I need to create a header graphic for my Blip.tv account. I have a series of 350+ videos but not necessarily a web series. Well, I do now and I have to dress up the joint.I really don’t want to switch to another video web host, I like the service. I’m not that keen on paying for boilerplate graphics. I might have to but I want to see what I can do.
These are the requirements as I understand them:
- The header graphic size is 980 wide by 400 tall saved in the jpeg or png format
- Aim for simplicity
- Give a sense of what your show is about
- Can't use a screen shot of my web site
- Can't put my blog's web address in the header
- Can't cram too much text or photos
- Can't use copyrighted images
Web Series Concept
If I commit to the concept of having a web series then I need to be able to communicate what my show is about. I had to write a 150 text statement and before I could do that I had to reflect on what I have currently uploaded.
For Out On the Stoop I record my adventures and encounters in Los Angeles. I also record some of the poets for Poetry In Plain Sight that also appears on my blog.For the time being, I'm going to support the Out on the Stoop blog and use that as the focus of the header.
What Do I Have?
I got photos and can extract screen captures from my videos. That is the good news.
If you are a for profit or commercial blog or web site you cannot use images of other people for profit generating purposes without their signed written permission. You will need to have a written release to be totally safe or you need to make use of royalty-free photos.
I have an intentionally non-commercial blog. I have written or video permission to record individuals but I still have to be careful about using images of people.
Software and Resources
I have Irfanview which is the a free and simple photo editing program. I also have Corel PaintShop Pro X3 that has a side module that creates collages, SnagIt for screen captures and editing.
For animation banners I have an old version of Swish Max. I’ve got PowerPoint. As far as software is concerned I have an abundance of riches. I really can’t list all the stuff I have. I’ve forgotten.
That is the project for the week and yes, there will be video support that I’ll scrounge up from other folks or I’ll conjure it up myself.
Part of the new frontier is that you have to have more than one skill set. Being flexible and adaptable is the name of the game. That creativity thing is a hill I'll have to cross when I come to it.