How to Create a Custom Header for Social Media

A bit of a mouthful of a title! Also a bit of a departure from my normal posts but one which I hope will be useful. It took me ages to figure out how to create a nice looking header for my site and I thought I’d done quite a good job, then I saw one which a friend had done for twitter (https://twitter.com/jigsaw_designs) and thought, “Wow! That’s what I want”.

So, I did some research and finally discovered the secret of  “how to create a custom header for social media” which looks totally professional.

I create my headers using XHeader software which is free to download, they will try to sell you an advanced version but just click “no thanks” as it’s not necessary. They have plenty of templates for various business types but you can also create your own using your own images and/or photos. Pinterest are a good source of photos.

Each social media site has its own sizing policy for headers, profile shots, ads etc. I found a great website (Hypebot.com) which tells you the size required for each site. For the purposes of this post, I am creating a Timeline header for Facebook, the size of which is 851 x 315 pixels.

Welcome Screen

From the home page on the XHeader site, click on “New”, then you have four options, the first will give you ready made template options. It is worth exploring these, the first header I created was a template, they can be customised.

new header

Click on “Load from Template Library” to bring up 500 examples in various categories, for example, the following would be found in Fashion Beauty:

Template Selection

Choose your template and you will be taken to the following screen which allows you to add your own text, play around with this for a while as there are numerous options for colours, fonts, text boxes, etc:

 Designer

Finally, once you are happy with the result, click save, either “Save XHF” to save for later or “Save as” (jpeg) to save and upload to the relevant site. On this last screen, double click the image you want to save, there are various qualities, I find that “very good” or “good” is sufficient:

Optimization

For more advanced designs, click “Create a Blank Header”. First, you will be asked what size you want to create, use the Hypebot info above to check the size you require. You will then be taken to the design screen as above, with the option of uploading your own images. I like to create headers with 3 images. To do this, click “image” and XHeader will open Windows for you, choose where you want to look for stored images and click “open” to upload. Once you have the image on the screen, click to move it around and alter the size. You can then add any text you require before saving as above. The following is the header I created:

I hope that’s useful, go ahead and play around with your own header, it’s easy!

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My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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