Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Blog Button Tutorial!
I've been asked a few times how I make my blog buttons. It's a little hard to explain, so I'm going to show you through pictures! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!
And yes, this is a test button and not for an actual blog.
Go to Picmonkey.com and upload any normal-size picture.
Go to the left sidebar and click on the "Overlays" icon. It looks like a speech bubble, a heart, and a star thingy.
Then click on geometric, then the black square or rectangle.
A little window will pop up (its on the right of my photo). Change the color to white, or whatever color you are wanting your button to be. Remember, you can't change the color after this. I prefer to keep it white, or a pastel, so I can add darker fonts and such.
Take the edge of your square and drag it, making the square cover the entire photo. Don't worry about going over the edge, because it doesn't matter. Just cover it.
Right above your photo is a toolbar. Click on the one that is shown in the picture. It has two flat layers and an arrow pointing down.
This button will merge the white layer and your photo together.
Go to the left sidebar, and click on the very first icon. Scroll down, then click resize.
Uncheck "Keep Preportions".
Then type 200 in each box. (look at the picture)
Now, I usually don't do this part with my buttons. But with this particular one, I thought it would work well.
Go to the left sidebar and click on the little icon right above them pumpkin one. These are textures, or background type things you can use. I don't usually find one that goes with the button I'm making, but in this case I did.
I needed something that looked like fabric, and they had it under "Weave" I think.
Time for your blog name!
Go to the left sidebar and click on the "P". They give you tons of fonts to choose from. Try to pick a font that matches your blog title font. Look carefully, the very same one might be in there!
I don't usually do this either... LOL! But I thought it would look nice on this particular button.
Go to the left sidebar and click on the second icon. Experiment with all the cool edit tools, and see if you find anything you like!
Then you can go to the the sixth icon on the sidebar, and that has all sorts of borders. I usually use a simple border, nothing fancy. Change the color to match your font or something on your button (mine is just black so I will make the border black too).
And walah! Done! See how easy that is? If you have any questions, just comment below.
Kathryn (aka Chatty Kathy)
Posted by Kathryn at 11:49 AM