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Create Designs for Social Media and Wordpress with GIMP 2.10

Michael Davies, GIMP Photo Editing Tutorials

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17 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. Setting Up Your Color Palette

      4:20
    • 2. Create a Text Logo: Setting Up Your Template and Adding Text

      5:43
    • 3. Create a Text Logo: Align Your Text and Add a Line Graphic

      5:07
    • 4. Create a Text Logo: Add Effects to Your Text and Shapes

      4:53
    • 5. Create a Text Logo: Crop and Export Your Final Design

      2:13
    • 6. Facebook Cover Photo: Setting Up Your Template

      3:35
    • 7. Facebook Cover Photo: Importing a Photo and Adding a Background Gradient

      4:46
    • 8. Facebook Cover Photo: Adding Your Logo and Website

      7:26
    • 9. Twitter Banner: Setting Up Your Template

      3:45
    • 10. Twitter Banner: Importing a Photo and Adding a Background Gradient

      4:38
    • 11. Twitter Banner: Add Your Logo, Website, and a Custom Shape Design

      7:25
    • 12. LinkedIn Banner: Setting Up Your Template

      2:32
    • 13. LinkedIn Banner: Importing and Customizing Your Photo to Enhance the Design

      4:58
    • 14. LinkedIn Banner: Add a Background Gradient, Logo, Website, and Custom Shape

      7:03
    • 15. Wordpress Featured Image: Wordpress Explained, Importing Your Photo and Adding a Gradient Background

      6:33
    • 16. Wordpress Featured Image: Importing a Photo and Adding a Button

      4:35
    • 17. Wordpress Featured Image: Adding Effects to Your Button and Exporting Your Design

      6:23

About This Class

Learn how to create social media design assets for your business or personal projects with GIMP 2.10! In this class, I show you how to create a simple text logo, how to design a Facebook Cover Photo for business pages, how to design a Twitter Banner, and how to design a LinkedIn Banner for company pages.

I provide free templates for each of these designs for you to download and follow along, or to use on future projects. 

You'll be importing photos, plus using a variety of common graphic design tools, including the gradient tool, path tool, free select tool, text tool, bucket fill tool, and transform tools. You will learn how to create a palette (the basics) and use that palette throughout your designs to maintain consistent branding. I'll show you how to create your compositions, with the right settings for print and the web, plus how to export your compositions out of GIMP once they are finished. Additionally, I walk you through how to set up your documents so that they display properly on each platform.

This is a great class for beginners wanting to use this free software to create professional social media design assets. Additionally, you will learn tons of useful skills in GIMP 2.10!

Transcripts

1. Setting Up Your Color Palette: Hello and welcome to this skill share class. We'll be showing you how to create social media and Web site design elements. We're gonna be using a fictitious company called Professional Models of Colorado to demonstrate how to create these designs. But you guys can, of course, use the knowledge obtained in these classes in these lectures to create your own social media design projects, whether that's for your personal projects or your business before we dive into those assets . What I want to do is show you guys how to create a color palette here in gimp. So this is pretty common when you're working with clients, you know, they'll give you a design book or just some guidelines to use when you're designing something for them. So in this case, we have a J peg of their color palette, and I went ahead and opened up the J pay here and I'll hit control shift A. Actually, this is the original color design palette that I did. This is an XY F file. But to open up that J peg and go to file open and just choose the J peg from the folder where you downloaded it So once you have it open here as I do, we have the hex code here. So if I come over here to the foreground, select tool, you could see here HTML notation and there are some numbers and letters here that is the hex code. So that's where you going to type in the hex code values that were given. You don't need to type that hash tag or that number symbol. You just have to type the character. So, for example, for this 1st 1 we could type 053 than a lower case C. And this is case sensitive, a five and then the lower case E. And now when I click OK, you'll see our color is now this blue color here, and I'll show you how to add this to the color palette in a second. But first I want to show you another method for selecting your colors instead of manually typing them. You could just come over here to the eyedropper tool, so we'll click on that, and then I can click on each color, and that's going to show the color here in our foreground. So there it is, And if you control Click that is going to select that color as your background color. So just keep that in mind here as we're working, you can keep this image open with the color palettes. Or you could just create a color palette with these colors here, so I'll show you how to do that now. So let's come over here to Windows doctoral dialogues and then come down here to palates. This will open up your palates tab. Here we have a bunch of pallets that come with gimp and to create a new palette will just click right here, created new palette. So here we have our palate editor, and now I can changes to PMC color palette or whatever you guys want to name your palate and to create our first pallet within our color palette. Here, we just have to click this button right here. You could see it says, create a new entry from the foreground color. So that's going to be whatever we have selected right now, which is our purple color. I'm gonna change that to our blue color to start and then just click on your create a new palette option here. So Now we have our first color in here, and we could just go down the line and do that. So now we have our off white color here. So create that. I know it's off way because pure white is going to be f f f f f f. That's just always the case for white. Now click on my red color and do the same. My light blue color and my purple color. Of course, we can go in here and rename each one of these colors in the palette. Individually style. Name the start Blue. I'll name this off. Wait, I'm gonna name this primary Red because this is going to be the primary color we're gonna be using 4 p.m. C. This will be light blue, and this one will be purple. All right, So now if we come back over here to our palates dialogue, you could see our PMC color palette has now been added to our list of palettes with a gimp . That's all you have to do that will always be there. Unless you delete this, you can come over here and hit the delete button here, and that will delete the palate. Otherwise, next time you close and reopen gimp, that palate should be there. All right, that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, we're going to dive into creating the logo for PMC or professional models of Colorado. 2. Create a Text Logo: Setting Up Your Template and Adding Text: for this lecture, I'll be showing you how to create a simple text logo, and we're gonna be creating this for our scenario with PMC or professional models of Colorado. So gimp, of course, is a raster based program and not a Vectra program. Usually you do create logos in vector based programs because you can scale them up or down . But you can always create graphic design elements or logo designs within. Give directly if you prefer. And that's what we'll be doing today, of course. But I do recommend creating a semi large composition size when you're creating a logo. That way, if you need to scale it up, you don't have to scale it up too much. Because, of course, in raster based programs, any time you scale something up, especially text or graphic elements, you are going to lose quality, and that's gonna look a little bit pixelated. And when you scale it down, if you have to scale it down too much, you are going to lose quality there as well to just keep that in mind when you are designing logos inside of gimp. So I'm going to start off here by going to file new, and I'm going to change the width and the height of 1000 pixels. That is not a recommended size or anything. I mean, this size ultimately is going to be up to you guys and what you need it for in the end. So if you do know that you're going to eventually need this logo, you know, in a very large format for something like a large banner that you're planning on, then you could go with the larger file size, like 1920 by 1920 or 1920 by 12 80 whatever you want to go with. But once you do have your image size, which I think 1000 by 1000 is a reasonable size to start with, come over here to advanced options, and we're going to keep the X and Y resolution set to 300. We will, for the purposes of this section B, using all of our designs for the Web. But it is good to have a high resolution version of your logo because you never know when you're going to need to print it for something like business cards or some sort of paper designs or whatever you want to print for your business. So I recommended creating your logo with a 300 by 300 pixels per inch resolution to start. And we're gonna keep the color space that rgb the precision at 32 bit floating point. If your computer can handle it, make sure your gamma is set to perceptual Gamma. Otherwise, this will turn out a lot lighter than you intended, and we'll keep everything else the same for now. You can add whatever comment you want and I'll click. OK, Ah, hold control in Zoom out. So typically, when I start a logo design, I go with a white background. But in this case, I know we're gonna use a reddish background for our social media design assets. So what I'll do is I'll change the background color here to the PMC, read that we set up. So come back over here to our PMC color palette. You can double click on it and now that palate will open up here. Or of course, you can reference that J peg image with the hex codes on it. But now come over here to our red color and will hit shift be to grab my bucket, fill tool. And now I'm going to click and fill in our background color with this red, and we're gonna create a transparency version as the final logo version. But this red is just going to allow me to more easily see what my logo is gonna look like once we're finished. And now I'm gonna come over here to my layers panel and we're going to start now creating our actual text elements here. So to do this, we're going to come over and grab the text tool, and I'll come down to our document right now. Our text color is set to read, So I'm gonna change this to White and click, OK, and I'll click on here and I'm gonna put the caps lock key on, and we're going to separate the different words in our company name into two separate lines Is just gonna look better in the final design that way. So on the top line, we have professional in the bottom line. I'm gonna put models of Colorado as our subtitle. So with the caps lock key on here, I'll just type professional now. This is obviously way too small, so we want to increase the size of our fund. But before we do that, I do want to select a nice font that I want to use here for our logo. So hold control in, zoom in so we could get a better look at the text, and I can come over here and click on the fun and then come down here and click on this option here that is going to open up the font selection dialog, and I'm gonna scroll through these fonts. I have already selected a font that I want to use, and that is going to be this fun right here. Animo so bold. This is going to be a free download and I will provide a link to the download in the video so I'll turn my caps lock key off, and I'm gonna hold control. Zoom out. So we have our font selected Now. Now we need to change the size of the fund. So what I can do is take control A to select everything within my text box, and I can come up here and I contest out different font sizes so I can go with 75 see how that looks. That's still a little bit small. So go with the 100. And that looks pretty good to me. But we also need to separate the text here. I think it's all too close together. So I'll come up here and this is the current ING option, which you guys will remember from an earlier lecture. Is the individual spacing between each character. So I'll come over here and just turn up the current ing, and I'm just going to keep turning this up until I like it. And I think that looks pretty good right there. So now we have the right font, the right font size in the right current ing on our text. Next, we need to align this to the center so that we can go in and start creating the other elements of our logo. So I'll come over here and grab my alignment tool. I'm gonna make sure that the relative to a set to image and then I could just come over here and click on my text, and you could tell it selected by these little boxes in the corner here, and then I'll come over here and Click the Align Center of Target Option and that will align our text to the center of our image. So come back over here and click on my layers panel. 3. Create a Text Logo: Align Your Text and Add a Line Graphic: So next we need to add the subtitle text of our logo here. So I'm just going to grab my text tool again, and I'm gonna keep the settings as they are right now and just click on my composition here . I'll turn the caps lock key on and I'll type models of Colorado. And once again, the size of our text is a bit too small. Right now, it's still set to 20 so I can click in here, control a to select all. And this time I know I don't need it to be as big as my main text. Try something a little bit smaller, so tight 50 and hit the enter key that's still a little bit too small. Psychologist increased the font size a little bit more, and I think that looks better there. The only issue is that both of these air white so it doesn't add too much of a dynamic to our text. What I'll do is I'll come over here and change the color to black, And if you have all the text elected, you can also change the color right here. And I think this helps create a bit more of a dynamic look here, but it still looks too similar. So what I'll do is I'll play around with the settings up here and I can make this bold. That doesn't do anything that I can click on here and make this italicize, and I think that looks pretty good. So leave it at that now. I'm going to grab my move tool by hitting the M key on my keyboard, and I'm just going to click and drag this up here so it's a little bit closer, and I want to drag both of these elements down a little bit, so it's a little bit more centered on the page. It's OK if it's not perfectly centered, so that looks pretty decent. Now. I need to align this to the center of her image. So grab my Lima tool, click on this and then click the line center of Target option. And I made need to come back here and realign this, so just double check that That's a line of the center. If I click on my background layer and let me hit em to grab the move tool, you could see our logo is starting to come together, but it still doesn't look quite right. It's too playing too basic right now, So what I'll do is I'll just add a dividing line between the main title text and the subtext here. The subtitle. And to do that, I'm just going to come over here and grab my path tool, but I don't really have a reference for drawing a straight line. So what I'll do is I'll click and drag a guide from my rulers, and I'll place it a little bit under my main title text here. I do want a little bit of room so the text doesn't look too crowded with line, and I hold control and zoom in. Now we can reference this guide and draw a straight line with their path tool. So what I'll do is I'll create a node on the left side here and then come over and create a note on the right side by clicking. You could double check that these are aligned with the grid by clicking on the no dragging it down and then dragging it back up, and it should snap to that guide. If not, you can go over to view and make sure snap two guides is checked. We'll do the same on the right note here. Just drag it down and then drag it back up. And I am right now just guesstimating that the space between the end of the L here and the note is the same as the space between the end of or the start of the P here and the left note here, it looks pretty good to me. So now what I'll do is I'll create a new layer and I'll just name this and let me turn my caps lock key off dividing line. Make sure you fill this with transparency and click. OK, so now we're gonna use this layer to draw a line with our path tool here. So now you can come over and I'm gonna click this icon here to switch my colors to black and white, and I'm gonna make this line black and we'll come over here and click stroke path and let me just drag the stroke path dialogue here and check the stroke line option. Make sure solid color is checked. Anti alias ing is checked and I'm gonna go with two pixels for the line with You can also mess with the line style here if you want, I'm gonna keep everything at the defaults. And now I'll just click stroke and it's gonna stroke this line with whatever color your foreground color is right now. So now if I hit control Shift T, that's going to hide that guy. And if I hit the M key, it'll grab another tool so that path will disappear the path tool. And now we have our dividing line here. I do want to make sure this is nice and centered up. So what I'll do is I'll come over to layer crop to content, and that'll crop my layer size down to the size of that line. Ah, hold control in. Zoom in. And now I can grab my alignment tool Click on this layer. Here I can hold control and zooming out to make sure that selected and I'm using, my mouse will zoom out, by the way, Then I can come over here and click the alignment option. So line center of target and that'll make sure our dividing line is nice and a line to the center of her image, so that the M key on my keyboard. That'll grab my move tool. And now I'm just going to drag this upwards a little bit. It did snap to that layer, and I don't necessarily want that. What I'll do is I'll come over here and click on the text layer. Click on it once with my move tool, and then I could just manually with the up and down arrows on my keyboard. Adjust the position of this. 4. Create a Text Logo: Add Effects to Your Text and Shapes: so that looks pretty good there. There's a few other elements we're gonna add in here, which is why I want a little bit more space between the dividing line and the bottom portion of our text. But now what we're gonna do is add a drop shadow to our main text. And so to do that, I'm gonna come over to the professional text layer here. And by the way, you could notice that these are text layers because they have a t with the little layer symbol here, whereas your regular layer is gonna look like this with the transparency behind it. So come back up here to the professional text layer. Now I'm gonna come over to filters light and shadow drop shadow. And right now, because the shadow is so blurred and so offset from the text, it's actually spilling over off of our layer right here or text layer. So what I'll do is I'll just turn down the X and Y values here, and I don't want to make him negative because they don't make him start coming upwards, as you could see. But I will make it just slightly positive here. So just barely above zero. And now I'm gonna come over to the Blur radius and just turn this way down. Here's a before here isn't after and I may even want to turn this value down a bit more. So make both of these point to 50 I can also play around with the opacity so I could make this more prevalent or less prevalent. So I want to find a pretty good balance here. That looks pretty good. Here's a before here isn't after and then I'll click. OK, and that will apply my blur to this. Let me just choose another layer and zoom in. So, as you can see right here are blur is getting cut off by the size of our layers. So I'm gonna have to hit control Z To undo that, come over to the professional text layer, go to layer layer two image size, so that will make our layer size for that text thesis eyes of the entire composition. As you can see, this is no longer a text layer here, So hold control and zoom in. Now we can just go back here and go to filters. Repeat, drop shadow that will apply our same settings here and now. You can see it's not getting cut off. So hold controlling the amount. And when I zoomed out, I noticed there were some artifacts down here that obviously we don't want on the Slayer. So what I can do is grab my eraser tool and if you guys have these artifacts, you can just erase this like so I think that might have just been a bug there. But anyway, once we have everything set up for this layer, we can come over here to layer and go to crop to content, and that'll crop our layer size back down to all of the elements within that layer. Next, we're gonna come over here to the dividing line, and I'm gonna do the same thing I did with the text. I'll go to layer layer two image size, And what I want to do with this dividing line is I want to add a long shadow. And to do that, I'll come over here to filters light and shadow and go to long shadow. So here we have a long shadow coming off of that dividing line, but it looks pretty goofy right now it's covering up our models of Colorado text. But I can change the long shadows style here by clicking on this style dropped down, and I'll come down here to fading fixed length that is going to cause the long shadow to fade out. And then it's going to make it stop at a certain defined length so we can come over here to the lane slider, and we can just turn that down a bit and make sure that this isn't overlapping the models of Colorado text. And, of course, by adding this long shadow to the dividing line, it changes the general makeup of the line or the dimensions of the lines. So it's kind of throwing off the way our logo looks right now, and we're gonna fix that in a second here. You can also adjust the angle of your drop shadow if you want, and you can change the midpoint as to where it's going to start. It's paid out point so we can adjust that. I'm just gonna keep this set to 45 here, and I like these settings, so click OK and I'll come back here to layer crop to content and now crop everything down. I don't grab the move tool by hitting the M key and a whole control and zooming with my mouse wheel. Now, I'm just going to click and drag this up slightly here and there actually is still a guide here. So let me hate Control Z. And then I'll hit control shift T to show my guide. And now I'm just going to with my move tool dragged that guide off of the composition there , hold control and zoo man. And now I can just move this freely without worrying about it snapping to that guide. If you want to drag it in straight line mo, you can hold the control key while you move the line around. And, of course, as always, you can use the up and down arrows on your keyboard to manually position this. And if I click off of that, you could see now we have a pretty nice looking logo here 5. Create a Text Logo: Crop and Export Your Final Design: so the issue. Of course, Now, as we have this red background and if we ever wanted to use this logo on any sort of background color other than this red ah, we would have to remove the background first. So what we're going to do is we're going to make sure that we save this logo file without a background, So we're gonna save it with a transparent background. And to do that, I just need to hide my background layer. And then I could say this as a dot XY f file or a PNG file or whatever file type is going to support transparency. I do recommend saving your design files in a dot XY F file at all times because this allows you to go back later and make adjustments to individual layers within your design. So we'll come over here and we'll hide the background layer. Now, hold controlling the amount. You can either keep this at the current size, which is 1000 by 1000 pixels, or you can come over and grab your crop tool and just click and drag your crop tool like so . And I have my guys in Micro tools set to rule of thirds. And now what I can do is I can position my crop so that my logo is nice and centered within the crop here. And we can crop out a lot of that excess area from our original composition size. So that looks pretty good to me. So I'll just click to apply the crop and you can see our final size is going to be 1000 by 4 86 And now I'm going to save this logo as a dot XY F file so I can come over here and go to file save. I'll say this as PM C logo design final, and then you could navigate on your computer to where you want to save this. And these are actually the original design assets that I created for these lectures. So I'm just gonna create a new folder. I'll just name it Final design assets and hit the Enter key. I'm now entered into this folder and I'll click the save button. You can also export this to a variety of other file types, and I do cover that in a later lecture in this course. So I'm not gonna cover it now, but that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, I'll show you how to design a Facebook banner. 6. Facebook Cover Photo: Setting Up Your Template: in this lecture, I'll be showing you how to design a Facebook Boehner, and we're gonna be sticking with professional models of Colorado for this example. And Facebook has Stainer dimensions for its Facebook business. Page is so we are assuming that we're creating this for a Facebook company, page or business page, and the standard dimension is going to be a 20 by 3 60 So we'll start by creating our new document with those dimensions. But we need to keep in mind that this is going to be used for the Web, and I'll get into that here in a second. So let's start by coming over here to file New and I'll change my dimension. So type in a 20 hit the tab key type in 3 60 here for the height, and we're gonna stick with pixels. I'm gonna hit the advanced options dropped down here, so you'll remember for the logo design. We went with 300 by 300 pixels per inch. But you'll remember me saying that I did that because there probably will be a point where you're going to need to print your logo or PMC will need to print their logo. In this case, we know that we're not gonna be printing the Facebook banner. We're only gonna be using it for the Web. And Facebook does have file size limit so you can upload a Facebook banner that is above, I believe, two megabytes in size. So we want to keep our file size relatively small. So to do that, I'm gonna come over here to the resolution and change this to 72 hit the tab key. And again, I'm gonna make sure the gamma is set to perceptual gamma. I'm gonna keep everything else the same here, and I'll click. OK, so now we have our new document. And by the way, the background color here was the background color I has selected over here in my active background color. All right, so we have our composition created here. It contains three recommended dimensions for Facebook banners. The issue now is we need to use a template to know where are cut off areas are for our designs. What the safe area is based on desktop or mobile, etcetera. So I did create templates for each of these designs here, so we'll start with the Facebook templates. So download that if you haven't already and once you've downloaded it, we can open it up into our composition. So we'll do that by navigating to the folder where we've downloaded that template. So in this case, I'm in my P M C assets folder here. Is that Facebook template here? Once again, you could download that for free in the course Resource is So now I'm just going to click and drag this template on your composition and release, and that will drop our image in or composition here so you could see it over here. I'm just gonna change this to template and hit the enter key. So this is providing the safe zone you could see here. It says keep main design elements within this area and then over here, it says visible on desktop Onley. So all of your design elements that spill outside of here are not going to be visible on mobile. So you don't want to put any key text or graphic elements inside of this area. But you do want to make sure that your design still goes all the way to the outside of that edge because it will show up on your desktop. So we're keeping these things in mind as we design. And to make it easier, I'm gonna hit the M key on my keyboard. I'm going to set guides at these points here. So all I need to do is click and drag a guide and just drop it right there on that line. If you want to be more precise, you could hold control and zoom in and just make sure that that aligns right there, which it does. And now I'll just click and move over on my image to the right, hold control and zoom in. And I could do the same thing. Just click and drag my guide here until it snaps right there. Hold control and zoom out. So now we have these guys telling us not to put any of the main design elements within this area. 7. Facebook Cover Photo: Importing a Photo and Adding a Background Gradient: But next, what I want to do is important. An image I'm gonna use for this design. So usually when you're creating Facebook banners or any sort of Boehner or header for social media, you want to include a nice photo, a nice graphical element, and then some text. So that's what we're gonna be doing for this design here. So I'll start by importing that photo I want to use. And we're going to use the photo that you guys have been working on throughout this course . And I'm just gonna navigate again to that folder where I have this photo. You guys might have this photo in a different folder here, but I'll just open it up so you could see so I'll make this photo available in the resource is for this lecture. But this should be the most up to date version of the photo you've been working on throughout the course. So the photo with the latest adjustments or the latest edits I'm just gonna close this out here and now I'm going to click and drag this on my composition. So the first thing you'll notice, of course, is that this photo is way bigger than the size of our Facebook banner. So what I need to do now is a need to scale this down, but I need to scale it down with minimal quality loss. So to do this, I'll hit shift s on my keyboard and that's going to activate the scale tool here. You can also just grab the scale tool from your tool box and then click on your image layer . And now I'm just going to scale this down here to a size that is going to allow the main model in my photo to fit inside of the Facebook banner area so I could just scale this down here. Now hold control and zoom in So you could see now her head and her feet are inside of the boundaries here. If I want, I can include the bottom part of the bench. She's sitting on here, and then I can use thes center handles here to drag this over. So as I'm doing this, I'm keeping in mind that I don't want any portion of her to be outside of this guide area. So I'm gonna move this over like this. Another thing I want to keep in mind, though. Is that because this portion of the photo will show up on desktop? I don't want there to be any gap here, so basically, I'm just going to put this about right here and now I'm gonna come over here to the interpolation option, and I'm going to change this to know Halo, the reason being that no halo is the best option to use when you are scaling an image and there is no pixel art or text within the image, I do have a tutorial in the editorial section on how to scale an image with minimal quality loss. So I recommend checking that out. Now, I'm gonna come over here and click the scale button that will scale the image down. It looks a little bit pixelated because we did scale it down, but I'm also zoomed in quite a bit. If I zoom out to 100% you could see the quality loss is not really noticeable. Next, what I'll do is I'll add my background and I've decided that the best look for this is going to be a Grady in in the background and I want to use the colors that were provided to me by PM. See, at the beginning of this section and I'm gonna also use the red, the main red color, because I thought that looked best with this image. And then on the combine that with a secondary color, I thought purple looked best. So we'll go red to purple Grady in here and I'll show you guys how to do that here. So come over to the Grady and Tool. And right now I have my great aunt set to foreground to background. You can either go with HSV or RGB. I'll just go with RGB here. But of course, the problem is my foreground color is black and my background color is white. I'm gonna make sure my shape here is set to linear and make sure that the blend color set to perceptual RGB. So I need to change my foreground and background colors so I'll come over to our color palettes here, make sure that your PMC color palette is opened up in the palate editor, and I'm just going to click on my red color that's going to make read my foreground color. And then, if I control, click on the purple color that will become my background color. And now, if you look at the Grady in the foreground a background Grady int, it is now red to purple, as opposed to going from white to black or black to white. Now, what I'll do is I'll come over here to my layers panel and I'll create a new layer. I'm just gonna name this Grady int background and hit the enter key. I'm gonna put that above my background layer of my main background layer. And now I'm just going to click towards the top and hold the control key to drag it in straight line mode. And I'm just gonna draw this towards the bottom So you could see now we have a nice grading here, and I'm just going to adjust it so that the purple is a little bit more bottom heavy so that there's more red in the overall image. I can also drag these starting endpoint here a little bit lower. I actually don't like how that looks. I'm gonna leave it up top here and just dragged the midpoint of my Grady int down a little bit. And then this is the end endpoint here, so I'll drag that down a bit. And you guys can just adjust this until you get a look that you like. But I think that looks pretty good right there. So hit the answer key, and that will apply my ingredient. 8. Facebook Cover Photo: Adding Your Logo and Website: So we have our main image. We have our Grady in background. We need to add some text now, but I also think that the photo right now looks a bit too plain. I want to add a bit of dimension to this design by adding a horizontal line going across the image and you guys will see what I'm talking about. But basically, we're going to mask out the image. So instead of having a square edge, is going to now have a diagonal edge, and that's just going to add a little bit of dynamics here to our graphic. So to do that, I'm going to come over here to my path tool, and I'm gonna click on my image layer here, hold control and zoom in. I'm gonna create a note, appear towards the top left corner of my image. Word intersects with the boundary line here, and then I'm going to click and create a no down here and just gonna drag this note and make sure it doesn't intersect with their main model. And then I'm going to drag this note and make sure that it intersects with close to the top corner here of my image. Now I'm going to close off this path that I drew by creating another note. It drew a line or a line segment from this note because that was the note I was clicked on last. So now this is my active know down here. So holds control and click on this note here to create a union. So now we have this triangle shape that is intersecting our image. Next, I'm going to come over here and click selection from path, and I'm gonna hold control and zoom out. What I'm gonna do with this election now is turn it into a layer mask. So come over to my main image. Right? Click go to add layer mask under initialized layer mass to I'll choose selection and make sure the invert mask option is checked. You know, click and and that will mask out the area we just drew with our path tool. So they control shift A and grab another tool. And now you could see our composition looks a little bit more dynamic. Now I can click off of that layer, hold controlling zoo man, and that looks a little bit better. All right, so Now we need to add the logo of the business that we're creating this Facebook banner for . That's just standard design. Usually when you're creating Facebook Boehner, it either needs to include the logo of the company or some sort of promotional item. If you're running a promotion, maybe you're running a sale or something. So regardless you're gonna want to add the logo or some text in here. So I'm just gonna add the main logo for the purposes of this demonstration. And then I'll add the website below that you always want to have your website on all of your social media platforms just to help promote whatever it is you're promoting, you know your business or project. So we're gonna come back over here to our logo we created. If you don't have this opened up, just go to file open recent and you can click on that logo design file that you saved, or you could just open it up from whatever location your logo is in on your computer. But now I'm just going to click on this tab and drag it over to our tab here for our Facebook banner and then still holding the mouse. You're going to drag it down on your composition and release and that will release our logo onto our Facebook banner. Of course, this is far too large right now, so we're gonna hit control s to activate the scale tool. Or, of course, you can click on the scale tool in your toolbox and then click on the Slayer and you'll notice here that the layer automatically shows up as dropped buffer. You can double click on this and just rename this logo and hit the enter key. So we need to scale this down. First, I'm gonna turn the interpolation too low halo because there is text or graphical elements inside of the Slayer. So it should look a little bit better, said Toe Low Halo. And now I'm just going to click and drag this. Make sure your chain link icon is locked right here. That's going to keep the aspect ratio of your logo and we're just gonna drag this down until we get it to the size we like. And again, we want to keep it inside of this guy here because this is a main graphical element. I think this size looks pretty good. With of about 400 or so, we could be more exact if we want. So I do need room for the website below the logo. So I'll leave a little bit of room there, so go with that right there and I'll click scale. We can always move this later with the move tool if we want. And I can come over here to layer crop to content and that will shrink my layer size down there. So it's not so large. So now I'm going to add my text for my website. So come over here and grab my text tool Click on the composition here. I'm gonna change my color of my text a white before I type. And I just came up with a fictitious website here, so PMC company dot biz and this text size is a bit too small. So just click on here and select all my text. I'm gonna increase the size of my text a little bit. I also think that the text looks a bit cramped right now. Someone increased the turning and well, basically, increase it until it's the same with as the logo above. Let me grab my move Tool. You can always click and drag this up here. That looks pretty good to me. So I'm gonna keep it at that size and I'll go with about right here. So right before it starts to fade into the purple, that's where I'm gonna put my website. And now I want to align my logo for my company with the website text. So to do that, I can grab my alignment tool and a little known fact about the alignment tool. You can select multiple items with that tool and align those items together. It's not going to click on our first item, which is going to be our text. And then I'm going to shift click on our second item, which is going to be our logo. Then I'll come over here and I'm gonna change relative to to the first item. And then I'll click a line center of Target and that will line my objects together. So hit em to grab another tool, and then I can click off of both of those layers. There will hit control shift, t toe, hide those guides. So here is our Facebook banner. Now, this is looking pretty good. And I can now say this as a dot xy f file to make sure I have all of my original layer files intact. And then I can export this to a file types such as a JPEG or a PNG. So again, you do want to make sure that the file sizes under the recommended file size for Facebook banners, which is going to be about two megabytes, I believe otherwise just keeping a relatively small file size. So I'm gonna come over here to file Save as I'll just name this PMC Facebook banner Final, and this is a dot XY f file, so just click safe. It's recommended to say this as a PNG file, but if you want to save on the file size, maybe your file is pretty large. You can export this as a JPEG, and I'll go over here to file export. As right now, this is set up as a JPEG file. I could just change the file type here to PNG, hit the export button here. I'll keep everything said to the same and click export again and let me just say this once more as a J peg. Just in case that file size is too large, you can see that's just under two megabytes, so it should be fine, Although some of you might struggle with the file size, depending on how many design assets you had in your composition, so click export you can turn the quality all the way up. Or, if you're trying to save on room, you could turn it down to something like 75 click Export. And there we go. So that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, we'll show you how to design a Twitter banner. 9. Twitter Banner: Setting Up Your Template: in this lecture, I'll show you how to create a Twitter banner. We have the company logo, we have the Facebook banner. Now we're gonna move on to the Twitter banner, and it's going to be the same process for a similar process to the Facebook banner. We just need to know our dimensions for the Twitter banner. And we need to keep in mind that we're using this for the Web only. So a Twitter banner the recommended dimensions are going to be 1500 by 500. So I'll start by creating my new document with those dimensions. So go to file new. And now we're gonna change this to 1505 100 for the height and click. OK, hold control and zoom out the background color doesn't matter right now, because we're going to change that later anyway. But what I do need to do is import my Twitter template. So again you could download the Twitter template directly on the course. Resource is here, and once you've downloaded that, just navigate to the folder where that download is located and we'll do the same thing we did for the Facebook banner. So here is the Twitter template here, and I'm going to click and drag this onto my composition. And here you could see we have a slightly different set up here than the Facebook. So in this case, we have to keep in mind that the profile photo is going to overlap with your banner a little bit. So you don't want to put any main design elements in that section. And the reason this is so Obel Aung shaped and it's quite a large area is because the location of the profile photo for the Twitter photo is going to depend on what device the person is viewing it on. So, you know, on desktop it may be a little bit over here to the left and then on tablet. It may be over here to the right. It also depends on the browser they're using. So we're just going to mask out or block off this entire area right here and make sure we don't add any main design elements there. And then Twitter is going to actually just crop out this portion here of your design and this portion of top here. So even though we want to design this at 500 pixels wide. We do want to keep in mind that Twitter will crop that 500 pixel wide photos. So even though it does recommend 500 pixels as the with is going to crop that area down anyway. So it's kind of a weird set up that Twitter has, but we just want to keep that in mind before we start designing. So the next step as what we did with the Facebook Boehner is we need to create some guidance here based on the safe areas that we want to include all of our main design elements in. So I'm just going to come up top here and click and drag a guide from the rulers and just drop it right there. And we're going to repeat this process for the bottom hidden area. And don't worry. We'll go back and adjust these so that they're more precise and a lot of one more to the top of the profile photo area. And they were gonna come over here and add some horizontal guides here and just make sure that we block off this section of the profile photo area now hold control and zoom in, and we'll make sure that that looks good, which it does and zoom out a bit. Make sure this looks good. And then we'll come over here to the profile photo area. These need to be adjusted a bit, so we'll move that over. We'll move this up, and I'll hold the space bar to move over a bit. Actually, let me zoom out a second here, and I'll just move that over. All right, So all of our guides air set up, so we know to keep everything inside of this safe area here. We can ignore this guide right here, because this is only for this portion. So Onley keep in mind the area where the guides intersect for this portion. So now I'm going to come over here and just hide the main template layer. We don't need that anymore. And what we're left with is this background layer, the purple background 10. Twitter Banner: Importing a Photo and Adding a Background Gradient: and I'm going to stick with the same relative design that we've been using for the Facebook banner. So we're gonna keep that the same across all of our designs. And that is just sort of, you know, a branding tactic. You want your brand to look basically the same across all platforms. You just need to adjust the designs based on the dimensions of your header or the dimensions of your template here. So that way, everything fits in the main areas where you want it to fit. So keeping that in mind, we're going to start by importing our photo again. And so come over to the folder where that photo is located, and I'm just going to click and drag this and then drop it onto the Twitter header. So the Twitter header is going to be a different dimension than our Facebook banners. So the size of our image is going to show up differently. But what I need to do is hit shift s and that is going to activate the scale tool. And then I'm just going to click in drag my photos so that the main elements of my photo fit inside of the guides here. And I'm remembering that Twitter is going to crop the guides right here and right here. It's gonna crop the photo there. So I want to keep the main design elements in there. I'm also going to click on the middle, handles there and just move this over so that the right edge of my photo ends at the edge of my composition here. So I do need to scoot this over a tiny bit more like so. And then let me move this up a little bit. It's okay if the fee get cut off here, I wouldn't consider those a main part of the photo. I just want to make sure that her head doesn't get cut off there. That looks pretty good. So hit the scale button that will scale my design again. The same issue here as we had with the Facebook banner, is that this design looks a little bit to square a little bit too plain. So I'm gonna add that layer mask again, using the paths tool. So come over here and grab my past tool and hold control. Zoom in a bit. I'm gonna draw a note of top here and draw a diagonal down here with the second node. Just move this over a bit. I think that looks pretty good right there. And now I'm going to draw my other noted right here and then hold control and click on this note. Now create that triangle there. Now we can come over to selection from PATH. Come over to that layer, right click, go to add layer mask and under initialized layer mass to choose selection and make sure invert mask is checked. The reason that's checked as if I don't check it, and I click ad. You'll seal mask everything outside of the selection area, which is not what we want. So hit control Z There, right click go to add layer mask again. Make sure invert mascots checked and click. Add and I had control Shift A and then hit em on my keyboard to grab another tool, which is gonna be my move tool to get rid of that path that I drew. And if I hold control and zoom out with my mouse wheel now you could see again. We have a nice and Mawr dynamic design here with this diagonal next up we need to correct the background color. We want to add that same red and purple that we use for the Facebook banner. So I'm gonna come over here and create a new layer. And we already have greedy in background as our layer name from our last lecture. And I'm just gonna keep all the other settings the same. Make sure filled with that said to transparency and click. OK, let me just click and drag this above the template layer and I'll come back over here to my Grady and tool. Once again, we need to switch this to the red and purple. We already have purple as our background color, but I'll come over here to the pallets dialogue or the palate editor. In this case, if you don't have the palate editor open, you can come over to your palace dialogue and double click, and I'll just click on red as my foreground color. If you don't have purple is your background color. You can hold control and click on that, and that will make it your background color. Now I'll come back over to my layers panel and make sure I'm on McGrady and background layer and with my settings, the same as before. So we have the Grady and set to foreground background RG beef blend color space set to perceptual RGB and shapes that toe linear. Now I'm going to click up top hold control while I drag to draw this great in straight line mode. And remember that this portion below is going to get cut off so we don't want the purple ending right there will have an end right where that guy is. So it's the same as the cut off point, and I can adjust the midpoint here hit the enter key to apply that, and now we have that nice background color. 11. Twitter Banner: Add Your Logo, Website, and a Custom Shape Design: Now we need to drag and drop our logo into this composition like we did before. So come over to my logo composition. Here again, if you don't have this opening, go to file open and just find where you say that except file or go to open recent and it should be in there if you saved it recently. But I'm just going to click and drag the tab here over to our Twitter photo here and then release. So keeping in mind, we don't want any elements going into this area right here. I'm going to hit shift s on my keyboard and just scale the logo size down a bit. So skilled about there, actually, maybe a little bit more. So we have to keep in mind that we want the designer look fairly balanced. But we also need to add in the website here at some point so we could just play around here and when I'm actually gonna do is create a center guide here so that we know where the exact center of our composition is because I think in this case it's going to look more balanced with this at the exact center versus having this be centered between the guides here, the guide and the photo or trying to snap it to this guy right here, which is not in the exact center. So to add a guide to the exact center, I could just go to image guides New guide by a percent. And I do want a vertical guide here, but I'm gonna change the position to 50% and click. OK, so that is the exact center, My image. So now let's move this over here and move this down so that the bottom of the logo here lines with this guide and I think that looks pretty good there. So I'm just gonna hit scale. So next we need to add the website text here, so I'll just come over to my text tool and once again click on my composition here and I'll just type PMC company dot biz. I do want to change the color of my text toe white so I'll do that and click OK, I can increase the size of this text as well, and I need to click on the text and hate control A to select all of my text. If I want to use this text editor box here, so I'll just increase the size. My text. That looks pretty good. Increase the current ing here and let me come over here and grab my move tool and move this in the place. The problem right now is actually this text is too big and it's competing with that subtitle text, and that's not what I want to happen. I do want to align this to this senator guide here, so I'll go with about right here. But I'm gonna come back to my text tool and control A to select all my text. Let me actually change the text size to about 30 so it's not competing as much. Grab my move tool and how big or small you have this text ultimately depends on your preference personally, but I think that looks pretty good right there. So if I hate control shift T, this is what the design looks like without the guides. So this looks a little bit weird right now because there's so much negative space over here . Ah, lot of this negative space will be covered up by the profile foe, so that'll help take away some of this negative space, but I'll show you real quick how to add a little graphical element to the left side of our Twitter Boehner here, and what I'll do is I'll come over and use that path that we drew earlier. So let me just on hide that path and the reason I want to use this path is we have the angle of the photo right here, and we can use that angle to come over here and create a shape with the same angle. So let me come over here in my move tool, tool options. And I'm gonna change this to path, and that's going to allow me to move this path over. So let me click and drag this path, and I'll hold control while I move it to keep it in straight line mode. And I'm just gonna put it about right here and now they can come over here and click on this selection area, the path to selection option, and now I can come over here and click on the paths of selection option that will turn that path into a selection again. I can hide this path. I don't need it anymore. And now what I'll do is I will grab my free select tool. I'm gonna make sure the mode here is set to add to the current selection That's going to ensure that this selection area that we just drew stays here. But we're gonna add to it because we wanted to go all the way to the end of our composition . I'm just gonna draw it like that, hold control and zoom in for this part. You need to make sure the intersex inside of our selection area. So we're just going to connect this last note here and you could see that it does still intersects right here. And now if I hit the enter key, it'll add that selection area we drew to the existing selection area. And now we have this sort of diagonal shape, and it matches the same angle as the photo here. So come over here to the layers panel, create a new layer, and we'll just name this shape and hit the enter key. Now we could fill the shape in with whatever color we want. I'm gonna come back over here to our color palette. The color editor here. I'll come over and grab the bucket. Fill tool from my toolbox. Make sure foreground color Phyllis selected and I can experiment with these colors that I like the best. So let's try this off White. First, I'll take control Z. Now I'll come over here and create a new layer, and I'll name this shape because this is going to be the layer where we fill in that selection area and create our shape and I'll come over here and click. OK, so here's our shape layer. Now I need to fill this in with the color so I'll grab my bucket fill tool, and I'll come over here to my palette Editor and I can select from any of these colors that were provided by PMC this insurers that were staying inside of the color palette for the company. And let me try this off white color here so I'll fill that in. That looks pretty good. So hit control shift A to de select that area, and I'll come over here back to the layers panel, so we're clicked on the shape layer. I'm going to adjust the opacity of the Slayer because I don't like it as thief full off weight. But you could see it looks kind of cool with just this transparent, off way color here. And that adds some nice dimension to this. Hold control in Zoom in or I can hit Control Shift J that is going to make my image composition fit perfectly in my image window. And there is our final Twitter design. Now, we need to save this as a dot exe cf file. And we can also export this as a J peg to upload to Twitter. So I'll come over here and go to file save as Emina, name this PMC Twitter banner Final and hit the Enter Key. And of course, I want to export. This will go to file export as. And I'm gonna keep this set to J peg with the same name here inside of my final design assets folder and I'll click export, depending on the size of your image again, you can adjust the quality. Remember that Twitter, just like Facebook, is going to have limitations as to how large your file can be. So check on those limitations and then check on your final design file size. But once I have figured that out. I'll set my quality and hit export. And there you go. So that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, I'll show you how to design a linked in banner. 12. LinkedIn Banner: Setting Up Your Template: for this lecture, we're going to continue on with our social media design assets for professional models of Colorado. And for the next design, we're going to create a Lincoln banner. And once again, we need to know the dimensions for our banner, the recommended dimensions. In this case, it's going to be 15 36 by 7 68 So we will start by creating our new composition by going to file new. And we're gonna change the size to 15 36 by 7 68 and under the advanced options. Once again, make sure the X and Y resolution are set to 72. And you're gamma is said to perceptual Gamma s RGB, and I'll click. OK, so hold control in Zoom out here. Now we need to drag and drop our Lincoln Banner template, which is available in the resource is section for this lecture. So once we've done that, I'm going to open up the file location where I've downloaded the Lincoln featured image size. So here it is, right here, and it's going to drag and drop this right onto our composition. That'll open it up here and you could see if I hold control and zoom in. Here is the safe zone here. So you want to keep all of your design elements in here? This is where Lincoln is going to crop out the design elements in order to fit it at the top of the page. And by the way, this is for the business pages on Lincoln or the company pages. So I believe everything up top here is going to show up on a TV, But other than that, I haven't seen it show up anywhere else. But you do want to, as per usual, keep your design elements going from the very top of the composition to the very bottom. This is what linked in recommends. But we are going to keep all of the main design elements what you want displayed for the majority of your users inside of the safe zone. So I'm going to create some guides here, so I'll click and drag guides from the top and place it right here and then click and drag another guide and place it right there. I'll have the M key on my keyboard, hold control and zoom in. I still have the mode here, said two paths from the last lecture. So just changes back to layer and a whole control and zoom in. Now I can click and drag this guide up here to match up to where these points meet. Ah, hold control and zoom out with my mouse wheel. Hold control and zoom in. This one's already good. So now that we have our guide set, I can come over here and just hide the template layer. And now we can begin the designing process. 13. LinkedIn Banner: Importing and Customizing Your Photo to Enhance the Design: So the first part of this, as usual, is importing the photo we want to use. It's gonna be a little bit different for this design because it's so large of a design. But the safe area is so small, so the main parts of our image are going to have to squeeze inside of that safe area there while also somehow either going all the way to the edges of our design or maybe fading out So we'll get to that in a little bit. But first, let's just importer image. So I'm going to open up the file location on my image and just drag and drop this onto my Lincoln banner. So the image fits nicely inside of the overall size. But the issue is that Lincoln is going to crop it for the most part right here. So all we'll see is what's inside this area, and that obviously doesn't look great. I'm gonna drag this downwards here and see what this looks like. We could go with something like this where you can just see the model's face in here, and that's fine. But I'm actually a shift s again to bring up the scale tool. Ah, hold control and zoom out a bit. And I'm just going to click and drag the bottom of this until it matches with the bottom of my composition. The problem here is that if I move this down, you could see now there's too much space up here. So let me hit Control Z and just increase the size of this a bit and we'll move it to about right there again. We're getting too much cut off there, so let's try to increase it a bit more. I think ultimately we're not gonna be able to fit as much of the model in here as we would like. So what I'm gonna do is just decrease the size of this pretty significantly. I do still want the right side of this going all the way to the end of my image boundary. And I'm just going to continue scaling this down. I think this is going to be sufficient right here. So I'm gonna hit scale and we're gonna fix thes portions below and above here. But next, what I want to do is add that diagonal line we've been using. So to do that once again, I'm gonna grab my paths, tool. And I'm gonna come up here and just click to create a note and come down here and click again to create a note below. And you can see him going off the composition here, so I think that looks pretty good. You'll see why I'm going off the composition a little bit. Later on, I'm gonna create a design like we did for the Twitter banner over here on the left side. And now I'm going to just draw a triangle and hold control and create a union here, and that's going to create a closed off shape. Now come over here to selection from path and then I'll come over here to our photo layer, right click and go to add layer mask under initialized later. Mass to I'll choose selection and make sure the invert mask option is checked once again and I'll click. Add that will mask out our photo area. Quick control, shift A on my keyboard to hide that hit the M key on my keyboard to grab a different tool. Get rid of the path So we have our photo mast With that diagonal line. The issue is that the edges of my photo are just ending abruptly, and it looks kind of bad from a design perspective. So what I'm gonna do to sort of mitigate this a little bit is I'm going to add a bit of a Grady in to my layer mask so that the edges of my photo are going to fade out into the background, and that's just gonna help clean this up a little bit. So to do that, I'll come over here to the Grady and Tool, and then I'm going to change my foreground and background colors to black and white by clicking on this icon here. And then I can come over here and click on the Grady an option and change this to foreground to transparent. So, as you could see, that will just fade from our foreground color, which is black to transparency. And remember that when we paint on a layer mask, it's going to show up as transparent if it's black and if it's white, is going to show up as opaque or it's going to just fully display that portion underneath the layer mask. So what we need to do is just paint black on the areas that we want to fade out with this Grady int. So just click and drag and hold the control key to draw it in straight line mode. And you could see there's a bit of fading out happening here as the black is starting to enter into the composition here, the image layer. And then I'm going to click and drag this endpoint down a little bit so you could see the fade is starting to happen a little bit sooner, and that is allowing this to fade into our background. I can adjust the midpoint here to adjust where the fade out starts to happen. And let me just drag this endpoint down a little bit. Actually, I will just keep this right here at the layer composition line. If I hit the enter key that will apply that grading right there and it'll apply the fade out. So I need to do the same thing on the bottom. So I'm just going to click and drag, hold the control key, and then I can adjust the midpoint here and the end point. If I like it will hit the answer key. So if I zoom out and grab another layer you could see Now you have a nice fade out effect happening with the image. 14. LinkedIn Banner: Add a Background Gradient, Logo, Website, and Custom Shape: OK, now it's time to add the Grady in background to this composition. So as per usual, come over here and create a new layer. I'm just gonna name this Grady in background and hit the enter key, and I'll click and drag us above the template layer. And I'm just going to center up my photo here a little bit. Now I need to change the foreground and background colors back to what we had them at the red in the purple. So come over to my palette dialogue and just double click on my palette. I'm going to click on the red and then I'll control click on the purple that'll set up my red as my foreground color and my purple as my background color for this particular grading , we need it happening for the most part. Inside of the area that's going to be cropped up by linked in everything else outside of that crop area is, for the most part, not gonna be seen by people. They'll be seen by some people, but again, not by a majority of people. So I'm going to click and drag from the top of my crop area, hold the control key and just place this so that the ending endpoint of Argh! Radiant happens at the bottom portion of the crop. And then I can just the midpoint here. So this is the main area. The safe area will hit the answer key, and that will apply the Grady INT. Now we need to bring in our logo and add our text. So come back to the low composition to open this up. You go to file open recent, and you could just open that logo you designed recently. Or you could go toe open and find the file location where that's located. But once you haven't opened up in the gimp, you can click and drag this over to the Lincoln composition and then release that is too large. So I'm going to grab my scale tool and click on this layer, and then I'm going to just drag this inward, and if I hold control, it'll scale it down from the center. I don't want this to be too large because I still need to fit the website in here. So go with about there and drag it up so there's a little bit of room for the website below , and all had scale. I do think it will be best for this composition, much like our Twitter Boehner, to have everything centered up to the exact center of our composition. So I'm gonna add a senator guide here, and I can do that by going to image guides. New guide by percent set the direction to vertical in the position of 50 and I'll click. OK, I'll hit em to grab my move tool, and I'm just going to click and drag this until it snaps to that center guy there. And of course, we can crop this layer by going to layer crops the content, and that will crop everything down. Now it's time to add our website text, so I'll grab my text tool. I'm actually going to switch the foreground color here to White, and then I'll click right here toe added text box, and I'll type in PMC company. DOT is, and I'm going to just hit control a inside of my text box to select all the text and increase the size of my text until I have a good size here. And I also want to space the text out a little bit. That might be a bit too much. And I think the text size is a bit too large right now, so that looks pretty good. I'll grab my move tool and move this in a place. The Texas actually bit too large still right now. So let me just decrease the text size a bit more. That looks pretty good. So now again, I'll just drag this with the move tool until it snaps to that middle guy. There. Next, I'm going to fill up some of that negative space on the left side with a graphical element , much like we did before in the previous lecture here. So I'm going to come over here and grab the past tool on hide the path, and this is in the past, and by the way, well, hit em on my keyboard and make sure I have the move tool selected, and I'll come over here and change the mo to path. And now I'm going to click and drag this path over. I could hold the control key while I do. So we're just gonna estimate where we want this. So I'm gonna say probably about right here and I'm gonna come over here, grab my past tool click on this path, come over to selection from path that will create a nice selection area there. I'll grab my lasso tool and we can come over here and hide this path. We don't need it anymore. And now I'm just going to draw my free select tool inside of this selection area. So making sure they overlap, including up here at the top, which it does. And I'm making sure my mode is set to add to the current selection. And I'll hit the enter key that will combine those selection areas into a single. And I'll come over here to my layers panel, create a new layer, and I'll name this one shapes and click. OK, now come over here to my bucket fill tool, and I'm going to come back over here to my palette editor and choose this off white color. And I'm gonna fill this in, making sure that I am on my shapes layer here. I'm going to decrease the opacity of this shape and we'll go with about right there so it looks like a highlight, and I'll just click on this layer hit control shift A to de select that you can either leave this as is without going all the way to the edges. Or we can cause a fade out like we had over here. So too, do the fade out. We'll just right click go to add layer mask and I'm gonna choose white full opacity and make sure the invert mask option is not checked so white will cause the entire layer to still show up. And then we're gonna go in and add a black radiant And wherever we had, that black color is going to cause a fade out. So click add. Now I'll come over here to the Grady and Tool, and I'm gonna switch the color to black and make sure this is still set to foreground to transparent. And now I can draw migrating from the top. And you could see this is allowing this to fade out right here. You can always adjust the location of these starting and ending endpoints. So I'll go with that. Hit the enter key, and we'll do the same on the bottom here. So we have a nice fade out there. I'll hit the enter key and I'll hate control shift T to hide the guides. So here is our final Lincoln design. We're going to save this as a dot xy f and then we're gonna export this as a JPEG. So come over here to file and go to save as. And I'll just say this as PMC Lincoln Banner Final hit the Enter Key and I'll just go to file export as we'll save this one as a JPEG will hit export, I'll turn the quality of a little bit to 75 year hit export again. And there we go. So that's it for this lecture coming up. Next, we'll show you how to design a WordPress featured image. 15. Wordpress Featured Image: Wordpress Explained, Importing Your Photo and Adding a Gradient Background: In this lecture, I'll be showing you how to create a WordPress featured image. So for those of you who don't know where press is, WordPress is a free and open source content management system. And what that essentially means is that it is an interface to allow you to easily design and create websites while also storing your content. Or, in other words, it provides a simple user interface for managing content such as block posts, media, including photos and video in your website themes when you combine WordPress, which again is a CMS, or content management system with a domain and hosting service. So a domain is going to be something like google dot com or the U. R L. You type in to find a website, and the hosting service is going to be where all of that content is stored so that when people type in the URL, they get all of the content delivered to them via a website. So you combine all this stuff with WordPress. WordPress just makes it very easy to design your Web site and handle all of your content without having to code everything from scratch. So this is why We're press is so popular. It makes Web design super accessible to everybody. Now that you have a little bit of background on what WordPress is, weaken dive into what we are going over in this lecture, which is going to be designing a featured image for WordPress, where press pages and blawg posts have something called a featured image. This depending on the settings within your website template, is usually going to be the very first image that people see when they land on a page or a block post. It's also going to be the default image that shows up whenever you share your You are a link onto something like social media. So any time you copy a URL from your browser and you paste it into a social media post, for example, it's usually going to show some sort of snippet from that website where you just shared that link and we'll start off by going to file new and again, you need to know the image size. So in this case, is going to be 1200 by 600. Those air, the default dimensions for WordPress featured images, and I'm gonna come down here to advanced options. Make sure the resolution is set to 72 pixels per inch. Since we will be using this for the Web, you can keep all the other settings the same, and I'll click. OK, if I hold control and zoom out a little bit, we can get a full view of our WordPress featured image. And of course, I do have a template available for download in this lecture, and you can just open that up. So here is the folder where I have downloaded this template and it's right here. I can just click and drag this into gimp. If you want to skip the process of creating a new document, you can just click and drag this over here into the Wilbur icon and that will open this up as a brand new composition. But in this case, I'm just going to drag and drop it into our existing composition, and you can see here that the template doesn't have any sort of restrictions to it. It doesn't have a safe area. So what this is saying is that essentially, you can just add all of your main content into any portion of this featured image, and it's going to display inside of WordPress. All right, now that we have our template open here, we're going to again bring in the photo we've been using throughout this section. And so I'll open up that same folder here. And, of course, here we have our photo of the model, and I'll just drag and drop this on or composition. So here is our photo. As you can see, it's a little bit too large right now. So hit control s to grab my scale tool. And I'm just going to scale this down. Make sure the chain link icon is locked right here. And I'm gonna also move this in the place using the middle transform handles here. And I'm going to scale this until the bottom portion of the benches inside of my featured image dimensions here. Same with the top of the models head. We don't want any portion. They're getting cut off. And then I'm going to just drag this all the way to the left pretty much as far as I can without creating a space right here. And now we have the important parts of my image inside of our composition. Dimensions and Saul Click Scale. And I do want to point out that I did have my interpellation settings set too low Halo for that. Next, I'll come over here and create a new layer, and I'll just name this. Grady and I already have it named because I completed this tutorial earlier. But I'm gonna make sure my fill with is set to transparency because I don't want this layer having a background color and I'll quick. Okay, now I'll come over here to my foreground and background colors, and I'm gonna change this back to my read that I've been using throughout this section so you can copy my HTML notations. Or, of course, find the red inside of your palate editor and I'll click. OK, then I'll come over here to the background color, and I'm gonna change this to the purple we've been using so again you can copy that html notation and I'll click. OK, now I'll come over and grab my Grady and tool. I am going to change my grade and back to foreground to background RGB. Make sure my shape is set to linear and now I'm going to draw migrating here holding the control key to draw in straight line mode. So I do want this to overlap with the image that we had right here, so you can always reduce the opacity of the layer and just make sure that your end point goes a little bit past the photo. I am going to make this photo fade out a little bit so that the radiant and the photo fade into one another. So I hit the enter key to apply that greedy int, and I'm just going to turn my opacity back up. And actually, I had the layer stacking order incorrect here. So let me just drag and drop this below our Colorado model photo. So right now there is too much of a hard edge right here at preferred if this photo faded into our background. So to accomplish that, I'll come over here to our photo layer, right click and go to add layer mask under initialized layer mass to I'm gonna choose white and make sure my invert mask option is not checked and I'll click Add so that won't do anything right now. But now what I can do is come over here and I'm just going to click this icon here to switch my colors to black and white again. And then I'll come over to my Grady and type, and I'll go to foreground to transparency or foreground to transparent. Now I'll come over here to my photo layer. I'm going to click and drag this again, holding control while I do it. I'm just going to grab my starting endpoint here, still holding control and just drag that in a little bit so that the starting endpoint happens a little bit inside of the boundaries of this photo layer, and you can hold control and zoom in to make sure that that does fade out there. So I just hit the enter key. And now if I click on another layer, you should see we have a nice fading out from the photo to the background layer. 16. Wordpress Featured Image: Importing a Photo and Adding a Button: Now that I have my Grady and backgrounds set up and I have my photo fading into the background, I can bring in our professional models of Colorado logo. So I'll just come over here to my composition within gimp and click and drag this on to our tab for the composition we're working on right now. And then I'll release this logo and that will drop this indoor composition here as a dropped buffer layer. You can always double click on this and rename this logo. And now I just need to move this up in the stacking order. So click and drag that to the very top and then I'll hit Shift s to enable my scale tool. I'm just going to click and scale this down and again. I do have the chain link icon locked over here, and I'm just going to place this logo on the left side and I can increase it a little bit here. I'm just placing it on the left side of my composition. I don't need it to be exactly centered right now, so I just had scale in order to senator this exactly. I could just grab my alignment tool click on our logo layer, and then I'll come over here and change the line relative to image. And now I can click right here to align to the middle of Target and now hit the M key to grab my move tool and just going to move this a little bit to the right, holding the control key to keep it in straight line mode, so I'll just place it right there. So once we have our main logo in place, I think the best thing to do next is to add a button. And you guys don't have to worry about whether or not this button can actually be hard coded and clicked on because we can link the entire featured image inside a WordPress. And the button really just provides people a way of knowing where to click and also the fact that this featured image is going to be clickable. So this is going to be a banner at the top of your WordPress page or a block post, and you want that banner to link to another page or maybe link lower on the page. It would be a good idea to include a button in your featured image. So to create a button, we're going to start just by creating a new layer. So come over here and create a new layer, and I'll just name this one button, fill it with transparency and click OK, and for now, I'm just going to keep the button layer size the size of our entire composition. And now what I can do is come over here and grab my rectangle select tool. And there are two different styles of buttons, so you can either click and drag this as is and have a nice square button here. And that is certainly a nice modern look, and a lot of people do that, so that's very common or all had control. Shift A to de Select that you can also come over here and click the rounded corners option , and you'll see that when I have that checked. If I click and drag my rectangle selectable, hold control and zoom in now the corners on my rectangle are a little bit rounded, so hold control zoom out. That's just another style that is commonly used. So for this example, I will stick with the rounded corners option. I think right now this button is a little bit too large. We do want a nice large button that is easy to click on, but we don't want it to be too huge. So I'm just going to click and drag the corners of this in words. I'm not holding anything while I do this right now. So go with about right here and you can see the full size of the button over here. So if you want something more exact, like 300 I could just type 300 in there and hit the tab key and that will shrink this down . And then maybe I'll have this one B 100 hit the tab key, and that will change the size of the height of my button So I can always click inside of here and just move this around a little bit. So let's just place this right here. So it's about center with our logo. So now we want to fill our button in with a nice contrast in color. We don't want to use the same colors we've been using, so we don't want to go with a purple or red so I always like to test out multiple color, so I think I'll go with a white to start, and then we'll pick a few different contrast and colors as well. So I'll come over here to my palettes and then a double click on the PMC color palette here and bring that up in the PMC color palette editor So you can see we have several colors here in the main contrast in colors, I would say are white and this light blue and this is an off way. I think this dark blue is probably too close to the colors that are going on in the background, so it won't stick out too much. So let's go with this off White at first and I'll hit, shift, be to grab my bucket fill tool And then I'm just going to click and fill in inside of my rounded rectangle here, and it looks pretty good. Let me just test out the light blue as well so I can fill that in. That looks pretty good, but I don't think it's contrast ing enough so he controls E. I will just go with the white button here. So now I'll come back over here to my button layer inside of the layers panel 17. Wordpress Featured Image: Adding Effects to Your Button and Exporting Your Design: Now that we have our button background, I do think we should add some effects to this. I don't like over doing effects on buttons because it could make it look a little bit too cheesy. But I do think we should add something like a stroke and then a drop shadow to the overall button. And of course, we need to add text or button. So for starters, let's go with the stroke on here. And to do that, I'm going to come over here to my paths dialogue, and I'm gonna come down here and click this option to turn my selection area into a path So that will turn this current selection area around our rounded rectangle into a path. And I can, of course, on Hide that, and you guys can see that. So they control, shift a cold control and zoom in a bit. So there's two options here. We can either stroke the path directly on the same layer as the button background, or we can create a new layer and put the stroke on its own layer. And that's what I'm gonna go with for now. So come over here to my layers panel create a new layer, and I'll just name this button stroke. Make sure it's filled with transparency and click OK. And since we have multiple layers for the same element, what I'll do now is create a layer group and start to put all of my layers inside that layer group to keep things organized. So come over here and create a new layer group, and I'm just going to double click on this and name this button elements and hit the answer key. And now I can click and drag these layers into my layer groups. I'm just dragging here and for the second layer, I'm going to put it underneath the first layer and just release. So come back up here to the button stroke layer, and now I'll come over to my paths tool. I am just going to click on this path here to select it. And now I can click on stroke path, and this is going to stroke the path with whatever color we have currently selected as our foreground color. Right now that's this light blue, which I don't think contrast enough with the button itself. So I'm gonna come over here to my palette editor and grab this dark blue, and I'll just test this out for now. I'm gonna set the line with 22 point. Oh, for now, turn on the anti alias. English is just going to ensure that the rounded portions of our stroke are going to be nice and smooth, most going to make sure the stroke is a solid line and I'll head stroke. So I'll hit em to grab my move tool. And I'll come over here to our palates dialogue and hide that palette there so you could see what our stroke looks like around her button. Hold control and zoom out a bit, so that looks pretty decent, which means the next step is going to be to add a drop shadow. So to add my drop shadow, I'm going to choose the original button background layer. So come over here to my layers panel, and here we have the button background layer and let me just double click on this and name this button background to make it easier. So I'm going to click on that layer and come over here to filters Layton Shadow and she was drop shadow and you can see we have a nice drop shadow here on her. But now I'm going to decrease these values the X and Y values because I don't want this being too far offset from the original button. And if it's negative, it'll start to crop up here into the top left portion of the button, and that's not what I want. So I'm just gonna have it be slightly offset from the right side of the button here, and I can turn down the Blur radius so there isn't as large of a drop shadow happening here . I don't like really large drop shadows. I think it looks better when it's a little bit more on the subtle side. So go with something around five right there. So there's a before there's an after nice and subtle. You can also play with the opacity here if you want. If you train the opacity up, it will be more visible. If you turn it down. Of course, it will be less visible, so I'll just go with something like I'll just manually changes to 0.75 and we could do a before and after and click OK, so the last thing I need to do here with this button is I need to add the text. So come over here and grab my text tool. And I'm just going to click inside my button. And usually when you're creating text for a button, you want it to be some sort of call to action, as they call it. You wanted to say something like Click here or read more, or in our case, I'm gonna go with learn more. And so that's just directing users to click on the button. And it's going to take them to another page or some other content on the website. So I'm gonna click inside my button here, which I've already done, and I'm just gonna put the caps lock key on and type. Learn more, and I'm gonna hit control aid to select all my text. And I just want to increase the size of my text a little bit here and I'll go a little bit more then I'm also going to increase the current in here just to spread the text out a bit . I'm going to click and grab my move tool, and then I'm just going eyeball. This and get it nice in the center, inside my button, like so and now if I click off this text layer now, you can see we have a nice finish button. I do think with this button here now I can move my logo up a little bit more So with the move tool. I'll just click and drag this up while holding the control key and that'll keep it in straight line month. So I put it about right here, and I think we can also drag the button up a little bit. But we have three different layers for our button. So what I can do is come over here to the Layer group, right click and go to Merge Layer Group and that emerge all the elements onto a single layer, and I'll come over here to layer crop to content, and that'll crop my layer size down. And then I can click and drag this upwards with the move tool. And now you can see it's nice and easy to move. So get everything positioned to where I want it all right. Now that I have our featured image design, I'm going to export this to a. J. Peg, keeping in mind the fact that where press is going to function a little bit better, our Web pages going to load a little bit faster if the overall size of the image is smaller . So I'll come over here to file export as and I just named this WordPress and let me turn my caps lock key off where press featured image. And I'm going to change the file type to a Dodge a peg, and then I'll just navigate over to the folder where I want to save this and I'll come over here and hit export. And when it comes to saving for a website, I recommend keeping the quality within 60 and 75. So in this case, I'll just go with 70 and I'll hit export. That's just going to decrease the overall file size for the final J peg, and there we go. So that's it for this class on how to create social media and Web site designs