents in black as layer 1


Click on the Gradient bar on the right and get the colors of your choice. You can also visit the pathfinder menu on the right to select a graphic style.

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Have a background image on the document, which is a spherical figure here.

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Give some more style to the colored strip by creating some doted lines on spherical figure’s left and right side

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Now pick your main image for the magazine cover. Make sure that the image has a single central focal point as such images work better. If you are working with layered artworks, ensure that you save each layer in a separate file.

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Now click on the Type button on the left bar and type your magazine head mast on the document. The mast should be visible clearly to the readers and hence create it in bold letters.

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To describe the women figure in the image, you should type few words around the image to highlight the topic. Make sure that these words are in a different font than the one used for the mast to create a contrast for legibility. Colors of the smaller slogan should match some colors elsewhere on the magazine cover page.

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You can add some more words underneath the slogan, this time in white that is the color for the mast. So, in this figure, there is white has been used for mast and the smaller slogan while pink is the color for smaller slogan and the style color strip as part of the background image.

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Now you need to add some cover lines on the top of your magazine cover. These cover lines indicate to the type of content available inside of the magazine. For aesthetically pleasing design, keep the color of these cover lines at the top the same as is of the mast.

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Headlines of the content inside of the magazine are also displayed on the cover. Here, these headlines are highlighted on the right side of the cover. To do so, select Gradient bar on the right and go to Character to select the font size for the headlines.

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Magazines have a number at the bottom of the covers to attract the viewers’ attention. But make sure that the number and the text written around it gives a typographic variety to the cover.

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To give some finishing touches to the magazine cover design, you can add some strips under the headlines. Here, we have increase the height of the letter N in the mast to add some more attraction to the design.

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Henna Ray

Hi! I am professional Logo designer and an aspiring blogger. An expert on various tools Like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Coral Draw, I have successfully designed several application interfaces, android apps, logo designs, business card designs, letterhead designs, envelop designs, flyer designs, brochure designs and web banners. Twitter | Google+