The following guidelines will help you create album artwork that is consistent with The University of Texas at Austin brand identity. It is important to include album artwork to help visually identify your iTunes U Collections and Courses on the UT public iTunes U site. It is also important to maintain a visual identity that reflects The University of Texas at Austin.
University Communications has provided three Adobe Photoshop CS5 templates to help you quickly generate album artwork for your collection. These templates feature the UT wordmark and other elements associated with The University of Texas at Austin. Download the Photoshop templates below, edit as necessary, and export to as .jpg or .png file that is 600 x 600 pixels square. You can then upload the images to your iTunes U collection using Apple's Public Site Manager.
Template 1: Custom Text
This template features an orange background embossed with the UT seal and the wordmark in the top half of the image. The lower portion of the template has two text fields featuring primary and subheading text in two colors. Edit the text field with the name of your course or title of your collection in the primary text field, and use the secondary text field for additional information such as semester and year or your college, school, or department.
The font size set in the template was chosen for readability when the icon is reduced. If your desired text doesn't fit, it should be shortened by reducing the font size as appropriate.
Template 2: Custom Text + wordmark banner
This template features a gray/white background embossed with the UT seal and the UT wordmark banner along the bottom. The top portion of the template has two text fields featuring primary and subheading text. An example of this template could be the title of a course followed by the semester and year or college/school in the subheading.
Template 3: Custom Image + wordmark banner
If you wish to provide your own custom background image, this template with the UT wordmark along the bottom portion allows the most customization. It is important that your background image does not contain elements in the lower portion that might be obscured by the UT wordmark banner.
If choosing to have a custom image, instead of text-over-background:
- Be sure to have appropriate permissions for any photos you find, particularly the permission of individuals who are easily recognizable in the images.
- Don't skew, stretch, or otherwise distort proportions in images.