Designing a Header Image + Logo

Learning to use Pixlr was an experience; I have never tried editing images before, so there was a bit of a learning curve. First I found the two CC images I used, courtesy of  Chris Martino from Flickr and OpenClipart-Vector from Pixabay . I wanted to find images of fresh ingredients that I use in my cooking. The first image is a close-up of chopped tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and cucumbers, which are all ingredients I use often when I cook. The second layer is a cartoon image of a Chinese-style wok and a pair of chopsticks. After I saved the images to my computer, I uploaded the first image onto Pixlr Editor. After adjusting the size of the image and playing with the brightness and contrast, I uploaded the second image as a new layer. After a lot of trial and error, I tried to use the magic wand tool to cut out only the bowl. But the area I wanted to cut out consisted of multiple hues and was difficult to cut out using the magic wand tool. After some Googling, I tried using the lasso tool but found that free-hand drawing on a touchpad was too difficult to draw a fine line. Finally after more Googling, I discovered the polygonal lasso tool, which allowed me to draw a much finer, and more exact line. Using the polygonal lasso tool, I cut out only the bowl, then rotated the bowl 180 degrees. I added a drop shadow and adjusted the brightness and contrast. I have a header image! Given my inexperience, the end result turned out better than I had dared to hope, though still not professional-looking to my critical eye.  I look forward to continuing to learn and improve my photo-editing skills in the future.

How can I improve my header image? Let me know by commenting and liking!

Header images by Chris Martino and OpenClipart-Vector, provided by Flickr and Pixabay, respectively (licensed CC)

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