Lesson 6: Typography

In this lesson, we’re going to dive deeper into Photoshop’s powerful text tools.

Typographic Design

This lesson comes from Chapter 7 of our class textbook. Download the files below into H:Drive > Graphics 161 > Typography, then take a look at the finished project below.


Typographic Poster

In this lesson, less is more. Start off by creating an 11 x 17 inch canvas at 300 DPI. Then write the following quote: “Have a healthy disregard for the impossible. – Larry Page”

Use your typographic design skills to make your poster pop. See the image below as an example.


Now You Try

Select your favorite quote and create a typographic poster of your own. Use the same size and resolution constraints.

Be on the Cover of the Rolling Stone (or the magazine of your choosing)

We’re going to turn our classroom into a photography studio for this lesson. With your group, take a photo in front of our green screen in the style of magazine that you have selected.

  • Reproduce the typographic elements of the magazine cover with as much accuracy as possible – 1 point
  • Use layer masks to isolate the individual – 1 point
  • Use the refine mask layer tools for hair and other fine detail isolation – 1 point
  • Reproduce other layout elements, like positioning, borders, and/or color fields – 1 point
  • Focus on the overall cohesiveness of the project –  1 point


Here’s an example

Take a look at the JPG below for an example, or download the PSD file to view the layers.



Popular Magazine Dimensions

  • Sports Illustrated: 7.6 x 10.3
  • National Geographic Magazine: 6.875 x 10
  • People Magazine: 7.875 x 10.4375
  • Martha Stewart Living: 9 x 10.1875
  • Rolling Stone, Wired, GQ, Traveler, Bon Appetit, Vogue: 8 x 10.875
  • Time: 8.75 x 10