Though I'm reluctant to make a button for this blog, I did want to learn how create buttons to share about events here. My graphic design skills are minimal at this point. But perhaps some of you are in the same boat. In the points below, I walk through how I made my first blog button as a novice blogger.
First, I did a search for how to make a blog button. And I discovered that I would need a graphic for the button. Since I have no idea how to design a logo from scratch, I needed a photo.
2. Photo Selection
I went to my Blogger account and opened my Picasa album. I could have uploaded a new photo to my collection, but I wanted to keep things simple on my first attempt. I found a photo in my Picasa web album that I had uploaded for a blog post back in 2009. Here's the photo I picked:
Next, I needed to edit the photo to make it smaller. So I clicked on the "edit" button and a program called "picnik" opened up. I cropped and resized my photo until it was about 150 x200 pixels.
4. Adding Text
Then I clicked on the "create" tab to add text. Here's what resulted:
4. Finding the Photo Link
I clicked on the edited picture to find the link to the photo and copied that link. I would need the link to insert into my button code in the next step.
5. Inserting my Information & Adding my Button to the Blog
Finally, I used the code in a helpful how-to post at A Heart for Home to finish my button. I inserted the appropriate photo link and titles where indicated, and Voila! I had a button, which I added as a gadget in my sidebar.
Should you want to join our challenge and grab my first button, it is not too late. I am still working on the book challenge with my kids. Once we finish, I shall have to devise our next event--and make another button!
Do you have any tips about making blog buttons and/or graphics?