Final Product What You'll Be Creating
Designers often use several apps to create their work. What is great about Adobe products is that you can easily switch between them to perform various tasks. In this tutorial, we will show you how to design a magazine layout using Adobe InDesign. We will then show you how to create a realistic and reusable magazine mockup of that design in Photoshop that you can present to your clients. Let’s get started!
The following assets were used during the production of this project.
- New York Streets 3
- Middle of the Road
- Indigenous People
- Dirty Back alley request
- Runners – Meeting
- Namibia – Namib desert – Dead vlei
Step 1: Designing Page in InDesign
Open up InDesign. Before started anything, let’s set the unit to millimeters. Click Edit > Preferences and set its Ruler Units to Millimeters.
Click File > New to create new file. Set its page size to Letter. Click More Options button.
Add Bleed 2 mm. We use bleed to add extra canvas onto the document. This bleed area will not get printed.
In Pages panel, add new page. Now we have two pages.
Double click master page.
Hit Command/Ctrl + R to reveal ruler. Command/Ctrl-drag to make new guide on top of both pages.
Add another guide on lower part of the page.
Add another horizontal guide to add 4 and 3 columns on each page.
Step 9: Add Page Number
Click and drag using Type tool to draw a text box. Type Page then space. Select Type > Insert Special Character > Marker > Current Page Number.
Open Paragraph Styles panel and create new style.
Double click the styles and set its alignment to Away from Spine. Apply this style to text box current page.
Alt-drag the text box to duplicate it. Place it on other side of the page
Below, you can see the result on page. The A character is automatically changing, based on current page number.
Add a photo on top half of the page. Make sure to snap it onto the bleed area.
We don’t want the image accidentally moved or edited. Right click image and select Lock.
Add image subtitle by adding a text box on lower right corner of the image.
Add another image and its subtitle on the last column.
Add text box on first column and fill it with an article. To fill it with dummy text, click Type > Fill with Placeholder Text.
Apply paragraph style to its title.
Apply character styles onto part of the title. This will override the text setting.
Apply paragraph style to the article body. From Option Bar, set first line indent: 4 mm.
Select first paragraph and override its setting from Option Bar by removing its First Line Indent to 0 mm.
Draw rectangle and put a triangle on its center.
Select both shapes. Right click them and select Group to combine them as a group.
Open Text Wrap panel and set following wrap setting.
Place it on top of the article.
Add another article. This time, rotate the arrow so itis pointing the small image.
Move on to the next page. Add photo on top of the page.
Add rectangle covering lower page and photo.
Apply linear gradient from white to black.
From Effects panel, set its Blend mode to Multiply.
Draw a grey rectangle on lower part of the page.
Add post title. Place some rectangle shapes behind the text.
Add article body on separate text box.
Add quotation on last column made from combination of Paragraph Styles and Character Styles.
Add smaller article and images on lower part of the page.
We have finished working on the page. Below is the result.
Step 38: Exporting Page to JPEG
We will export this page to Photoshop. We don’t want to import the INDD file, but we choose JPEG because its much simpler. So, first let’s export the page to JPEG format. Click File > Export.
From Export dialog box, set its file type to JPEG.
Step 39: Mockup References
It’s a lot easier to use real magazine references photo than drawing it just from imagination. Grab your camera and take a picture of your magazine. We also want to make sure that the magazine has same size as our magazine design. For mockup, it’s better to use photo with perspective. This results in a more realistic appearance.
For this project I use this photo reference. Trace first page using Pen tool in Shape mode.
Add Stroke and reduce its Fill layer to help us see the reference.
Trace the rest of the page and make sure to place it behind the previous page.
Remove Stroke and change Fill layer back to 100%. This time apply Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay.
Add new layer on top of the page. Set it as Clipping Mask (Command/Ctrl + Alt + G). This way, everything we put here will goes inside the page. Use Pen tool to draw a white line as highlight on the page.
Soften the highlight by applying Gaussian Blur filter.
Reduce layer Opacity.
Repeat this step to add more highlights onto the page.
Repeat the same process but this time paint black to add shadow.
Paint white on center of the page.
Soften it by applying very big Gaussian Blur.
Reduce layer Opacity.
Command/Ctrl-click first page to select it. Add new layer behind the first page. Fill selection with black.
Soften the page shadow by applying Gaussian Blur filter.
Convert layer to Clipping Mask. This way, the shadow will go inside the page behind it.
Keep repeating this step to add the other pages shadow.
Manually add page shadow on the main magazine cover.
Make new layer between each pages and paint subtle random shadow to add realitic appearance.
Click File > Place and select our InDesign page in JPEG format. The JPEG file will be inserted into the PSD as a Smart Object. We can transform this image without editing any of its pixel.
Duplicate the page smart object by hitting Command/Ctrl + J. Click eye icon on front of the original page layer to hide it. Hit Command/Ctrl + T and transform the page.
Command/Ctrl-drag corner until it matches the page shape.
Keep repeating this step.
A simple transformation will not enough. Right click and choose Warp.
Draw its handle and warp boxes until it matches the page curvature.
Convert layer to Clipping Mask and place it under all the highlights and shadows.
Duplicate this smart object page and place it on the rest of the page behind it.
Repeat this process to each page.
Draw the rest of the page and this time apply the next InDesign page.
So far, here’s our result.
Step 68: Add Shadow
Command/Ctrl-click all pages to select the whole magazine. Paint black on center of the magazine.
Fill background with black. Select magazine. Make new layer and place it underneath all layers. Fill selection with black.
Soften magazine shadow by applying Gaussian Blur filter.
Erase unneeded shadow.
Command/Ctrl-click left cover.
Make new layer again and fill it with black. Soften it again by applying Gaussian Blur, but this time use smaller Radius.
Add another shadow behind right cover. Our mockup is now ready to use.
Double click smart object page design to edit its content.
Paste another page design onto the file. Save the file and then close it.
Depending on the file size and your computer condition, you may need to wait for a few seconds or minutes to update the Smart Object content
In the mockup file, the page content is automatically updated. No manual transformation needed. Repeat this process to the other page.
This time, we try to paste this design.
Wait for a while.