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Zero to Hero: Day Seven

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    Day Seven! Pat yourself on the back -- you've completed one week!

    Today, let's turn back to themes and explore header and background options. Check out the main page for full details.

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  2. For pictures, as well as Creative Commons, I recommend Wikimedia commons- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page which has a lot of free images, and images under the Creative Commons licence, organised in a way you will eventually get to know. I use a lot of paintings which are out of copyright to illustrate my blog: with Wikimedia and Wikipedia, I think merely copying an image to a digital file does not grant any copyright rights.

  3. @clareflourish Thank you so much for this.

    I am as happy as I can be with my header - it's a massive photo of me. How incredibly vain. But I couldn't think of anything better. If you find it hideous feel free to tell me.

    Have realised after reading the links under this task that I could import an image made of up different text styles. I might look at that in the future.

    Back to yesterdays task now for me...getting there :-)

  4. luthersjournal
    Member

    @clareflourish and @michelleweber. TY for the Creative Commons hints. Up to now I tried to avoid pics because of possible legal trouble.
    Following the zerotohero stuff brings me into the mood to improve my blogging capacities. So it's worth anyway.

  5. vegasesundance
    Member

    I would love nothing more than put a giant photo of my face as a header. Not only would it attract the kind of weirdos that I would undoubtedly find I have more in common with than I'd like but it would also add a red hue to the site I feel my site so desperately needs. Unfortunately my job doesn't allow me to do so.
    I'm an undercover cop.

    Damn it. I've got to stop telling people that.

    So check out what I went for in the end.

  6. I struggled with the Day 6 task of the new element. I wanted to put up my own video, but I think I can't without the paid upgrade..... so began the journey of posting it on youtube and then putting it on my post. Whew! So much effort as I haven't done something like this before. Well, feeling happy with the results....what do you guys think?

    http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/masai-mara-pride/

    Now for Day 7...

  7. Hi! For those of you that have loads of creativity but know nothing about how a graphic designer finds his/her way through software, try PicMonkey to design your header. If you are familiar with Photoshop but for some reason don't have it installed, try Pixlr. I'm the former, so I used PicMonkey. To go to PicMonkey, click here.

    If you still need help, click here.

  8. @luthersjournal. I am with you - really really helpful advice.

  9. @lunacooler, thanks for the links!

    There are also simple apps that let you easily layer text over images, like Over, Piction, and WordFoto (for the iPhone, not sure about Android). They can be an easy way to create a really custom-looking header.

    More info: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/photo-apps/

  10. Another great resource for patterns that you can use as subtle backgrounds is Subtle Patterns site.

  11. Here are two more:
    http://www.sxc.hu/
    http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/terms.php
    P.S. I have located 71 free image sources.

  12. Thanks for the links, @anamelio and @timethief!

    Another site with lots of free-to-use, super header-friendly images:
    http://unsplash.com/

  13. @micehllewebber
    You're welcome. Unsplash is a source I have included in my collection post here http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/more-sources-of-free-images-for-blogs-and-websites/

  14. I have a question about fonts.

    I've been looking at the customise setting. From there I can select from twenty or so fonts. I sample about a dozen different themes and the font selection is the same.

    I know Google has a HUGE library of fonts. Can I bring those fonts over to my blog if

    1) I use the free theme?

    2) Pay for the upgrade?

    3) Get the premium theme?

    Also, can we change the font to the header to something from Google or some other font library for this assignment?

  15. paigeandspaniels
    Member

    Well, I added a banner I quickly made up just to try it; I don't like how there is a box around it, I was wondering if there was anyway to make it go away?

    http://paigesspaniels.wordpress.com

  16. Woo hoo! I'm ahead, for once, as I just changed my header last night. I needed something to match my blog's theme (the annoyances of living in Hawaii) so I took a detour home from work just to get a picture of the horrendous highway traffic, even though it made my commute twice as long as normal. Oh, the things we do for our art. :P

  17. @lunacooler
    I mostly use Aviary but I also use picmonkey and many other sites like Fotor and Photovisi and others for image editing and creating collages. Here are Ten Free Online Image Compression and Optimization Programs.

  18. @paigeandspaniels
    I typed this string into Google search
    remove image borders header Forever site:en.forums.wordpress.com
    To remove it you would require modification to the CSS and that requires the Custom Design Upgrade. See here for details on purchasing the annually renewable custom and CSS editing:
    Custom design - Frequently Asked Questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-fonts/

  19. @cteavin
    All support documentation is here http://support/wordpres.com

    The answer to all the Google fonts questions is no. That answer is found in the custom font section of our support documentation. You can use TypeKit fonts only and it doesn't matter whether the theme is free or premium. There is no other upgrade that changes what you read there. Please read these entries carefully. See here for details on purchasing the annually renewable custom and CSS editing:
    Custom design - Frequently Asked Questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-fonts/

  20. I found a photo for my Spectrum theme front page and I'm cropping it....and it's taking forever. It says "cropping..." in the lower right corner. Is it supposed to take this long?

  21. Also....what does CSS mean! Thanks!

  22. @ldkmoore
    How large is the image?
    Is it directly out of your camera?
    When it takes a long time that usually means the image is HUGE!
    What is the image file type?
    See here http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/#troubleshooting
    I don't upload and image unless I have optimized it for the web and sized it to fit the space I will upload it into. Lately the image uploader here is so grindingly slow during prime time internet hours in North America that I avoid using it during those hours.

  23. @ldkmoore
    Let's see what you get when you type "CSS" into Google search.
    https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=YpzNUsWKJtSuqwHcsoDAAQ#q=CSS
    Then let's see what you get if you type it into the searchbox at the support documentation site http://support.wordpress.com
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/?s=CSS

    I'm the type of Volunteer who does not choose to post answers I don't support with links. I prefer to teach new blogger how to fish (search) rather than doing it for them because If I do that they learn nothing and they need to know how to search to blog well.

  24. @ldkmoore
    CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheet.
    It is a sort of programming language for defining the style of Web pages and other structured information. If you ever get into designing Web pages in anyway a basic understanding of simple CSS is really helpful. Let us know if you want to know more.

  25. Can you have a separate header for each page that you create for your blog??

  26. How to search
    Our WordPress.com support docs are all here. http://support.wordpress.com
    The Tags search page is in the Reader area of the Dashboard.
    http://wordpress.com/tags/
    For Topics (Tags page) searches see http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/ This is the syntax http://en/wordpress.com/tags/canada
    See here http://wordpress.com/#!/read/topics/

    For Google searches use this format and replace "keyword" with whatever word you wish:
    keyword site:wordpress.com/

    Example search string
    Queen Victoria site:wordpress.com
    results > http://tinyurl.com/csaobsx

    For Tags searches in the support forums here's the format
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/zerotohero

  27. @Idkmoore, I'm not sure what CSS means either, but I think it's a kind of code to customize your blog.
    Also guys, check out the Cutest Blog on the Block (yes, that's the name). I know that their styles won't appeal to everyone, but it is a hit with a lot of people. They have tons of Blogger backgrounds, templates, and headers (banners), WordPress.org templates, and some stuff for social networking sites. You can use one of their headers (doesn't matter if it's Twitter, Facebook, or Blogger, still works the same) for your blog. All you need to put in is the text, which you can do so with photo editing sites.

  28. @pkanwar1983
    That's theme dependent. On some themes "yes" but on others "no". The terms to search for in the support docs at http://support.wordpress.com are "custom header images" and "featured images".

  29. So I'm trying to source my image but I must not be doing it right. How do I create the link to my source?

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