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Behance (basic course for beginners) German (tutorial)
Share your creative work such as illustrations, images, videos and much more with the largest creative community in the world. In this basic course I will explain in detail what is possible with Behance, how everything works and how you do everything.
First we clarify what Behance exactly is and what it is intended for. Then we'll go into what we can use them for and how we can set up an account. In order to then understand everything faster and more independently, we take the surface apart in detail and take a specific look at how you can find inspiration, create and publish a project, and manage your profile. Finally, we will go into how you can also find jobs or new employees via Behance, the settings and in a bonus chapter, how you can learn even more about the Adobe programs and the industry behind them with Adobe Live.
1. What is Behance?
Behance is a creative community that works like a social media platform, like Facebook or Instagram. Here users can share their own contributions in the form of projects, which can then be viewed, commented on and liked by others. Behance offers itself as a portfolio of your work, which you can then easily convert into a real website with Adobe Portfolio, in a separate basic course even more. With Behance you have an easy way how you can connect with other artists or find potential employers or customers. Behance is basically completely free.
2. Set up & create an account
In principle, you can use Behance via the website. I'll show you everything about that in this video, because it's simply the most comfortable there. But there is also a Behance app for your smartphone or tablet (Android / IOS), which you can use with everything. Basically, you can just use the website and look at projects. But in order to be able to interact with it or to upload your own profile and projects, you have to create a free account. For this you can use your Adobe account, which you already have for a Creative Cloud subscription, for example, but you also have the option to register with a social media account or traditionally with an email address. This basically works on the website at the top right. Here you have to enter your date of birth, because of adult content and your country or language. Now you can just always log in with the account to access your Behance.
We'll now take a look at how Behance itself is structured so that you can find your way around. On the home page we see personalized projects from others that match your interests and people you follow. We also have a kind of story function where anyone can post pictures in portrait format, which are then available 24 hours a day. For example, you can share your work progress with your followers. If we move the mouse over a project, we see the name of the project below and sometimes also a symbol in the upper right-hand margin that means that the project has been curated in one of the categories. We can find these categories in the top menu under Discover. Here we find all creative directions broken down and projects recommended by the team behind Behance selected. We can also follow individual creative directions here in order to see them increasingly on our home page. If we now click on a project, we see it in full screen mode. At the top we also see the name again and the creator, as well as the possibility to follow him and his profile picture, we see. On the right-hand side we can also follow the profile of the creator via the profile picture and via the plus sign. But we can also save the project under this in our collections and also like the project if we like it. We can also see tools here, if necessary, where we can see the programs with which the project was implemented. How a project is structured is mostly different and everyone can be creative and play with pictures, videos and embeddings. More later with the chapter on project creation. Under the project we again have the opportunity to like the project and see the number of likes, views and comments. As well as when the project was published. We also see other projects of the artist and below that we now have the opportunity to write a comment and see the others and, if necessary, report them via the flag. It is also possible that a project was created by more than one person, i.e. a team, then we can call up all members who have worked on the project on the project overview. At the bottom right and left we can also call up next and last projects. We now also have the option of finding something specific using the search on the top right. Here we can enter keywords but also search for a specific category, tool, color, location or school. We can also specify here whether we want to see the latest or recommended projects and whether we want to search for people or mood boards, i.e. collections. So we have precise possibilities to find something if we are looking for something specific. If we now click on an artist, we come to his Behance profile. Here we have a profile on the left where we can see his name, website, location and job description. We can also see the number of times his profile has been viewed, as well as how many likes he has received on his projects in total, as well as followers and how many he follows. Below that we also see teams where they are part and also their social media channels and professional experience. We can also follow him or send him a message using the blue button. Finally, we also see which Adobe programs he uses the most, as well as further links, a text about him and contact options, as well as how long this has been with Behance. On the right side we see a header at the top and all of his projects below it. Here we can also see his collections and projects that he likes. On the right edge we can also see the number of spa campaigns, all of his projects. At the top of the menu we can now find a live area where the Adobe live broadcasts run, which we will talk about in the bonus chapter. In addition, we can also call up our own profile, more on how we can manage this later. Under orders we find vacancies or jobs and we can also create our own project for our Behance profile. In addition to the search, we can access our messages on the right edge. Here we can see all the chat histories that we have had with other Behance users. Here you can exchange simple text messages, as well as archive the chat via the gear, mark it as spam, block the person or delete the chat. In addition, we now have our notifications, where we are kept up to date on everything and we can also manage our Behance or Adobe account. Here we can also call up the settings. Finally, on the far right, we can also access other Adobe applications.
4. Find inspiration
Behance is often used to gather inspiration for your own projects. There are several ways to find suitable inspiration. On the one hand, we have the discover area for this, where we can simply select a direction or best of in order to be generally inspired by projects. If you are looking for more specific things as inspiration, you can ideally use the search, where you can also filter according to certain criteria such as color, tool and area. But most of the time you don't just have one project as inspiration, which is why the so-called mood boards are perfect. This allows you to add several projects to a collection so that you can collect several inspiring projects. To do this, simply click on “save” for a project on the right-hand side and you can then add this project to an existing board or create a new one at the bottom where you can give it a name. You will then find your mood boards in your profile in the second tab, where you can then arrange the projects using drag-and-drop and edit the mood board later. Here you can change the name, but also add other Behance users, who can then also save projects in it. You can also choose whether the board should be private or public. If public, this can then also be found via search or your profile. Of course, you can also delete any board here. So you can easily collect and save inspirations and even as a team.
If you want to see some inspiring projects, take a look at our Instagram account @simontutorial, there I have introduced you to some of my favorites.
5. Create & publish projects
But how can we now create our own project on Behance and then publish it on our profile and share it with the whole world? We can now do this simply via the “Create project” button. In principle, I advise you to do this exclusively via the website on the computer, as it is much more convenient. If we have now clicked on it, we are in the project editor, which is divided into three steps. In the first step: content, we now create our project, which you can also see at the end. So this is where most of the work happens. We now see our current project in the middle and can add various elements using the blue buttons. Here we can basically upload files, images, videos and audios. But it has to be said that if you want to add videos, it is more advisable to upload them via YouTube or Vimeo and then embed them, as this gives you the full quality. If we have uploaded an image, we can also reduce it in the upper right corner so that we have a border around it. At the top left we can also add tags and an alt text to the image, i.e. a text that you can see when you move the Alt key over the image. This is useful, for example, for image descriptions. If we now move the mouse over or under the picture, we see our elements from the beginning again and can upload further files, for example. But we can also create texts. Then a new area opens where we can start typing directly. Once we have written something and highlight this text, we can also make text settings for it. So font, size, bold, italic, underline, only capital letters, paragraph, as well as link the text or remove the complete formatting. If we are outside of the text editing, we can also open it again with the pen and also specify on the right edge how the text should be linked to our project. As a further option, we can now also include things. As mentioned before, it makes sense to include videos via YouTube or Vimeo. But other providers such as Facebook, Giphy, Google Maps, Soundcloud, Spotify and the various Adobe services are also supported here. Here it is useful, for example, if you have created a prototype with Adobe XD, you can integrate this directly into your Behance project and then you can interact with the prototype directly on the project page. We then have the option of adding Lightroom images from our Adobe photo cloud directly into our project, or a photo grid, which makes it possible to create a gallery, i.e. if you want to upload several images. The images are then automatically arranged here, but we can also edit them later, i.e. add or remove additional images and change the order. We can now find all the options on the left-hand side. It doesn't look like many options, but with each of them so much is possible that you can get really creative. It always makes sense to look at other Behance projects beforehand in order to get inspiration on how to set up a project, for example. We can now call up our general project settings under the tools. Here we can define the distances between the individual modules, as well as to the header. We can also activate dividing lines and set the pattern and color there. Finally, specify a background color or image for the entire project. In the second area we can also set the style for all types of text. If you have any specific questions as to whether something specific works in the project editor, you can also find help via the link on the left. When we are done with the content, we can start the second step, our cover picture. Here we can now add a project title on the left side, with a maximum number of characters of 55 characters. Here it simply makes sense to sum up the project in a few words. We can add a longer description later. On the right side we can now add a thumbnail, which is very important as this is always what everyone sees first. Here we can now select an image from our current project or upload our own image for it using the plus. We can also zoom into the image using the slider and position the image appropriately using the frame. We always see a live preview on the left. GIF files are not supported for the preview image. Now we have the last area, the project settings. Here we can now determine which creative area our project falls into. We can select up to three categories here. We can also add which tools we used for the project, such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Co. If other people were involved in the project, we can also define them as co-owners of the project and finally we can also determine the copyright under which our project is published on Behance. If our project is not suitable for minors, we also have to tick the box at the bottom. Under Display, we can specify where our project will be published and there, for example, specify that only certain people can view the project on Behance. We can also set here whether the comment section should be available for the project. Under Visibility, we can now add everything important about the project to a description, as well as up to 10 keywords that best describe the project. Even if we created the project for a specific institution, or want to do it with a specific team or a specific acknowledgment, we can add this here. It makes sense to make as many and appropriate settings as possible so that your project can be found in the best possible way via the search and generally on Behance. Now we can publish the project directly, if we want, or via Save, save a draft that we can work on at a later point in time. We find our drafts in our profile in the last tab, only we see them. Here we can also delete or edit drafts directly. At the top right we can also open a preview of our project and then publish the project. This will then be displayed directly in our profile and can be found on Behance.
6. Manage profile
But how do we manage our profile now and what is possible there? To do this, we simply click on Profile in the menu above or on our profile picture on the right-hand side. Here we can now see our profile. To see how others see our profile, we can simply log out or open an incognito tab and go to our profile on Behance. Basically, we can edit our profile using the blue "edit profile" button on the left. So our basic information, such as name, occupation, company, location and website. We can also manage our teams and social media accounts here. Under this we can also write a short biography text about ourselves, for example, and record all of our professional experiences. We can also use it to create a real résumé, which we can then display publicly on our profile or keep it private and, for example, simply print it out to forward it to customers. In addition to professional experience, we can also add training, languages, knowledge and user-defined areas here. Finally, after the résumé, we also have the option of adding further individual links. We can see all this information on the left side of our profile. Here we can also edit our Adobe portfolio directly, but even more in a separate basic course. On the right side we can now see all of our published projects and can arrange them using drag and drop. Using the gear wheel on the respective project, we can also edit it later, as well as duplicate it, undo publication, which means that our project is moved to the drafts or deleted completely.We can also advertise it, which means something like sharing. In addition to the projects, we can also access our mood boards and likes, as well as our drafts and finally also evaluations. In the evaluations, we see how often we have looked at other projects, as well as how many recognitions we have given and comments have written. Under Received, we see how many have seen our projects, as well as how many likes we have received, comments and profile views. In the graph below, we can see how many views our projects had in the last 30 days compared to the previous year and we can see which projects they are exactly. We can also add an individual header image to our projects, which should have the optimal dimensions of 3200 x 410 px.
7. Find jobs or employees
Behance also offers the opportunity to find jobs or assignments or to hire creative people for your own projects. If you are looking for an order yourself, you can simply switch to the “Orders” area in the menu. Here you can see all currently advertised positions at Behance. Here you can search for keywords, as well as what kind of job it should be, in which area and in which area. In the search we can see at a glance which company it is, where it is looking, what you are looking for and a short extract. We can also see here what type of employment it is and when the order was posted. By clicking on the order, we can also open further details, where we then usually see a detailed job description, as well as all the important links and information. This can vary greatly depending on the order. For some positions we can also apply directly with our Behance profile or we have to carry out the application via an external site. We can also use the needle to save individual job postings, which we can then select again at a later point in time in the menu above. At the top of the menu, we now also have the option of creating a job posting ourselves in order to find employees for your team. Here you can post a position for $ 399 / month or as many as you want for $ 1,499 / month. Here you can then create the job offers, which we also see here on the start page, and also see and sort all applicants, if you accept applications via Behance. Unfortunately, I cannot show you any further details or how it works exactly, as I have not yet had the opportunity to advertise a job at Behance.
Finally, let's take a look at the settings, which we can access via our profile picture at the top right. For security reasons, we have to enter our password here first. In the settings, we can now set our general information, as well as the link that takes you directly to our Behance profile. We can also set here whether adult content should be displayed, as well as recommendations and EXIF files. We can also specify what notifications we want to receive by email or desktop. Below this we also see third-party applications that have access to our Behance profile. In the following area, we can also see all users that we have blocked on Behance and can also release them again. As well as at the bottom, we can also completely delete our profile, but this will permanently remove all of our projects, drafts and the like. If we have created our Behance account with an Adobe account, we can also change the Adobe ID if it should have changed with us.
Extra: Adobe Live
At the very end I want to go into a very interesting area on Behance, which we can find in the menu under Live. Adobe now streams live a few times a week, where on the one hand they accompany the workflow of many different artists, i.e. how they work, which can be very interesting. In the meantime, however, they also make Live Challenges on Adobe Photoshop, XD and other programs, which you can take part in for free, in order to further develop your knowledge in the programs and to easily implement a few projects. Most of the time these challenges last around two weeks. After all, you can also watch all live streams as a YouTube video here afterwards. During a live stream, you can also write comments in a chat, where people can also answer questions. We can also find all the important information here and a description, as well as the Behance profiles, of the people from the live stream. Basically, the streams helped me a lot at the beginning to understand programs more easily and through various challenges I was able to learn a lot of experience and even gain some recognition. Adobe also likes to raffle memberships for the Creative Cloud at these challenges, which is super cool and can motivate you even more to take part. But basically the challenges are also simply practical to create projects for your portfolio when you are just at the beginning. Basically the streams are all in English, but currently there is also a week a month where they also stream in German with German artists. We can find this in German at the top of the menu under Adobe Live. In principle, we can also sort by creative directions here, if we want to watch certain live streams. All videos are also published on the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel.
Now you know what the Kreaitv community platform Behance actually is and how you can use it to present your own projects in the form of an art portfolio. You can also use this link to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud in order to be able to work with Adobe programs. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for basic courses on all Adobe programs.I'm always happy to rate and share the video and if you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Until next time.
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