Johann describes himself as a design person who does things like graphic design, photography, video and rides small bikes.

He has worked as art editor at Digital Arts, and contributed to magazines such as Ride, Level, Albion, Lodown Art and Cream.

After designing over 100 magazine covers for a variety of creative and big brand publications, graphic designer Johann Chan has learned that the best way to make printed publication stand out is to use special finishes artfully – adding much to the overall effect of a cover, from luxury to vibrancy to pure beauty.

Here he takes you through his creative process and shows how to design a magazine cover, add Pantone colours and spot UV varnishes.

Time to complete

2 hours

Software needed

InDesign CS5 or later

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