XHeaderIf you want to upload a new graphic for your website slider or photo gallery but don’t have the proper program to create the right size or insert the correct information, you can eliminate that frustration with XHeader. XHeader is a free, downloadable program that allows you to create and export images for your website. Read through these simple steps to get started:

  1. To begin, go to the download site for XHeader software. Once there, fill out the download form with your name and email address. Click Submit.
  2. You will be directed to a new page, where you have the option to download the full version of XHeader. For the free version, click No Thanks. On the next page, click the green button prompting you to Download Now!
  3. When the download window pops up, click Save File and follow the prompts to install your new application.
  4. Once it is installed, a pop-up window will appear asking you if you want to buy pre-made headers. Click No Thanks. When you do, XHeader will open. A new window will also open in your Internet browser. In this window, you will find two tutorials. Watch the second tutorial to learn how to use your new software.

Before you get too designer happy, though, we have a few tips for you to use when creating your graphics.

Determine the size of your graphic.

First, when you create a new graphic you will be asked to enter dimensions for it. If you’re replacing or adding to an existing image gallery you’ll want to make sure the new graphic is the same size as the one you are replacing or as the other images in your gallery.

  1. Right click on the old or like graphic.
  2. Choose View Image Info. If it’s a slider image, you may have to choose View Background Image first.
  3. A window will pop up.  Enter the Dimensions of the old graphic into XHeader for the new graphic.

Set your background color.

Second, you can change the the color of your screen (or workplace) in XHeader. We suggest changing it to the background color of your website to get a better idea of what the colors you choose for your graphic will look like when they go on the web. Go to Options, Screen Color, Choose Screen Color and pick or enter the color you need.

Save as the proper file type.

Finally, there are two ways to save your new graphic, and you should use both. Click Save XHF to create a file that you can edit in XHeader later and click Save As… to create a file to upload to your website.  Save your file as a JPG if it doesn’t have spots of transparency and save as a PNG if it does.

There you go. Skip along merrily now.

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