Delivering a great Scouting program takes a team effort. Same goes for delivering a great Scouting magazine cover.
So I wanted to give you an exclusive look at the team behind our unique September-October 2014 cover.
Our “Super Scouters!” story tells of eight volunteers who — like you — make time for work, home and Scouting.
We consider Scouters to be everyday superheroes, so we wanted to really play up the superhero/comic-book theme.
Our cover model, Rick Chambers, isn’t a model at all. He’s the committee chairman of a troop in the Dallas area, a role he makes time for despite his 50- to 60-hour workweeks at a jewelry company.
Getting Rick into the photo studio was only the beginning. Take a look at the five steps that took this cover to the next level.
Step 1: Photograph Rick Chambers, Scouting superhero
We wanted to convey the concept of this Scouting volunteer heading straight from his job into his Scouting role, and I think Garth captured that brilliantly.
It’s not a foreign concept for most Scouters, I bet. Even though you probably don’t wear your Scout uniform under your work clothes, chances are you’ve made a quick change into or out of your Scout uniform.
After taking the perfect photo, Garth’s job was done. He passed the image on to our Photoshop wizard.
Step 2: Transform the photo in Photoshop
For this project, she tells me she applied several Photoshop filters, most notably “posterize.”
“There was a lot of drawing involved, using the paintbrush tool, painting in shadows and highlights,” she says.
The result of all that hard work was a highly stylized illustration that made Rick look even more heroic. Click the image to take a closer look.
Step 3: Find the perfect background
The stock illustration helps continue the comic-book theme.
“It just needed to be resized and the color tweaked in Adobe Illustrator,” Marcie says.
Step 4: Add the image to the background
Now the cover’s really coming together, but it needs one more touch.
Step 5: Include some comic-book text
It really pops off the page and ties everything together, I think.
And there you have it! A look at the team effort behind the finished product that showed up in your mailbox.
Haven’t read our “Super Scouters!” story? Flip to page 36 in your September-October 2014 issue. Or read it online.