Today is part three in the series I’ve dubbed “How to Design a Blog Header That Will Make People Like You.” Part one covers the basics of what to avoid when designing a blog header. Part two covers how to use color effectively in your blog header design and with other elements in your blog.
In today’s post I wanted to cover the use of graphics to really make your blog header shine. We’ll be making this. It’s actually a header that I recently whipped up for a friend. She ended up not using it but it’s all good. Now I get to show ya’ll how I made it in about 5 seconds.
First off, I’ll talk about the type of graphics you want and where you can find them.
If you’re on a budget, no worries. There’s some great free clip art / graphic resources out there. In fact, I’m constantly pinning free digital scrapbooking, clip art, background and graphics that I find via the internet on my “Graphics Freebies” Pinterest board. Feel free to follow along!
A bit of warning regarding free graphics, however, is that you can’t always use them for whatever you like. Make sure to read terms of usage / usage rights so that you’re sure you have permission to use the graphics. Also, you’ll probably notice that to get some more premium looking graphics you may need to fork over some cash.
Not to worry. Places like Creative Market have some FABULOUS clip art, illustrations, and graphics that are sure to fit the bill for your blog header wants, needs, and desires. The bonus? Alot of the graphics won’t cost more than grabbing a burger for lunch.
Here are some of my favorite shops over there. Definitely some really talented artists who make great stuff!
For the header I used some watercolor laurels I had on hand and some little triangles I had leftover from a premade logo I designed. And wanna know a secret? The watercolor effects were quickly applied in Photoshop using these. They’re basically just a set of premade styles in Photoshop that you can apply to various layers to to give your text / graphics an awesome watercolor feel. Sweet.
I used Isabella for the font. Another win.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Creative Market, places like Shutterstock ($15 a download for on-demand downloads) or Etsy may have the perfect graphic you’re looking for.
Once you’ve snagged a graphic, here’s how you can create your header FOR FREE (or for for a super small fee if you choose to purchase any graphics) using the free online image editing application called Picmonkey. It’s not hard… you can totally do it. Promise!
Now get on with your bad self. Go design a blog header that’s totally YOU!