Why Should You Make Your Own Header?
Whether you have a blog to promote a small business, a simple side hobby or some other semi-commercial interest, making your site look professional and polished can be extremely effective in putting your best foot forward for the public to see.
When you have a commercial blog, you may be limited when using premade graphics because of the prevailing non-commercial restrictions that accompany many of the free products available. You also may find using pre-packaged work unattractive if it features a prominent logo of some other company, taking attention away from your own product. Additionally, having complete control over your header is a benefit in and of itself.
How to Get Started Making a Company Header
1. Pick Your Template & Know Your Desired Header Size.
On Blogspot, pick a background template of your choice using the “Blogger Template Designer” and select “Apply to Blog.” View “Page Elements” and click on the “Edit” label corresponding to the “Header.” Depending on your chosen template, the pop-up box will reveal a different pixel maximum requirement for your blog’s header. When using the “Simple” template, for example, the header description warns that your “image will be shrunk to 910 pixels wide.” Template “Watermark,” on the other hand, uses 930 pixels instead as the operative number to work around. In either scenario, you can upload a header image smaller than the stated number but then the horizontal alignment of the header on the blog may not be to your likings.
2. Access a Graphic Design Program & Create a Custom File.
Use a free design program such as GIMP to create your header. Download the editor and create a new file, entering the height and width of your choice–according to your template’s specifications–and X and Y resolutions of 100 pixels per inch. Use the “Text Tool” to insert the name of your site along with any other content you desire. Use additional design tools to customize your header as you see fit, accessing the “Bucket Fill Tool” to paint the entire background and “Blend Tool” to add a gradient effect to your header.
3. Save as a “.Jpg” and Upload Your Image.
Use the “File” “Save As” function to title your image and save it using a picture extension such as “.jpg.” You can also save it as a multi-layer workable GIMP file “.xcf” in order to make future edits as needed. After saving your header on your computer, you can upload it to Blogger–pressing “Choose File” and “Save.” Then, view your changes to make sure all is well.
Want more help? You can visit “What is GIMP?“, “How to Manage Layers in GIMP” and “5 Easy Tips for Making a Company Logo Look More Professional: Free DIY Small Business Tricks.”
“GIMP: The GNU Image Manipulation Program.” GIMP.org.