How I Insert a Breaker into a Hub

Creating Your Breaker

Most hubbers probably know how to insert a breaker into new hubs he or she creates. There are a few who do not know how to do this. I was one of those who did not know how to insert a breaker into a hub until I started tinkering with Adobe PhotoShop. I was able to create several breakers which I uploaded to my Hubpages photos. I've added some of these breakers to my previously published hubs and I will use them in future hubs.

This hub will explain how I created my breakers to use in my hubs. All screenshots are from Adobe PhotoShop 7.0 which is the version I have.  Other versions of Adobe PhotoShop should work in a similar manner.

Photo 1
Photo 1

Open PhotoShop

The first thing you will need to do is open your Adobe PhotoShop software. Select "File" and click "new" from the dropdown menu. From the "Preset sizes" dropdown menu, select "468x60 web banner".  See photo 1.

Photo 2
Photo 2

Change the Height

Reduce the height pixels. I use "25", but you can use whatever height is agreeable to you.  See photo 2.

Photo 3
Photo 3

Create Your Breaker

Change the "fill" in the taskbar at the top of your screen to "pattern".  See photo 3.

Photo 4
Photo 4

Select Your Patterns

The next option is "patterns". Click the arrow to the right to bring down your loaded patterns. You can load more preinstalled patterns to your list of patterns to choose from by clicking the double arrows to the right of your patterns thumbnails. Select "load patterns" from this dropdown menu.  See photo 4.

Photo 5
Photo 5

Patterns Files

Click the name of the patterns file you wish to load and click the "load" button in the bottom right corner. See photo 5.

Select which pattern you want to use to fill your breaker. Position your mouse over the white part of your breaker image as shown in photo 3 and click. The breaker image will fill with the pattern you selected. You can then save the newly created breaker to your computer. I have a special folder in my pictures labeled "borders" that I use just for my created breakers.

You can either upload all your breakers at once to "My Photos" under your HubPages account or you can upload them one at a time using the "photo" capsule. I uploaded mine at one time to "My Photos". Now, when I want to insert a breaker, I add a "photo" capsule and edit it. Instead of uploading a photo, I select the "My Photos" tab and select the breaker I want to use for the hub I am working on.

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bcatgray 6 years ago from United States of America

Cool! I didn't know this could be done. Makes the hub look a lot more personal. I likey! :-)


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prairieprincess 6 years ago from Canada

This is good info! Now, I just need to get PhotoShop! Nicely done hub ...


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

My heartfelt thanks go to both of you. I had seen other hubs with more advanced breakers. I just wanted simple ones so as not to make the hubs look all jumbled together.


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susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

That is interesting. I have not used breakers like that, only photos. Great information.


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thank you, susan. As soon as I figured out how to do it, I decided I'd write a hub to explain what I did. Hope this helps you. :)


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thanks saleheensblog. This is what I wanted the "prtsc" tool for. hehe.


logic,commonsense 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing, great info!


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thanks logic.commonsense. I'm glad you liked it.


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LoganG 6 years ago from Florida

Hmmm, I'd never really thought about using breakers. Thanks for sharing your idea!


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

LoganG, thank you. I hope you have success using breakers if you choose to do so.


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

What a great idea!

Luv your step by step process too.

Great job!


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thank you very much, HubCrafter. I appreciate the kind words of encouragement.


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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Dividers or divider "bars" (as older web designers call them) do NOT require PhotoShop. Any good image editing program will work (I use an ancient version Paint Shop Pro), as a divider is only an image manipulated to span the full width of a photo capsule.

One can also add white space to either side of any small, decorative image to position it for best effect, i.e. centered or more to the right or left. I don't generally use dividers in hubs, but do use a couple of antique-looking dividers in my Saturday Child blog posts. My "signiture" at the end of each post is technically a "divider", set to be left-justified.

No matter what you call them, dividers can be fun as well as make your hub or blog post more attractive. Just remember to keep them SMALL so as not to detract from, or overpower, your content. ;D


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thanks JamaGenee. I figured PhotoShop wasn't required to do this. It's just what I used. If you think mine are too big, let me know.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I have long wanted Photoshop - great information. Great explanation, step by step - even I the novice could follow along.

If I buy the "old" version is it complete enough for me to do this?


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Goldie, thank you. Any version should work. My version is a couple of years old anyway.


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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

Great Work. I am now your first blog follower. Your blog looks alot like my ehow events blog.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thank you very much, Tammy. I set the blog up late last night to early this morning :)

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