Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tutorial: Simple Header for Blogger

I have been having fun making single picture blog headers recently and thought I would share the sequence.



I use Blogger.

I make the header using PicMonkey.

Because I take photos of my garden, thrifted finds, projects etc. I make sure that I take some photos that lend themselves to cropping with space for text.



Using PicMonkey CROP the section of the photo you want to use.




Using PicMonkey RESIZE your photo to 1150 x (width is automatically size).



 When you like the look of the photo add your text. I include the name of my blog and 3 descriptors that tell the reader what I blog about. 



I once used a long list of words to describe my blog and I found that over time I was writing about collecting, repurposing, sharing. 

I save my finished header my header folder as header month day year



I do spend time choosing a font that appeals to me and looks right with the photo I am using. When I look back over my past headers I can see that I have refined the process.

I often plan a photo that I want to use for a header by making sure the background is plain so that the text I plan to add will be very easy to read.


A review of the header construction

In PicMonkey choose EDIT and then choose your photo. I put the photos I might use for my header into a file on my hard drive desktop into a file I name Headers, this saves time finding a photo when working on the actual header.

I choose CROP and when I have the photo cropped I choose RESIZE and change the size to 1150 x (in this case) 283.

Once I like the look of my edited photo I add TEXT

SAVE your new header.

The font choice should be easy to read. I make my blog name larger than my descriptors and most often use the same font and colour for both.




Thanks for visiting.




11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much!!!! I am so challenged when it comes to things like this!
    Marti

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  2. Very nice! I think I've only had 3 blog headers in the 4 years I've been blogging.

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  3. I always love your headers. Thanks for the help!

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  4. Good Evening Joy, I have been thinking about making a photographic header and you have been so kind in helping me to achieve that.
    Thank you so much.
    Your header is lovely.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  5. Oh thank you sooo much. I need to print it off so I can use it to work through it all. I so appreciate this.

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  6. Great post Joy! I've noticed that you change your header quite often...thanks for the "how to tips". Mickie

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  7. Thank you so much, again, it worked!!!!
    https://m.facebook.com/Rescue-Rehab-161057857415806/?v=feed&_rdr
    Marti

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  8. Thanks for showing how. Of course, that is a pretty special picture with the vintage spools of thread. Lovely. Thanks Linda @Crafts a la mode

    Pinned to BLog Stuff

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  9. Great tutorial!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  10. I really love it when I see tutorials for blogging tips. I'm not very technical so I'll definitely keep your tutorial-simple-header. So happy I found you. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I have wanted to change my headers for over 2 years and tried but never got it done.
    mainly because I wanted a script writing for my blog name, like I have now.
    I will try this out again with your instructions

    Thanks Janice

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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