Picnik Tutorial To Customize Your Active Rain Or Outside Blog Header

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Alliance 0754296

Today I finally got around to upgrading my outside blog and wanted to change my header on Active Rain and my outside blog.  I had heard of Picnik as a great tool to use for uploading and editing photos but had never taken the time to really see how it worked till now.

It was so incredibly easy and I just had to share it with everyone who has not yet had the opportunity to customize either their Active Rain or outside blog headers.

Step 1 -  Go to Picnik and create an account.


Step 2 - Once you've created your account you need to upload the photo you want to use in your header.

Picnik - Upload Photo

Step 3 - Click on Upload Photo to find on your computer the photo you're going to choose.

Picture File

Step 4 - Once you upload the photo now it's time to get creative and you'll start by first clicking on the crop button.

Photo edit - crop

Step 5 - You'll then see a screen that should look like this.

crop screen

Step 6 - The photo must be resized to fit the recommended AR header size of 960 x 130.  If you are going to use this photo in your AR outside blog the dimensions must be 960 x 134.  Also make certain that there is a check in the Scale photo box when you make the dimension change.  When you done changing the dimensions and dragged the box to fit in the area you want to use, click OK.

drag screen and custom cropping

Step 7 - Now you've got your banner finished, the choice is yours on whether to upload it into Active Rain or continue with a little more creativity.

Header-no text

Step 8 - Here's where you can have some fun with the editing feature of Picnik. 

#1 - Click on Create.

#2 - Click on Text..

#3 - Type in your text.

#4 - Choose your font.

#5 - Pick your color.

#6 - Drag the text to fit anywhere on the photo.

You can add additional text in other parts of the header by following steps 2-6.  Once you're satisfied with all of your text, fonts and colors, click on the Save & Share button in the right hand corner.


Step 9 - Time to rename and save your new banner either to your desktop or computer.

save file to computer

Step 10 -Next stop is to your Active Rain home page to start the process of uploading your new banner by clicking on the (Customize) link.

Active Rain Home Page

Step 11 - Find your new photo image by clicking on the browse button to locate the file.

browse new image

Step 12 - After you find the new photo, click on open.

save photo

Step 13 -Once you've uploaded the new image click on Save Changes.

upload and save

Step 15 - Now that you've saved your new image, here's what you'll see.

time to view new header

Step 16 - You're DONE!  Click on My Blog to view your brand new Active Rain header.

You're finished


Copyright © 2009 by Donna Bigda, All Rights Reserved ...*Picnik Tutorial To Customize Your Active Rain Or Outside Blog Header*


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Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Christina - I just checked it out...great job!! It looks terrific. :)

Mar 03, 2011 08:45 AM #131
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Just saw this since Jerry Newman recommended this reading.  I will check it out, thanks!

Jul 12, 2011 09:15 AM #132
David Krichmar
www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending - Sugar Land, TX

2yrs later and this was still super helpful for me.  Thank you

Jul 12, 2011 10:10 AM #133
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Well, all I can say is THANK YOU!  Loved it and did it immediately!

Jul 12, 2011 10:55 AM #134
Stephanie Arnett
ERA Town & Campus Realty - Starkville, MS
SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR


Jul 12, 2011 12:00 PM #135
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Cathy - How kind of Jerry to recommend this tutorial.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Dave - You're so welcome.  So glad that members are still finding this post useful.

Louise - I'm so thrilled that you loved it!  I just took a peek at the banner on your blog and it looks fantastic!  You did a great job!!

Stephanie - Thank you so much!

Off to check out Jerry's post and personally thank him!

Jul 12, 2011 12:53 PM #136
Toronto, ON

Hi Donna - I came here via a reblog of your old post.  It is very well written.

Jul 12, 2011 06:09 PM #137
Kathleen Vetrano
RE/MAX Gateway - Falls Church, VA
Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams

Donna,  Thank you so very much for the easy to understand and do tutorial.  It is very much appreciated!

Jul 12, 2011 06:15 PM #138
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
This is perfect! I have always wanted to have these directions on how to do an AR header.
Jul 12, 2011 06:18 PM #139
Michael Collins
*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent* - Janesville, WI
CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto

Thanks for the blog Donna!  I have been looking for a decent online picture editor.  I'll be trying it out shortly :)

Jul 13, 2011 03:35 AM #140
Rhonda Abbott
Howard Hanna - Wadsworth, OH
Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH

AMAZING post  -I've been meaning to tackle this project for ages now!!!

Jul 13, 2011 04:30 AM #141
Denise Watkins
Tristar Realty, INC - Upper Marlboro, MD
Realtor Serving DC and MD

Wow...Donna this is great.  I read Jerry Newman's blog today and he referenced you so I thought I'd take a look at your blog.  Thank you so much for the step by step instructions.  I signed up with Picnik and I'll have my header for my blog and website by the end of the day.

Jul 13, 2011 04:50 AM #142
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Marc - I appreciate the visit Marc and your kind words.

Kathleen - I'm so glad you found it easy to understand.  I tried to take it step by step in simple and basic terms that anyone could understand.

Cheryl - I really appreciate that very much. 

Michael - I love Picnik and have found so many unique ways to use it in my marketing.  Is the banner on your blog the one you did with Picknik?

Rhonda - I have to admit I have to tackle this again myself and re-do my own banner. :)

Denise - Good luck and thanks.  I'll be looking forward to seeing your new header once it's completed. 

Jul 13, 2011 09:56 AM #143
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Donna,

Thank you for posting.

You did a really amazing job by explaining the entire process step by step.

I'll book mark to use shortly.

Jul 13, 2011 02:04 PM #144
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Now that Jerry linked you I am sure you are getting all kinds of comments today.  Thanks for the great post.

Jul 14, 2011 10:14 AM #145
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Wanda - Thank you...good luck and let me now when your header is done.  I'd love to see it.

Gene - It's been wonderful to see all the comments and I'm so happy that so many members especially our newer ones are finding it useful.

Jul 14, 2011 11:09 AM #146
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass

Donna, thank you so much for the tip and time you put into this.

I'll let you know when I finish lol

Enjoy the day

Jul 18, 2011 07:26 AM #147
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Don - Thank you for the kind words.  I loved putting this post together.  Please do let me know when your header is finished.  I'd love to see it!

Jul 18, 2011 09:22 AM #148
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Donna -
WOW! A post from 2/2009 comes to life again thanks to a new 'Rainer', Yvonne Burdette,  who looked you up!  Glad to have the refresher!
Have a happy day -

Aug 31, 2011 05:31 PM #149
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Lynn - I'm amazed too at posts I find from way back when I am searching for information.  So glad that this will be of great hep to you.  Have wonderful Labor Day weekend!!

Sep 01, 2011 03:02 PM #150
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