Turn a comp into a magazine cover
See how Nicole Jacek uses Adobe Comp CC and InDesign CC to turn a comp she created on the go into a finished magazine cover.
What you'll need
If you want to re-create Nicole Jacek’s cover, open the GOOD magazine library. Click Save to Creative Cloud to create a copy of the library in your own account.
Once in your Creative Cloud Libraries, you can use these assets to create a layout in Comp CC, or in layouts you’re working on in Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, or InDesign CC.
Note: You need to be signed in to your Creative Cloud account to save the library. Get an Adobe ID if you don’t have one.
Open Comp CC on your iPad, tap plus (+) to create a new project, and select the Letter format. Tap the icon on the left side of the screen to enter drawing mode.
Draw a large rectangle to create a background. Draw an X where images will go. To create headline text, draw a rectangle with a dot. To create multiple lines of text, draw a bunch of lines with a dot. Comp converts your gestures into objects as you draw.
Tip: Tap the ? at the top of the screen to get help with drawing gestures.
Tap the X on the left side of the screen to exit drawing mode. Tap the large image placeholder, and then tap the image icon at the bottom of the screen.
To use a full-resolution image from your Creative Cloud Libraries, select My Libraries and choose the GOOD magazine library. Tap the Gulf Crossing photo to put it in the placeholder.
Repeat this process to put the Barcode graphic into the second image placehoder.
Finally, drag the images so they’re in the center of the page. As you drag, guides appear to help you align and distribute objects.
Tap the vector icon at the top of the screen, and then tap My Libraries. Choose the GOOD magazine library, tap the GOOD logo to add it to your layout, and drag it into position at the top of the page.
This is a vector logo, so you can scale it to any size you want.
Double-tap the text box at the top of the page, and type A QUARTERLY JOURNAL FOR THE GLOBAL CITIZEN.
Tap the text format icon at the bottom of the screen and center align the text. Then, tap Font to bring up a list of fonts from Adobe Typekit. Choose Source Sans Pro > Source Sans Pro Bold.
Follow the same process to change the text at the bottom of the page to say Out of Our Minds, Into the World.
Tip: You can add more fonts by tapping Add in the Font menu and choosing from the list of over 100 free fonts from Typekit that are included in your Creative Cloud membership.
Tap the send icon at the top of the screen and choose Send to InDesign. A few moments later your layout will open on your desktop.
In InDesign, open the CC Libraries panel (Windows > CC Libraries). Use colors from the Good magazine library to create a gradient and fill the background rectangle and text. Then use the Gradient tool to adjust the angle of the gradient to run from corner to corner.
Now that you have a cover, you can add more pages to your document, set Print options, and output your magazine.
Contributors: Nicole Jacek, Corey Arnold