In lieu of the Homestuck dream I mentioned, I will be asking for opinions on banners. As previously mentioned, I've been dabbling with imaging, as well as been trying to make a banner for the blog. My friend who is better at imaging than me was going to design a banner, but she needed some idea for what I wanted out of it and I really had no clue so that went no where.
Instead I've taken it upon myself to make banners by carefully cutting images... or not so carefully really. I just went for what sort of looked cool. Still, I've never made myself a banner really, so opinions could be useful, or ideas based on the ones I present.
I really have no idea how to make a banner, so I just though of strips. I've seen full size images before, but none of the images I have seemed right for it really. Images above depict interests of mine, two specifically from Homestuck, one of Neopets and other Donkey Kong Country Returns. I figured I should try two homestuck ones since I am going with a new design on the blog. Please let me know some ideas on the banner above.
Also, i could use some help on the new design. Sucio mentioned it was harder to read in my previous post so I bolded the text for everything to made it more apparent. I prefer to keep the background for the post text to be transparent so the image stays in view since I hate it when designs have a background image you can't see thanks to the text background. I'd change the transparency colors... if I knew how to. I seriously just experimented with the Design tab and looked for what seemed okay. Also, with the blog description, I found a random CSS code that was SUPPOSED to stretch the image completely but instead positioned itself where the blog description was, so I went with it as a background. :X
TL;DR? Design help. Opinions, ideas, specifics with what is wrong and how to be made right. Thanks.
Changed the layout dramatically. Tried to go with a blue hue and threw in Chrono Cross. Also found out how to do ONE transparency for the blog description background but can't do it for the post's background, because it requires me finding another code. Bleh. I hope this is better looking at least. None of my other Homestuck images really was background material without interfering with other parts of the blog so that's why the dramatic change.
Also, tried new things with banners since text over image seems to not be so great. best that came out were these two.
Probably going with the blue to match the theme, but I really like how the text came out on the red. I have no idea how i did it either. Tried to replicate it again and just couldn't in blue so tried something different.