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Playing with Picnik for photos and time to change my Banner.

So we are in the throws of Winter and it was time to change the banner on my Activerain Blog. It's easy to pick a picture you may like that represents the area you cover in the real estate business. The hard part is getting it to look right and fit into the small space we're given...to make a statement.

                                  Here is my Newest Banner...it took about 3 minutes to create.

  A picture says a thousand words it's been said...I didn't want to cover this shot in text.

On my way to work this morning I rolled down my window on the exit ramp I take to get on the highway everyday. This is what the shot started out as;

  Seriously...a picture from my moving car window taken from a highway entrance ramp...

     Here is the tricky part, to customize your banner, it is recommended that you have a photo that is 950 X 125 (the box it fits in is 960 X 130). it is hard to get a quality photo with those dimensions and have it say to the public -Hey! "READ MY BLOG".

   I use the Picnik.com picture software, and the first thing I do is Re-Size the photo in this case I went right to the 950 width because I wanted to use the whole shot (side to side). NEXT- use the crop feature and find the narrow 125 dimension that captures the scene in the shot. Re-size & Recrop till your hearts content...the photo editing software lets you Un-do mistakes and start over again. Here is the cropped Version of my photo:

 Last - Text, Go to Create on the Picnik Tool bar and add the text, you have 6-or-7 types of text, and you can make it any color or size you wish. I stayed with Less is more- and didn't clutter the photo-banner with too much text.

        When you are done with the banner on Picnik, save the photo. Go to "my Home" Open Activerain (customizer) you can change the colors of your background here or "browse" the photo you just edited and save it - when it is successfully up-loaded.

                       One of the fall foliage tries.

            I love this covered Bridge, but as I tried to enter the text and it got too busy for me.

Play around with the photos, and maybe you'll find one you'll like enough to be your next Blog- Banner.

                                  Good luck and have fun with it.

 

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11 commentsSteve Loynd • January 31 2011 03:18PM
Playing with Picnik for photos and time to change my Banner.
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So we are in the throws of Winter and it was time to change the banner on my ActiveRain Blog. It's easy to pick a picture you may like that represents the area you cover in the real estate business. The hard part is getting it to look right and fit… more