A New Banner!

by Matt on May 2, 2011

So I’ve been doing some spring cleaning and felt like it was time to update the banner on this here lil food blog! I wanted to return to something a bit rustic and messy that incorporated some of my favorite props as well as photographs recently given to me by my mom. Thanks, Mom!

I realized I hadn’t changed the banner in quite some time and I’m always inspired by Adam Roberts‘ regular changes to his site. Now that it’s complete I thought I’d do a quick behind-the-scenes about it. And by quick I mean really quick; there are only two images (well 3 actually) that comprise the main banner and they’re magically stitched together in Photoshop. I wanted to do it in 1 pass but the background I chose wasn’t long enough. Darnit!

Here’s the view of the left side from above. Using my foba camera stand allowed me to get really really really really high up in the air and also keep things sturdy. I’m a klutz so this matters greatly. Anyway, items were arranged in a very casual, spontaneous manner using a few old books I had. In fact, the book on the right is The American Woman’s Cook Book from 1947 and The Butterick Cook Book on the right. The Butterick cookbook is 100 years old this year and belonged to Adam’s grandmother. Many of her notecards and clippings were inside the books and I happily used them on my impromptu table.

Here’s the image on the right side. I used black flags and large black v-flats to remove some of the light and add shadows. Red wine, dried fruit, some cheese and fresh fruit complete the scene with grapes placed strategically to allow for a headline. The boards were salvaged from my old garage and many of the plates in this shot came from ABC in NYC. The knives, fork and linen are vintage pieces from all over the place. And if you look in the final image you’ll see I replaced the photo with a recent image of me being silly with a wax mustache. I mean, c’mon, how could I be serious?

After both images matched my banner template using an overlay feature I combined them both in photoshop, using a third image (below) to graft any extra surface space I’d need to make it fit. After all the images were layered properly I blended and merged them, cleaned up some of the messy surface and put my logo on top. Voila! New banner!

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did I’ll make sure to go behind-the-scenes with every banner and write about it here!