by Jessika Hepburn, Editor
In my year of blogging I have done a whole LOT of clicking around on the internet. Sites with generic graphics don’t hold my attention and I usually click right out again (sorry!). Since I started editing OMHG I have become more and more focused on creating all our own graphics, lay-outs and images. I do make a lot of our graphics by illustrating them on paper, scanning them into the computer and then playing with them in Illustrator or Photoshop. I take lots of photos and apply filters and actions too. But I also use these 5 free resources to make our posts fancy sometimes. I figure if they help me you might love them also, so I rounded them up here for you to use:
Morgue File-a endless resource of images for use in just about anything.
Flickr Collage Pool-The most amazing resource for images, ever! Seriously incredible resource for vintage ephemera.
Pugly Pixel-I’ve said it before & will do so again, Pugly Pixel is like a candy shop for bloggers. Katrina’s premium membership is worth every cent of the $5 a month but there are also a ton of free resources.
Font Squirrel-I love, love, love fonts-like hoarder level love. So this site makes me crazy happy-free, commercial use fonts of all kinds. I used the Blackout font for this post.
Now for the download fun!
I made you a set of 5 small banners to use in photo layouts and sidebars, 5 large banners for layouts or blog headers and 2 photo templates to speed up your blogging. Plus a little screencast (my first!) showing you how to customize the banners with any texture or background.
Includes: 2 photo layouts (.psd files)
1 set of 5 long banners (.png file)
1 set of short banners (.png file)
For extra fun-you can transform the banners using any texture, like the ones from Lost & Taken or scans of fabrics, paintings, sketches…anything really! Not sure how to do that? I decided to take advantage of a semi-quiet house (sorry for the dog barking-it’s never really quiet here) to make my first screencast-check it out:
This download is free for personal & business use-no credit needed, unless you are feeling generous: )
Do you have a favorite online resource for rocking your blog? Let us know in the comments!