Basic Instructions: (Anything that is in this font is information I have found on other websites.)
1. Create the background in Photoshop. The size I use is 1700 x 1320 pixels at 72 resolution (I've tried other sizes and have messed it all up. I know there is a techical way to figure out the right size - but I made mine too big, rather than too small. A lot of the sides, top and bottom of my background don't show up on my computer because my monitor is smaller, but more shows up on our bigger monitor I have at work). I design it like a scrapbook page using the kits and elements I have purchased in the past. Make sure that you leave the center section light enough that your text will show up, and wide enough that you'll be able to see the text. 2. I save my project as a jpeg file and upload it to www.photobucket.com Make sure that you choose the 1 megabyte size for uploading for it to be big enough. Otherwise photobucket will condense your background and it will be too small. 3. Then follow the instructions online in this link for changing the background. (I did it the first time and basically I just go back and change the code each month with the link I have uploaded to photobucket when I change the background....I hope that makes sense). This involves copying and pasting the direct link from photobucket. Make sure you save what you've done on your blogger site. 4. I'm including what you'll see in the previous link:
Once your background uploads, you'll find it down with your other images, and you need to copy the option 'direct link', see below:
With your image copied, you'll need to follow these specific instructions as to how to apply it to your blog:
Log in to your blog.
Next go to 'customize' then 'layout' then 'pick a new template' then choose a minima template.
Then click on 'edit HTML' You'll see a crazy code with a bunch of funny signs, scroll to where you see this: