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Just know that I tried...
Let's get started.
Start by choosing a color palette for your header design. I'm a fan of Sherwin Williams "Chip It!" Head over to their site to drag the Chip It! button into your toolbar. Then, find an image that has the color palette you'd like for your blog. If you're not sure where to start your search, look here.
I tried out the Chip It! tool with my TPT store badge just for kicks, and this is what turned up:
#2. Choosing a Program
Now that you have the color palette you want, the next step will be choosing the program in which to create your blog header image. In the very beginning I started out with powerpoint, switched to Picmonkey, then Canva, experimented with Pixlr, and eventually broke down and purchased idraw. Each program has its pros and cons, but my advice would be to work with the one in which you feel the most comfortable. You can always switch later, after you have the plans for your blog design complete.
#3. Start Simple
Designing a header image can be overwhelming, even when you've decided on a color palette, so start simple. Choose your favorite font (I'm using KG Behind These Hazel Eyes) and type out the name of your blog. Like so:
Let me pause this tutorial for a moment to tell you a story about the day I discovered the eye dropper tool. I was sitting at my computer, complaining to my husband about how I couldn't choose the exact colors I wanted in my design. I was pointing at the computer screen saying, "I want exactly this blue." My husband says, "Why not use the eye dropper tool?" He said it so calmly, as though he hadn't just forever changed everything I knew about choosing colors. Truly, I wouldn't have known about this if he hadn't been standing next to me.
Which brings us to our next step...
That little eyedropper is your friend. This is where your Chip It! tool comes in handy. You can use the eyedropper tool to select colors from your favorite chip card. Plus, you'll be confident knowing that your colors look good together. To use the tool, go to the color menu in your editing program, and click on the eyedropper. Then, hover your mouse over the color you want from your chip card. Voila! You have the perfect color for your design.
|One of my chip cards via Chip It!|
#5. Putting it All Together
Now that you have the right colors and fonts, it's time to play around. In the example below, I changed the font in "yellow", added colors from my palette, and added a grey line border. It's always surprising to see how much font and color choice can completely change the overall look.
With the right colors and fonts, your blog header is off to a great start! Stay tuned for my next tutorial involving uploading and centering your blog header image.
Thanks for reading!