Rarely, if ever, do the proportions of a photograph correspond perfectly to the dimensions of the page layout or specified picture area. Faced with this problem there are three options that usually come to mind—alter the layout to accommodate the photograph, crop the photo to make it fit, or find a replacement photo. But there is an alternative solution; an option that will allow you to proceed with your desired layout and the selected photography. It is a method that is employed routinely in magazine layout design. That is, to create an image extension.
Photo Design & Composition
When additional elements are added to the photo (Figure 1), the extension becomes an intrinsic part of the photo’s composition and the page design. Or, the extension can be as simple as extending the background to add to the width or height of the image. In the example of the magazine cover (Figure 2) the image was extended on the left and right to create a full-bleed image.
There Just Might Be A Solution
When a photo doesn’t quite fit the layout, the important thing to remember—before changing the layout or cropping the photo in an undesirably manner to make it fit—is that there just might be a solution. Collaborate with a skilled Digital Imaging Specialist who offers ideas, understands magazine design and page layout, and is highly skilled in Photoshop. The imaging work should be seamless allowing the page design to shine.
© Martha DiMeo 2014
To see more examples and to read more about the photographs featured here, visit the Magazine Retouching Portfolio.
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