Mr. Puddle Opens A Store
It’s been awhile since I worked on a new header, but I had occasion to design one recently.
I joined Fine Art America last year. It’s one of many sites where an artist can sell prints and greeting cards online.
For a $25 annual fee, you get your own store— basically a site which you can personalize, including the header.
Here’s what the default header looked like:
Pretty simple, pretty boring, a typical default.
Also: extremely narrow. Its dimensions are 970 pixels by 100 pixels. (My blog header, by contrast, is 920 pixels by 180 pixels.)
Not much room to work, but I decided to give it a shot. I wanted to add a bit of humor, and the blog’s URL. Here’s the result:
I drew the graphic elements at approximately double-size. I was pretty sure I’d have to make adjustments when I pasted them into the allotted space, so I didn’t worry too much about trying to get the sizes and perspective exactly right. Here’s the finish.
How do you squash a head and keep things proportionate? In Photoshop, it’s the easiest thing in the world: you select it, then apply Transform>Distort. I clicked on the upper center handle, then pulled down and to the right. You can always Undo and try again until you like the result.
Here’s the finished header again, in context. If you’re an art lover, I invite you to drop by the store! : )
Do you pay much attention to headers? Ever tried to design one yourself?
Is it dignified for an artist to portray himself as a puddle? Does it suggest he likes to lay down on the job??
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