Creating and Uploading Your Custom Google+ Profile Artwork

Creating and Uploading Your Custom Google+ Profile Artwork

Google has recently changed Google Plus and gave it a new look. This included changes to the appearance. In this video, I explain how to create a custom photo for your new Google+ profile.

How to create custom photo art without a template for the new 2015 Google Plus profile page

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Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Christopher from Virtual Webmaster Services.

Today I am going to talk to you about how to create and upload images for your Google Plus Profile.

Before we get started I would like to talk to you a little bit about Google Plus.

Up until recently Google Plus has been central to Google online strategy, and it was mandatory to have a Google Plus account to gain access to any of Googles other products and services.

This has changed. Google Plus is not optional, and along with this has come a relaunching of Google Plus with a slightly different look.

This is the previous look, we have our image here, our photo here, and on the left panel there was some information, and this photo reproduced over here but blurred.

That is the classic look.

Now having set our Google Plus profile back to the classic one would expect that this is how it might appear for everybody, but this is not the case.

If you open up the same profile in another browser you get the new look. It would seem the option of switching between classic and new look is only applicable to the Google Chrome browser, and perhaps only your own view.

So designing your image for the classic Google Plus is no longer an option.

OK, we are already logged into the Google plus account so when we run our mouse over the two objects, the photo and the image, we get the option to edit.

So let’s go ahead and do that, and we are now presented with a number of options to upload an image for the photo. Google provides some images in their own gallery if you have previously uploaded images, they will be here in albums, any images you have previously used as your cover photo will be here, and we have the option here right now to upload our new custom photo art.

Now let’s look at Google’s guidelines for creating our own custom photo art. As I read these instructions for creating our profile and cover photos, I notice that it’s referring to the classic. This line here “your profile photo is a smaller, circular photo near the top left of your profile”

This was true with the classic look, but it’s certainly not the case with the new Google Plus look.

What we are going to do is create photo art for this format, with the profile photo and other information at the bottom of the image.

Now I have done a search for Google templates and all the available templates I can find online still reflect the classic view.

Now back over here to the specifications. We’ve got a recommended size of 1080 by 608.

A minimum of 480 by 270, and a maximum of 2120 by 1192. In the absence of any other information we will have to stay with this recommended size of 1080 by 608, so we are going to go ahead and create some custom photo art, we won’t be using any of the available templates, we will have to create our own to reflect the new look and these dimensions. Now for that, I am going to use Photoshop.

I have gone ahead and created an image in Photoshop using those dimensions and adding the objects I would like on my Google Plus profile page.

I am not about to give you a lesson in how to use Photoshop, but just a few little tips. One is that I have chosen a white background but you can have whatever color background you want, and the image objects I selected are transparent, let me show you what that means. Here is the man, as you can see he is cut out and the background is not visible. Now we have copied that across and that will sit on top of whatever color background, or pattern, or other photographs that happen to be there, and as I said, in this case, my background is white. We will go ahead and save this so we can upload it to our Google plus profile.

Ok, let’s upload now. We are given the option to crop the image, but as I have created the image to exactly the recommended dimensions, I don’t want to crop the image.

So I am going to maximize this, and then select this as our new cover photo and see what it looks like.

OK, it’s showing us in the classic view, so let’s jump across right now to the new Google Plus view and see what it looks like. As you can see it fits perfectly with the allowance here, given the variation in screen sizes and resolution it should be fine.

So that is basically it. That is how you create your custom Google Plus profile image and upload it.

Now if you would like your virtual webmaster to assist, that is something we certainly can do, just ask him and he will tell you how to get started.