to something like this...
A blogging bud asked me for some advice about creating a header. Since it was going to require thinking and stuff, I decided to write it down as a tutorial and then anyone can see what I do. Disclaimer: This is how I do it, which doesn't make it the best or easiest way.
1. Take a picture.
2. Upload to the computer.
3. Save it in Pictures or wherever you save your photos.
4. Open PAINT. (I am using a Windows XP and I find PAINT by clicking the START button, clicking ALL PROGRAMS, then clicking ACCESSORIES, finally clicking PAINT.)
5. Once in PAINT, you should see a big white page with color choices on the bottom, tools on the side, and these words across the top: File Edit View Image Colors Help
(These words are where the action is for creating a header.)
6. Click on FILE and then on OPEN in the drop-down menu...this takes you to a box where you can select the spot where your photos are stored by using the arrow at the right.
7. Find the photo you wish to use and double click. Your photo will open in PAINT and be gigantic! Do not panic.
8. Click on the IMAGE button at the top of the page and select STRETCH/SKEW from the drop-down menu. A new box will open...you'll only be working in the top half or the
stretch section. You will see two small white boxes with these words: Horizontal and Vertical. Each box will have 100% written in it. I use 30% in both so change both the horizontal and vertical boxes to 30%. (Whatever you do in one, you must do in the other or the photo will be distorted...perhaps you'd like to experiment with distortion, but my world is wonky enough.)
9. Click the OKAY button on the right and the photo will now be completely visible to you.
10. Return to the FILE button and select "Save As" at this point.
11. Choose a new name to write in the "File Name" box that opens just to be safe...you don't want to lose all your good work so far.
12. Leave the photo in JPEG format in the "Save As Type" box. Hit okay on the right side. This saves your photo and you'll be able to find it again back in Pictures if anything should happen during the next steps.
13. Your photo will be square...this is where cropping comes in...either that or you'll be resizing once again by returning to step 8.
14. Crop by finding the teeny-tiny-wee blue button in the middle of the right side of the photo or the middle of the bottom of the photo. Click on the blue button and drag inward or upward to your spot. Now you may find that you have extra photo at the top or on the other side. Do not panic. You'll have to flip the photo. I said, "Don't panic!" :)
15. Flip the photo by going to the IMAGE button and selecting the Flip/ Rotate button that opens in the drop-down menu.
16. Select "Rotate by Angle" and experiment... I usually just work with the 90 degree angle until I can use the teeny-tiny-wee blue button that only ever appears on the right and on the bottom (have I already said that?) Actually, there is a teeny-tiny-wee blue button in the corner as well...it can be useful...experiment!
17. Once cropping is complete, straighten the picture by using step 15.
18. Return to the FILE button use SAVE AS and rename the photo in the filename to something that includes "header."
19. Back at the blog, you'll upload the photo in the usual way for the header. I just use my font and font colors to create my header from there.
20. Wasn't that fun???? (Good luck, Judy!!!)
Now, if anyone knows of an easier way using PAINT, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!!