Friday, October 12, 2012


In reading through my long list of blogs that I like to keep up with, the first I always notice is the blog banner.  There are some beautiful banners out there in web land....the pictures are crisp, the colors are vibrant.  But mine...ugh.
Every time I try to create a new blog banner, my pictures--and text for that matter -- are always blurry.  I do not understand this.  My pictures within my blog are never blurry.  But once they are slapped in that banner...forget it!
My "go to" photo editing software is Photoshop.  I have also used Picasa and Pic Monkey. I have finagled the resolution...blur.  I have used the "original" photos - completely unedited and untouched...blur.  It does not seem to matter which program I use as the results are always the same...blur.
When viewing my banner in the photo-editing program (pick any one of the above), everything is crisp.  But when I placed within my blog - blur.
Example - this is a picture of a recent necklace (gorgeous beads by Barbara Bechtel by the way) - see how crisp?  Now look at it in my banner.  Ugh.
So, I am leaving my computer early today - feeling frustrated and old...with any luck, I will run into a teenager who has more knowledge of computers who can teach this old dog new tricks.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend - thanks for stopping by!


  1. I wish I knew how to help you, but really I'm computer illiterate. Hopefully there will be some good suggestions from others.

  2. Patti,
    I just wanted to thank you for supporting 7000 bracelets for hope by donating your beautiful bracelets! I received mine in the mail yesterday and was so excited to wear it! My daughter, Emma, is 6 1/2 years old, and was born with a rare chromosome 6 deletion. Due to this deletion she was also born with a complex congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot for which she has already had 2 open heart surgeries, and will require more fixes throughout her lifetime. Emma is also dependent upon her nutrition from a feeding pump as she had trouble eating from birth. She is developmentally at a 3-year-old level, but amazed us by learning to walk and talk although at a much older age than her peers! She is a happy and energetic little girl in spite of her disabilities, and she sees everyone as her friend. It has been a difficult journey at times for all of us, but we couldn't imagine a life without her! Thank you for your kindness and for raising awareness of rare genetic disorders!
    Wendy Kubiak (& Emma, too!)

  3. Awww, I'm sorry to hear you're having a bloggy frustration :( I have those moments with Photoshop too. If you've used Picassa before, maybe these posts I found would help...
    It might just be that your resolution is off? Or do you crop the the photos first which makes them lower resolution? Sorry I don't have more suggestions!

  4. Hey Patti - I hear your frustration! I get a lot of technical help on my Wordpress blog so I can't be of much help myself. :-( I do notice what you are describing sometimes when I make collages on PicMonkey, which is odd because the resolution of the pictures I upload are very high.... keep us posted on what you find out. There may be a forum where you can ask technical questions, maybe on Etsy...

  5. I'm afraid I have no idea either, but if you find a teenager who knows, let us know! I don't even have a banner on my blog...