I'm currently using a template from btemplates.com but would really like to create something custom. One of my main goals is to create a blog design around a custom header which really depicts the theme of my blog.
I do have some "trial by fire" graphic design ability but the only software I have is MS Publisher.
I'm debating trying to create something myself or finding someone else to do it (but can't afford a lot.)
The other consideration is that I own my URL (http://www.beamingbalance.com) so maybe I just go the traditional web design route and link to Blogger. (Right now the URL redirects to blogspot.com)
Totally confused and wishing I was just a little more tech savvy!
Hello, Charlene! So Stylilized at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com is currently offering FREE custom blog designs for a limited time. :) I just recently started up this site and it is doing tremendously well...we would love to have you as a part of our queue!! :)
I also designed both of my blogs myself and my voting topsites. I have self-taught myself over the years, and am planning to go back to school (at age 46 LOL) to get my design certification. I have a graphic design forum and do offer blog layouts at a low-cost, but mostly concentrate on skins for free forums, photo signatures, etc.
I designed mine using Photoshop. Publisher is a desktop publishing program (i.e. for print) so it won't be as easy to design for web (for example: probably can't measure in pixels since it's a print app). I don't know much about Publisher (I use Adobe InDesign for print) though. It's pretty affordable to have someone design something for you and from the other posts, it seems like there are plenty of people who could do it!
I made mine! I bough a program called artisteer and it enable me to make templates for blogger and Wordpress. I always wanted to be creative and tweeked every template I had but did not have the software or HUGE CSS knowledge so this makes it easy! It was about 50.00 for the program