How to Make an Amazing Patreon Cover Image
As an artist it is becoming more and more clear that Patreon is the place to be. The format and fan interaction possible over on Patreon is amazing! We’ve written several articles at 1FW about how to start your Patreon (seriously go start one already). Today let’s talk about making an amazing cover image.
The Single Shot
If you have a great horizontal painting, and you’re able to sum up what you do with one great image, the single shot is the simplest way to create an amazing Patreon cover image. It’s clean, easy to read, and straight forward. This way is both easy and elegant.
The Composite Shot
If you’re like me and your art contains a lot of different elements it can be hard to find a single image that does your Patreon justice. For Fateful Signs I do ink drawings, oil paintings, and books full of ancient Viking lore. I’ve tried a single image in the past and it just never quite hit the right mood for what I’m doing with Fateful Signs.
In comes the composite shot. You're going to gather a number of items that represent your art. I used prints of my art (make sure to take them out of their bags for good photographing), some of the books I’ve published, ritual items, skulls, and furs that I’ve collected over the years. I laid all these things out on my wood floor, and with my wife’s help, used a step ladder to photograph the items.
Prints of your art
Originals, either framed or unframed (I bet framed would look cool!)
Foliage from outside
Objects that fit the mood of your art
Paint brushes, Tubes of paint, and other items in your studio
Plants from around your house
Once you gather everything lay it all out on the floor. Remember that the Patreon cover image format is long, so bunch your items together in the middle of your shot, you will crop later in Photoshop. Then use a step ladder to get up high and start shooting photos of your set up. Just like any photo, lighting is important as is using the right settings on your camera!
I recommend taking lots of photos. Your set up is probably so cool that you will be able to use different angles of the same set up for future projects.
Once you have your photos, bring it into Photoshop. You will create a new document at 3200 x 800 pixels. Patreon recommends 1600 x 400, but if you follow that your image will look fuzzy.
Double the size is the trick for getting the best image!
Then bring your photos in, pick the best one, and "voilà"! You now have an amazing Patreon cover image!
Sam Flegal is one of the Co-Hosts of One Fantastic Week a weekly webshow about self employed fantasy artists. His personal project, Fateful Signs, focuses on Norse Mythology. Sam lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter; and he buys too much stuff on Amazon Prime.