Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I noticed that some people new to blogging have one of the great free Blogger blogs, but don't know how to customize it. This tutorial will show you how to upload a custom header to your Blogger template and how to change the colors in your blog to match. Check out my first set of free CoffeeShop Blog Headers (used below).
Here is the world's most boring blog. I just set it up to test my headers and practice editing templates without destroying my CoffeeShop Blog. Once you are logged into Blogger, just click on the Customize button on the top blogger menu.
You want the background to match the header, so open your header in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop, select your eyedropper tool, and click on color you want on your header. In this case I liked the green, and you can see it became my foreground swatch color. Double-click on the foreground swatch and the nifty box seen above will pop up. On the bottom of the right side there is this long number following a "#". Select and copy this. This is the code for that lovely shade of army green.
Now to get rid of that annoying border around your background, select Border Color and once again enter your army green hex code and press Enter. Look at your sample blog on the bottom of your screen and you might find the text looks terrible on your new colored background. Just change the text colors by clicking on the menu on the left to select the text of choice, then either clicking on one of the nifty colored boxes in the middle of the page OR selecting another color from your blog header (in my case the yellow) and entering the hex code on the right.
My next blog tutorial post will show you how to upload a free template from Our Blogger Templates so you can have an actual PhotoBlog and also how to post those large images you can't post on the classic Blogger templates. I have also rewritten my Orton Effect with a Contrast Kick Action (it now runs in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, is completely adjustable and has a built-in layer mask and a layer to mute the vivid colors of the Orton in portraits) and I will be releasing that this week. I have another texture set coming out, along with my huge set of bracket frames. Then I will be posting more action sets, including my B&W set and some cool arty ones. There have been some late nights at the CoffeeShop, and I think you guys will be pleased!