July 24, 2011

Making Your Blog Pretty, part 2

Did you see Part 1 where I told you I have no expertise on anything? OK, good.

Header or Banner:
I create this in Photoshop Elements.
The first time or two I followed these directions on Pioneer Woman’s blog. I think it took me around 3 hours the first time. Then I got more comfortable and it now takes me about 20-30 minutes depending on where my creative juices are taking me. (-:

Since my settings are at maximum width, my banner can be 920px wide and I usually make it between 200-300px tall.

Here's an early one made in Picnik:
Here's my first one in Elements:
Yes that took me 3 hours. Ridiculous. Learning curve, people. It used to take me hours and hours to put up a post. You catch on after a while if you want to add pictures and things and figure out how to streamline the process. I know I'm still learning. That's part of the fun!

This month's took about 20 minutes. Improvement! Prioritizing! (-:

Putting your banner on to your blog? Here are the deets. [First you should know where your header/banner is...on a website? on your desktop? in this or that folder?]

Step 1:
Go to your Dashboard and to Design
Picture 1
Click on the "Edit" button in the box where it says Title of Your Blog (Header).

Step 2:
A pop-up will pop-up.
Picture 3
You put in either the web address where your header is located or you upload it from your computer. I always upload, that's my thing.

Make sure that you click the "Instead of Title and Description" button, unless you want the Title and Description to show up over your picture. That could work too. I also check the "Shrink to Fit" box. I don't know why...just 'cause.

Step 3:
Your header should preview in the pop-up window.
Picture 2

OK, what's next? What do you want to know? I have links to tutorials that I found helpful on other blogs...and that's about it for now, so if you want to know more let me know!

If you don't...you don't need to let me know. Thanks.
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