Using Xheader for Website Graphics
[Xheader is easy and free!]
by Marg McAlister
Whether you use XSitePro or a completely different software program to create your website, I recommend
that you download XHeader and give it a try.
This is a terrific program that is really easy to use. (And believe me, I've spent HOURS creating headers using
expensive, much more complex programs - yet XHeader's graphics look just as good!)
Let me show you a few headers that I have created using XHeader. Then I recommend that you head on over to the
XHeader site and download your own copy!
In my various articles on creating a writer's website, I use a fictional writer called... (drum roll): SUSIE
WRITER. Susie has come in handy when I'm explaining how to create pages and headers. So I'll use Susie again.
I haven't taken a lot of time with the headers you see here, because I want you to realise just how simple it is
when you're in a hurry. If you want to take a bit more time, you can create really sophisticated header graphics
for your website.
1. When you open Xheader, you can choose whether to create a NEW header
graphic or open one that you've already saved from a previous session. You can also import any image from
your hard drive to use as a basis for your header. For this quick show-and-tell session, I chose 'NEW', and
then 'LOAD FROM THE TEMPLATE LIBRARY'
2. I then browsed through the hundreds of ready-made headers in the
various categories, and found a header I liked. This one happened to be in the LITERATURE category.
3. In the two headers I have created below, you can see how I used the same
template to create two different 'looks' for Susie Writer's site. You can play around with font,
colours, and semi-transparent overlays as I have done to create just what you want.
4. In this example, all I've done is add a white rectangle to overlay the
brown header, then sent it behind the image of the book and quill. You can see that this has given the
header a much 'lighter' look, and brings the book forward.
5. Finally, two more examples... the ghost and the images of the
children came from two different categories, so it's worth browsing to find just what you need for your
Take some time to play around with Xheader. You can make the header any size you want, so you can even make
banners for your site later. You'll find that you can save your headers in different resolutions to make the file
size smaller (the software shows you exactly what it looks like before you save it.)
Click here to go the page where you can download
XHeader. The XHeader site also has excellent 'how to' videos walking you
through the whole process. EASY - AND FUN!