Monday, July 4, 2011

What's That?

When I was first introduced to the blogosphere, I was prevented from ordering designs by the fact that I had no idea what the heck any of the items were. So, in case other people are having similar issues, I'm writing a post explaining everything!

Let's start at the top.

Blog Backround
The blog backround is the design you see on the sides (and sometimes the top and bottom) of the blog.

The header is the image that has the title and description of the blog.
(please excuse my lousy circling skills)

Blog Button
A small image, used to advertise a blog. It usually is linked to the blog, so that a simple click will take a person to the blog.

Blog Button Code
Placed below the button itself. Used to link the button directly to the blog itself, and to make adding it to one's sidebar simpler.

Navigation Fleet
A navigation fleet is used to 'navigate' from one post to the next, using three buttons; Older posts, Newer posts, and Home. Clicking on them takes you to a newer post, and older post, or the home page.

A signature is an image with the blog user's name, and often a bit of decoration. It is merely a signature, a fancy way of signing a post.

Expand/Collapse Menu
A menu, consisting of small, rectangular buttons. When clicked, the menu expands and collapses. Useful for things like biographies, buttons, scrolling buttons, and emails.

Page Links
Page links are simply that; links to different blog pages. Custom page links are images that link to your blog page.

A small icon/image used as a sort of logo of the blog on one's internet browser.

Post Divider
This is a decorative image that goes between each individual post. It is sometimes used as a signature. Ours was horrid, so I got rid of it, so I hope Miss Liz B doesn't mind me using hers as a reference. (I chose her blog because I designed her divider.)

Post Title Icon
A post title icon is an image that is put next to/ under/over the post's title.
Ours is kinda ugly right now. I'm working on a new one.

Well, that wraps up today's tutorial! Any questions about the existing explanations? Want another one? Don't hesitate to ask! Drop a comment below, or email us!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Making a blog backround 1

Keep in mind that this tutorial is mostly for GIMP users. Having never used Photoshop or any of those other programs, I'm not sure how they function, so I don't know if these instructions will work for anything other than GIMP. Sorry!

Step 1: Open GIMP, and then open a new image. They measurements need to be 1200x1600. If you click the little arrow where it says Template, near the bottom, you'll see that option.

Step 2: (SIMPLE BACKROUND) Play around a bit. Change the colors, add some brushes.
Here's what I did;

First, I colored the backround a dark greenish blue. Then, I added a floral brush;

After that, I added a new layer, did the same brush on top of the first one, and then flipped it.

Next, I added some more brushes. Remember to put each brush in a new layer. That way, if you don't like what you've done, you can just type 'delete' on your keyboard and get rid of one brush click at a time, instead of starting all over again.

Step 3: Open a new image. For 2 column backround, make it 940x1200px, for double sidebar make it 1200x1200px.

Play around with that. I just put a small floral brush in the corner. Next, go to EDIT, and click 'Copy Visible' (Shift+Ctrl+C)

Go back to your 1600x1200 image. Go to EDIT, and click 'Paste' (Ctrl+V)

Step 4: Upload your image to an image hosting site, such as tinypic or photobucket. Get the DIRECT LINK, and paste it into this code; (courtesy of Ara

Having issues? Got a question? Drop a comment below, or e-mail me!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to put brushes into GIMP

*If you have any problems or don't understand, don't hesitate to leave me a comment!*

Step 1: Download some brushes that you like. You can either google Free Gimp Brushes, or look them up on your favorite graphics website. Need some recommendations? Ask me!

Step 2: Go into the DOWNLOADS file on your computer. The brushes should be there, in a Zip file. You need to 'extract' those files. To do so, simply right-click the file and click either Extract or Extract All. (Options may differ, depending on the computer) After you extract the file, you can delete the zip file. 

Step 3: Open GIMP. Go up to the toolbar and click the Edit button. Go down to the bottom of the Menu and click Preferences. A new window should open up. Go down the side-menu and click the plus sign by the FOLDERS button. 

Now, right underneath the folders button, there is a BRUSHES option. Click on it.

This is mainly what it should look like;

See that first line of what looks almost like a URL? This is the location of your Gimp Brushes. The reason I've circled is New User 2 is because that changes with the name of your user profile on your computer. Mine, conveniently is called New User 2.

Step 4: Open a file. It can be anything, Documents, Pictures, Desktop, whatever. Go back to your Preferences Window (That you kept open, right?). Type (you can't copy and paste) the "URL" into the searchbox at the top of the file (see, I opened Pictures);

 Step 5: Type ENTER, and then you'll be inside your GIMP folder. At the very top, there should be a file 'brushes.'
Open it.

Step 6: Make sure you still have your Downloads file open in a SEPARATE window.
Go into it.
Copy the brushes file you downloaded off the internet.

Step 7: Go baaaack to the Gimp/brushes file, and paste the brushes into that file.
Ta da!

You're done!

*If you kept Gimp open this while time, then nothing will happen. After you add brushes, you have to shut off GIMP and open it again.