How to create podcast artwork on the cheap

Well I hope you like the look of the latest artwork. We’ve been messing with some filters and have settled on something finally.

If you want to know how to create podcast artwork on the cheap and on your phone, read on.

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Firstly, we took a bunch of pictures against a white wall. You should use good lighting and a professional camera, but we didn’t, we had a single bulb in the lounge and an iPhone. It really It goes to show how well the app filters work later in the stages.

I then imported each image into an iPhone app called clip2comic (Android users, let me know if there’s something similar and I’ll add it to the guide)

I applied the Portrait B&W filter. This makes the images slightly cartoon like, puts a thick black edge on things and reduces it to black and white. no cropping at this stage. 

I then messed with the Photoshop express filters (there’s a suite of free Photoshop applications available in the iPhone app store).

Photoshop express always wants to crop the canvass or create reflections in the first step though, I was going to ditch this as I couldn’t find a way to turn it off, but then I found the freeform shapes. I was happier, this made it look like our image was spread across 5 postcards.

I then used the text icon to apply some text to the image, I edited the size, font and colour and viola! We had our new podcast logo.

Its amazing how simple it is and how striking they came out. I went with black and white so that we can apply a colour to the white part if we feel like it later.

We have loads more images from the session, I probably spent 45 minutes messing with more pictures and filters so I now have a bunch to use later.

If you fellow podcasters are looking for a simple logo creation technique, this has to be one of the easiest and quickest free methods .

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Finally, if you need precise cropped images for your uploads. I use a windows program called Irfanview. I’ve used it for years and its one of the best bits of software I’ve ever used for bulk image handling. its pretty straight forward, use the mouse to drag the crop you want directly onto the image, notice the pixel count in the applications header bar. when you have your dimensions, you can move each bar independently afterwards if you didn’t choose the right starting point, cut the image ctrl + X and paste into a new window (ctrl + N then ctrl + V). Save this and you’re laughing.

This application will reduce colour count or resolution. It can batch convert entire folders and subfolders of content. flip, rotate, mirror. It can even be setup to screenshot your work into a folder so you can play with the images later. All really quickly and using many shortcut keys. If you write technical documents, as I used to do, it’s great to be able to manipulate pictures very quickly before chucking them into Word.