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November 24, 2011 / carlispina

Make a Banner for your Google+ Profile

Google+ Icon by David Silva

The recent addition of brand pages to Google+ has led to a flurry of activity as many companies, institutions and libraries develop their Google+ presence. Many individuals and institutions using the service choose to take advantage of the space provided for five images at the top of each Google+ profile to create banners by splitting panoramic images into five separate images. While this can be done with Photoshop or a similar photo editor, a new web tool has emerged to speed this process. GPlusBanner automatically splits any image that is uploaded into the tool. While it is still easiest to use an image that has a width of 685 pixels and a height of 125 pixels, with this tool it is also relatively simple to crop an image of another size to fit the size of the banner.  For example, the banner below, which I created using this tool, used a small section of a much larger image. Having created banner images using both Photoshop and this tool, GPlusBanner definitely makes the process faster and easier. Based on my experience, the tool seems to work best in Chrome, but despite this minor limitation, it is definitely worth trying out if you are creating a Google+ profile for yourself or a brand.

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