Sunday, March 5, 2017

Feeling "lucky?" It's time for the March Issue of Attention!

Dear Readers,

Step into March? Lion or lamb? Who cares as long as you get to feast your eyes on the gorgeous Yana Grau as shot by lead photographer, Whims. We are featuring two fashion designers this month. Partee Mytili outdid herself with articles on Ally Adventure and Kenny Rolands.

Dax Rahl contacted publisher Athena Mariposa with an original short story. She read it, liked it and gave him the green light. It's a fun, titillating story of a date gone wrong in all the rights ways. Do you have an idea for a story or an original work you'd like to have published? Contact Athena (athenaisc) in-world or by email at athenaisc1119@gmail.com.

Finally, the owners of Attention were handed a challenge this month. Noted erotic photographer Laura Richards (Demonista) bravely shared her lifelong battle with Bipolar Disorder and the original, room-sized art she created in-world to help her deal with it. Her goal was to shine a light on the disorder and help people understand what it really means. "Think twice," she advises, but we think you'll be thinking of Laura long after you've read the piece.

This month, we have a new staff member on our team. Sandy Miggins joins us to bring you some wonderful recipes. This month, she kicks things off with a delicious chocolate cake. Enjoy!

Until next month, Happy Reading!

Athena, Bru, Brea & the Staff of Attention.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

The most romantic issue of Attention is here!

Dear Readers,

Attention Magazine returns for February. This month, the first thing you'll notice is our amazing cover. Shot by the incomparable Kaelyn Alecto in a special commission by Attention Magazine, it features SL newlyweds Skip and Dee Staheli as Attention's first "beautiful couple." I hope you agree that it's a lovely way to celebrate Valentine's Day!


Until next month!

Athena, Brunella & Brea and the staff of Attention

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Attention's January Issue is Here!

Dear Readers,
Attention's January issue is finally here! This month, we are featuring:
Beauty Erin Cedarbridge
Stories on Caitlin Tobias, Cryptic Harmony, Krys Vita and the fashion of LeLa's Miamilu!
Photography by Portland Bill, Graham Collinson, bewitched Difference and more!


Athena, Brunella, Brea & the Staff of Attention

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Happy Holidays! Attention is here!

Hello Fans and Readers of Attention Magazine!

After a very challenging month, Attention is here for December 2016. Our cover, photographed by Lead Photographer Brea Brianna, features our Beauty, Katina Cazalet. Also featured is LUMIPro creator Stefan Buscaylet. LUMIPro has big news this month with the release of their latest update.

Inside, you'll find articles about Fruit Islands, Kaelyn Alecto, Will Burns, a review of the Debauche dance troupe, features on Entice fashion and enVogue hair and more!

As always, with Attention, if it's in SL and it's not a violation of TOS, we want to cover it. We hope you enjoy our labor of love.



Athena, Jon, Bru & the Staff of Attention

Friday, November 4, 2016

Attention for November 2016!

Hi everyone!

And just like that, we are back.

Welcome to Attention for November '16, featuring our Beauty of the Month, Rachel Swallows' Ghost. Attention gets edgier this month with our BDSM issue.

Without further ado, here it is!


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Attention's November Cover!

Hi Attention Readers,

The gerbils and hamsters are working overtime to churn out the November issue of Attention. Here's a sneak peak at our cover featuring Rachel Swallow's Falcon.


Enjoy!

Athena

Friday, October 14, 2016

Creating a title page

Hi everyone,

As promised in my previous post, I'm going to share how to make a title page in Attention Magazine.


  • This is not going in the magazine. It's a sample and done tongue-in-cheek. 
  • Having said that, this is kinda/sorta how I make a page, with several steps left out. 
  • I launch Photoshop and create a blank page. Out of habit, I always start with a blank, white sheet of paper. 

  • I drop in the picture I've selected for my title page. I'm using one of my own because I can. 

  • I stretch the picture to fit the page. All double pages of Attention Magazine are at 6:4. If a photographer gives me something that isn't at 6:4, I either have to stretch/crop it or use a background, generally black. 

  • Add a title. I've used two different fonts: Blacksword and Times New Roman Bold Italics. We've been using Times New Roman fonts since the beginning. It's a nice serif font, simple and easy to read. Friends don't let friends read crappy fonts. 

  • I've drop-shadowed the font by placing a duplicate layer on top of the other and then off-centering it slightly. This technique tends to work a lot better than using the PS technique that is built in. In highly technical terms, we call this "less fuzzy." 

  • Add a rectangle at the bottom of the page. I've been doing this since Attention started, I like putting the credits down there. I find it less distracting than leaving them on the image itself. 

  1. I change the opacity of the rectangle and add text. This allows the picture behind the rectangle to show through and make it look all fancy and interesting. At least that is my goal. The text itself is simple Times New Roman. Nothing else is done to it. 

  • I add a guideline to prepare the image for cropping. Every single page of Attention is saved 3 ways. I save a PSD version, so I can easily go back in and edit things or move them around. I save a PNG version, for easy uploading and viewing by Jon and Bru. Then I cut the PNG version into two pages right down the middle, as IntelliBook will only accept one page at a time. 

If you stop to think about it, the October issue of Attention was WAY TOO LONG at 460 pages. To upload all those pages, plus the title, spine and back cover (bet you didn't know there's something on the back ... you have to flip it over to view it!) it costs $4,630 Lindens. That's nearly $20 US. If mistakes are found, then I have to re-upload the corrected pages, which adds to the cost. I also pay $9.95 US each month for my Photoshop subscription, so I have to make quite a bit in advertising dollars just to break even.

Why am I mentioning this? Never, ever go into the magazine business thinking you are going to make money. I make more money in an hour at my RL job than I take in each month in advertising dollars. Attention is a labor of love. I do it because it's fun. 

That, and I love Attention/attention!

See you the first Friday of November ... 

Athena