Zero to Hero: Day Seven
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Day Seven! Pat yourself on the back — you’ve completed one week!
Today, let’s turn back to themes and explore header and background options. Check out the main page for full details.
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For pictures, as well as Creative Commons, I recommend Wikimedia commons- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page which has a lot of free images, and images under the Creative Commons licence, organised in a way you will eventually get to know. I use a lot of paintings which are out of copyright to illustrate my blog: with Wikimedia and Wikipedia, I think merely copying an image to a digital file does not grant any copyright rights.
@clareflourish Thank you so much for this.
I am as happy as I can be with my header – it’s a massive photo of me. How incredibly vain. But I couldn’t think of anything better. If you find it hideous feel free to tell me.
Have realised after reading the links under this task that I could import an image made of up different text styles. I might look at that in the future.
Back to yesterdays task now for me…getting there :-)
I would love nothing more than put a giant photo of my face as a header. Not only would it attract the kind of weirdos that I would undoubtedly find I have more in common with than I’d like but it would also add a red hue to the site I feel my site so desperately needs. Unfortunately my job doesn’t allow me to do so.
I’m an undercover cop.
Damn it. I’ve got to stop telling people that.
So check out what I went for in the end.
I struggled with the Day 6 task of the new element. I wanted to put up my own video, but I think I can’t without the paid upgrade….. so began the journey of posting it on youtube and then putting it on my post. Whew! So much effort as I haven’t done something like this before. Well, feeling happy with the results….what do you guys think?
Now for Day 7…
Hi! For those of you that have loads of creativity but know nothing about how a graphic designer finds his/her way through software, try PicMonkey to design your header. If you are familiar with Photoshop but for some reason don’t have it installed, try Pixlr. I’m the former, so I used PicMonkey. To go to PicMonkey, click here.
If you still need help, click here.
@lunacooler, thanks for the links!
There are also simple apps that let you easily layer text over images, like Over, Piction, and WordFoto (for the iPhone, not sure about Android). They can be an easy way to create a really custom-looking header.
Another great resource for patterns that you can use as subtle backgrounds is Subtle Patterns site.
Here are some additional image sources for your blog:
More Sources of Free Images for Blogs and Websites
Free Images for Your Blog or Website
20 Gov’t Sources of Free Images for Your Blog
You’re welcome. Unsplash is a source I have included in my collection post here http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/more-sources-of-free-images-for-blogs-and-websites/
I have a question about fonts.
I’ve been looking at the customise setting. From there I can select from twenty or so fonts. I sample about a dozen different themes and the font selection is the same.
I know Google has a HUGE library of fonts. Can I bring those fonts over to my blog if
1) I use the free theme?
2) Pay for the upgrade?
3) Get the premium theme?
Also, can we change the font to the header to something from Google or some other font library for this assignment?
Well, I added a banner I quickly made up just to try it; I don’t like how there is a box around it, I was wondering if there was anyway to make it go away?
Woo hoo! I’m ahead, for once, as I just changed my header last night. I needed something to match my blog’s theme (the annoyances of living in Hawaii) so I took a detour home from work just to get a picture of the horrendous highway traffic, even though it made my commute twice as long as normal. Oh, the things we do for our art. :P
I mostly use Aviary but I also use picmonkey and many other sites like Fotor and Photovisi and others for image editing and creating collages. Here are Ten Free Online Image Compression and Optimization Programs.
I typed this string into Google search
remove image borders header Forever site:en.forums.wordpress.com
To remove it you would require modification to the CSS and that requires the Custom Design Upgrade. See here for details on purchasing the annually renewable custom and CSS editing:
Custom design – Frequently Asked Questions
The answer to all the Google fonts questions is no. That answer is found in the custom font section of our support documentation. You can use TypeKit fonts only and it doesn’t matter whether the theme is free or premium. There is no other upgrade that changes what you read there. Please read these entries carefully. See here for details on purchasing the annually renewable custom and CSS editing:
Custom design – Frequently Asked Questions
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