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Magazine Wrap Around


When BBC Wildlife magazine came out I was intrigued by the cover. Everything was standard except that it looked like there was an added cover. I’m sure there is name for it. Anyhoo, on closer inspection, there wasn’t this extra bit, it was made to look like it.

  I thought I’d give it a go…



  … here’s what I ended up with


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Your first thought might be the same as mine, looks like a simple gradient, so that’s what I tried first.

I drew a selection down the side of the green bar and then did a black to transparent gradient. I did it on it’s own layer so that I could alter the opacity should I wish, but I soon found that I wanted it bigger, no smaller… darn, Ctr+Z was getting a hammering… stop Tipsy.. think!

Simple enough, it’s just a drop shadow… I’m a fool. And because it is done through the layer styles I could tweak it as much as I liked. So it turned out to be as easy as I thought, just not in the way I first thought.
Something about the Wildlife magazine that I was disappointed with was that the title wasn’t altered at all, and this was the real ‘give-away’ that the wrap around thingy wasn’t actually there.

I had made this a little more tricky for myself because I’d changed the Type layer into a work path but no biggie, it was still going to be simple enough… probably….

I made a copy of the text (Ctrl+J) and then Rasterized the text. This takes it from being vector based to pixel. I nudged the copy up a bit and erased the right side, then masked the left side of the original text layer.



I finished off by creating a 50% grey layer, setting it to Overlay and then Dodge and Burn a couple of lines on the left to give it a bit of depth on the edge.

Image Used : “Squirrel” from Stock Exchange

This is a modified repost from June 2009

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

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