The following post has been obsoleted. Most wordpress.com themes now have custom header images, and it’s become a lot easier to set. You won’t even have to crack open Photoshop to get the image size right.
I dunno how long this has been around, but it’s worth repeating for the benefit of anyone who dosen’t know. I mean, I just discovered it this evening. It’s an option in the Regulus theme.
If you don’t know what that means and just want to have a different picture at the top of your blog then everyone else, read on for a howto.
Still following me? Good man. Let’s get started, shall we?
- Make/find a header image. You’ll probably have to edit it some. Paint works OK, Photoshop or The GIMP works better. It should be 730 pixels by 140 pixels. Additionally, it would be good to make it a jpeg file and keep the size under 30 kilobytes.
- From the dashboard, click Write Post
- Use the upload form right under the post editor to upload your image.
- Click Browse All and click your header image. A little menu will pop up over the picture. Click Using Thumbnail and Send to editor.
- The header will appear in your post editor. Right click it and select Properties.
- In the window that pops up, find the URL. It will be marked Location in Firefox or Address in Internet Exploder. Click on it and hit Ctrl+a (Hold the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘a’). Then hit Ctrl+c. Close the window.
- Go to the Presentation page in the navigation bar and set Regulus as your theme. Click Current Theme Options
- Click in the box marked Header Image URL and press Ctrl+v. Scroll down and click the Save Settings button.
And there you are! You might need to go back to the theme options to tweak the colors to match your image, but other then that, you’re set. Have fun!