Anatomy of a Blog Post [001]

1.13.2012

I get a ton of emails asking about how I create certain graphics for my blog, what programs I use to create layouts, etc. etc., so I thought maybe the information was post-worthy. First up is graphics. I create some of the graphics myself, but I also use a lot of freebies from other bloggers. Read on for more info (and a free download!):



1. I created these simple ribbon tags in Photoshop - they take about five seconds to make and are useful in labeling posts.

2.  I used this graphic in my New Year's Resolutions post, but I love them so much I'm sure they'll pop up again sometime! They are actually a Photoshop brush that I downloaded courtesy of Pugly Pixel.

3. I created these little bronze polka dots by photographing some metallic paper I had laying around and masking the image with a circle in Photoshop.

4. This is another freebie courtesy of Pugly Pixel. She offers free downloads quite frequently, but if you become a member (for a mere $5!) you can download all kind of great graphics, brushes, layouts, and templates.

5. I've used these polaroids heavily lately. They're a freebie from Jess Craig of IROCKSOWHAT and come in a whole bunch of different colors and patterns.

6. I used this tinsel brush in this post and it got a lot of attention. (I'm not surprised - it's beautiful!) You need to have Photoshop to be able to use it and if you're more of a Photoshop novice like me you'll definitely need to use the tutorial to get this one to work.

7. This washi tape has popped up a lot lately too. Another freebie from Pugly Pixel (seriously check that site out - it's full of great stuff!)

8. And last but not least, these banners aren't something I've use on the blog, but I did use them for the kids' Christmas table I created. I wouldn't be surprised if they popped up on here in the future though!


And if any of you are into the blog graphics I created, here's a page full of freebies for ya [for personal use only]:


Happy Friday the 13th!

9 comments:

  1. Love this post... I am a professional graphic designer so I definitely appreciate every little design element in your posts! Have a great Friday!

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  2. Sarah@ circle and sproutJanuary 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Thanks for sharing Lauren. I have wondered about the great mysteries of graphics! Super good tips and Happy Friday the 13th to you!

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  3. You do a beautiful job. I love all the little details in your posts.

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  4. Marie- Heartfelt HandmadeJanuary 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    super dooper, thanks so much for sharing, I love all your graphics x

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  5. Thank you for posting this! All great resources, I love Pugly Pixel and I love designing graphics! <3

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  6. Thanks so much Lauren! I think you sealed the deal for me on getting Photoshop. We're a recent Apple family within the past year or so and I've debating about getting Photoshop. Posts like this where I can learn tips and feedback from other bloggers who have used the software are so helpful. Have a great weekend!

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  7. I love Photoshop - it's a great tool to have at your disposal! It's a little pricey but definitely worth it. I took a class in college to learn the basics, but I'd like to take another to learn more! Pugly Pixel and Youtube both have great tutorials though.

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  8. Thanks everyone! Glad you found it useful. I'm no expert but I figured I'd share what I do since I get a lot of q's about it!

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