Long-time readers have noticed that I tend to hype free software and
resources from time to time.
After SB redesigned the skin for our blogs, I decided that I should
redo the banner. The old one was done in brown, specifically
to match the old page style. It looked dorky after the
So, I used GIMP,
the GNU Image Manipulation Program, to design a new one. It’s
a free program that runs on Linux/Unix, Windows, or Mac.
images were taken from an image
bank at CNS Forums, sponsored by Lundbeck,
a pharmaceutical firm. The images can be used freely by
anyone, so long as they link back to the CNS Forum site. The
banner itself can’t be linked to anything other than my main page, so I
put a link in the sidebar.
The image was built in layers. The bottom layer has a
background from a photomicrograph of some neurons, tinted the same
shade of green as one of the right-sidebar colors. The next
layer has the two images from CNS forums, resized to fit. The
next layer has the drop shadow, and the top layer has the text.
The font is the Ringbearer font, from www.1001fonts.com.