Magazine front covers:

special effects

Designing a magazine's front cover can involve more than choosing an image and writing the cover lines. There are many special effects and different types of covers that can be used to attract buyers. Click on the image or text to get the details.

Split covers Back to top

Many publishers have on occasion split the covers of their magazines, resulting in a half cover or more in front of the main cover. Examples here include the BBC's Good Food, The Australian Women's Weekly, and launch issues for Neon and Riva. The idea is expensive, so how and why do publishers use it - and how did Nuts get the benefit without the cost?

BBC Good Food

Gatefold magazine covers Back to top

Maxim, Time Out and Hachette's Spanish monthly Quo have all used gatefolds - some with ambitious combinations of split cover and gatefold. What are gatefolds and how are they used? Maxim front cover

Dropdown magazine covers Back to top

Dropdown covers are very rare because they are so wasteful of paper. See how Time Out and FHM used the concept. time out dropdown cover

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