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Archive for June 2012

Making animated headers is quite beneficial if you want to attract more and more people towards a website. Animated headers create a excellent first impression on mind of a person who visits your website. Actually header is the main banner that is displayed at the top of website and shows the name of site along with its picture. So a header graphic is the most important factor that can contribute to creating a good impression on a new visitor. Do you also want to make an animated header for your website? If yes then read the instructions given below:

  • Visit a site at which you can create Flash header graphic for your own site. Another option is to visit a site which offers free base header graphics helping you to take a start with a background.
  • After that, you next step would be to launch graphic editing program and to develop a new document. As far as size of header is concerned, you can size headers to your desired dimensions. Ideal dimensions for a header are 800×300 pixels but the most common dimensions used by most of the people are either 800×600 or 1024×768 resolution. Now save your file as a PSD as it will make it easy for you to go back and add or remove elements to animate.
  • Now you can design your image using different colors, pictures and textures. You can use ‘Fill’ tool to fill color or shades in large spaces.
  • In the graphics program, select ‘Text’ tool to add text to header. You can customize text by changing its color or size. To make text even more attractive, I will suggest you to add an effect to text like reflection or drop-shadow.
  • Second last step is to copy and paste header graphic as first frame of new animation in animation program. Now you can make changes by adding or removing the elements in your header. Whenever you make a change in the elements of your header, copy and paste this new change as next frame in animation. You can view changed animation within program and at the same time you can speed up or slow down this process.
  • After making necessary changes, you can save animated header graphic as GIF file.

Follow these steps to make animated headers for your website. If you will make animated headers for your website, I assure you that you will be able to attract a large number of visitors to your website.

Although a number of ways have been devised for advertisements, newsletters are still considered as the best way to spread words about business, sales promotion and other events. Are you also thinking of making a newsletter for promoting your business? If yes then you will have to make an attractive and well-designed newsletter. To attract attention of people towards your business and newsletters, you will require an eye-catching graphic. If you really want so then I will recommend you using Adobe Photoshop to make a newsletter graphic. To make it possible, here I will give you some easy steps to follow:

  • After opening Adobe Photoshop, click File menu and then click New. In the Name box, type Newsletter. Here you will also require typing dimensions for your graphic. You will type these in the boxes named Width and Height. From each drop-down menu, select Inches. From the Background menu, click Transparent and then select OK.
  • In the next step, you will right-click an icon which will appear as a gray rectangle, gray star or gray circle. It will appear near the base of Tools menu. Here you will select Custom Shape Tool.
  • At the top of work area, click the Shape menu on the new toolbar. Select an attractive shape for your newsletter graphic keeping in mind the purpose of your newsletter.
  • Select into the Color box that will also appear on the toolbar. Select a color for your newsletter graphic. Again I will recommend you to choose a color that suits purpose and theme of the newsletter. After this click OK.
  • Now select the Newsletter box while holding down left button of your mouse. Drag your mouse until you get shape of desired size or the shape fills the box. Now you can release the mouse. You will saw a colored shape in front of you.
  • On the Tools column, click the “T” icon to add text to graphic. Color, font style and size should be in contrast with the color of your shape to make the text prominent.  After clicking the graphic area, type the text such as name of newsletter, your business slogan and column title etc.
  • After doing this, click File and then select Save As. Now pull down the Format menu and select GIF and then again click Save.

This was a simple method to create a graphic newsletter in Adobe Photoshop. I hope that you will not only understand this method but also follow it to make an appealing graphic newsletter.


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