If you ever wondered how a magazine designs its publication this image below offers some insight. Now granted, each magazine does it a little differently, and I’m sure the method below is a bit old-fashioned, but it does offer some insight into the mind of those working behind the scenes to make magazines look great.
This is a mock-up of two pages in Range Magazine using my photos of country kids, which will be featured in an upcoming issue. The process begins when I pitch a gallery of images to a magazine. When the editor or art director likes the idea they will initiate the process of how it will look and come up with a mock-up to pass along to the other staff members for review and approval. Once a layout has been approved the art director will layout the magazine digitally and pass this or its rough digital draft onto the photographer and/or writer to proof and add captions. Then the layout is locked down, the magazine goes to press, and then you will see it on your newsstand or in your mailbox.