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Header 26 - Winter wonderland

Published December 19, 2010

Header 26 - Winter wonderland

I wanted to do something to commemorate all the snow we have been having recently, and I pondered the idea of taking a photo of the white stuff, but didn’t find it all that inspiring. Instead, I went in search of some snow-related brushes and found some really good ones. With a bit of adjustment to the scatter patterns, this is what I came up with. Made with: Pixelmator Font: Plantaganet Cherokee Brushes: Snowflake Vector Brushes

Header 25 - Butterflies

Published December 5, 2010

Header 25 - Butterflies

This one started when I was investigating the Quartz Composer, and found the option of radiating circles outwards. I can’t quite remember which one it is, but once I had that and I added in some of the best colour in the world - purple - I had it set. Made with: Pixelmator Font: Didot Brushes: Nature (I think these came with Pixelmator)

Header 23 - Star light, star bright

Published November 21, 2010

Header 23 - Star light, star bright

I found the gradient tool under Quartz Composer, and whilst you can easily make a gradient with the required colours in the toolbar, this purple one was too good not to use! After pondering some new brushes, this header was conceived. Made with: Pixelmator Font: #PCMyungjo Quartz Composer - Generator - Gradient Brushes: Glowing Stars

Header 22 - Far away galaxy

Published November 14, 2010

Header 22 - Far away galaxy

I was just messing around with some filters for this one, and really loved the dotty effect. Then browsing through fonts found this one which just seemed to fit really well. Also, the turquoise/green colour sets the effect off. It was simple to make, but I think it’s quite effective. Made with: Pixelmator Font: Desdemona Quartz Composer

Header 21 - Diamonds are forever

Published October 31, 2010

Header 21 - Diamonds are forever

With a new month, comes a new batch of headers, and with a new site, we have a new start. Instead of the Smarter Than Your Average banner of old, I’ve changed to the new site name, and that gives a bit more space. For this header, the first inspiration came from the colours - I wanted to mix a deep red/purple with a nice cream. Et voilà! Made with: Pixelmator Quartz Composer Font: I forgot!

The winning header for October

Published October 16, 2010

The winning header for October

The votes have been pouring in, thanks to everyone, and we have our winning header design. The winning design is the rather whimsical Gretna Green signpost. Excellent stuff! That will be the header for the next few weeks, whilst I gather inspiration for the next batch of designs.

Headers 11-20: You decide

Published October 10, 2010

Headers 11-20: You decide

We have reached the end of another batch of headers, and as is the custom, we’re going to have a vote. All you need to do is pick out which is your favourite of the ten headers featured over the last few weeks. I’ll keep the vote up for a few days, and then the winning design will be up there for the rest of October. That gives me a chance to sit back, take stock, scout around for inspiration and get designing.

Header 20 - Wallpaper

Published October 3, 2010

Header 20 - Wallpaper

Here it is, then, the final header of our second batch. We’ve reached our twentieth design, which honestly blows my mind a little bit. This one came from the background texture, which was a kind of wallpaper, I think. I wasn’t keen on it being wallpaper, so I tried the stripy filter to sort of bring it to life a bit. It could almost be a curtain, with ripples in, except they are a bit too regimented, and a bit too diagonal as well.

Header 19 - Through the trees

Published September 26, 2010

Header 19 - Through the trees

Back to a bit of simplicity, I found these brushes that seemed to me like twigs and sticks rather than brush strokes, so I went with a sort of tree theme. I was also testing out filters on the text to try and make things stand out a bit more. Made with: Pixelmator Brushes: Brush Pen marks Filters: Motion Blur Font: STFangsong

Header 18 - City skyline

Published September 19, 2010

Header 18 - City skyline

I stumbled across some brushes that show off city skylines, and I was intrigued. Admittedly, most of the hard work for this one was done for me, but I still think it’s a lot of fun. My only question is, which city is it?? Made with: Pixelmator Brushes: Famous City Skylines Font: TW Cen MT Filters: Sunbeam and cloud generator