Color match a profile primary photo monogram image to the profile background photo.

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TL/DR = Create a monogram image for your profile that can be used as the primary image.  Color match the monogram to your background photo for profile style synchronicity.


In this tutorial I will show you how to color match a monogram profile image to the profile background photo.

As we go back more and more generations into the past, the chance of finding a photo of our ancestor becomes more difficult.  We can use a document as a primary photo for the profile in order to remove the baby blue or pink stock profile photo but a document is not so attractive.  For ancestors that were missing a profile photo I began adding monograms.  They look nice and give you something to look at when you are looking in the family tree view.  As each person's monogram is (usually) different, it can have a rather pleasing  look for a family tree.

As I began adding monograms I found that the black color didn't always fit well with the profile background photo.  I tried adjusting the color using stock red, blue, green, etc. But unless you get very lucky, your photo probably won't match well.

I remember in the past using a program called "Eye Dropper."  This program lets you select any color you see on your screen and then it captures the color code and lets you reproduce that color in other places.  Ideally, you can grab a color off of your background image and make a monogram in the same color.

I found Eye Dropper in the Google store and was able to add it as a free add on to my Chrome browser.  There are other programs that do the same thing.

For this exercise, we will be using the profile of my fourth great-grandmother Nancy (Hasty) Carter.  She has a lovely blue background that I picked up at Rose's Colonial Backgrounds:

Using the Eye Program tool, I select "Pick color from webpage."  My cursor is turned into a color picker with a small box next to it.  As I move the cursor over different colors on the screen, the box shows the selected color.  

Once I am satisfied with my choice, I click the mouse and the color is recorded.  Then I just go to the program window and copy the color code. It is always a hash tag followed by a 6 digit letter and number combination.  In this case #566073. 

Then I go to my monogram maker - I have been using - they offer free monograms and building tools.  In this example, i used this monogram:

Once I have entered my ancestor's initials, I then click on the letters and background and then enter "change color."  There, you will find a hash mark with six zeros: #000000 - copy your color code over the six zeros and hit save.  

When all of the letters and border have been color changed, save the monogram and then upload it to your profile.  Add the monogram as the primary photo and save.

Here are some examples:

I hope that some of you may find this helfpul to dandy up your profiles.  If you have any questions, please ask.

edit: typo

WikiTree profile: Nancy Carter
in The Tree House by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by SJ Baty
This is impressive.

On a small screen, like my iPad, unfortunately the border becomes rather narrow, and the aethetic elegance is, alas, lost.
It would also look good if you match to the WikiTree colors of green and gold.
Great idea.  And gotta love the profile you chose to use as an example.  We descend from the Wayne Co., TN Arnolds and so are related to Dr. Carter's 2nd wife.  Looks like they both could use some gussying up too.

Hello distant cousin!  Yes, Nancy Arnold's profile is due some work but I have so many profiles that need a makeover - I'll get to hers in time.  It looks like Margaret Arnold Mackey could use some research too.

The Arnolds are also related to and intermarried with these families: Carter, Mullins, Ramsey, Banton.  If you look at the tree of my 2nd great-grandfather Anderson Richard Mullins, you'll see Nancy (Hasty) Carter as his grandmother.  Nancy's twin sister Mary married an Arnold.  And as previously mentioned, his grandfather George Washington Carter married Nancy Arnold after Nancy Hasty died.

George Washington Carter's mother Izzibiah married a Ramsey after George's father John Carter died.  Three of George Washington Carter's daughters married into the Mullins family, and daughter Sarah married a Ramsey.  A lot of George's children received the middle name Hasty after his mother Nancy Hasty's surname, and one son recived the middle first and middle names Lewis Banton Carter after George's maternal grandfather Revolutionary War veteran Lewis Banton.

Keep an eye out for those surnames in your research, may help you to find more leads.

Let me know if you need any help with Margaret.

I have hunted for Margaret's ancestors without success, other than her mother, Mary is living with her in later censuses.  She is a different kind of Arnold though than the ones from my mother's side.  Her Arnolds are probably German.  Your welcome to check her out if you get a chance.

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Wow! This is fantastic and the link to the profile of Nancy Carter where you have used it looks great...

Thank you for sharing the Tutorial .... Book marking your post, so when I get my profiles organised I can then start to add some monograms....
by Lesley Robertson G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)
selected by SJ Baty
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Interesting Idea. I took a different tack. I matched background colors to the male and female standard Icons used on Wikitree.


and female

They both tile seamlessly.

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Do you have any profiles these are used on?
Hmmm, interesting.  I think this would go well for a little one that didn't make it and has the angle's wing's template (died young).  The pink and blue remind me of the maternity ward & babies.
OK to borrow?
Absolutely borrow away.
That looks great Anne.  I will also steal. Thanks!  ;)
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SJ, this is an absolutely lovely idea!  I did not know about monogram maker, I will be using it.  I use ColorPic to match colors.  It does the same thing.  

My Drinkwater Name Study is gettin' gussied up with a monogram.
by Jo Gill G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
Glad to hear it Jo - do come back and post a link once you get it set up!
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Thanks for the tip, SJ!
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (200k points)
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Here is a profile I just made that turned out rather well; this is a 3 color monogram to match the background image:

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+4 votes
What a great idea SJ - thank you for sharing!
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (634k points)

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