As a thrifty Do-it-Yourself blogger I knew I needed a button, but often am too stubborn to pay for what I want. I really enjoy learning all this techy-stuff, while it’s not my specialty I feel really smart when I get the results that I was hoping for. I had heard through the grapevine that you could create buttons in picnik- which might be my biggest blog crush EVER. If you didn’t realize I am a professional photographer who has divorced Adobe Photoshop for Picnik. I do spend the $2.08 a month to become a premium member because to me it’s worth it!
To begin the process of creating a blog button, you need a few design elements that you like. A few great resources are 2 Peas in a Bucket, Designer Digitals, Shabby Princess. To start upload the papers or elements to your library that you might want to include in your button. Then to start choose what you would like for a background. I’ll choose this dark paper. I should note that I tend to work actual dimensions immediately, so for a header I crop the background to the actual pixel size that’s required before adding pretty elements to it! This background is an exact square which is what I want for a blog button so no need to crop to start the process.
In the bottom left there is a “Photo Bucket” if you click on the arrows all of your uploads. Simply drag and drop any elements you’d like on top of your background.
Then to add text click on the “Create” tab. Click on text, choose your font, your color, and I like to test some of the fun “advanced modes” to see the dramatics effects it provides.
You also can add a frame or sticker which add to the personality of your blog…something to play with.
Before you save it go back to the “Edit” tab and click on “Resize” and change the size to 125 x 125 (blog headers vary in size, it’s best to check what the custom size is for your blog, etsy shop, etc.)
Then make sure to save it in the highest quality. I tend to save it to my computer before I upload to a photo host. Since I am a pro-photographer I use SmugMug, but Photobucket works too. You’ll need to upload it to a site so that when it comes time to add to your blog you have an image url. And that’s it. Hopefully this was helpful!
I have another Tutorial to help you with inserting the html code into your blog Here.
As you might notice, I’m hoping to be kicking off Thrifty Thursday Linky parties in 2012, I’m working through a few technical things yet…no worries, it’ll be here soon. Start thinking of what you might be interested in linking up!