I wanted to do this way before the Winter Solstice but I just didn’t have time. The holiday season always gets hectic around here, and I just didn’t have time to blog, or even notice that the blog still had an autumn motif. Well, better late than never ! The Design Blog is now decorated for the winter months.
The snowflake tile was created in Gimp 2.8 as was the header graphic. The image for the header graphic was taken at a local park. I should of spent a little more time post processing and getting the snow a bit whiter but I didn’t. If it was for a customer I probably would of spent a little more time on it.
The cute little snowman rss icon was found here.
Feel free to use the snowflake tile for any of your design needs. If you use it and like it, although it’s not necessary a link back would be appreciated. I love leaving web freebies for you guys, and hope the links and free graphics help in your design work. Thanks for checking out The Design Blog.
I was just playing around on Youtube and Gimp and created this from a tutorial I found here. If anyone wants to use it on a website or blog feel free, a link back would be nice but not required. Now that the cooler weather will soon be arriving, I’ll be posting a lot more. During the colder months I tend to geek out on my computer and do a lot more design based stuff.
This is a great tutorial that shows you how to take any bitmap image and convert it in Inkscape to make a Scalable Vector Graphic or SVG. Inkscape basically traces the image and with some tweaking you can use this trick to make brushes, outlines, and it also comes in handy when trying to scale clip art for different projects.
Like anything internet or computer related, the best place to start when you’re new to something is the manual. RTFM, is so true with anything we do with tech. Whether it’s setting up that new smart phone, setting up a new blog, or learning a new piece of software, reading the manual always makes life easier. I started right at the beginning with http://codex.wordpress.org/Site_Design_and_Layout.
Now the WordPress codex is some pretty dry reading and as usual I got a bit sidetracked. I came to the part in the manual that explains how to change the background in the 2012 theme that comes pre configured with WordPress. I tried a few tiles I had on my computer and just wasn’t satisfied with the look, so like a high school student with A.D.D, I had to stop what I was doing and look around the internet for that oh so perfect background. That’s when I came across this :
I thought this was a really fun background to start the blog off with. I’ll probably change it down the road with something of my own design, but for now I thought this was perfect. I couldn’t stop there though, I ended up downloading 233 really cool tiles that can be used for web design, pattern fills, or scrap booking. The TOU states they’re o.k. to use for commercial projects, and they politely ask that if you find the tiles useful to please link to them. So here you go, I found the tiles very useful and definitely worthy of a link ! http://graphicssoft.about.com/
If you like collecting tiles this is a really great collection. Take some time and download a bunch. Hey, you can never have enough tiles and they always come in handy ! Enjoy !