The humanitarian in all of us wants to do whatever we can to help.
So what can we, as a community of artists, do?
One way to spread awareness is by creating and bearing graphics, banners, or avatars on your website or social media networks showing your support for the relief efforts.
One of the sad realities is that during situations of major disaster response, rights management for photograph usage become ignored or overlooked, and finding graphics to use to show your support become scarce.
So in this post, I've included a template for you to personalize and customize for free use on your site.
Personalizing the Banner
To customize the Helped Haiti text on the banner, select the "Help" Layer from the Layers Menu and select the Text Tool. Then, just type in your custom text over the existing words.
You can also change the "Support relief aid in Haiti"Â text by selecting the "Support" Layer from the Layers Menu and following the same instructions.
To import your website or personal logo to the image, select File > Import Image from the Menu.
Follow the on-screen instructions to upload an image from your computer, from a URL, or from an online photo sharing site into the template.
If the uploaded image is larger than the canvas size of the banner, select "Resize Image" to resize the graphic to fit the canvas when prompted.
Then, use the Transformation Tool to resize, rotate, and move the graphic where you want on the banner.
To save the image to your computer for uploading to your own site, you can either save the image to Aviary's server by selecting "Save As" and following the on-screen instructions, or you can save it your computer.
To save it to your computer, select File > Export Image and select the file format you want, probably JPG from the dropdown.
Then select "Generate Image" to generate and download the graphic to your computer.
You are now ready to upload your custom banner to display on your website so all your friends, family, and followers can see you support the relief efforts.
Here are free templates for you to use and display on your own sites:
Please do not hesitate to create your own graphics, banners, and templates as well.
If you create a template that you would be willing to share with the public, please link it here or in the forum thread, so I can share it in this blog post.
Our hearts go out to you, Haiti.]]