For those who are active on social media, you know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention the VOGUE challenge. Recently a new trend has gone viral over TikTok and is slowly spreading to Instagram where people are taking the best photos of themselves or the best photos they’ve taken as a photographer and making them into fake VOGUE magazine covers. This is something I’ve actually done before back in uni when I used to study photography focusing on fashion and identity and it was a great thing to learn how to do in terms of mocking up what your work can look like in a publication.

I was super excited to see the new trend pop up and reposted some of my old magazine covers on my Instagram which sparked a discussion of making some new ones using more of my recent works. It was super fun creating these and I’m quite proud of how they turned out. The video I made on TikTok can be viewed here: but I’ve put the covers I’ve made in here for those who don’t have an account on TikTok. Not all the covers I made could fit into the video so you guys over here get to see the full range of options I had

These were super easy to make, I designed them all on Adobe Photoshop and it only took a few minutes for each one. A quick way is to import/place the image on a blank canvas (I sized mine to fit the size of your standard Instagram story so that it would fit most screens when I posted them later – this is 1080px x 1920px) and write the VOGUE text in white (The best typeface/font match I found was one online called Henri Didot – you can change the colour from white to fit whatever the background is as well) and place it near the top of the image.

For some of my images I wanted to make the word appear like it was behind the figure in the image – to do this right click on the text layer, choose to rasterize layer and then lower the opacity. Once you’ve lowered the opacity the text will appear translucent and you can then go in with the eraser tool and clearly see where you want to rub the text out to fit your image perfectly. When you’re done turn the text opacity back up to 100% and voila! I mostly used this technique for the VOGUE covers I was making to post on Instagram as the dimensions for photos only fit a maximum of 1080px x 1350px and I didn’t want the text or the image to get cut off in an awkward spot. View the few below to see what I mean!

If you’ve done this challenge comment down below so I can check yours out, I’d love to see what you’ve created.

Catch you all in the next post x

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