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Hi everyone,

This community has been a wealth of information. The tags are extremely helpful, and, for the most part, I've pretty much limped along successfully at customizing my journal. I'm a young adult author and am trying to make my livejournal look more "professional" since my book is out with editors right now.
While it's going okay, I do have a few questions...
-I'd like to add a header image. While there are plenty of posts on doing this, they all concern two column layouts. I'm using Expressive in three-column (content in middle) and have no idea how to add a header image!
-I'd like to move the "Recent Entries|Archive|Friends|User Info|Memories" to the bottom of the page, to a side menu, or make it an image map-- ANYTHING but in links at the very top of the screen.
-I'd actually really love to have a more "barebones" Expressive layout-- one void of flowers/images. Is there one available, or is there a way to remove the flowers from my layout?

I've actually offered to pay people to do this for me, since it's frustrating me to no end (if you're interested in that, let me know) but I'd still like to know how to do it just for education's sake!

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av8rmike
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
There are easily 250-300 themes available for Expressive now, so you should be able to find something less flowery or more professional, like one that might not need changing the header. Have you tried the new customization area yet?
There is also a wealth of user-designed themes that you might be interested in. Some of them do interesting effects with the header linkbar, like putting it into a sidebar.
watchmebe
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hadn't checked out that page, and will asap. I still was hoping for an image to span across all three columns of the page though, and can't find much in the customization area that helps...
av8rmike
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Most of the themes that have header images are designed to span all the columns, regardless of two vs. three.
As far as user-created themes go, I should have provided a link. Check out the Expressive/Mixit themes at thefulcrum, which are really creative.
watchmebe
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
These are great-- thanks so much for linking me!
watchmebe
Oct. 19th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
This isn't in my original post, but I thought I'd add it here:
I picked up a really great layout from the community you linked me to (I've been working with a friends livejournal (docjohnboy) to avoid having mine be under construction all day). I love the layout and am working on getting some custom graphics I had commissioned. However, there's one bit I just can't figure out-- is there a way give the sidebar a different background color than the rest of the page? I've searched this site over, but can't figure out how to create a background that includes the widgets AND the blank space...
av8rmike
Oct. 19th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
The way it's done in some of the current themes (Cityscape, etc.) is like this:
.layout-wt #content-inner {
    background-image: url(content-bg-wt.gif);
    background-repeat: repeat-y;
}
where the graphic file is 190px wide, any height, and is tiled down the length of the page. However, I can't guarantee it would work for grrliz's layouts, so you may want to ask her.
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