Today, social networks continue to be a place where artists can work and be in touch with their audience and customers. So I decided it was time to update the outdated design of my Twitter profile.
You can change the appearance of your page on social networks with the help of the many backgrounds available on the Envato Market website.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an interesting geometric design with your photos that can be used in a twitter account header.
1. Analyzing the layout
Twitter uses a floating background that adjusts to different screen resolutions. Because of this, it is rather difficult to calculate exactly which area of the header the user will see on this or that device. Fortunately, there are certain recommendations that will allow us to get rid of unnecessary work. Twitter recommends using a 1500 x 500 pixel image for the header. However, the picture will still be reduced by the system to a size of 1263 x 421 pixels, but I believe that it is wiser to follow the official recommendations.
Open Photoshop and go File – New (File – New) (Ctrl + N). We call the new document “Twitter cap” and install Width (Width) by 1500 pixels, and Height (Height) – 500 pixels. Resolution (Resolution) – 72 pixels / inch, the background is left white.
Move on View – NewGuide (View – New Guide) and create guide lines. First, set the vertical and enter the value of 317 pixels. Then create another vertical guide with a value of 1188 pixels. Thus, we divided the working canvas into three columns. The central area will be displayed on mobile devices. Therefore, it is important to take these guides into account when developing the design of the cap.
2. Draw a triangular mesh
Pictures look much more interesting when using a geometric design than when placing them in a line. However, many artists do not want to bother with pixel-by-line building lines and angles. But I will show you several tricks on how to achieve the desired angle of inclination of the lines, without spending time on mathematical calculations and retaining a beautiful and neat design.
Take RectangleTool (U) (Rectangle) and choose any bright color that will stand out on a white background (we will change it later). We click on the working canvas to bring up a window CreateRectangle (Create a rectangle). In field Width (Width) we enter 10 pixels, and in Height (Height) – 900 pixels. Then click OK and move the created rectangle to the right guide.
We use PathSelectionTool (A) (Outline selection) to highlight a rectangle (make sure that PathOperations (Outline operations) is set to AddtoShape (Add to the figure)). Move on Edit – Copy (Edit – Copy) (Ctrl + C) to copy the shape. Then go Edit – Paste (Edit – Paste) (Ctrl + V) to paste the copied rectangle above the original.
Further Edit – FreeTransform (Edit – Free Transform) (Ctrl + T), rotate the copy so that the lower end touches the lower right corner of the working canvas and intersects the vertical rectangle exactly in the center. The left end of the copy should touch the top of the working canvas.
Make sure the previous rectangle is still selected, go Edit – Copy (Edit – Copy) (Ctrl + C) and Edit – Paste (Edit – Paste) (Ctrl + V) to copy the shape. Then Edit – FreeTransform (Edit – Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) and flip the copy horizontally.
Activate again PathSelectionTool (A) (Outline selection) to select two diagonal lines. Then copy and paste them. Activate the free transform and move the copies so that their left ends touch the left guide line.
The copied rectangles are still in the clipboard, so again press Ctrl + V to insert a new copy. Move them to the left to the very edge of the working canvas, so that a triangle is formed from the lines. Make sure the rectangles are connected by upper and lower ends with adjacent lines to the right.
It remains for us to add a vertical rectangle to the left. Copy and paste the vertical line and transfer the copy to the left guide.
3. Create triangles for the photo.
The grid we created will serve as the border between the photos that will be under it. Thanks to a well-constructed grid, all photos will be located at the same distance. In addition, we do not need to worry about the photos having neat edges, because the grid will be on top of the pictures and hide all the flaws.
Name the mesh layer BorderLines (Grid) and click on the button LockAll (Fix all) on the layers panel to not accidentally change this layer while working with photos.
Click on the background layer to remove the selection from the layer BorderLines (Grid). Then take PenTool (P) (pen) in mode Shape (Figure) and set the fill color, which will stand out on a white background and grid. In the upper left corner draw a triangle. Make sure it is under the net.
It is important that PathOperations (Outline operations) on the tool options panel was set to NewLayer (New layer). Due to this, each new triangle will be created on a separate layer. We draw the second triangle to check that everything works as it should.
We continue to draw triangles until we fill the entire grid. You should have 12 triangles.
Remove blocking from layer BorderLines (Grid) and change the color of the contour to white.
4. Add a photo
Having finished with triangles, we begin to embed photos into the composition. The most difficult thing is to determine which picture to add at which place, so that everything looks beautiful and harmonious. Fortunately, this technique allows us to experiment freely with the size and location of photos.
First, select the shape on top of which we will add a photo. Then go File – PlaceEmbedded (File – Place embedded) and select our image. Place it so that it completely covers the triangle.
Move on Layer – CreateClippingMask (Layer – Create Clipping Mask) (Alt + Ctrl + G) to transform the layer with the photo into a clipping mask for the triangle. At the same time, the photo remains completely independent and editable. Because of this, we can place it as we want, without worrying about the extra details.
We continue the process of adding a photo and converting it into a clipping mask until all 12 figures are filled.
5. Final effects
Because of the wide variety of photos, such a design can look chaotic and incoherent. And the lack of consistency in the composition can confuse the viewer. Therefore, we will add some additional effects that will help us create a holistic design.
Activate the topmost layer with a photo on the layers panel. It should be immediately under a layer. BorderLines (Grid). Then go Select – ColorRange (Highlight – Color range). In dropdown menu Select (Select) choose Reds (Red) and activate the option Invert (Invert). Thus, we will select all shades except red.
Add an adjustment layer Layer – NewAdjustmentLayer – GradientMap (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map). Photoshop will automatically apply the selection from the previous step to the adjustment layer mask. This means that the gradient effect will be applied to the entire image, except for the red areas.
On the panel Window – Properties (Window – Properties) open the drop-down list with the choice of gradients, there click on the gear icon and select Photographic Toning gradient. In the dialog box that appears, press the button Append (Add) to add new gradients to the current list.
Scroll to the bottom of the list of gradients and select Sepia-Blue 2.
Set the opacity of the adjustment layer to 60% to reduce the effect.
Hold the Alt key and go to Layer – MergeVisible (Layer – Merge visible) (Shift + Ctrl + E) to create one merged layer. Bleach it Image – Adjustments – Desaturate (Image – Correction – Desaturate) (Shift + Ctrl + U).
Set the layer blending mode to Screen (Lighten) and reduce the opacity to 30%. Then go Filter – Blur – GaussianBlur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set Radius (Radius) by 5 pixels. This will give the whole composition a soft focus effect.
Move on File – ExportAs (File – Export as) and select the format JPG. We set the lowest possible quality, at which too noticeable distortions do not appear on the picture. The lower the weight of the file, the faster it will load on your profile page. After saving, go to Twitter and update the page header.
In order to create a similar header for a Twitter profile, it is important to use the same tint and soft focus effect. Apply a gradient adjustment layer with similar settings and create a merged layer with a slight blur.
This is a fairly universal design that can be used with any photos of any subject.
Beautiful geometric design is a great way to highlight your Twitter profile. In this tutorial, you learned how to create perfect angles without any mathematical calculations with the help of a few tricks. After that we added a collection of photos and applied several additional effects in the form of toning and soft focus to make the composition look complete.