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Canva for Entrepreneurs : Design a Google+ Photo

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5 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Examples of Google Plus Photos

    • 3. Using Canva to Design a Google+ Photo

    • 4. Exporting Your Google+ Photo

    • 5. Assignment : Design Your Own Google+ Photo

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About This Class

Learn how to make a stellar Google+ Photo with Canva, a free software platform for designing expert looking graphics in a short amount of time!

One of the great things about using Canva when creating these Google+ Photos is that it will automatically size the image for this platform. You won’t need to worry about the resolution, because Canva will provide a template and make sure that your image fits nicely in the Photo section of Google+. All you will need to do when creating your Google+ Photo is to make sure that you are portraying the right kind of image and relaying the right kind of message.

When you are finished, I encourage you to upload your image to this class for the rest of us to see. Getting feedback from other students is a great way to learn what looks good and what does not. It’s also very motivating to get your creations out there and share them with the world.


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Jeremy Deighan

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My name is Jeremy Deighan and I am thrilled to be an online instructor, helping others achieve their own personal goals. I have had quite the range of skills and hobbies through my lifetime. I really enjoy teaching and hope to provide information to others on anything and everything I know how to do! Please take a moment to check out my courses, and if you take any please leave a review and any feedback you have!

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I have an extensive background in different forms of art and design. I have an associates degree in Computer Animation and I've worked with various production houses to create awesome content. Adobe Photoshop has been a staple of my arsenal since I was 16 and use it faithfully to this day.

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1. Introduction: in this lesson, we're going to be creating a Google plus photo. The Google plus photo is the first image that someone sees whenever they visit your Google plus page. So it's very important that we use the right dimensions and sizing and make sure that this photo looks really captivating to our audience. First, we're gonna look at some examples of some top businesses and brands and the way that they use graphic design principles and their Google plus photos. After that, we'll dive right into Camba and will begin using some pre made templates and layouts so that you can easily create your very own Google. Plus photo after that will export this image as a high resolution PNG file. We want to use a high resolution PNG file so that our image looks crisp and clear whenever someone is visiting your Google plus page. Finally, I ask you to upload your image to this course so the other students and myself can see what you've been working on. It's a great way to get critiques and feedback on what you have been working on, and it's also very motivating just to get your images out there and shown to others. So if you're ready to get started, let's go ahead and begin 2. Examples of Google Plus Photos: all right. Before we begin creating, let's go ahead and take a look at some examples of some Google plus pages and photos that we can recreate. This will give us some ideas of inspiration and creativity. Um, some things that we might like or want to use and our own photos for our business or brand . The first page I pulled up is canvas Google Plus Page, and you can see here that they used an image of some waves, and it's got some of those blue colors and the ocean that you would find within their their logo on their branding. And you can see that at the bottom. They just have a couple simple words. Type it, filter it, color it, which represents the simplicity, simplicity in the easiness of using their software. So they made a pretty simple image here, and just some simple type to portray that information. Next, we're going to look at video school online. This is Philip Burners Company and Website, and you can see that he's chosen just a very basic kind of background, very beautiful image of these mountain ranges, some great color contrast ing. Whenever I pulled this page, up. I just I absolutely love the photo that he chose here just because you have these nice, warm, rich colors at the top with the sunrise of the sun setting and then you have these mid tones and then this nice, cool mountain range on the bottom. I just think that it's, ah, great composition, great graphic design principles that really draws you in and just is just a nice, pleasing image to look at for that brand. After that, I pulled up a restaurant, most Southwestern Grill, and, ah, this is just a an image of a product that's being sold. So here you can see that they're actually showing off one of their dishes. And the cool thing about this image is that this dish actually combines a lot of the color that is in their branding and their logo so you can see the reds and their logo, the yellows and the greens. This really helps represent that. It also shows, ah, product that they're selling. So I feel like this image really hits on ah bunch of different points and makes a lot of sense toward their company. Finally, I pulled up Michael Hyatt, who is online entrepreneur. He's into marketing, Ah, great person to follow and get advice from. And here you can see he's using an image of himself that looks really good talking to a big , crowded audience. The audiences blurred out in the background, so you can't really make out anyone there. But you can see it's a big conference. A lot of people Ah, he smiling looks good. It's a great photo of him. So I think this does really well. And then he's got this Forbes, um uh, this Forbes headline that they wrote about him and he put that in here at some social proof . And hey has a little bit graphic design elements going on with the quotations. And I think it it really works really well. It really speaks to his brand and who he is, and I think it's Ah, it's just really good for the branding that he's trying to go for now. I do want to show you that if we go into camera and we take a look at the Google plus photo , we can see the same layout within their templates. So here we have the profile image, the name the follow button this overlay and then the image over here to the side. Now let's go back and look at Michael. Hi, it's and you can see the same thing. There's the image, the name, the follow button. And then what happens is you put this photo in and it kind of duplicates that photo and then blurs it out and gives it this nice kind of blurred overlay off to the left hand side . Now, one thing that I do want to caution about this particular lesson in this course is that Google is actually in the process of changing the way that Google plus looks. So they have a new Google plus design that's coming out. I want to go ahead and stick with the classic layout for now in this lesson, and, um, as Google plus updates their layouts and Escambia up updates their layouts, Um, I will come in and update that also, but for right now we're going to stick with the classics. So as you can see, Camera is using the classic design, and this is when I click on one of the templates for Google, plus photos that will look at in the next lecture, but it pulls up the classic design that we see here. However, I'm going to go down to the bottom left here and you can see try the new Google Plus and I'm going to click that and you're going to see what it looks like. The new style that Google Plus is going for, which is going to be a little different than the classic. So here I pull this up and what happens is this image becomes a big You can use a big image up here at the top, and as you scroll down, it kind of, um it kind of shrinks, and then you can see how that image is placed. So that quotation is over here, off to the side, The profile, the name and all the following And what have you has come down here to the bottom instead of this big left hand side. So this is how it's going to look in the future. Well, right now, Camba is still going with the classic design. I'm sure that as this becomes more popular, they will update that, and I will update the course or create a new course on it. But I just want you to know that if you go to Google Plus and this is what you're seeing, it's because you're seeing the new Google Plus and not the classic view. If you look down here in the bottom left, you can see it says back to classic Google. Plus, if I click on that, it's going to take me back to that classic style that we will be talking about in this lesson, and we can look at all of those. So I'll do the new Google Plus Ramo's and you can see that that image of that, um, that bull is actually got some other information off to the left that we didn't see in the classic design. Same thing with video school online. For some reason, that button is not there, but this is a pretty basic image is just going to be the same thing going across. And for some reason, camp is not there, So they're they're slowly releasing this. I've seen it popping up here and there and why it's on some pages and not others. I can't personally tell you, but at least you know that if you're going to, um Google plus for the first time and it doesn't look like this. It's because you're looking at the new Google Plus and this lesson actually will not work for you. I want you to be four warned of that before we begin creating because we will be using the classic version with the image, the name, the follow button and the followers and everything else off to the left hand side. 3. Using Canva to Design a Google+ Photo: All right, let's go ahead and begin creating our Google plus photo. So once you're logged into Canada, we're gonna click on the templates and we're going to go down to the creative design section and we're going to find the social media and email headers. And here we have the Google plus photo again. This is going to be the classic Google plus. So, uh, Camba is really great about updating the resolutions and their templates. You can see there's even some new ones in here, such as a tumbler banner and the YouTube thumbnail Facebook event cover. So, as the new Google Plus becomes more popular, I am very sure that Campbell will do a great job that coming in here and either updating this resolution to the new style or even creating a whole new template. So for now, let's just go ahead and click on this one Google plus photo and that will go ahead and open up the design view for us so we can begin designing. And what we want to do is we can just go ahead and use one of these templates on the left hand side, and we can change out the information or the images, Whatever we see fit. So you want Teoh, You know, pick something that's going to be for your business or your brand, whatever you're working on and they have some really great ones now, of course, they have both paid in free. So if I hover over these and you see a dollar sign, you are going to have to pay for that template. It's a dollar, and any images that you use is going to be a dollar. But we can find one this for free and just work on that because even these free ones, they have some good ones in here. So let's just go ahead and scroll through and see if we can find something that works for us. And, um, typically, what I'm looking for is I'm trying to find something that is either gonna have, ah, good image of something similar that I would like to switch out or that has some type of typography or fonts that it's using. That I find looks really good. Now it looks like in this one that they don't have a whole lot of free ones. Nothing that I'm really seeing that's standing out and looking good. If we go to the bottom, you can see they have these versatile layouts where you can come in here and kind of try to create your own from scratch. So maybe we can do something like that. I saw one that I liked. If we go back up here, let me see if I can find this. I like these ones that look like it's, um uh, an image 234 images and then has this nice kind of center. Let me just click on that so you can see what that looks like. So it's got 234 images and has some type of design. And the centre. However, this is a paid for image. Let me show you how we could make one of these from scratch. So I'm just going to go down, and I'm gonna try to find a layout that's similar to this. So, um, here's that lay out right here. So I'm going to click on that. Let me just highlight and delete. Make sure that that template isn't stuck there behind that. Okay, so we're going to click on this one, and we're going to do the same thing. We're going to create a big main image to smaller images. And then we'll put a design element in the center that talks about our business or brand. So now that we have that layout and this is just at the bottom of the layouts under the layout section, let's go ahead and find some images to pull in. And because this is just a quick little lesson and guide, I'm just going to use some free photos toe plug in here and try to find something that's gonna make sense. Um, so let me just kind of take a look here. Maybe we can do something. It's summer time right now while I'm creating this course. So maybe we can do something that is fun. Ah, for the summer and it mean to move that tryingto if I could move that image and then what I want to do is I want to use a little bit of okay, I like that image there. I I just I like this image. Even though it's a wide image, you can see the white image here. It looks good in this vertical layout because of the way that it's just kind of got this canoe and is pointing. I think it just looks really cool better than it looks down here. So I like this board. I'd like for the surfboard one to be on the bottom because I feel like because that's Sand Beach and that surfboard is kind of grounding. I think about that being below. It's weird to me to put pictures of ground and earth up top because I feel like that's opposite of what's happening. I don't know a good way to explain this, but basically I mean personally, I like to keep my Earth, my grounds on the bottom, as if they actually are grounds. Even if there's another picture of ground up top, this feels like a grounded picture. I feel like it needs to be on the bottom. If I double click on that image, I can move it up and down and try to get it, Um, where I think it looks good. I think that looks good right there and then let's find another image that we can put on top. Um, based on that grounding little thing that I rambled on about, it would be great if I had something in the sky, so this image might work Good. Got a hot air balloons to see how we're got Kind of like a sky image going on. And even though there's some trees or something, uh, this shows that I think this is cool. This is actually working out pretty good. We've got, um, kind of like a lake water seen. Ah, freshwater Seen maybe we got the salty beach surfing scene, and then we got some sky hot air balloon, and we can say, OK, maybe we're doing, um, we dio vacation rentals or we do something with any type of, um things that you would do for somewhere events or anything like that. So that's some Let's go ahead and change out these photos. So the first thing that I want to do is I want these images toe look similar. So I'm going to click on this first image, and I'm going to go down to filter, and I'm going to try to find a filter that I think looks good. And my might have to play around with ease for a minute to see what's gonna work here, because what we're going to do is if we pick a good filter, we should be able to use it across all of these images and keep that same kind of look. So I chose the selfie here. I kind of like the colors there. Let me pick this one and see how the selfie looks with this image. And what that does is it uses the same, um, these options here, such as the ex Process Blur, tent saturation and what have you It uses the same settings across the board, and it really helps give that same kind of feel across all of these images. Where did it go itself? Okay, so it's got this kind of kind of look about all these and I honestly don't know if I like this. Let me try another one real quick. I saw once said Summer, and because we're doing summer scenes, that should see how that looks kind of the same thing. Put a little more colorful, more contrast going on. This might work in Okay, that'll work. And basically it's just kind of pulling in the same colors. I could go in and manually adjust all those different levels if I wanted to, but I think this looks cool. Now, one thing I do want to do is we've got this white background going on, and I'm not really like and not a whole lot. So maybe we can just change us out to a different color and typically, what I would do as I would pick a color that I'm going to use. Now you can see that this Finn has this green color going on. And, you know, you would probably do this towards your brand or your business. So if your business or brand is orange, maybe you'd use an orange color. But because I'm just creating this from scratch, I have a little more creativity and freedom that I can choose here. But we got this, like teal green color in this Finn, and it's also in this water, and there's a little bit of blue up here in this image. So let's go ahead and choose that color. I think that'll look kind of good. So I don't see it close here, so we're gonna have to just pick and kind of get that close. And as I draw that up, you can see it changes in the background there and just playing around. I can't see what works. I think if I blended in with that water, it helps blend it in pretty well and looks good. And then So we got that color, that teal green, blue ish kind of color going on here. Now, if I goto elements and I click on it again will take me to the top. Let's close the free photos and now we're going to click on shapes and I want to find a shape that I can throw in here. They used a circle before I choose a circle. Hopefully, it's not covering up this image too much, so I wouldn't probably I don't want it to cover her up, so I probably wouldn't go more than about right here. Now, as I move around, you're going to see these purple lines popping up these air. Show me where I can center everything. So once I get both lines there, that means I'm right dead center in the middle of it, you know, might make this a little bigger. Okay, let's go ahead and change it to that green and just see how that looks. I don't know if I'm gonna like that. First of all, I think the circles too big. That color is kind of hard to see that purple line. Let's go ahead and punching some techs and just see how this works. Another thing, too, is I've got If I hit, go to text, I can actually pick these. And these are all free, so I could actually pick one of these. Probably would look a little better. Um, let me take this out just for a second. See how this looks. Okay, That's kind of cool. See how that looks if we change into these colors and all I'm doing is I'm just clicking on the element, changing out the color here. Ah, there's a black line in the black circle. And these if I change them out there, they would be right here with this element. So changes out which changed this font color outs. See if we can make this a little bigger without it messing up the image. See how high we can go before it starts looking. Okay, so it looks like 20 ones about the highest. It's going to go force or 18 see if we can make this one a little bigger. Want this text to be a little bit bigger and, uh, vacation Reynolds. Okay. Cool. Weaken. Go up a little bit. Yes. Oh, that looks good. I think that fills in. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. I don't know. I might leave that, um, dark teal color. I might change it out. Maybe just a little lighter. Let's see how it looks. If we go little lighter here where I could go light and make it all black, that might look good. Let's see how this looks. And some of this is using graphic design principles. And sometimes it's all about just changing things out and see what works. What looks good? What doesn't look good. I think that looks better. Let's change out that background and see if we can use that same color. Okay, so this looks good. Um, look at this image. If I want to move her, I like how it was center. But if I moved her off to the side, then that circle won't be hitting my image real bad. And that kind of works, because what it does is, um, I'm kind of playing with the visual weight in the scene. So I've waited her. She's heavily weighted big image on the left hand side. But I'm offsetting that weight with this big balloon on the right hand side, which is good. Look at this image and I can flip this. Um, I could do that. I'm not a big fan of it, but it helps with that visual. Wait. So, um, if you think of this as as, ah, balance of scale. So we've got, um, her. She's real big. She's a big element in the scene, so it's a lot of visual. Wait, We're like the surfboard, and this balloon is a little bit less the balloons kind of big, but it helps cottages balance that. Wait a little bit. This only goes up and down. So there's not a whole lot I could do with that one. And this goes up and down to, and you think of it like a scale. If I move her to the outside, it actually pulls the wait a little more to the outside. But I think that's pretty good. That gives you some ideas about some different things that you can use and try. But real quickly we can make a Google plus photo that way and this one I made from scratch . So I used all free elements and I don't have to worry about, you know, paying for any of the template or any of these photos. I can also upload my own photos, which, if I'm creating a business or brand I'm gonna have branding colors that I'm using. I'm going to be using my own photos for the most part. But that's a great thing about camera is they do offer a lot of design elements, both for free and for pay that you confined in here. They have some great photos, and these photos only cost a dollar. Once you get past the freed section or you start searching for photos, you're going to find some really great high quality photos that only cost a dollar. And you can use those in your image and a song as you follow the licensing rules and what have you. You can use those, but hopefully this gives you some quick ideas of how you can come in here, create your own Google plus photo, either with the template or starting from scratch and Just by studying a little bit of basic graphic design principles, you can create some really killer photos of your own. 4. Exporting Your Google+ Photo: Now that we have our Google plus photo created, let's go ahead and get this exported out. So the first thing that we're going to want to do is go ahead and change the name. So this would be the name of your image or your page, your business or your brand. I'm just gonna call summer vacation rentals, and I'm going to click this download button at the top here, and what we want to do is we want to download this as a high quality PNG file. We could use a J. P G file. It's gonna be a little lower quality and a lower file size. But Google should be able to handle ah, high quality PNG file, and we want to use ah, higher quality. Ah, that was it looks nice and crisp and clear whenever people are visiting or page. So I'm just going to click on that. It will go ahead and save out that design. So if I want to come into Campbell later and make any adjustments or changes, I can go ahead and do that. And since we built this from scratch, it's not going to prompt us to make any purchases. Unless you did decide to use an image that you need to pay for or design element that's not for free. So go ahead and close this out here and here is our download. I can just click on that, and here we go. This is the correct resolution and the size that we need, and it looks great. I can go ahead and take this image and uploaded directly to my Google plus page. So hopefully you learned some good information in this lesson. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask. And I encourage you to go ahead and upload your image to this course so that we can check out what you've created. 5. Assignment : Design Your Own Google+ Photo: congratulations on completing this lesson. By now, you should have a strong understanding of how to do the material that has been presented, and it is my goal as an instructor to make sure that you have learned and have retained the information that I have shared. So if you have any questions at all at any time, please feel free to contact me directly. You can find out more about me at www dot jeremy deegan dot com. If you have a general question, I do ask that you ask that question within this course by asking it in this course. I can address that question, and other students can see that later on down the road. This will help them understand some common questions that come up as they go through this course. Now, if you haven't done so already, please leave an honest rating and any feedback that you have about this course. It helps both me as an instructor know what to do better in the future, and it also helps future students get to see what this course is truly all about. Now your assignment is to take the information that you have learned and upload the image to this course by uploading your image and sharing your artwork with the world. We can provide critiques and any feedback on how to make your artwork better. It's also very motivating to get your artwork out into the world and shared with others and will help you progress in your education and want to share more and more. So thank you so much for allowing me to teach you something new today, and I look forward to seeing you in the next lesson.