I am one of those people who will NOT pay for web design. I don't care how long it takes, I will figure it out on my own. The only downside is that I'm a bit... err.. technologically challenged. Simple is key, and making this background image is as simple as you can get.
Step 1- Just like in the tutorial on "Homemade by Jill", you want to start with a blank .jpg image. Open up Microsoft paint and it should immediately have a blank image. I saved that to my desktop as "blank.jpg". Next, upload it to Picnik.com.
|Saving a blank picture in Microsoft Paint. Upload to Picnik.com|
Step 2- After uploading to Picnik.com, click on the "Stickers" tab. In the left-hand column, you will see a bunch of options. Scan through and pick what you would like your background image to be. Some of the options reguire a Premium membership, but I was able to do my entire blog using freebies. Once you've chosen the design you like, click it once.
Step 4- Now, we're going to fade the image. Background images shouldn't be super-bold or they take away from the rest of your website. They should be seen, but not OBSCENE. (Bad, I know. I thought it was funny.)
To fade the image, look right below the color scale in the sticker properties toolbox. You'll see a sliding tab under "Fade". Use your mouse to slide it back and forth until you think it "feels" right and looks good. In my case, I went with 70% fade on this one because I wanted it soft (though the one on my website is 50%), it just depends on the color and how bold you are trying to make it.
Step 8- In the tabs section, click "Save & Share" and save the image to your desktop. (Pick a name that's easy to remember or you'll have to wade through to find it.)
Now you have a background image to put on your blog! The next few steps will tell you how to add it to a "Blogger.com" blog. That's what I have and that's what I know. Anything else and you might have to look it up.
Adding it to Blogger-
Step 1- Sign into your Blogger account. You should be taken to your Dashboard. On your Dashboard, click on "Design". Under "Design", click "Template Designer".