You’ll find that most cool magazine covers use photographs as their preferred image medium if you browse any magazine rack in search of cool magazine ideas. However, an illustrated cover can seem distinctive and fashionable and is a terrific option for works in the arts, technology, and design. Flat graphics are simple to generate and can give your magazine a design-forward appearance.

Learn how to generate vector images using Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, or Inkscape so you can quickly and easily insert them into your InDesign magazine templates.

For magazines that don’t fit into the typical fashion or lifestyle categories, vectors are the ideal medium for expressing more imaginative or abstract ideas. Look at the design magazine’s cover; the eye-catching abstract graphic will stick out among the sea of photographic bodies.

Infographics can give print layouts a digital appearance.

Infographics are a popular technique for publications like National Geographic and Esquire to display content in a fun, contemporary style. To produce print layouts that appear more dynamic and engaging, many serials are eschewing the traditional text-heavy article layouts and turning to the Internet and eBooks for inspiration.

For fashion magazines, could you keep it simple?

Making the design appear as current and aspirational as feasible will be your challenge if you design a magazine with fashion or lifestyle content. A minimalistic look taps into the current craze for ultra-simple, chic print design and serves as a perfect blank canvas for fashion photography and shop displays. It’s the ideal layout for periodicals covering these subjects.

The fundamentals of magazine design are as follows: Give your photographs the attention they deserve by allowing them to occupy at least two-thirds of each page in your layouts. As in this chic fashion magazine template, pair them with a plain white or pastel backdrop and rich black text.