Profiling 101 - The path to Oldale Town.
So this is a blog designed not to help you with making a pretty profile using photoshop/paint.net/gimp/whatever you use, but more for understanding all the elements of a profile design, and utilizing it to the best of your ability. :)
Before I start, here's Forever's guide to profiles if you want to use that as well. This is more understanding the content areas and stuff, while hers is more about making it look awsum.
First of all, you'll want to keep an eye on this for reference, which is an entire list of what's what when it comes to profile terminology.
That just shows everything. I'll go through it for you to understand.
Main: The background of the profile. Here is where your background is. Text Colour is the standard text colour for your usertitle, while shaded are titles and the such, and hyperlinks are links.
Block Borders: All the borders around the blocks. All those blocks which show your information, Wakoopa, Twitter etc are surrounded by this.
Major Block Headers: This is used for the little part which shows your visitor messages, contact info etc. Whatever is highlighted will be this colour.
Minor Block Headers: Pretty much everything else which isn't the above. They go from the sections which aren't highlighted (visitor messages etc.), and all the titles for those little blocks mentioned in Block Borders.
Block Footers: This doesn't exist as far as I can tell. You don't need to worry about this.
Primary Content Areas: The main areas of the profile. This includes, but is not limited to: the main sections of your Visitor Messages, the informative section (middle) of the blocks on the side, and the first colour of the alternating emblem colours.
Secondary Content Areas: Essentially the second areas of profiles. You know, the little things, or the bottom part of the blocks on the side, the second alternating colour of the Emblems page and etc.
Controls: The little area usually at the bottom of the profile. They include the page VM numbers, the little buttons of post now and preview etc. for VMs and a couple of other things.
This is an example with very obscured colours of what all the areas are, and what they mean, if you don't understand what I meant from all that stuff just above.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you now understand profiles a little more than you used to.
Posted June 5th, 2011 at 6:11 AM by Liliana Vess