Making Your Own Blog Header in Picasa, part 2

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ready to add finish your blog header? In part one, we created a photo collage using Picasa. Now I will show you how to add text, with a nifty little trick to create a drop shadow effect.

Begin by opening your collage photo in Picasa. Remember that it will be stored in my pictures/collages/picasa. 

picasa2 collage

In the sidebar, select “text.”

picasa2 text

Click anywhere on your picture and type your words. Don’t worry if the font and size aren’t right, you’ll fix it later.

picasa2 text1

Use the text editing tools to change your font and color. You can also change the size using the editing tools, but I like to use another method, shown below.

picasa2 size tool

After typing your words, if you hover over the box, a round circle appears – see above. It looks a bit like a clock. As long as your cursor is inside the circle, you can click and drag your words around. Hover over the little arrow tool (white arrow with a red dot – hover over the red dot and your cursor becomes a hand. This allows you to adjust the size and angle of your words. Just play around with it, you’ll see.

picasa2 text3

Once you have the font, size, color and placement of your text, click apply in the sidebar.

text tool apply

Save your work by selecting control+s. At this point, you might be done with your text.

Or you can take it a step further with a drop shadow.

blog dog drop shadow

My photo has darks and lights and the text just doesn’t look right without a bit of shadow. Picasa doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to text manipulation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a shadow easily. We just have to get creative.

To add another block of text, you’ll need to have saved the first text. This makes the black text I added a permanent part of my photo. Until I saved, I was free to change the text as much as I liked, but couldn’t add a second text box.

To create drop-shadow letters, click the text box again.

picasa2 text

Type your words and position them exactly over the first set. I’m choosing white for my letters.

picasa2 text4

Now just move the text box slightly up and to the side to create the shadow effect. Click apply, then save your work and you’re done!

picasa2 text5

To apply more lines of text, repeat the process. Remember that you need to save each text box onto the photo before Picasa will allow you to add a new text box.

Next step: tomorrow I’ll show you how to  install your fabulous new header on your blog!


Michele said...
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Michele said...

Oops I am not sure what happened.
But, Thank you for all your time and effort.
You have put in a lot of work to help us all out.
Thanks again

Creative Grammie said...

Hi Tresa,
Thank you so much for your tutorial on creating headers! You're clear and concise that I think I can do this myself. For the last few weeks I kept saying I want to change my header, but kept putting it off cause I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. Thank you thank you.

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much, This was a great tutorial, very easy to figure out. I always wanted to create my own header.
Thanks again.


Mary Gunn FUNN said...

I used to do my kids' laundry for their tech support - go ahead and send me yours and I'll return it clean and folded!
Thanks, Tresa.

Becky B. said...

Hi, Tresa! Thanks so much for these fabulous tutorials! I have wanted to make a customized blog header for some time now, but didn't know where to start! Well, you changed that with your terrific tutes! I now have a customized blog header - thanks to you!! :) If you'd like to check it out, please go to

Thanks, again, for the inspiration - you are AMAZING!!


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