Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Making a watermark "brush" for use in Photoshop

These instructions are based on my version of Photoshop which is part of the CS3 package. This is my first attempt at instructions for Photoshop. If you need help with older versions, I have some experience and may be able to help if necessary, but I don't have access to an older version to reference while writing up instructions.
Making a watermark "brush" for photoshop:
  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Open your dark watermark version.
  3. Click on the paintbrush tool so that it is active.
  4. Go to the menu at the top and choose "Edit." Scroll down to the option to "define brush preset."
  5. Edit the name of your brush if you'd like in the name option box that should pop up. Click ok.
  6. You should see an outline version of your watermark as you move the cursor around.
  7. Open a photo that you'd like to put your watermark on.
  8. In your color palette, pick a color that will look good over your photo (i.e., show up, but not overwhelm the image).
  9. With your brush still using the watermark shape, click on your photo, and save as a new version of your photo referencing that it's a watermarked version.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have questions. :)

Adding your banner to your Blogger blog

To post your new blog banner to your Blogger blog:
  1. Save banner where you can find it on your computer.

  2. Login to Blogger.

  3. Under the Template tab, click on the Page Elements tab. Click on the Edit link.
  4. This will open a new window that should say "Configure Header" at the top of it.

  5. Within that window, where it says "Image" to the right of it, click on the button next to "From your computer:" and click on the Browse button. Navigate to your saved banner file and double-click on it. This will select your banner and it should show up in the Configure Header window as a small preview of the image.

  6. Click the button next to "Instead of title and Description."

  7. Click the orange "save changes" button.
If this doesn't make sense, or if you have questions, please send me an email (using the link in the menu on the side). For my customers, if for some reason your banner doesn't fit the template you've chosen, please email me and I'd be happy to resize your banner to fit without losing quality.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Maria's Stamping Marathon blog has a new banner!

This is Maria's new banner for her blog. She knew the name of the blog for sure, but wondered if I could help with the subtitling. As I worked on it, I thought about it, and suggested "work your creativity" because I know that if I don't use my creativity, it tends to falter and doesn't seem as accessible when I really want it. This banner was truly a team effort, and I just couldn't seem to get it quite right to please myself, so I showed her variations, and different styles, and she patiently gave me feedback. :)

This is the final version, and I know we're both really happy with it! I love how calm and clean the design is. If you get the chance, stop by Maria's blog and check out her work and if you're there late in the week, you can leave a comment and be entered for her Friday Freebie drawing!