I was not happy with the dull grey look. Even the last time when i had to settle on it coz of lack of time, i decided to myself that I'll work on it sometime in the future. So - today is that future, and i have nothing to do as well. So i decided I'd spend some time working on the blog in trying to make it appear better. I hope it is better after those hours i put in.
To start with, i thought I'd use a completely new theme. I found this one which i think is very good. The author has many more templates, you can find here. But due to my lack of skill with web designing et al, i was not able to get the css stuff to work with this xhtml page. I spent some tome attempting to get it working, but i wasn't getting any of the formatting i was doing. So i said "Ditch it" and decided to work on the template i had, and change it in a way i liked. That's what has lead to this new color scheme and all.
The background and color change was simple. I still had to search the net for html color codes (yeah!!! I'm that bad) to get that exact color i wanted. For sometime, i was like "Jo" in the rmkv ad :) Once i got the color, i then had to get a pic to place on top of the blog. This was the interesting business.
I wanted the color of the pic to match with the color of the headers. Since I'm not one of these ppl who'd say "I'll get a pic and changes the color of the blog to match it", i searched some time to see if i can get a pic that matched this color. No!!!
So, i decided to use something i found in the site i mentioned above, and modify it to suit my needs. First i did some work in mspaint to shape it. Then i used this free pic editor called "irphan viewer" and applied some effects on the pic. First i adjusted the color shades to change the hue of the blue to match the color in the blog. Then i applied the "sharpness" filter on it some 3 times, this made the pic full of lines of diff color. Then i applied the "explosion" filter on it, which lead to this. Pretty simple huh??? Pain in the ass... I'm sure there are better ways to go abt this, but this is all the knowledge i have :(
Now - all work done and i guess the blog looks a lot more brighter and appealing. The grey one was all dull and boring. What say ppl???