I keep a personal blog, and I like to have a personalized top banner. Here’s what my blog looks like today. Notice the top banner with the title and picture at the right. I made that using Picasa and this tip will tell you how.
I used Picasa’s collage feature to make that banner. You might not think to use the collage feature when you’re only working with one picture. That’s why I decided to write this tip. I started by selecting that photo of Jim and me and Odie in front of our Visited States Map. With just that one pictures selected, I clicked the collage button. I set the background to a solid red, and move the picture over to the right side, and create the collage.
Once the collage is done and I’m back at the Picasa library, I use the Text Tool to type ‘Geeks on Tour Blog.’ Using all the text formatting tools, I choose our special ‘geeky’ font (Coolvetica) and set the colors so they look good against the dark red background. After applying that, I add another block of text for the blog description.
Crop and Export
The export feature allows me to specify a size. The instructions for Blogger header images tell me to make it 910 pixels, so that’s what I specify:
There’s a lot you can do with Picasa’s collage feature … get creative!
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