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Top 10 Tutorials for Designing Magazine Covers

Designing a magazine cover looks very simple and straightforward. However, there are some techniques used by professionals or experts to come up with a magazine cover that is not only attractive but also able to stand out from other magazines in the stands and shelves. In this post, you will find the 10 best tutorials on how to design a professional looking magazine cover design using either Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator or Corel Draw. With these tutorials you will be able to make your own magazine cover featuring yourself or your friends . You may also find these tutorials useful in cases where you are trying to conceptualize a magazine cover design for a client or for work.  To view the full tutorials, just click on each preview image.

01- Create a Five-Color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic
This is an advanced tutorial commissioned especially for Graphic Design Week.  This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to integrate a spot-color metallic ink into your work flow using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat Professional.

tutorial for using spot colors in designing a magazine cover

02-How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign
This tutorial will teach you how to create a magazine cover in InDesign. You will learn how to set up a page layout and add text. This is an introduction to InDesign and no previous knowledge is required. This is a simple project put together to help get you started with InDesign.

designing magazine cover in Indesign

03- Create a Vector Style Magazine Cover in Photoshop
This is a detailed and step by step tutorial for creating an vector-based cover page design in Photoshop. This tutorial demonstrates effective usage of Photoshop’s vector tools and techniques. PSD file included.

vector-based magazine cover design using Photoshop

04- Creating A Magazine Cover
The tutorial here will show you the basics of creating a cover for a fictitious free travel magazine. It is meant to be a technical tutorial more than a design tutorial, but the finished product is serviceable and of professional quality. Take what you learn here about print layout and Adobe InDesign and apply it to your own projects. The basic techniques can even be applied to something like a full-page display ad.

basic tutorial on designing magazine cover in Indesign

05-Magazine Cover Design in InDesign
Magazine covers compete for attention next to dozens of other magazines on the rack. In this tutorial, you will not only learn the  process of creating a cover, you will also find out new techniques that designers use to make their covers stand out.

designing magazine cover in Indesign

06- Layers Magazine 100 Blazing Hot Tips Cover: Part 1, the text
This is the first installment of a two-part tutorial on how to create a magazine cover with a blazing hot theme. This portion discusses how the text part of the design was created.

designing typographic magazine cover tutorial

07- How to Create the Layers Magazine 100 Blazing Hot Tips Cover: Part 2—Smoke & Fire
This is the second part of a two-part tutorial on how to create a magazine cover design in Photoshop. This portion will let you design a background featuring smoke and fire.

designing magazine cover tutorial using fire and smoke

08- How to Design a Magazine Cover in Photoshop
This tutorial will teach you how to design a magazine cover in Photoshop. The aim of this tutorial is to come up with a stunning cover design through thoroughly planned and complete artistic concept. This tutorial therefore will take you through the process of creating a cover and reveal techniques that designers use to make their covers stand out.

tutorial for designing magazine cover in Photoshop

09- Creating a Magazine Cover in Adobe Photoshop
Here is a tutorial on how to create a magazine cover using Adobe Photoshop. This time, you will learn how to create a cover for a teen magazine.

tutorial for designing cover for teen magazine in Photoshop

10- How to create a vector magazine front cover
There are several aspects that need to be considered when designing a magazine cover such as the color scheme, main theme etc. In this tutorial, you are going to learn the how to create a magazine cover using Corel Draw. This tutorial makes use of Corel X4 to show techniques better.

tutorial for designing magazine cover in Corel Draw

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks Buddybud,

    Will put it to good use!

  2. Thanks for sharing such good tutorials with us.

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