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design guide

Create A 90s Magazine Look

What you'll need
- Any editing software that handles layers
- We use Adobe XD which has a free version
- A portrait photo or two
The 5 steps in this guide
Create a photo cutout
Add text
Add a grainy layer
Add a warm layer
Add a gradient overlay

1. Create a photo cutout

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2. Add text

Let's add that magazine text. We used ITC Garamond, a font used by Apple in the 80s and 90s and which is gaining in popularity recently.
Font: ITC Garamond Book
Spacing: -40

3. Add a grainy layer

Now let's add a bit of texture to get that magazine look. We used a grainy photo with the "lighten" overlay setting. But feel free to play around to get the look that suit your style.
Layer Appearance: Lighten
Opacity: 29%

Download the noise texture for free here

4. Add a warm layer

Now, let's add a bit of warmth to the image. We simply added a warm colour on top with the "colour burn" setting.
Warm Colour HEX: #FFF9BD

Layer Appearance: Colour Burn
Opacity: 28%

5. Add a gradient layer

And lastly, to add that final magazine touch, we used a gradient layer to add a bit of variance to the image.
Layer Appearance: Overlay
Opacity: 30%

Download the gradient photo for free here


And there you go. A magazine look in just a few clicks. Recreate it for collages on socials or ad campaigns to reach a new audience.

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