Social Media Image Maker by Autre Planète

APOne of the things that designers need to keep up with is all the different branding guidelines and specs from all the different networks and services like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Flickr (just to mention a few).

I have developed several PSD freebies over the years, but a site I’ve found useful (mainly to take out the specific sizes I need the images to be in) is Social Media Image Maker by Autre Planete. They have this smart site that lets you resize and slightly retouch your images.

These are the services they set up for you: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, Flickr, Vimeo, Pinterest, Skype, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Gravatar, Xing, Viadeo, Slideshares, Foursquare,

Give them a try!

Google+ Cover Image (March 2013) – Free PSD Template

Google+ has been a little off these last few days, and now we know why! Google updated several things on both Personal Profiles and Pages, including Cover Image:

  • Local Reviews Tab: In addition to your photos, +1’s and YouTube videos, there’s now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings. After scrolling down, you can find it on top right of the menu bar.
  • Easier to Edit Info: The About tab now consists of separate cards (Story, Places, and Links), each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you. And a new bonus, now those areas are highlighted with a google color: red, blue, yellow, and so on.
  • Bigger Cover Photos: And also a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (they can go all the way up to 2120 pixels by 1192 pixels), and they display in 16×9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.
  • Round Profile Picture (over the cover): As Facebook redefined logo sizes to be square, now Google adds its own twist with making the logo hovering on top of the cover image by making it round – so you have to be careful with logo placing.

Everything’s rolling out gradually, so check back soon if you don’t see it yet. Now, to business! I updated the Google PSD Template to meet the new standards, both for cover pictures and circled profile pictures. You can download the (zipped) Photoshop Header Image Templates here:

Google+ PSD Template

New Google+ Profile Picture