Blog Post Header Images For Photoshop Newbies

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Today I’m going to show you how I make the intro pictures for my posts. I use photoshop CS2, but you’ll be able to do this with most versions of photoshop- and a lot of other programs too if you know where all the tools are. This is a pretty basic technique you can use to make a lot of different things once you master it, so hopefully you’ll find some good ways to put it to use!

Step 1: Create a new document. Big images are good- just not too big! It’s a good idea to make it as wide as your content is. If you don’t know how big it is, find an image that you’ve included that is the right size. Copy it, and then create a new document in photoshop. The height and width should match that of your copied image when you create it. I personally use 600×500, because that’s what works for my blog size-wise.

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Step 2: Create a background. You have a lot of options here. You can do a simple colour background by using the paint bucket tool, which would look like this:

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Or you could use an image background like this:

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Or you could use a patterned background like this: (hint: colourlovers.com is a great place where you can create your own tiling pattern! great for backgrounds)

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I created my patterned background by finding a black and white image I liked. I pasted it onto my document, and then created another colour layer underneath it like this:

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I then adjusted the fade level on the pattern layer until it was the colour I wanted.

Step 3: Add the text. Having a bunch of non-standard fonts to choose from makes this bit a lot easier, and picking the same collection of fonts for all your images helps with your branding. It makes everything look the same, and like it all belongs together. A good place to download new fonts is dafonts.com. They have every font you could ever need, and installation instructions there that are easy to follow. Pinterest also has a wealth of suggestions.

Once you have your fonts, you need to know how to arrange them. I like to use multiple fonts on the same image for visual interest, but you can use the same font. The same font would look like this:

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When using the same font, I like to switch up the size of the text to put the most important keywords bigger. Like this:

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Combining different fonts takes a little trial and error to get right. I like to use a combination of handwriting-type fonts and blockier/sleeker fonts to contrast. That’s why my standard post images look like this:

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Here are some other examples of font mixing to give you some ideas:

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You can see how easy it is to create a different aesthetic feel by using different fonts, so try to pick some that match your blog’s brand and give off the impression that you want- not just ones that look good.

And that’s it, save and you’re done! Quick and easy, right? You can save the template as a .psd file and keep the layers intact so you can open where you left off and not have to start from scratch every time if you use it more than once.

I’d love to see what you create, best of luck!

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