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28 September 2016

How to Create a Blog Title Graphics


How to Create Blog Title Graphics


When a reader asks a blogger a question and a challenge presents a deadline, the stars align so that I can put on my teaching hat (the one I love best to wear).

Dana Leeds, The Enthusiastic Genealogy, posed the question "How do you create your blog post graphics?"

Initially, I wanted to answer Dana's question through a step-by-step long-form written tutorial with screenshots showing every step of my process. The teacher in me felt this was not the best way to answer her question. Recently, I discovered how to create video tutorials so I could talk and walk others through my process. It was so easy I wish I had attempted this skill earlier. Perhaps sometimes a teacher has to become a student in order to better teach?


Okay, what's up? Why all the 'back to school' jargon?

Well, that's the challenge I initially mentioned. Elizabeth O'Neal hosts genealogy blog challenges each month. With September being a common American 'Back-To-School' season, the challenge was to "Genealogy School is in session, and it's your turn to be the teacher! What do you think your students need to learn?"

Back to School Genealogy Blog Party
It’s Back to School time at the Genealogy Blog Party
Image by Elizabeth O'Neal

Ah ha! I knew what one special student needed to learn, and likely others who are starting or continuing their family history and genealogy blogging journey. As an added bonus, I learned how to create a digital tutorial that is a much better 'look over my shoulder' teaching method that I prefer.


Photoshop Elements is a handy program to have installed on your computer. It helps you create blog titles and scrapbook pages. If you have any questions I could answer in a future post, I welcome the opportunity to be your teacher. Leave your questions in the comment section below or on my Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel. I look forward to serving you.

To view one of the posts that generated Dana's question, read Joseph Geissler: Are Funeral Paper Neighbors Connected.

Feel free to share this post on Pinterest using this pin friendly graphic.
How to Make Genealogy Blog Title Images

10 comments:

  1. Thanks, Devon. Guess I'm going to have to learn Photoshop finally. Your titles look awesome and professional!

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    1. Thanks Marian for the compliments on my titles. I hope you can find a use for Photoshop. By the way, if you don't have Photoshop yet, pick up a copy of Photoshop Elements. It's a little easier to learn and there are so many tutorials for PSE from scrapbook crafters that have principles that translate easily to blog titles. Just a thought.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your "How To" video. I will check out some of your other videos.

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    1. Thanks Andrea. That would be great if you'd check out my Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel (http://www.FamilyHistoryFanatics.com) Let me know if you have a suggestion for a future video. That's exactly how this one was created. I LOVE teaching and prefer answering a specific question. So, feel free to send them my way.

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  3. Great video! I usually use Microsoft Publisher for my "Pinterest-friendly" graphics, but now I need to check out photoshop elements! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Emily, I used Microsoft Publisher to design my mother's pageant newsletter in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It's a great little program. If you're frustrated with it's limitations, then you can try out Photoshop Elements. The best time to pick up a copy is n November during black Friday. The company usually gives the best discount on the software then. So, start saving and keep your eyes open!

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  4. Thank you, Devon, for the video lesson. I have Photoshop, but have never tried any custom graphics. I guess I need to!

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    1. They're fun to do and make our blog posts more visually interesting. Either that or the scrapbooker in me is talking!

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  5. Devon, Thank you for this tutorial! That is just what I needed! Unfortunately, I have a very old version of Photoshop Elements and it is NOT very user friendly. I walked through the steps with you, but mine was very different. So, I'm thinking about upgrading today!

    Anyway, I really appreciate the video! Hopefully, I'll get something made in the next day or so. I'm excited to learn this new technique which will make my blogs more interesting!

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    1. I created my first blog title graphic using Photoshop Elements! And, I've been watching other tutorials and learning more about PE. It's getting easier already. :) (Here's my post that shows the graphic: http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2016/10/an-immigrant-familys-story-new-york.html) Oh, and I wanted to use a ship, but couldn't find one. So, I used a tree.

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