Below is a step by step easy to follow guide on how to select a usable image for a post. Any questions, feel free to email Joel Arbaje at firstname.lastname@example.org
What size do poster images need to be?
Poster Images need to be set at our ratio to make sure it fits the rest of the site. The ratio is 16:9.
1920 x 1080 pixels is the max size
Smallest possible size is 960 x 540
Most common size is 1280 x 720
Where can i get these poster images?
Since we are a commercial site, selling ads and branded supertags when they are called for, we can only use Creative Commons license with rights to commercial entities.
Here are the preferred image search engines.
- Flickr: Make sure you scroll to the bottom and select both "Creative Commons and Commercial License"
- Creative Commons Directory
- 500px Creative Commons
Some posts are specific to videos, apps, websites, new products. In these cases, conceptual art images (like flickr) are not needed. Instead, screenshots of the product will work. If a screenshot features a lot of text or buttons, this may cause confusion to the reader. In this case, we like to do a tilt shift to angle the image to make it clear that it's a screenshot, and not a part of our site. If you need to create a tilt, please email me (email@example.com).
Here are some tilt shift examples:
Please do not use watermarked images for poster images.
Think about our website like your computer: you cannot have two of the exact same file names, right? So please do not upload every single image as (poster.jpg...etc). Please name the image to reflect something in the post, but with no spaces or special characters (NO SPECIAL CHARACTERS SUCH AS : ; - . , " ' ? * & $ % # ( ) [ ] ETC NONE OF THESE)
One solution I use is simply grab the back-end URL of the post. For example, for this post, the poster would be saved as p-1-creating-poster-images-fastcompany.jpg. The P for is for me, so I can tell it's a poster image. If I need to change it in the future, I can replace the 1 with another number or letter etc. No more uploads of screenshot details, ie: Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 10.51.13 PM.png. This is breaking our site.
Please make sure you have coded the CMS properly so we do not have back-end errors. Lately the teaser elements has been left N/A, which causes a display error on our contingency site. Please see the image to the right for the example, which shows how NOT to do it. Our coding and labeling is crucial to making sure we do not gets errors on the site, and it helps out the developers. When we find errors, and non-labeled posts like these, I normally have to manually go in and change it. Below is how it should look. The Overlay Style defines the color of the Fast Company Logo, it is important to the aesthetics, please just give it an extra look. By default, the overlay style of the logo at the top-left-hand side is BLACK. But if the image is dark, the best option will be Light Logo.
Please make sure you input the video using the external video button found in the CMS. It looks like the image to the right, and you can see examples below. The gray box indicates its an external video, the no-frame indicates its an iframe html code. This external button is to be used for Vimeo and Youtube only. This is more of a style guide issue, but since I cannot oversee every post, I want to make sure its properly displayed.
iframe HTML code video:
Video slideshows should only be used if there are more then two videos to be displayed, or if they are necessary. It can be very lengthy and tedious process to set up.
- Grab a screenshot
- Resize to 640 x 400
- Upload the screenshot into the SLIDESHOW SECTION
- Paste the html code in the html box, manually adjust the html saves to 640 x 400 (see screenshot)
- Save the post, then re-enter the edit mode
- Click on HTML BUTTON on the HTML box (see screenshot)
On Flickr, please always link directly to the IMAGE LOCATION, not the user photo-stream. Having a DIRECT URL is crucial when it comes to archiving, and rights issues if any should arise...
Screenshots (of a video) do not need credit line if the video is in the post.
[Image Courtesy of Paramount Pictures or PR FIRM]
[Image via Website, Facebook, APP NAME]
[Image: Flickr user John Smith]