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The maximum size for a banner in Digication is 779x200 pixels. Your default banner is a DePaul logo, with gray space, sized at 779x80 pixels:


Many first-year writing students and instructors find the DePaul banner a rhetorically appropriate presentation in terms of professional and academic credibility.  Others prefer to design their own banner.


If you prefer to design your own, you will need access to a graphics editing program such as Photoshop,  MS Paint, or a free online image-editing program such as pixlr.com.


To replace the default DePaul banner, go to,

> Portfolio Tools

> Settings

> Customize

> Upload new image


To use Pixlr, visit Pixlr.com
> Open an image from your computer

> Resize for appropriate Digication dimensions: 779 x 200 pixels
> Add effects and/or text
> Save banner to your computer
> Insert your new banner via Portfolio Settings > Customize
> Scroll down and Save





If you upload a new banner image that is larger than 779x200 pixels, Digication will resize it for you -- sometimes with pleasing results, but more often not.


Resources for revising your default banner


If you decide to replace the default DePaul banner, you might take your own image with a digital camera and edit it approrpriately (779x200 pixels) in a graphics editing program.


Or you might take advantage of existing images from the internet. In this case, however, we need to be very careful and informed by educating ourselves about 

intellectual property and copyright guidelines. In most cases, finding an image on the internet and using it in your portfolio without permission and attribution is not accepted ethical or legal practice and can, in fact, result in civil or criminal penalties. Several organizations, companies, and web sites, however, do provide ways for you to incorporate images from the internet while protecting you and providing acknowledgements and attributions.


  • Creative Commons "works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in 'the commons' — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing,  and  remixing." (From "About CC.") Many of the images licensed with a Creative Commons come with specific uses — many of which apply to us, as writers, teachers, and students. For example, many Flickr account holders offer their work under Creative Commons licenses, which allow you to use their images under various scenarios: attribution, non-commercial uses, and in some cases even making derivatives from their original work.

    Knowing the distinctions between those uses and allowances adds credibility to your own work, and how you present it to various audiences.
  • Morguefile is a public-image archive of free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use. Morguefile has  a  free-licensing  protocol that allows you to integrate images, and to alter them; Morguefile has a built-in "crop and post" tool that can help you resize an image before you post it elsewhere.
  • Fair Use Guidelines: as writers, researchers, and members of an educational institution, we have certain rights to use copyrighted materials in limited circumstances: in our scholarship, research, analysis, and in some cases, parody.  Due to the increasing uses of communication and design technologies, protected uses have extended to "transformative" uses, such as collage, mashup, and remixed materials

    Many of these practices, guidelines, and laws are emerging, without clear and unambiguous procedures. While it is a good idea to educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities regarding copyright law and intellectual property, for your digital portfolio, we recommend creating and composing your own materials when feasible, or depending on organizations and sites such as Creative Commons and Morguefile.

    In the context of First Year Writing, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab's overview of Guidelines for Fair Use and your St. Martin's Handbook on Intellectual Property, pp. 286-287; in the St. Martin's Guide, see section 16d.
  • Resources and models for citing, acknowledging, and attributing image sources:

Narrative, embedded form:
On the page "
A Note on Reflection," the "reflect-plan-reflect" image is from "Action Reflection Cycle" by Penny Coutas.


On the page "Student Resources," the word cloud is Wordle-generated text from our portfolio assignment.  


My banner is made up of portfolios used with permission, from Katherine H., Hannah P., Hannah B., Joey R., and William L.


Formal, academic-conventional:
MLA, APA, and the Chicago Style also have conventions and guidelines for citing and attributing images. See, for example, in your St. Martin's Guide:


If you choose to include images in your text, you need to cite and caption them correctly (see pp. 314 – 15). For a work that you have created, the works-cited entry should begin with a descriptive phrase from the image’s caption (“Bus stop in Los Angeles”), a label (“Photograph by author”), and the date. (For an example, see model 19 on p. 314.)


For a visual reproduced from another source, you can include the complete citation information in the caption (see p. 216), or you can indicate the source to allow readers to find it on the list of works cited. If you give the complete citation in the caption and do not cite the visual elsewhere in your text, you can omit the visual from your works-cited page.
[16d: Works Cited]


You can see that you have choices and options. In audience-based writing, you should try to accomplish these two things: [1] provide specific acknowledgement and attribution for the source of your image and [2] make it easy for your readers to locate that source.




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