Any audio or video podcast series, or course, can have a visually identifying "album cover", or icon. Generally, you see these square icons as the small thumbnail images visible on the School of Medicine’s home page within iTunes, as well as the larger images visible when viewing a particular series or course. Those two icons are actually one and the same, with the smaller thumbnail being derived from the larger image.
iTunes allows authors to upload custom icons, and the School of Medicine has developed the following Photoshop template and usage guidelines to help authors maintain visual consistency with the school's presence and professional image.
Photoshop CS3 or higher is required to open the template:
If you'd like help customizing your icon(s), professional designers within the Office of Information Systems can assist. A fee may be charged, depending on your needs. Contact email@example.com for details.
As this image illustrates, the official SOM iTunesU icon can be broken down into two parts:
The logo bar up top must remain unaltered. It's on its own layer in the Photoshop file.
The customizable area can consist of either:
This helps ensure that icons representing the school are consistent in appearance, and easy to make sense of when reduced to the smallest used size.
The full size of an iTunes icon is 170 pixels by 170 pixels, square. Saving your icon at this size ensures that it will look exactly the way you intend it to look, with no unpleasant surprises due to resampling once it’s uploaded. ITunes will save your icon at this full size, and at a smaller thumbnail size of 60 pixels by 60 pixels. While working in Photoshop, you can periodically reduce it to this smaller size to see how it looks--being sure to undo such actions so you can save the final version at the full 170px by 170 px size.
If choosing to have text (white Garamond type over the standard blue background provided), such text must be a minimum of 32 point size to ensure that it is easily legible when reduced. If your desired text doesn’t fit, it must be shortened somehow—there’s no point in including it all, if it’s illegible when reduced!
If choosing to have a custom image, instead of text-over-background:
- Be sure to have appropriate permissions for any photos you find (for the on-campus resources linked below, you’re allowed general use), particularly the permission of individuals who are easily recognizable in the images.
- Don't skew, stretch, or otherwise distort proportions in images.
- UNC School of Medicine's Available Images
- UNC-Chapel Hill Multimedia Library
- The Stock Xchng
Save as a .jpg
When you're done, save your image as a .jpg file. Email this file to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll place it on your course's iTunes U page.
- OIS Training & Documentation
School of Medicine-provided Photoshop documentation as well as access to hands-on training and help.