You’re right. This is most certainly not the first time this has been tutorialized. But when I tried to find a tutorial on it, it was nearly impossible to find one that gave me the step-by-step that I was looking for!
After figuring it out for myself (shocker), I’m passing that knowledge onto you. Keep in mind, I’m not a technical guru or a code phenom (I leave that up to Beth), but I think this works! Here we go.
First off, sign up with Picnik. It’s FREE (sort of), and it’s brilliant. The free version offers everything in this tutorial, but the selection of fonts, etc. is much more limited. The Premium version is only a couple of dollars a month. Totally worth it.
1. Okay. Find a background (all kinds of sites have free ones) that you can save to your computer. When you get onto Picnik, upload it. This is what you’ll get…
**I used screenshots for this tutorial, so I apologize if some details are difficult to see. I have written some extra info in red in order to clarify some things.**
2. Click on the “create” tab, and it shows you numerous things you can do (ie. stickers, text, frames). I added a little oval sticker to put on the background and dragged it to the size I wanted.
3. When you’re ready for text, just click on that tab and type in the text box. You have the freedom to change the font, color, size, etc. You can also drag it all over the place to position it just right.
If you want to use different fonts, make sure you click in the text box again for a different one.
4. Add shapes/stickers. Go crazy here. Below, I’m showing that if you right click on the item, it will do more things as well. Most of the fun is just playing around with it!
5. Frame it! All of these things are optional, of course, but I like it framed.
5a. Here are some examples of how you can add stickers/colors to change it up. I don’t know about the skeletons. It was late; I found him funny—especially when he was holding the toilet paper. Poor skeleton has tummy troubles.
6. Once you get your button exactly how you want it, you’ll need to resize it. Standard button sizes are 125×125, but you can make it whatever you want. Click on the “edit” tab, then “resize” tab.
You can just enter the dimensions into the boxes, and it’ll resize it for you. As you can see, you’ll want to be aware of that when you’re adding text. You don’t want your text to be too small once it’s sized. (If this were a real button, I would have adjusted that.)
7. Finally? Save it! I LOVE that Picnik gives you the option to save it to multiple places. Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket..on and on. That’s cool.
In order to get it on your blog, you’ll need to do a few more steps. However, THAT tutorial can be found ev-er-y-where. Here are a few that I think are helpful.
Smile Monsters offers a good visual of what Photobucket looks like for your HTML code.
Home Stories A to Z offers a tutorial on how to make one with the code offered underneath.
The Blog Designer Network is another tutorial I like for both.