Evidence of the information age includes the flexibility, availability, accessibility and affordability of information, consequently expounding the frontiers of Graphic Design as well as all the tools of its practice. It is noted that publishing is one of such areas benefiting from digital transformation. Attempt is being made in this article to highlight the role of a few photo-manipulation in developing a standard magazine front cover, from the technological to the creative points-of-view. A critical assessment of some prominent photo-manipulation tasks and their aesthetic, functional and other far reaching implications are carried out. The essence being to elicit fundamental lessons Nigerian journalistic graphic designers can learn, especially with a view towards enhancing their professional standing (technically and ethically) and advancing the attainment of the information technology age.
Key words: Graphic design, photo-manipulation, magazine cover, journalistic graphics, Nigeria
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