Images for the Fedora Magazine ============================== This repo holds the Source SVGs for the graphics we design for the Featured Images on the Fedora Magazine. Each article in the Fedora Magazine must have a featured image. The image gives the article added visual appeal. It also appears in links on social media, to attract more viewers. Image Guidelines ---------------- We have a small set of guidelines for the format of the images that help them look their best on the Magazine site. These are: * a size of 1890x800 pixels * a 100px bleed area at the top and bottom of the 800px height. The background should extend into the bleed area, but the main focus and content of your image should not. This is because the images are trimmed at the top and bottom for the Recent Posts sidebars on posts. * a 192px bleed area at the left and right of the 1890px width, some social sites automatically crop wider images, and keeping content in these bleeds makes sure your lettering and icons are not truncated by these sites. The template.svg has guides to show both vertical and horizontal bleed markers. * exported images that are uploaded to WordPress can either be PNGs or JPGs. If you have an image that uses a photo, please convert it to a JPG to reduce the filesize. Getting commit access to this repo ---------------------------------- Please join and send an email to the marketing list if you want commit access. Otherwise, pull requests are also welcomed. How to use this repo -------------------- These images are created as SVG (scalable vector graphic) images. To work with these images, you should install a SVG capable application such as Inkscape. You will also need the git utility installed. Getting started with the image repository ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * Use the Fork control near the top of this page to fork a copy of the repository. * Open a Terminal. (You'll type commands into the terminal for some of the following steps.) * Install the git and inkscape packages if you don't have them installed already:: su -c "dnf install git inkscape" * If desired, change directory into the folder where you like to store your project work. This example uses the folder name projects, but you should use a folder you have on your system. This step is optional:: cd projects * Now clone your forked repository of Fedora Magazine images:: git clone https://pagure.io/fork/<username>/fedoramagazine-images Creating a new image using the template ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * Open Inkscape, and choose *File > Open...* (or hit *Ctrl+O*). Navigate to the project folder, then into *fedoramagazine-images*, then into *images*. Choose the *template.svg* file. * Save this as a new file with a different name. You can use the assets inside this file to start with the right-sized document, with some pre-configured backgrounds. Feel free to look at other SVGs for guidance. If you don't have experience with these images, try to stick with fonts and motifs that you see in recent banners. But also feel free to experiment! For instance, use photographs (freely licensed, such as CC-BY or CC-BY-SA) with a text overlay for a nice look. `Unsplash.com`_ has a large library of images in the public domain you can use to get started. .. _Unsplash.com: http://unsplash.com When done, if you enter the *images* folder, you can create a JPEG version of your creation in the correct aspect using the provided *Makefile*. If your file is called *foo.svg*, simply run the command *make foo.jpg* to create the JPEG version. This can be uploaded to the Fedora Magazine as a featured image. Fonts ~~~~~ There are a few fonts that are commonly used in featured images. You are encouraged to use these fonts in your images to help featured images fit into the general "theme" that other images follow. They are all freely available at the links provided. The fonts we commonly use on the Fedora Magazine are listed below. * Montserrat_ (friendly and Sans-like) * `Roboto Slab`_ (friendly with serifs) * Molot_ (heavier font, feels technical) * `Grand Hotel`_ (for a fancy script-y feel) .. _Montserrat: https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/montserrat .. _`Roboto Slab`: https://fontsquirrel.com/fonts/roboto-slab .. _Molot: https://fontsquirrel.com/fonts/molot .. _`Grand Hotel`: https://fontsquirrel.com/fonts/grand-hotel To use these fonts on your Fedora system, download the font and unpack the OTF or TTF file (if required) into your *~/.fonts* folder. Then update your font cache:: fc-cache You will need to close and reopen Inkscape, GIMP, or other applications to take advantage of the new fonts. Getting your work reviewed ========================== Initial git repo setup ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These inital repo setup steps only need to be followed the first time you setup and start hacking on images. When you first start adding images to this repo, first you will need to create a fork of the fedoramagazine-images project in the Pagure web UI. Once you have created your fork, on your system, check out your fork using the SSH git URL. for example: git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/forks/<yourusername>/fedoramagazine-images.git Then change into your checkout with: cd fedoramagazine-images Next, setup the repo so we can track the changes from this main upstream repo: git remote add upstream https://pagure.io/fedoramagazine-images.git Git workflow ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Once you have set up your repo as per the inital repo setup above, use the following steps each time you create a new image. First, ensure you are in your checkout of fedoramagazine-images, and change to the master branch with:: git checkout master Now pull down the latest changes from the main repo with: git pull --rebase upstream master Next, create a new branch where we are going to add the new image. change my-new-image-branch to something useful for the image you are working on:: git checkout -b <my-new-image-branch> Create your image in Inkscape, and save the file in the `images/` directory, in your git repo. Then add your new image to be tracked in git:: git add images/<my-new-image.svg> Then commit it with a log message:: git commit -m 'add your commit message here' Push back to your repository (be sure to change the name of the branch to what you set before in the git checkout command above):: git push --set-upstream origin <my-new-image-branch> Then you can return to Pagure and issue a Pull Request, which lets the Magazine team know you have an image ready to review. Visit your repo at https://pagure.io/forks/<username>/fedoramagazine-images and you should see the Pull Request button next to the branch listing. Select it, and follow the form to issue the PR.