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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