It’s been forever and ever since I posted some design tips on the blog. I’ve learned so many little tips throughout the past year while taking classes that I really want to share and believe any blogger could benefit from!
If you don’t have the software or experience to design pretty graphics, fonts,themes, etc. look no further! Check out the Creative Market website. Creative Market is a website that offers thousands of design assets created by talented designers all over the world. Since most of the Designers are independent, they do charge a small fee to download their designs. Although, each week Creative Market offers a variety of amazing freebie downloads.
I’ve downloaded some freebies and paid for a few fonts and themes. Every Designer that I have dealt with was great and some even offered more of their designs for free after I purchased a set.
Take a look at some of the designs featured on the site:
Bonjour! Typeface with Extras by Nicky Laatz
Watercolour Tribe&Flower DIY+Bonus by Graphic Box
Marema Typeface by AF Studio – Free this week!
Give your readers a good first impression when they stumble on your blog by creating an eye catching header! A well designed blog header is essential because it is the first thing that people see when they visit your site. Through a header, you can convey the look, feel, and vibe of your blog.
The two most important things to remember when designing a header is to make sure it is the correct size for your blog and that it is transparent. If you are using a template from WordPress or Blogger each theme should indicate somewhere in the information the header size. For example my header size is 1040 x 250. Whatever your size is, make sure that you design the graphic to be that exact size! Otherwise your header will be too small or large for your page.
Now in this next step you can use whatever design software/website you are comfortable with. In this example I chose to use, PicMonkey, a free photo editing website.
Step 1: Change the canvas size to match the exact size of your footer.
Step Two: Change the canvas color to transparent.
Step Three: Design!
Step 4: Save your new header as a .png image to preserve transparency.
If I had a grey background on my blog this is how the header would turn out:
Step 5: Upload your newly designed header.
This is such a super easy way to pretty up your blog!