How to Use Lockups

The UNL Lockups were created to maintain unity and consistency across campus. To preserve quality and ensure consistent branding, Lockups should not be modified or recreated.

Downloadable Lockup zip files can be found in the Toolbox section of the site. Zip files may include up-to six file types.

Print file types
ai, eps, PDF

Web file types
svg, png, jpg

Print file types may be opened in photoshop, resized, and saved as a png or jpg for Web.

Resizing Lockups

When you scale a Lockup in graphics software make sure it scales proportionally, otherwise the Lockup will look distorted.

lockup scaling

Listed below are different ways to scale Lockups proportionally in Adobe graphics software. (Options below are for Mac only, Windows PC options may vary.)

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

  • To resize when opening a file, File>Open, select "Constrain Proportions" before changing the size.
    Open in Photoshop
  • To resize when using Edit>Transform>Scale, select the width and height link icon or hold down the shift key while dragging the selection box.
    Scale with transform
  • To resize when using Image>Image Size, select the width and height link icon.
    Photoshop scale image

InDesign CC 2014

  • To resize when using Object>Transform>Scale, select the width and height link icon.
    InDesign scale object
  • To resize when selecting content to scale, hold down the shift key while dragging the selection box.
  • To resize when selecting the content frame, select Object>Fitting>Fit Frame Proportionately (keyboard shortcut: command, options, shift, E).

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014

  • To resize when using Object>Transform>Scale, select "Uniform".
    Illustrator scale image
  • To resize when selecting an item to scale, hold down the shift key while dragging the selection box.

Creating a Lockup Profile Image for Social Media

When you upload a Lockup to a social media site make sure you follow the site’s size guidelines. Some sites will squash a rectangular image to fit in a square space, distorting it.

Below are instructions to create a Lockup profile image for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Lockup (m) versions will display best).

  1. Open your Lockup eps file in photoshop.
  2. In the dialog box that pops up, change the height to 400, with “Constrained Proportions” selected, change the mode to RGB Color, and click ok. ( if the width is larger than the height, change the width to 400 instead)
  3. In photoshop, on the top menu bar, select image>canvas size. In the dialog box that pops up, make both the width and height 400.
  4. Select Edit>Transform>Scale and scale the Lockup down about 95% (make sure you’re scaling proportionately).
  5. Select File>Save for Web select PNG-24 (or JPG, either will work) in the dropdown and click save (use dashes instead of spaces in the file name).
  6. Upload the file to Facebook and Twitter. On Instagram, select the "Import from Facebook" option.