That’s what my background photo actually looks like, it’s a spliced photo. I started to just do a repeated image in the middle and tried several things before I opted for this photo. Hopefully, you have a monitor that sees it like its intended. Of course, when its uploaded, it repeats and you might be seeing the repetition of the photo if you have a large monitor.
I had worked with my background photo to get the right pixel size and have the old fiddle on the left with some of the ornaments on the right. I figured out that larger pixels put the background up closer, eliminating much of what I wanted to be seen. I tried 1500, 1800 and 2000 pixels. I settled on 1500 pixels. The limits of pixels in photos is determined by specifications within a Theme. I cropped, copied and pasted the two photo pieces onto a third photo. I may have enlarged the tree photo too. I’ve already forgotten. I worked on a lot of variations, believe me.
I have an unpublished blog on which I test my background images, widgets, etc. For some reason I have yet to figure out, the width of the layout on the test blog is narrower than this blog – so I’ve decided to gauge the width and appearance of my background by using text in my browser.
See what I mean?
Apparently, I’ve done something to the one blog that I have not done to the other. They are both WordPress Twenty Eleven Themes. As long as I can figure it out, I’m okay.
For working with header and background images, I keep some notes near by that provide the specifications for my theme. I also have my Theme info bookmarked (in a favorites folder). That is then stored in a bookmark (favorites) folder for my blog. I keep only the things I use frequently for my log in that folder. I also have a Blog Helps folder/favorite/bookmark and one for Blog Research. To force them to the top of my alphabetical list of bookmarks/favorites (or in Explorer), I use a numerical beginning, such as 001-Blog. This information being readily available helps me when I’m working on blog stuff.
I love looking at all the lovely choices people make with their header and background photos. Even if I don’t care for a design I can still admire the creativity involved. Another reason I went back to my embroidery swatches in the middle of November (from the fall themed photos) was that I was seeing so much fall on blogs, almost too much sometimes. I read somewhere on someone’s blog that they post opposite seasonal flowers or paintings. I wish I could remember who wrote that. Anyway, it kept her looking forward and it provided a bit of difference for readers and buyers too, if I recall that correctly. I contemplate that now and then.
I was just creating a tag for this post, “spliced photo”. Actually it’s probably closer to a mosaic or collage. But, I thought of spliced first. I remember the days of mom’s and dad’s movie projector and film that was spliced when it broke … or our old reel to reel tape recorders and those spliced tapes. Been there, done that. Fond memories.