MagCloud Magazine

Have you ever thought about what to do with all those photographs you take, only a small proportion get printed and used in competitions. My mother in law says I never see real prints of your images and seeing them on the screen is not the same. I have to agree, we take many thousands of images and virtually none get printed. To be fair probably 99.9% deserve to be consigned to my Lightroom catalogues and never see the light of day, but that leaves a fair few that deserve a viewing. Well I'm a great fan of Blurb they make fantastic quality books, and I've posted on this before here. Recently I heard about another publishing web site by HP called MagCloud from a guest speaker, Sean McCormack who had mentioned it in passing, so I decided to give it a try. You can create Flyers, Pamphlets, Magazines and Posters. I thought I would try the magazine and brand it Lens Flare like my web site. I was thinking if the quality was any good my daughter could produce her own magazine as a sort of portfolio and give it to perspective employers or clients.

You can use a number of publishing tools like Adobe In-Design or Quark, but I used Photoshop to create the required PDF file. They provide templates for the different sizes and formats. It was easy to upload and order. The problem was that I did not receive it but I have to say the customer service was excellent once they heard this they ordered another 3 copies and had it couriered to me by FedEx and I got it in a few days. I have to say I was very pleased with the quality and would be happy to recommend it, and it is not too expensive in particular if you order a large enough number.

Here is the cover and two of the spreads:

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