CoffeeShop Polaroid Blog Header!

If you notice I have a tendency to change my blog header quite regularly. You might be shocked to find out I design and maintain my own blog (hee hee, OK it is pretty obvious...), even though I have yet to learn HTML. Thank you Blogger for being idiot-proof! I like to do it myself because I get tired of looking at the same header and if I pay someone to do a great job I won't want to change it. So this morning while the boys were watching their farm tractor video I made this new header which you can download below. The downloadable one does not include the above background, text, or image, but it is very easy to customize.

To custimize the CoffeeShop Polaroid Blog Header:

1. Open the header in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements like any other image.

2. Click on the bottom layer (Header Background.) If you want to make it another color, just Edit, Fill with your color of choice. If you want to add a pattern or texture (as I did above, you can find that texture HERE), just open the texture and select your move tool and drag it above the Header Background layer. Turn off or delete the Header Background layer and then Ctrl-T (free transform) the texture layer to fit your header. Click "constrain proportions" and either click and drag or change the W or H and move the texture around until it looks nice. If you can't see the drag bars in Photoshop, just Ctrl-0 (that is a zero) and you will be able to see them.

3. Add your image. As you can tell I used just one in this header. Open the image of your choice and move it on your header, just above the Clipping Mask layer. Then click on your image layer to select it, and Ctrl-G to group it with the Clipping Mask layer. This will fill the polaroid template with your image and restore your background. Then Ctrl-T the image layer to fit. Make sure to move it around and change the size to get the best fit.

4. Select the text and change the font to taste. If you don't want the text just turn off the little eye icons or drag the text layers in the trash.

5. Flatten and save! It is 980x400 so you might have to "shrink to fit" in your blog.

Download the CoffeeShop Polaroid Blog Header HERE!

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


Oh Boy...Oh Boy...Oh Boy March 18, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

ok not to sound greedy or anything but would it be possible to for this to be made into a printable template!?!?!?

it's a great look!!!

Digi Free March 18, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 18 Mar [LA 08:00pm, NY 10:00pm] - 19 Mar [UK 03:00am, OZ 02:00pm] ).

Clara March 19, 2009 at 1:24 AM  

You are so generous and talanted....I think it would be very nice to use this blogheader , love it!
When I do so....I should write a link to your great blog.
I have added you as a contact on flickr too, because I wont miss anything of your great work!

Thank you very much and have a great and creative day!!!
All my best
Clara from Sweden

Sibylle March 19, 2009 at 5:38 AM  

Oh wow! This blog header is great. I can't wait to play with it. Thank you so much. I just love all your stuff. Thanks for sharing your endless talent with all of us.

Dan March 19, 2009 at 5:46 AM  

WOW ! I love this. Thank you for sharing your hard work and talents.

Annie March 19, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

i love it! i was hoping you'd share when i saw it yesterday lol

Traci March 19, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing..I love this header!

Anonymous March 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

Great. Thanks so much:)


Barbara March 19, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

I love this! Thank you so much!

Sharon Kay March 19, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

Well thank you very very much! My much neglected blog still has the original header on it...this will be fun!

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search March 19, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Blog Resource(s) post on Mar. 19, 2009. Thanks again.

denise:) March 19, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

That is soo cute!! I DID notice you change up your header a lot- and i love it! You've inspired me to offer up free headers... der! I design them and sell them, but i could throw a few freebies out there sometimes- heh heh! Thanks for being the ROCKIN' BLOGGER you are- :D

Megan March 20, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

thanks rita! i think i'll update my header with some upcoming vacation pics -- you rock!

Jena Photography March 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

Love the new look Rita!

The Wilcoxson's March 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

i must be doing something wrong. When I group my image with the clipping mask it does not just fill the polaroids but everything.

dragonflydreamer March 31, 2009 at 4:27 AM  

I haven't felt this giddy in a long time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to learn more about making beautiful images in PSE. I really hope everyone donates what they can so you can keep sharing with us so generously.

Brandi May 4, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

Thanks so much!!! I used it on my blog, doesn't look right yet but I am working on it. Thanks for everything!

Lacie June 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

Thanks for the header template... i downloaded it a few weeks ago and just got to play around with it! i have put it on my blog as a header.. i just wish i could figure out how to make it a little bigger! i am still learning! thanks for your tutorials too... they were a big help! thanks again..
lacie b

Kristen August 24, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

Thank you so much!

Rachel JimĂ©nez January 26, 2010 at 2:47 AM  

Thank you so much for the template and the tutorials on how to do just about everything that is important with a blogger blog :) I used this template and duplicated the polaroid layer, turned it black and dropped the opacity to make a drop shadow...I know there's an easier way, but I couldn't find it in all the places I was searching...Now I just need to go back and tweak the edges so that it doesn't appear cut off on my blog, as I want it to appear to float. Thanks again!!