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Are There Any Good Free Header Graphic Programs?

Postby gronesy » Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:56 pm

Hello,

I want to start creating some sites with WordPress on a shoestring and need to know if anybody has used any good and simple free header graphic creation software or knows of any good quality free header graphics.

I've sampled some of the free stuff and it's really junk.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Postby Steve MacLellan » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:15 pm

PhotoImpact -- only $50

http://www.ulead.com/pi/runme.htm

Of course you'll have to learn to do it yourself, but there are lots of tutorials online.

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Postby gronesy » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:34 am

Thanks, Steve.

I'll have a look at it.

BTW, what do you use to make your header graphics?
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Postby Steve MacLellan » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:39 am

I'm using PhotoImpact version 8 -- the latest version is 12, I think.

PhotoImpact also supports PSD files, so if you ever happen to get something in this format, you can open it and edit it.

Here are two different but very similar looking headers. This one was made in Adobe Photoshop:
http://homebusiness-websites.com/headers/pheader.gif

Paul hired a guy who made the image. Then later he emailed me and said the guy was expensive, but he wanted to be able to edit it for other webpages. He asked if I could build something similar that we could use on other sites.

So I built something very similar in PhotoImpact. You can see it here:
http://homebusiness-websites.com/headers/new-paul.jpg

If you have a tabbed browser you might load both the images in new tabs. You might note that I didn't quite match the same blue gradient. Plus my bar (just above the shadow) is a little darker -- and I didn't match the fonts exactly.

My fonts are a little different and I added a little bevel to the red text and a yellow glow behind it.

But... as you can see, for making header graphics, PhotoImpact is good, and a whole lot less expensive. Plus you can use it for building all kind of other graphics too. The template I use on my main site was built in PhotoImpact.

Here is another example. This is a template I am building for a client. The job isn't finished yet. You will see there isn't much on the header image yet, while she decides what she want to put on it. Note the gradient menu bar that has a transparency effect. PhotoImpact has a tool for slicing graphics for a website.
http://www.eideticlifecoach.com/design-04

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Postby gronesy » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:47 am

Thanks, Steve.

It appears to be a very capable/useful product.

By your main page do you mean that homebusiness-websites.com was done on PhotoImpact?

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Postby Steve MacLellan » Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:58 am

Hi Jeff,

Yes, that's the right URL. Used a similar variation for my blog (which isn't getting used much right now) here:
http://blog.homebusiness-websites.com

I've been using PhotoImpact for a few years.

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Re: Are There Any Good Free Header Graphic Programs?

Postby LaneLester » Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:45 am

gronesy wrote:I want to start creating some sites with WordPress on a shoestring and need to know if anybody has used any good and simple free header graphic creation software or knows of any good quality free header graphics.

I've sampled some of the free stuff and it's really junk.

Well, "good" and "free" don't often go together. :)

But one person's junk is another's treasure, and if all you want is a graphics text header, I've used this site for sites I didn't care too much about.

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Postby Steve MacLellan » Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:47 pm

Here is another good example of the type of graphics that can be made with PhotoImpact.

http://www.homebusiness-websites.com/wys

Just thought I would share this with you.

This is a one page website I am entering into a contest for people that use NVU as their html editor. (Side note: I wrote an eBook on how you can build your first business websites using NVU and other free tools, so if perchance I win, I will mention it on the sales page for the eBook)....

.....but the graphics were built with PhotoImpact; again, a lot less expensive that Photoshop, and just as good.

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