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Picnik Tutorial To Customize Your Active Rain Or Outside Blog Header

Donna - Thank you for sharing this fantastic information!!  I'm always sharing links to AR and it's great to give new members information on how to customize their blogs. 

Today I finally got around to upgrading my outside blog and wanted to change my header on Active Rain and my outside blog.  I had heard of Picnik as a great tool to use for uploading and editing photos but had never taken the time to really see how it worked till now.

It was so incredibly easy and I just had to share it with everyone who has not yet had the opportunity to customize either their Active Rain or outside blog headers.

Step 1 -  Go to Picnik and create an account.

Step 2 - Once you've created your account you need to upload the photo you want to use in your header.

Picnik - Upload Photo

Step 3 - Click on Upload Photo to find on your computer the photo you're going to choose.

Picture File

Step 4 - Once you upload the photo now it's time to get creative and you'll start by first clicking on the crop button.

Photo edit - crop

Step 5 - You'll then see a screen that should look like this.

crop screen

Step 6 - The photo must be resized to fit the recommended AR header size of 960 x 130.  If you are going to use this photo in your AR outside blog the dimensions must be 960 x 134.  Also make certain that there is a check in the Scale photo box when you make the dimension change.  When you done changing the dimensions and dragged the box to fit in the area you want to use, click OK.

drag screen and custom cropping

Step 7 - Now you've got your banner finished, the choice is yours on whether to upload it into Active Rain or continue with a little more creativity.

Header-no text

Step 8 - Here's where you can have some fun with the editing feature of Picnik. 

#1 - Click on Create.

#2 - Click on Text..

#3 - Type in your text.

#4 - Choose your font.

#5 - Pick your color.

#6 - Drag the text to fit anywhere on the photo.

You can add additional text in other parts of the header by following steps 2-6.  Once you're satisfied with all of your text, fonts and colors, click on the Save & Share button in the right hand corner.


Step 9 - Time to rename and save your new banner either to your desktop or computer.

save file to computer

Step 10 -Next stop is to your Active Rain home page to start the process of uploading your new banner by clicking on the (Customize) link.

Active Rain Home Page

Step 11 - Find your new photo image by clicking on the browse button to locate the file.

browse new image

Step 12 - After you find the new photo, click on open.

save photo

Step 13 -Once you've uploaded the new image click on Save Changes.

upload and save

Step 15 - Now that you've saved your new image, here's what you'll see.

time to view new header

Step 16 - You're DONE!  Click on My Blog to view your brand new Active Rain header.

You're finished


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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMelissa Marro • July 12 2011 07:36PM


wow, I will work on this tomorrow. Great post if it works I will send you some bagels from NJ

Posted by Bruce Parker (RE/MAX Best) over 7 years ago

Bruce - Thanks!  It should work.  I do a lot in picnik.  If you send bagels though, they should go to Donna.  I just reblogged her post.  I thought it was great information. 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 7 years ago

I love picnik and this is just one more tool that I can use. Thanks!

Posted by Cheryl Campbell, Wasilla Alaska Realtor (Jack White Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Melissa - Thanks so much for the reblog!  I love being able to share things I've learned with our members.  Your header looks just beautiful!

@Bruce - I'll be waiting for those bagels! :)

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 7 years ago

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