Ok, so I felt like last weeks “How to Make a Blog Header” post was a bit much for the beginner… AND not everyone has Photoshop Elements as their disposal. So, I decided to do another tutorial on how to make a blog header using Pic Monkey! It’s easier and… are you ready for this??? Pic Monkey is a free photo editing platform available to anyone and everyone online. Yes, that’s even you, who don’t even know how to put text on a picture. While it is harder to use, Photoshop offers more options, etc. That’s why I use both programs… but I do use PicMonkey.com A LOT! I will leave the other tutorial up for the more advanced ;)
Bloggin’ for “us” Blondies… Here we go!
This is an example of how to make a blog header that is SUPER EASY and SIMPLE in design. It’s just text… LESS IS MORE PEEPS! BUT, if you wanted one of those cool headers that includes pictures, etc. you could totally do this with PicMonkey as well!
Creating a blog header with Pic Monkey is a total breeze! Go to PicMonkey and click on “Make a collage.”
Since this is just for a background, all you want is a blank canvas with one picture option. I always go to the “Ducks in a row option, pick the option with 2 pictures and just delete one of them. After you have that up, you will want to just save this. I always save as a .PNG file.
Now, you need to know what size header to create. If you don’t know where to find this information and you have a wordpress blog, this is where to find it. In your dashboard (wordpress), go to appearance, header:
This is where you will find your dimensions:
Once you have figured out what size you need, go back to PicMonkey and click on the option “edit a photo.” Open up the blank background image you just created.
When it is opened, the first thing you will need to do is resize it to your appropriate header size.
After it is resized, go ahead and add a background if you want to. PicMonkey has several to choose from, or you can upload your own! I always get mine from ETSY by searching for digital scrapbook paper, digital clipart, etc.
I have my background faded a LOT because I just want to give it a little something, but the possibilities are ENDLESS… like overwhelmingly endless. I have been known to spend hours agonizing over something like this… ahem.
Then, I added my text. I added a text box for “Mama” and a separate text box for “Whimsy.” I changed the fonts and colors to make it all colorful and pretty! And voila… there you have a new header! Very Simple.
Once you have your header created, you need to install it. So, in your WordPress dashboard, go to appearance, header, and then upload your header from your computer files. Click on Browse and choose your file and click upload. Then, scroll down and click on save changes. Your pretty little header should be glowing proudly at the top of your blog!
I think this “How to make a Blog Header with Pic Monkey” Tutorial is way more user-friendly, quick and easy than the last tutorial… don’t you think? Wink. I’m all about making your lives simpler gals, I know that’s what I need!
Stay tuned for the next part of the Bloggin’ for Blondies: Blog Design Series next week! If you’ve missed any past design tutorials, find them HERE!
Go make your header pretty!