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Creating a featured image for the Fedora Magazine
Each article in the Fedora Magazine must have a featured image. The image gives the article added visual appeal. It also appears in links on social media, to attract more viewers.
These images are created as SVG (scalable vector graphic) images. To work with these images, you should install a SVG capable application such as Inkscape. You will also need the git utility installed.
Watch the https://youtu.be/F6Nf1gsR9S4[Creating Featured Images Workshop video] on our YouTube channel for a visual demo of the guidelines and instructions below, plus some additional Inkscape tips.
Important guidelines
Only use the Fedora logo occasionally, such as for important announcements, or to indicate a project affinity.
Do not use logos from other projects. Most require permission for use, and it is difficult to assign a recipient for permission in a group-owned project like the Magazine.
Only use acceptably licensed pictures, photos, or screenshots, or ones that you have made yourself and thus can contribute with such a license. __(More on this below.)__
Getting the image repository
Open a Terminal. (You’ll type commands into the terminal for some of the following steps.)
Install the git and inkscape packages if you don’t have them installed already:
$ sudo dnf install git inkscape
Follow the instructions at xref:fedora-docs:contributing:git.adoc[Git for docs writers] for instructions on forking the https://pagure.io/fedoramagazine-images[fedoramagazine-images] repository.
Creating a new image using the template
Open Inkscape, and choose File > Open… (or hit Ctrl+O). Navigate to the project folder, then into fedoramagazine-images, then into images. Choose the template.svg file.
Save this as a new file with a different name.
You can use the assets inside this file to start with the right-sized document, with some pre-configured backgrounds. Feel free to look at other SVGs for guidance. If you don’t have experience with these images, try to stick with fonts and motifs that you see in recent banners. But also feel free to experiment! For instance, use photographs (freely licensed, such as CC-BY or CC-BY-SA) with a text overlay for a nice look. https://unsplash.com/[Unsplash.com] has a large library of images in the public domain you can use to get started.
Reusing an old image
It makes sense to reuse an old image if there is a thematic link from the previous article to the new one. Try to vary something about the image, such as the text. If the background is abstract (not a photo), consider rebalancing the color.
When you reuse an old image, be careful that you have all the correct fonts installed. To see a list, you can run this command: