Oct 16, 2015

How to Stylize a Magazine Cover in Photoshop

In today’s episode, we show you how to stylize a magazine cover in Photoshop!

Getting Started

We start today’s episode off by pulling in an image from  This image will serve as our magazine cover.  After we have our image pulled into Photoshop we are ready to begin stylizing.

Adding Style 

We add style to our magazine cover by using a color gradient.  There are so many awesome options in the Gradient Fill dialog box that you can really get in and play around a bit until you find something you like.  In our case, we decided that we wanted our color gradient to go from green to magenta.


Next we bring in our Phlearn logo.  We want this logo to appear behind our subject.  We create an adjustment layer and use a brush to mask out the areas we don’t want appearing on top of our subject.

Finishing Touches

We finish off by using some type and alignment tools in photoshop to add some text to our magazine cover.


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  • Robert

    That was fun! Here’s one of my own shot, what do you think?

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    Linda Neuhaus

    You are great. I want to buy a PHLEARN shirt and wear it when I teach my high school Photography classes. They think you Rock and I agree.

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    Aaron, PHLEARN is my go to channel when I need to learn something photoshop or photography wise and you ALWAYS deliver. Thank you very much for putting up your channel. Please check out the mock up magazine covers.

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    I took a photo of a friend and had the cover ready to go but she asked that I do not post it anywhere. So I had to make quick adjustments. I take walks over lunch on Friday if the weather is good. I took this photo of the building I work and applied most of your techniques. The building did not have hair to select!!!

  • Jay

    I love the tutorial AND the outtakes at the end. Hilarious! You should stock your work area with some cheap breakables and a “crash box” so that you have something to throw and a safe place in which to throw them. …Just make sure you record it all. Thanks for the great lesson.

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    I really liked your Photoshop presentation and I am doing similar to yours for school project. 🙂

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    Adam Pulzetti

    This one was really phun. I had actually done this before seeing the tutorial and wish that I had thought to do the gradient overlay. Maybe I’ll go back and try it again…

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    Very instructional…I’ve been subscribed for about 2 weeks and I can honestly say…. THANK YOU

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    Thanks Aaron… Here’s a sample of what I’ve learned. Please comment if it needs improvement.

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    One word really – Excellent . Have learnt so much .
    Great tutor – very clear & to the point . Does not keep repeating himself like so many others do .
    Very much appreciated

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    Miranda Conley

    Thank you for showing us how to do really cool things on photo shop! This is what i made during this video!

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    Thanks so much for your sharing! You make my class tutorial much more easier and effective!