Here’s another version of the G+ Cover Photo Template to make vertical photo lovers happy. This template will give you space for 3 photos and leave the bottom portion free for your profile photo, name and the “About” information that Google puts in. I’ll add instructions for Photoshop, but since the file is a png file, you can use many other editors. Click on any of the instruction examples to enlarge them. To download this template file, click this link, hover over the image and select “Original” in the dialog box that opens on the right side. Then right click the image that opens and select “Save Image As” to save it to your harddrive. http://goo.gl/MPj77
Instructions to use the template: 1. Open the template file in Photoshop. You will notice that it looks wrong – too much weight on the left side of the frame. Ignore that – it’s to counteract some strange cropping Google does. Now rename the “Layer 0” to “Template” by double clicking on the name.
2. Open the first image file that you want to slot into the template. Make sure you have a consolidated layer (command, option, shift, e) and duplicate that into the template file (right click on the layer and choose Duplicate Layer). Then close the image file (not the template file). Since the photos are larger in this template than they were in the one for 6 horizontal photos, you will need larger photo files, but I still advise using fairly small images manageable within the template.
3. Go back to the template file, select the duplicated layer, rename it to something you can identify it by (location name for example) and move it below the template layer. You will see immediately that only the transparent portions of the template will show your image.Resize (command T and then shift drag) and reposition the image layer to fit the opening. If your image can’t be properly resized to fit the opening, see step 4, otherwise skip it.
4. Size and position the image layer so that the portion showing through the opening is what you want, but the edges of the image extend beyond it. Select the marque tool (m) in normal mode and use it to create an edge around the opening (be sure to be on your image layer, not the “Template” layer) that is slightly larger than the opening, but does not extend into the adjacent openings. Once you have created this selection area, select the inverse (command, shift i) and press delete on your keyboard. This will delete the outside portion of the image layer leaving enough to show through and slightly overlap the template’s opening. Deselect (command d) the selection.