Header Graphics give a first visual impression to your Website or Blog … and we know that ‘first impressions’ count.
Design Brand Header
When doing a research on Google under the keyword “Header Graphics” you can find a wealth of free stuff to choose from and to download, however, if you are serious about developing your own unique ‘look’ and branding yourself, you have to create your own image – an image reflecting the value and trustworthiness you bring to your clients or partners and that you want to stand for in the market. Here anything ‘free’ becomes ‘cheap’ . . . and this is definitely too expensive when working with a longterm vision.
What you need is a Design Brand Header to build your Authority either as a professional in any area of expertise… or with the Service or Product you offer and promote in the online market place.
Header Colors are most important when creating a Design Brand Header and should remain within your chosen colour scheme.
Header fonts are very important too, however, you may divert and go a little bit wild in an artistic way when creating this specific image or picture… depending on your theme of course. However, as Grunge is in… the doors for creativity and imagination are wide open . . . no boredom guaranteed!
For my new Design Blog I experimented with Grunge Fonts while keeping to the colour scheme I already used in the early eighties for my books, posters and book covers: black on white with some grey shades and a small yet powerful dosage or red! The real fiery red that is!
Header Graphics can be very simple, using just a good friendly picture with the name on white – which gives a feeling of space… or you integrate your logo and/or play in a decorative way with your title and subtitle or slogan either on white or on a plain or degrade background in any color matching your color scheme. Alternatively, create a picture in Photoshop or any other Graphic program of your choice.
In my case, I used a detail of one of the photos I shot on Noordhoek Beach and played with color adjustments and filters in Photoshop for a result that is attractive, within my color scheme and that serves as a perfect background for that red Grunge font. Contrary to what might be believed… Grunge doesn’t equal Grunge! To get well balanced Header Graphics using vibrant backgrounds plus Grunge Fonts needs quite some research until there’s that tension that ‘fits’! A more classical font is much easier – but not as original. So it’s always a matter of personal taste and personal choices.
Most importantly, experiment and play – it’s the only way to get to grips with for instance filters and color adjustments. You cannot learn to meditate; you’ve got to do it to understand the process and get ‘into’ it. No other way – same here.
Although there’s a lot we can teach you as to some basics… from where you either continue, grow and enjoy – or get the idea and know how to brief a professional graphic designer in case you outsource. It saves you money and time and you get a better result faster – guaranteed!
Join our WebMasterTraining today, Friday, at 8 pm London time, to learn how to create your own Header Graphic for your Design Sandbox Blog!