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My question:

Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop?

My understanding:

It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution.

Other software:

InDesign is pretty alien to me though I've read that it's better for managing large amounts of text.

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Any links to resources on this manner would be appreciated (e.g. good websites for learning/templates).

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I would strongly suggest if you can't use InDesign to use Illustrator over Photoshop. –  Gramps May 17 '13 at 12:54
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Yes, Photoshop could be used to design a magazine. But, so could MSPaint. This is absolutely a job suited for InDesign.

InDesign has much better tools for typesetting. If I didn't have InDesign available to me, I'd probably even use word processing software to lay everything out instead of going with Photoshop. It's definitely not the tool for the job.

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Dominor Novus, You might want to dig out a "indesign basics" tutorial ( This for example: spyrestudios.com/indesign-part-1-document-basics-master-pages ) to get you started and then handle problems in case by case basis, if you run into a problem, google it ( For example. "indesign how to add page numbers" ). –  Joonas May 17 '13 at 12:52
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My question:

Can I create a magazine exclusively using PhotoShop?

YES you can, BUT this is not the industry standard and it is highly frowned upon. See last paragraph.

My understanding:

It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution.

The standard is 300dpi for print, but again, that depends on the medium, quality, detail and output desired.

Other software:

InDesign is pretty alien to me though I've read that it's better for managing large amounts of text.

InDesign is currently the standard because it is simply an Adobe product and works well with Illustrator and Photoshop. Some shops still use good ole Quark but its usually there as a reference to people still stuck in the old times or for old file reference.

Request for additional context:

Any links to resources on this manner would be appreciated (e.g. good websites for learning/templates).

Adobe does a TV channel known as AdobeTV and they have their own magazine with tutorials online known as Layers Magazine

Now that I've answered your question please note I cannot stress enough how bad of an idea it is to use Photoshop for designing print and these are several points why:

  1. File delivery will be nearly impossible unless in PDF format.
  2. Editing is in possible because your file size will be huge, Id estimate around 3-5gb.
  3. Some print shops I know of will not print your design because plates are horrible when created and this is because the designs are not vector based.

I will add more when I have free time.

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It is possible to export/save a photoshop file in a way that preserves the vector format for text ( see for instance: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/6913 ). Doing something of magazine length in Photoshop is a daunting prospect. –  horatio May 17 '13 at 15:20
    
yes I am aware of that but if you are going to go that route might as well use Illustrator. He didn't ask for vector programs he asked for Photoshop help and if you are going to be learning print design learn it right and that is with InDesign. Only thing he should be using for Photoshop is image modification or adjustments and then you can still do that in InDesign to a degree. –  Gramps May 17 '13 at 15:24
    
He didn't ask for vector, he asked about magazines. I am sure you will agree that text is virtually guaranteed, and typically font files are vector format. Unlike you I actually restricted my comment to Photoshop, so I am unsure what you are getting at with your implication that I suggested other software. As for whether I think the Photoshop software is a good choice for magazines, look up "daunting" in the dictionary. All that said, I think you covered the topic fairly well. –  horatio May 17 '13 at 15:41
    
Start here and work your way down: tv.adobe.com/show/learn-indesign-cs6 –  John May 17 '13 at 17:17
    
@horatio while the text may be stored as vectors, it would still be rendered at the final PSD DPI output setting, correct? –  DA01 Jul 29 '13 at 16:08
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No, you cannot design in the normal sense of the word design a magazine or any book for that matter in photoshop alone.

Photoshop alone has no way to do multipage layouts so at the very least you're going to need Photoshop, Distiller and Acrobat Pro to make the final print ready .PDF file.

You would be far better off learning at least the basics of InDesign though to do Table of Contents, Page Numbers, and the ability to flow text from page to page.

To clarify the first sentence though of my answer. Yes I could mock up a magazine and how I might want the template to look as in a rough draft. Or if I'm not professionally printing the magazine I could do individual pages in photoshop and kinda fudge it at a cheaper printer where you just upload the images and do a small run or even singles. To make a true magazine though - no you cannot do it with just photoshop.

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If you're doing a one page ad, it might not be the best idea, but you can do it. If you're designing a full fledged magazine, then don't use photoshop. I find layout out text when creating a one page web design mockup in photoshop to be tedious enough, I definitely wouldn't create a multiple page print project in it.

You can use photoshop for all of your graphics and place them into indesign, but using indesign for the text layout, even if it means spending three hours watching tutorials first, will be a massive time saver.

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InDesign is really good for designing a magazine. Few more tools are there including Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Illustrator or Quarkxpress to design a magazine. Read more about creating a magazine on http://inflightpublications.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/how-to-create-your-own-magazine/

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This answer seems very "spammy". Care to share a bit more than a link? Perhaps the basics the link provides? –  Scott Jan 6 at 7:52
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