I can’t help myself. I say don’t do it, not interested, tired, in pain. And I do it anyway. I redesign my site. You may have noticed.
The background texture is handmade Japanese paper I photographed, uploaded to the computer, and futzed around with in Corel Paint Shop Pro X4. I used layers, the Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin on one layer; then after duplicating and doing my usual Gaussian Blur technique (I can’t remember which Property I used), used another Color Efex Pro 3.0 plugin on the merged-layered image. I finally figured out the right crop for my widescreen display when in Firefox (Chrome doesn’t look as good) and uploaded to my site. I also used the same texture for the menu backgrounds. There are some elements I couldn’t figure out at all how to change. Oh well. But on the bright side that plugin came in handy with its Flux effect to make my header dark. The site now looks fine, more artistic. And it’s way past time to get off the computer!
Let me know what you think. 🙂