First time I actually wrote “How I made that fancy Christmas banner” in the title. But later I edited it because this post is not a tutorial on how to do it. It’s rather a write-up of what made me think of designing such a header despite the fact that I’m not a Christian.
The Impact of Religious Festivals
I always love festivals. In Bangladesh, we have mainly two festivals that are largely celebrated. One is Eid-ul-Fitr and the other one is Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year). There are two Eids in a year, though. But the second Eid, known as Eid-ul-Adha, is not as much enjoyable as the Eid-ul-Fitr. The reason maybe because Eid-ul-Fitr comes 9 months after Eid-ul-Adha where Eid-ul-Adha comes only 2 months and 10 days after Eid-ul-Fitr. Plus, the month of Ramadan, when we fast from dawn to dusk, comes prior to Eid-ul-Fitr which actually makes this Eid much more pleasurable and joyous.
However, in the rest of the world, the most celebrated festival in a year is Christmas, of which no one should have any question. Christmas isn’t that much celebrated in Bangladesh. It is still celebrated among the Christian people in Bangladesh. They celebrate it at their best. But we don’t really feel it because Bangladesh is a country where majority of people follow Islam. So, the largest religious festival of Islam, Eid-ul-Fitr, impacts on the lifestyle of the whole country for at least a week. On the other hand, other religious festivals such as Durga Puja, Christmas, etc are not as widely celebrated as the Eids and do not have any countrywide impact (Exception: Durga Puja).
In fact, that’s why Christmas does not have any particularly viewable impact on this country.
So, How Come?
Yes, then the question comes why I bothered to change the header image to something that represents the Christmas. No, it’s not because this blog is targeted at people from the other countries. It’s rather because any, or some, of the following:
- I watch too many movies. Yes, that may be the reason why I find Christmas fascinating. I’m a movie freak, and I’ve watched numerous movies where they show a pre-Christmas picture of the country. Like I already said, I love festivals and anything festive. So, that festive image of the country got in my mind.
- Tom & Jerry has Christmas-themed cartoons. Yes, undoubtedly the most popular cartoon characters are Tom and Jerry. I remember a couple of episodes I watched on Cartoon Network where they are hiding, seeking, getting squashed, getting cut into 8 pieces, getting the size of a box and all those things in a Christmas eve. That must have gotten in my mind as well.
- The Penguins of Madagascar have a Christmas episode. Anybody who ever watched the movie Madagascar must have fallen in love with all those ‘cute and cuddly’ penguins. Cropping out of the movie, some television channel actually kept making a series of episodes called The Penguins of Madagascar. I have watched a special episode of the series called “The Penguins of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper. I actually loved it!
Well, there may be more but I’m getting tired of these. So, let’s move on to something else.
How I made it
I’m no good at designing. I just don’t have the creativity needed to come up with a design that makes anyone say ‘wow’. 😦 But when I decided that I’ll create a Christmas-themed header image for my blog, I decided it to be a scene where a Christmas tree is shown with some lighting through a cable. I further decided that the lighting will change and for that I’ll have to animate the image.
Since I’m not a good designer, I had to look for images on the Internet. I came up with a number of images that were really difficult for me to put together and end up with a header that is live now. It took me less than an hour, but taught me more ways of working with Photoshop and creating an animated gif. I’m grateful to that.
On the Internet, I found out that picture of Tom & Jerry with a Christmas tree and liked it immediately. But it wasn’t easy to get them here. The picture was of them inside a room. So I had to get rid of the room to place them on the black background. When I put the white surface and placed Tom & Jerry on top of it, the black background was attached to it. So, I had to work further in 200% zoom to remove the dark area from the down side of the two. Then it started looking like they are standing on the white surface.
I actually wanted Tom & Jerry and the Christmas tree to be on the right side. But the source file had Tom’s right ear cut 0ff. So I had to place him on the left side. Additionally, spreading out the cable and the lights was more work to do. Finally, I succeeded in designing exactly what I wanted. 🙂
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Have Your Say
Tell me just how much you like the new header image. 😉 That’ll be enough for me. 😀