We will be using a free tool called GIMP to make a custom background.
GIMP is an extremely powerful, packeed-with-features and FREE alternative to Photoshop. Fortunately, it’s available for both PC and MAC users. It is not the most user friendly piece of software, but that’s only because it has so much to offer. If this is your first time, that’s okay, the screenshots will help you along the way. Making simple, custom background with GIMP is a relatively easy task, as the software will do most of the work for you!
Step 1: Download GIMP at http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
Step 2: Fire up GIMP
Step 3: Click on the second color ‘box’ to select a color for the background.
Step 4: When you click on the box, you can make your color selection from the ‘ Change Background Color’ screen that pops up. You can enter the hexcode and then click on ‘OK’.
Step 5: Now, with the background color set, in the horizontal menu bar right at the top go to ‘File’, ‘New’
Step 6: In the “Create a New Image” pop up, under “Image Size” set the width and height of the image at 150 pixels
Step 7: Again, in the “Create a New Image” pop up expand the “Advanced Options” and from the “Fill with” drop down select “Background color”. Click on OK.
Step 8: With the 150x 150 image open in GIMP, in the horizontal menu bar, select “Filters”, “Artistic”
Step 9: Use different filters such as “Apply Canvas” , “Clothify” etc. for different effects
Here are two examples:
Step 10: Once you have selected an effect, save the image by going to ‘File’,’Export’. In the file name include the format type e.g. “myfirstbackgroundimage.jpeg” and then click on ‘Export’. Fini! You can upload this image to your website.