#1 Posted by snide (2672 posts) -

Template for creating nice profile backgrounds linked above. Requires photoshop or any program that can work with photoshop layers. Here are the main tips...
  1. The image will tile. If you don't want it to tile, use a image that is very wide (1900 pixels).
  2. The image will be partially covered up by the header of the site. If you want something to show up perfectly aligned, make sure adjust your image to be lower then header.
  3. I've included an option fade for those that can't find high rez artwork. Just place your art below the fade layer and it will give you a natural fade out when being viewed on high rez monitors.
  4. Remember that part of your background will be partially covered by navigation, don't think of this as a limitation, but as an opportunity to "hide" characters behind that nav.
  5. Don't forget to hide the header and icon layer on your PSD before you save. Use the "Save as Web" option if you have photoshop and use a 70% compression JPG to make sure you get a cool image that won't take too long to download.
When you're done, let us know so we can check out your work! If you don't have photoshop, there are plenty of users here that are pretty good with it (just check the staff pic manipulation thread) that can help you out.
#2 Posted by MasterOfPenguins_Zell (2120 posts) -

Awesome, time to outsource this project to friends.

#3 Posted by brukaoru (5134 posts) -

Good stuff, thanks Snide!

#4 Posted by suneku (3005 posts) -

thanks snide, I'll give it a try a bit later.

#5 Posted by FLStyle (5836 posts) -

I'll give this a go tomorrow but I am amused at how the image I'm currently using actually looks pretty awesome.

#6 Posted by suneku (3005 posts) -

I just did a little test with the template and it works great.

#7 Posted by Coltonio7 (3214 posts) -

Whoah, this'll save me some time! Much thanks Snide!

#8 Posted by Ozeki (146 posts) -

Thanks!! Exactly what I was looking for! :)

#9 Posted by PowerSerj (994 posts) -

Very useful. Works great!

#10 Posted by Jensonb (1904 posts) -

Mine's done. Looks great!

#11 Posted by Dalai (7798 posts) -

Just a few minutes late for me, but I love how mine came out anyway.

#12 Posted by Jax (516 posts) -

Good to go bro! Thanks snide.

#13 Posted by albedos_shadow (1558 posts) -

Now if only I had Photoshop...

#14 Posted by Claude (16632 posts) -

Thanks, I like my tile as of now. It looks freaky.

#15 Posted by JoelTGM (5783 posts) -

great thanks

#16 Edited by GiantGUS (434 posts) -

Hey, can someone help me get my image to display better on the site?
I am not really good at Photoshop or messing with images, so I can't think of a way yo get more of the cool stuff to be visible, where to move everything and all.
The full size image is HERE.
And the PSD is HERE.

#17 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -

Brilliant. Thanks. I'll sort out my look soon enough, or out source it to more capable people. :P

#18 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8663 posts) -

I am going to try photoshop again just to do this. It looks sweet.

#19 Edited by VibratingDonkey (926 posts) -

Thanks a bunch. Although my current background is so awesomely ugly I might leave it be. Or maybe I could make it uglier...


#20 Edited by Smedles (202 posts) -

I don't have photoshop: how can I make a background?

#21 Posted by Hexogen (802 posts) -

Aww, I wish I had this yesterday. I spent an hour or so trying to get my banner just right and at the end of the night it still wasn't right. 15 minutes with this and it's perfect. Thanks.

#22 Posted by LordAndrew (14591 posts) -
Smedles said:
"I don't have photoshop: how can I make a background?"
There are a number of other programs that can open PSD files. Perhaps you already have one?
#23 Posted by Smedles (202 posts) -
LordAndrew said:
"Smedles said:
"I don't have photoshop: how can I make a background?"
There are a number of other programs that can open PSD files. Perhaps you already have one?
I don't think I do...
#24 Posted by Hamst3r (4909 posts) -

Can we please have an option to have the background not tile? I've put up my banner at the 1900px size but at my res I can still see it wrapping around.  I guess I could make the image even bigger.  Also, the banner shows up at the bottom of the page...which I can't fix by making the image larger. :P

Pleaaaase? :D :D :D

#25 Posted by VibratingDonkey (926 posts) -

From what I've gathered the banner bottom is just a temporary glitch which only appears when you've just added a new background.

#26 Posted by the_purgatory_station (469 posts) -

ahh  so ka. 

good template

#27 Posted by GiantGUS (434 posts) -

Finally fixed mine:

#28 Posted by Absurd (2932 posts) -

This is very useful, I'll get around to it tomorrow or so.

#29 Posted by hfhongxia (10 posts) -

hello ! I'd like to send a word of thanks to our loyal mods, who have taken the great responsibility that comes with great power, and have used it for good rather then evil. Thank you!

#30 Posted by Linkyshinks (11405 posts) -

This certainly helps. Thanks.

#31 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4941 posts) -

Now lets hope we get someone that makes a guide that doesn't require layers, or photoshop since i don't feel like pirating it or buying it.

#32 Posted by Ziriux (47 posts) -

Thanks for this, time to put my skills to the use.  You guys are awesome group of people, I love your open source attitude.

#33 Posted by pirate_republic (1151 posts) -

Thanks Snide.

#34 Posted by Smedles (202 posts) -

Can anyone recommend a program other than photoshop that would be suitable for this?

#35 Posted by Kazona (3270 posts) -

Sweet. Now I can make a decent profile banner instead of the shoddy one I have now.

#36 Posted by Drebin_893 (3027 posts) -

Oh, thanks alot  Methos!

#37 Posted by OrangeSponge (77 posts) -

Thank you so much.

#38 Posted by loiv (46 posts) -

Thanks Snide :D

#39 Posted by Fattony12000 (7976 posts) -

Template based thankings.