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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Easy Header Collage

I know most of you have discovered PicMonkey and PicFont.  They are both fabulous to create all kinds of collages with.  I just did another collage to use as my header, and it is sooooooo easy to do.

First I found three pictures that I really liked and created a collage in PicMonkey.  Their instructions are really simple and you can create all kinds of different collages.  Just play around until you get the shape and size you want, then save it to your picture gallery.

PicMonkey also allows you to do overlays and text.  I liked the shadow effect, so I added that to A Stroll Thru Life.  This is one look possible for the header. (You can click on each one to enlarge.)

PicFont allows you to write all kinds of things and highlight them on any photo.  Just upload any photo and you can add as many words or phrases as you want.  Very easy to do and very self explanatory directions.  I used a different font and outlined it for this collage.

 Next I used Photoshop to create this last one.  I don't know very much about this program, but this is done by increasing the canvas size.  There are arrows that allow you to increase the top, sides or bottom of a picture.  I increased the bottom of the picture, then used the text icon to write in that space.

Barb suggested that I try another program called Ribbet.  This one is super fun too and you can do all kinds of crazy things with it.

There are so many more options and things you can do, but this is just a really simple tutorial so you can change your header as often as you want.  Just take a bunch of pics, create any kind of collage and then have fun playing.

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  1. HOW I would love to learn how to make my own headers..and be able to change them. I would love to know how you get your blog name on top of your header...I am off to find out about this pic monkey right now.

  2. I am apparently a late bloomer; only discovered Pic Monkey a couple of weeks ago! You are absolutely right: it's sooo easy so create a header using their collage/mosaic thingy! I think I've changed mine twice since I discovered it!

  3. I haven't used picmonkey yet. Just picassa.

  4. I've been wanting to do this for a change myself, Marty! I'm sure I'll get around to it one of these days. It does seem a bit intimidating to tackle, but you make it seem so easy.

  5. I change my headers all the time but I would love to Collage/mosaic some with an easy program . Looks great I will have to check it all out never heard of this site Pic Monkey. Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  6. Great tutorial. I use PicMonkey too but didn't know about Pic Font. I have to check it out.

  7. Thanks Marty...
    We DO have access to some pretty fun stuff on these here computers!!!!!
    xo, Kathy@
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  8. Thanks Marty, you know I'm still in the learning mode...I appreciate you sharing this info. I'm currently using Pic- Monkey and would love to put a collage on my header! Thanks for visiting my blog, you're too kind!

  9. Hi Marty! Your header looks marvelous! What beautiful snaps you chose too. Very nice of you to share with us how you made it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Oh Marty, you are truly talented. I saw this pic-monkey but didn't understand how it went about it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I'm gonna try it and see. I love your header, such perfect pictures, they look professional. Big hugs and thank you for sharing.

  11. I have not yet tried pic monkey but I am going to make myself now!Actually, I'd rather work on other projects than learn how to do something with the computer! Thanks for inspiring me!

  12. Marty, you must be a real techie. I explored Pic Monkey but didn't do much with it. I haven't heard of Pic Font and I still haven't learned Photoshop. Let's just say I am very impressed.

  13. Love your header, thanks for letting us know about these sites. I can't wait to play around with different ideas! XOXO ~Liz

  14. PicMonkey is the greatest. Have you also tried Ribbet? I go back and forth between the two. LOL I am so happy you are able to make new headers. Sometimes I think the worst part about having a professionally designed blog is that I can;t change out the headers like I used to do. :(

    Love you my friend. xxoo

  15. Thank you so much for this post Marty!! I have never tried these sites and have always wanted to make some collages. Your header looks beautiful! I will definitely put this info to good use!

  16. Thanks so much, Marty! I'm going to try this! You make it seem so easy :)

  17. Love the header, it looks so good. I am going to check this out when things slow down.


  18. Wow, I've always wanted to make a picture collage header. Thanks for the great tips...can't wait to try it out!


  19. This looks fun! I am trying to redo mine now. You are always so helpful.

  20. Dear Marty
    A wonderful collage !!You have done this with many ways !
    I liked your header !
    Have a nice day !

  21. After I made one for my blog, I have been afraid to change it. I guess I should take some time and play around with it again.


  22. Thanks for sharing, Marty! I've used Ribbet & Picasa (use this a lot), but haven't tried the other two. Your header looks beautiful.

  23. Well done Marty, seasonal and lovely. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy weekend wishes xo

  24. Having just started using PicMonkey since I got my new computer, I am loving all the wonderful collage options. Love your new header, the tutorial and I will be featuring your post in my next Home and Garden Thursday party, I do appreciate you sharing,

  25. Marty I just made a new header with PicMonkey and I like it but the header picture is too small. I didn't see the editing options for size so guess I'll have to go back to the drawing board. If you have any quick hints for me I'd appreciate it. Thanks for this post and the tips. I like playing with Ribbet and PicMonkey. Pamela

  26. This is so helpful! I'm about to redo my blog so THANK YOU!!! One more thing I don't have to spend hours researching :)
    xo, Andrea

  27. I am very impressed. I don't know how to do any of this. I am going to try, though, thanks to your tutorial.

  28. I so HOPE I can figure this out. I desperately need help doing my header, it is pathetic right now.............

  29. Marty, I just went there and made a collage but it was too big. Can you tell me how to change the size and layout. Also when I went back it won't connect??? Maybe I need to go to bed and try again tomorrow:):)

  30. THANKYOU Marty for sharing this. Boy do I ever need this tutorial. I am not a whiz on blogger and have so much to learn and headers have been the hardest. Hope I can get Pic Monkey to work for me and you'll see a new header at my place if I get it right. Again MANY thanks. Nann

  31. I use PICMONKEY all the time...they have the most beautiful fonts and you can write any where you want on your photos.
    The only thing I find lacking there is the ability to arrange your photos any in your Ribbit header. I will go over and look...guess it's