If you’re on Google+ you may know that they recently changed the type of cover photo you can use. I thought it would be fun to do something simple, yet a little different than just a standard photo, and the image in the screen-shot above is what I have on my page right now (and very likely to change around in the future). :)
I also thought it would be fun to share my template with other users, so if you want something similar to the layout I have on my Google+ page (with your own photos, of course), then here’s a link to download the PSD file! I created it using Photoshop CS5, but in theory it should work with any version of Photoshop CS2 and above (I don’t have them all so I can’t check).
Here are instructions on using the template:
- First, download your template and unzip/extract the file. (Here’s the link to download the file.)
- Open the template file in Photoshop.
- Have a folder of images you want to add to your cover photo.
NOTE: If you want them to size perfectly to the images in the template, prepare your images so they are sized to 600px x 400 px (horizontal) and 400px x 600px (vertical). If they are larger or smaller, that’s okay … you’ll just have to resize the smart object to make it fit. (Click “Edit > Free Transform” to resize the image.)
- Right-click on the Smart-Object (image) you want to replace in the Layers panel (the description text, not the thumbnail), and select “Replace Contents…”
- Navigate to the photo you want to replace, select it and click “Place”.
- Your photo should now be in the border (if it is sized funny, see step 2).
- To save your file, click “File > Save As…”, select where you want to save it, and make sure you pick JPEG from the “Format” drop-down.
The last step is to replace your new perfectly-sized cover photo on your profile over on Google+! :)