Behance Curates: Choosing a Striking Project Cover

This post is part of a series written in collaboration with the Behance Curation Team, the experts on staff who select projects to be featured in Behance’s main Gallery and 12+ Curated “Served” Sites. Click here to see more posts from this series.

In the coming weeks, we’ll explore different aspects of the project creation process, and outline how to create the best project possible. Last time, we looked at general factors that go into “What Makes a Project Feature-Worthy.” Now, let’s dig into the nitty gritty of Projects, staring with Project Covers.

The cover image is the face of your project. It’s the first thing people see when they encounter your work, so it’s your best opportunity to invite people to take a closer look.

When choosing a cover, select an image that highlights the look and feel of the project. The cover needs to be appealing–it should make people want to click to see more–but it also needs to be a solid representation of the project. If it’s a great image but doesn’t translate what’s inside, people may be disappointed when they get to the main content.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • Stay visual. You have plenty of opportunities to explain your project in words with the description and fields, there’s no need to add text to the cover image.
  • Consider including a full size version of your cover inside the project. If people love the cover, they’ll want to get the chance to examine the whole thing.
  • For motion graphics, especially in ads, choose a screencapture that showcases the narrative of the piece.


For excellent cover inspiration in your creative field, visit theserved.com for a curated look at the best projects (and covers) of the moment.

8 comments

  1. — July 25, 2012 7:23 pm

    Useful and sincere tips. Thank you. The increasingly rapid flow, or amount, of work online definitely calls for striking covers.

    Note: A little typo in the image’s link (“http://photographyserved.dcom/”)

  2. — August 17, 2012 3:07 pm

    @Alexander — thanks so much for letting us know! I’ve fixed the link.

  3. — August 30, 2012 1:49 am

    Hi Sarah,

    I really doing your tips and tricks on my Behance last projects. But, i’m still waiting for your appreciation. Can you give me more tips (http://www.behance.net/ChicoNeto)?

  4. — September 6, 2012 4:14 pm

    how can i show u guys my projects? i have to put Curation in the tags of the project?

  5. — September 12, 2012 7:45 pm

    @Chico – Thanks for getting in touch. The Behance Network hosts thousands of creative portfolios in hundreds of creative fields for professionals all across the globe. Because of the large volume of users, we’re not able to help each member optimize their own creative portfolios.

    We encourage you to explore the vast array of portfolios on the Network for inspiration and to continue checking back on the team blog for tips.

    I hope that helps!

  6. — September 12, 2012 7:46 pm

    @Diego – our curation team looks at each project that’s published on Behance so no need to tag them with “curation.”

  7. Honey
    — February 21, 2014 12:16 pm

    Hello,

    I was just about to upload a web design on behance for my portfolio but the thing is, my preview is too big and I would just like to customize my cover photo image. Problem is, I don’t know the dimensions of the cover photo. Can anyone please tell me?

    Thanks,

    Honey

  8. Al
    — March 14, 2014 4:19 pm

    You’ll want to upload an image that 404×316!

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