Creating A Header

One of the assignments for this week was to use photo editing software to create a header by layering 2 pictures, and playing around with contrast/brightness and filters. In my head, I imagined exactly what I wanted my photoshopped picture to look like. It was going to be a picture of a tropical beach (NOT the Jersey Shore, though I do love it) that slowly faded into a picture of an office desk, with a computer, phone and maybe a notebook on the desk. I planned it out in my head which pictures I was going to use and I was so confident I was going to do a really good job. How incredibly naive of me. I didn’t even watch the videos that were suggested for using Pixlr Editor, because I’m an idiot, and tried just diving into the site. I uploaded my background picture and that was as far as I got on my own. So, after going back and watching the videos, I was a lot more confident. However, I soon realized I couldn’t just fade two pictures together, I was probably not using software that could do that, or even if I was, I was not nearly skilled enough to figure out how to do that on my own. I tried my best to copy what the man did in the video, to delete the background of the second image I wanted to use on top of my background picture of a beach, but because so many stock photos I found of computers were a white computer on a white desk with a white keyboard, I couldn’t properly isolate just the white desk. So, I wound up being able to delete the background of the computer desk when it was already layered on top of the beach picture, but I unfortunately couldn’t delete all of it. So, as you’ll see, there’s some weird lines on the beach because some of the background was still left. (Also, now that I’m proofreading this post before I upload it, I realize I blurred out the background image of the beach, I don’t exactly remember why, but I remember it somehow looked better than when it wasn’t blurred.) When the professor said, “No offense, but you’re probably not going to do anything that will impress me” I took it as a challenge and thought, “No, I feel like I could actually be pretty good at this.” No, no…I was wrong. I definitely should not pursue a career in graphic design. As for where I can apply these newfound “skills”…I will honestly probably use them to create memes or funny pictures to send my friends, and that’s it. My work should not be displayed anywhere. So, without further ado, here is my less-than-subpar header I created!

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My mediocre at BEST header image was borrowed and remixed images from Wikipedia and Pexels.

4 thoughts on “Creating A Header

  1. I like the idea you had for your header. It fits well with the theme of your blog. Why did you choose to use just a computer as the image on the beach? I think it might have been easier for you to find a person working on a laptop in a lounge chair and impose it onto the beach that way. What did you like or dislike about Pixlr?

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  2. I can really relate to the “I soon realized I couldn’t just..”. Your style of writing is very transparent and honest which I think plays really well into the character I think your blog is going for. I think that the choices you made for the header make it very interpretive, which makes your writing especially welcoming.
    I do like how you blurred the beach scene in the header. I think that most would interpret an image like the one you described you were going for as a desire to have a break from work, due in part to how we likely spend more time behind a desk than at the beach. I think the blur plays into that narrative because many may take a beach day as less tangible than a day at the office.

    Looking forward to saturating the meme market with you!

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  3. I love how amusing it was to read about your “less-than-subpar header”. Editing or remixing photos can be a highly frustrating process that can definitely serve as a catalyst for multiple existential crisis bouts. However, you did a great job, and it certainly suits your site!

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  4. tomgerwer

    I truly like your honest approach to your writing. It seems straight forward and to the point. The image looks pretty good. It gives the blog a more relaxed feel to it. I hope that is what you were going for. Look forward to future posts.

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