How to Create a Custom Blog Header using PicMonkey

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Recently I have been helping some friends set up their own blogs and it has inspired me to create some blog related posts that hopefully new bloggers, find useful. If you want to learn more about starting your own blog, consider joining my free blogging for beginners eCourse. You can sign up at the end of this post.

I thought I’d start with how to create a blog header using *PicMonkey. I’m a big fan and use it for all my photo editing needs.

One of the first things you’ll probably want to do when setting up your new blog is to create a custom header. This is the banner that goes at the top of your blog, usually with the name of your blog and maybe an image or two. Below is a screenshot of my blog header as an example.

Blog header

What is PicMonkey?

PicMonkey is a photo editing and design tool online chart. It is a free product to try. Personally, I think it’s one of the easiest photo editing sites to use, so it’s perfect for novice bloggers.

How to find your blog header size

How to create blog header your blog

Step One

To create a custom blog header for your blog, the first thing you need to know is the optimal size for your blog. the topic of your particular blog. If you know the name of your blog theme, type it into Google and it should open a page listing your theme’s features.

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Once you’ve found the page with your blog theme details, scroll through Scroll down until you find the ‘Specifications’ section. Below is an example of my theme specification, and as you can see, it tells me that my blog header must be at least 1160px wide.

How to create a blog header with PicMonkey

Step Two

Once you’ve determined how big your header should be, you need to go to the *PicMonkey website. Click the button at the top that says ‘Layout’. Click ‘Custom Size’ and then add it to your dimensions.

Then click ‘Make It!

PicMonkey Tutorial

Step Three

Now that you have your blank canvas at the right size, it’s time to animate it with your own personal style. On the left side, you will find all the tools you need. If you want to change the background color of your header, you can click ‘Canvas Colour’.

PicMonkey Tutorial

Step Four

You can add text to your header by clicking the T symbols. There are a huge variety of free fonts to choose from and even more if you want to upgrade to a paid account.

Click ‘Add Text’ and a text box will appear . Click on that and then start typing. You can change the font by highlighting what you’ve written and clicking the font you want to use in the menu on the left.

You can change the size of your text using the text box that appears. Seen on the right hand side in the image below. You also have the ability to move the text where you want by simply clicking on it and dragging it to the right place.

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PicMonkey Tutorial on Changing Font Color

To change the color of your font also use the text box. Highlight your text and choose the color you want from the color scale. Alternatively, if you know the color code you want to use (for example, mine is #f6d464), you can place it where you see the numbers 000000.

PicMonkey tutorial on adding overlays

Step Five

Now that you have your text, you can add some fancy overlays by clicking on the butterfly symbol located on the left hand side. You can use the overlays provided by *PicMonkey or you can upload your own by clicking the ‘Add Your Own’ button.

Again, just like the fonts, there’s a huge selection to choose from.

To add an overlay, simply click the one you want and it will appear on your canvas. You then have the ability to resize and move it.

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

There are many other options on the left sidebar, including effects, touch-ups, frames and textures. with all the features to see what you can create .

Pic Monkey Tutorial

Step Six

Once you’re happy with your new blog header, all you need is to do is click save.

How to Create a Custom Blog Header Using PicMonkey

I’d love to hear how you get on creating your header and feel free to ask me any questions using the box Comment below.

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