Making Headers with Photoshop

1st-header

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  I opened the above middle picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I then used the “move tool” key to drag the cropped image into the newly created document.  With the image selected, I chose “free transform” to make the picture fit into the header.  While using this tool, I pressed “shift” to ensure that the image did not distort while I changed the size.  Once this picture was set in place, I opened the above left picture.  I cropped this image to cut out unnecessary space, and used “move tool” to drag it to the left of the previous picture.  I used “free transform” and “shift” to get the image into the proper size and location.  Finally, I opened the above right picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I used “move tool” to drag it to the right of the other pictures, and then used “free transform” and “shift” to size it properly.  Once all the pictures were in place, I created a new layer.  In this layer, I selected the brush tool and chose white as the main color.  I used this brush to create white gaps in between the different pictures.

2nd-header

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  I opened the above left picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I then used the “move tool” key to drag the cropped image into the newly created document.  With the image selected, I chose “free transform” to make the picture fit into the header.  While using this tool, I pressed “shift” to ensure that the image did not distort while I changed the size. Once this picture was set in place, I opened the above middle picture.  I cropped this image to cut out unnecessary space, and used “move tool” to drag it to the right of the previous picture.  I used “free transform” but I chose not to use “shift” because I liked the slightly distorted look.  Finally, I opened the above right picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I used “move tool” to drag it to the right of the other pictures, and then used “free transform” and “shift” to size it properly.  Once all the pictures were in place, I created a new layer.  In this layer, I selected the brush tool and chose white as the main color.  I used this brush to create white gaps in between the different pictures.

3rd-header

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  I opened the above left picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I then used the “move tool” to drag the cropped image into the newly created document.  With the image selected, I chose “free transform” to make the picture fit into the header.  While using this tool, I pressed “shift” to ensure that the image did not distort while I changed the size.  Once this picture was set in place, I opened the above middle picture.  I cropped this image to cut out unnecessary space, and used “move tool” to drag it to the right of the previous picture.  I used “free transform” and “shift” to get the image into the proper size and location.  Finally, I opened the above right picture and cropped it to cut out unnecessary space.  I used “move tool” to drag it to the right of the other pictures, and then used “free transform” and “shift” to size it properly.  Once all the pictures were in place, I created a new layer.  In this layer, I selected the brush tool and chose white as the main color.  I used this brush to create white gaps in between the different pictures.

3rd-custom-header

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  In the first layer, I chose a primary color of blue and a secondary color of white and made the gradient go from left to right.  In the second layer, I chose “brush tool #134” which looked like grass.  I chose a primary color of brown and a secondary color of white.  I then continuously applied the brush tool to the bottom right corner of the header to create a grassy effect.  In the third layer, I used the “elliptical marquee” tool.  This tool created an oval across the screen.  Once the oval was in the proper position, I used “fill” to make it a solid white.  In the fourth layer, I used the text tool to write “Summer Sky.”  I chose the font color to be black and increased the size to 72.  I finally used the “move tool” to center the text in the oval.

2nd-custom-blog-header

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  In the first layer, I chose a primary color of red and a secondary color of white and made the gradient go from top to bottom.  In the second layer, I chose “brush tool #134” which looked like grass.  I chose a primary color of purple and a secondary color of white.  I then continuously applied the brush tool to the entire bottom of the header to create a grassy foreground.  In the third layer, I used the “elliptical marquee” tool.  This tool created an oval across the screen.  Once the oval was in the proper position, I used “fill” to make it a solid white.  In the fourth layer, I used the text tool to write “Justin’s Lawn.”  I chose the font color to be purple and increased the size to 64.  I finally used the “move tool” to center the text in the oval.

3rd-custom-header-yeah

For this header, I started by opening a new 1100 x 250 document.  In the first layer, I chose a primary color of yellow and a secondary color of white and made the gradient go from left to right.  In the second layer, I chose the leaf brush tool.  I chose a primary color of green and a secondary color of white.  I then continuously applied the brush tool randomly throughout the header to give it a “leaves in the wind” sort of look. In the third layer, I used the “elliptical marquee” tool.  This tool created an oval across the screen.  Once the oval was in the proper position, I used “fill” to make it a solid white.  In the fourth layer, I used the text tool to write “Justin’s Leaves.”  I chose the font color to be green and increased the size to 64.  I finally used the “move tool” to center the text in the oval.

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More Soda, More Cavities, Less Money

Dental insurance is very expensive, and trips to the dentist can cost hundreds without the benefit of insurance.  The simple solution to save yourself money is to take better care of your teeth!  Soda has very high acidity, and this acidity will erode the enamel on your teeth, making you susceptible to getting cavities.  For those without dental insurance, fixing just one cavity will cost you around two hundred dollars!  It’s very common for college students like myself to fall into high acidity diets and blow off trips to the dentist.  You can lose a lot of tooth very quickly if you drink soda daily and don’t floss on a regular basis.  If you thought cavities were expensive, look at the prices of root canals!  Root canals can cost well over a thousand dollars!  The worse your teeth get in terms of decay and wear, the more expensive the repair of the tooth will be.  Sometimes, a tooth can get so much decay that it is no longer safe to leave it exposed.  A dentist needs to then put a crown on the tooth to protect it, and costs for this procedure can range from a few hundred to a few thousand.  The only solution, therefore, is to cut out the soda and acidic foods from your diet!  Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day!  Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year to get your teeth cleaned professionally, and all of these steps will help to strengthen your teeth and your bank account.

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Photo Editing

Little-Pete-Final

For this photo, I first used “auto contrast” in Photoshop.  This option made the colors stand out more against the background.  I then adjusted “Curves,” making output 196 and input 190.  This choice increased the contrasts between the different colors in the photo.  Finally, I adjusted the hue/saturation, making hue -8 and saturation +11.  This choice added the color to the face in the picture and brightened the blue of the shirt.

dad!Final

For this photo, I used “auto contrast” in Photoshop.  The option made the colors stand out more against the background.  I then adjusted the hue/saturation, making hue -106 and saturation -18.  I also changed vibrance to +100.  These steps changed the coloring of the picture to a purple and green hue instead of the original palette.

Andrew!-shopped-final

For this photo, I first used “auto color” in Photoshop.  This option enhanced the color in the photo.  I then moved the saturation of the photo to +23.  This increased saturation made the colors more vibrant.

My Winter Memory

My favorite winter memory is from when I was just a young lad hanging out with my favorite cousin, Benjamin.  Ben had a really good sledding hill in his backyard, and we would spend hours climbing up the hill and going back down on our sleds.  We would even build jumps at the bottom to make the ride even more exciting.

One particular time we did this, we had made the snow jump as high as we could build it.  We also started up higher on the hill to ensure maximum speed.  We luged a perfect path, making it easier to hit the jump.  Ben volunteered to go first.  He started out on his stomach on the sled, going head-first down the slope.  I gave him a push to get his momentum going, and he flew down the hill.  As he came upon our pre-made jump, he launched up into the sky and lost all grip of the sled.  He and the sled plummeted back to the ground.  I watched from the top of the hill as he fell and landed in a belly flop in the hard packed snow.  I rushed down to the bottom of the hill to congratulate him on his fantastic jump, but soon found that he couldn’t speak due to the wind being knocked out of him.

Once Ben had recovered his breath, we went back inside.  His house was warm and cozy, just like the picture above.  His mom made us cups of hot cocoa with little marshmallows on the top.  We sat in front of the fire to warm ourselves up.  She asked us how our sledding went, and we both chose to keep quiet about Ben’s massive jump.  That story, to this day, remains between the two of us.

Advertising Blogs

According to Darren Rowse, there are 9 viable ways of advertising a blog:

  • Pitching other bloggers

o   One way to advertise a blog is to let other bloggers know about your posts.  If other bloggers like your posts, they may create links on their own blog to your blog.

  • Social Messaging

o   You can use social media to promote your blog, including twitter and facebook.

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  • Social Bookmarking

o   You can use websites like Digg or Stumbleupon to increase the chances of your blog post being viewed.

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  • Internal Links

o   You can create links on your current blog posts to past blog posts.  This can increase the amount of time people spend on your blog.

  • Newsletter

o   If you write a newsletter, be sure to include links to your best and most popular posts.  If the posts are well-written and relevant, they will be highlighted over other posts.

  • Other blogs’ comment sections and forums

o   If you find you have a blog post that is very similar to someone else’s blog, you might include a link to your blog in their comment section or forum.  This should only be done sparingly, because too much self-promotion creates a poor reputation.

  • Email Signatures

o   You can add a link to your blog in your email signature so that everyone you email has a direct link to your site.

  • Follow-up Posts

o   Following up your posts with newer ones gives your blog a sense of momentum to viewers.  It looks as though you are building up to something by giving continual attention to a relevant idea.

  • Pay for Advertising

o   Once your blog has grown in popularity, it might be smart to think about paying for advertising.  This can promote your blog on many different platforms to reach more viewers.

Works Cited

Rowse, Darren. “13 Ways to Promote Your Next Blog Post.” ProBlogger. N.p., 16 Sept. 2008.     Web. 07 Feb. 2015.

Image Sources

http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-sell-books-on-twitter/

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Facebook_icon.svg

http://ansonalex.com/technology/how-to-use-digg-to-promote-your-blog-or-website/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stumbleupon.android.app

Blogs

Blogs are created for many reasons. Here are some of these reasons, according to Susan

  •  To express your thoughts and opinions
  •  To market or promote something
  •  To help people
  •  To establish yourself as an expert
  •  To connect with people like you
  •  To make a difference
  •  To stay active or knowledgeable in a field or topic
  •  To stay connected with friends and family
  •  To make money
  •  To have fun and be creative

The 10 best free blog sites, according to StyleCaster, are:

  •  Blog.com
  •  Blogger.com
  •  Penzu.com
  •  Squarespace.com
  •  Svbtle.com
  •  Tumblr.com
  •  Webs.com
  •  Weebly.com
  •  Wix.com
  •  WordPress.com

4. Types of blogs:

 Huffington Post – News

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

 Business Insider – Business News

http://www.businessinsider.com/

 Gizmodo – Invention News

http://gizmodo.com/

 TechCrunch – Technology News

http://techcrunch.com/

 First Time Mom and Dad – Parenting

http://www.firsttimemomanddad.com/

5. Huffington Post