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We’ll look at this piece of artwork that I have and show you how I came up with this. It’s mainly using the principles and concepts that we’ve talked in the previous episode of what makes an excellent podcasting cover for your show.
How you can create this on your own
Open up a canvas
The minimum size requirement is 1400 pixels by 1400 pixels. Make sure it’s RGB and 72 dpi on the resolution. If you want to go more substantial, you can, and the maximum is 3000. We’re going to start with 3000 because it’s good for featured images and also if you reduce the size later in the future, it holds up better than trying to scale things up.
We’ll go ahead and press okay, that’ll open up a new canvas here for us.
Create some new layers
Put the background and the text on top very quickly so that way I know precisely a where are things positioned.
I start creating a few tones, so I might do like a dark tone and start filling it with a specific color, and then I’ll go ahead and pop my text on here.
I typically split up the letters or the words each one because when you do that, you’re able to modify and manipulate things a lot easier. I’ll go ahead and type each one a new line, and you can already see here how it’s starting to become created.
You can start playing and manipulating the fonts and where you want the position of things.
I like to keep my reading very simple and make sure that people can read things without stressing about them, because the more that they stress their eyes and strain their eyes, the more difficult it becomes. Sometimes, they may not even listen or watch your show because they’ve had that initial strain.
Start creating some other elements
I have face shots that I’ve created and every year – I’ll go ahead and take more face shots and what I do is I do a green screen effect. I create a lot of them, and then I pre-edit them to use in thumbnails, that way I don’t have to pose for my thumbnails. They’re already pre-done.
I’ll start creating a couple of so I’ll go ahead and create one box, and then I’ll start putting a little bit of a background behind it. Doesn’t matter what the color because we’ll adjust it here later.
A couple of other things that you could do is the background. The background looks a little plain right now.
Instead of this background, you can do a gradient. You can see you have a little bit more of a dynamic view to the to the cover. It gives it a little bit of depth.
The other thing that you could do is find a background picture. So, let’s say you go to Pixabay. Download the biggest size possible. Drag this in there behind me, and we’ll have to size it up. Now, what I can do is change the opacity a bit, and that gives you a little more depth.