Top tips for creating a print based media text such as a film poster, magazine cover and contents page, or a DVD or CD cover:
- Use the codes and conventions
of your chosen genre to make it look professional.
- Use photographs and artwork that you have produced yourself, not someone else's.
- Make sure that you have carefully considered how you want your photographs to be composed before you take them. Do a recce of possible locations and cast your models to suit your design.
- Making an effort to achieve a high quality photograph on the day will mean that you will have to worry less about trying to fix it using picture editing software after the photo shoot.
- Use your research to help you decide on font styles, the layout and design, the mode of address
and other codes and conventions that are associated with your chosen genre.
- Small details, like parental advisory stickers, bar codes and certifications on a CD or DVD cover, will make your print based media text look professional.
- If producing a magazine front cover and contents page, or a feature article, try to establish a house style
for your publication, this will help link the pages together.
Using the codes and conventions of your chosen genre will help make your print text look more professional