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Creating The Perfect Blog Banner

Starting a blog is relatively easy; making it look great is not. My blog is still a work in progress, which is why I wanted to record a few things I did to engineer my banner. If you’ve read any of my posts, you’ll notice I’m into vegetables. I haven’t always been a fan, but in the last several years I’ve thought a lot about the benefits of eating more vegetables, and I’ve come to the conclusion that more is better than less.

Moreover, I love to cook, but I don’t necessarily like following recipes. I like to put in what I like to eat and what tastes good. So I’m more about taste than exactness. For this reason, I wanted to include a lot of vegetables and fruits in my banner image.

While I do use meat in most of my dishes, raw meat is tricky because it’s hard to make it look good in a photo. But cooked meat isn’t that great looking either, so I stuck with the veggies and fruits and of course tortillas. Unfortunately, tortillas don’t photograph that well either, so I placed them in the bottom right corner. The eye pans photos from top left to bottom right, which means that although my tortillas have basically landed in a low-ranking spot, they still add a period to the word Tortilla!

I purchased a Cannon 60D several months back, so I use that to take all my photos. You’ll notice that in the very beginning of the video, the tripod sits as high as I could get it above our counter. I then used a remote shutter release to take the pictures. (And it took a while to get the right picture!) But finally, with a small enhancement in the photo’s exposure and contrast, I got what I wanted.

Typeface, another issue. Several years ago, I purchased a great font package of 10,000 fonts from Ultimate Font Download for a mere $19.95, but viewing them proved a big hassle until I discovered a better font viewer. I downloaded something called Nexus Font, which allows you to view any of the fonts with the words you want—before you install it. You can even select a variety of fonts and compare them before you install them. After several hours of searching and comparing, I found the two-font combination I really liked, and you can see the results on my banner.

I actually really like what I came up with on my own. I’d still like to add a little logo at some point, but for now, I have my blog banner.

Feisty Tortilla Banner Picture

After the creation process was complete, I had a lot of vegetables so I decided to have a little fun with my camera and iMovie.

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