Working with Topbar Images
Probably the best way to make your Finalweb church website unique is to add custom images to the scrolling topbar section. This chore might at first seem daunting, but we've made some tools to make the process as simple as possible. You can use photos that you've taken with your own camera, or download stock images from Microsoft Office Clipart, or pay for professional graphics at an online store such as iStockPhoto. Also, if you have access to editing software you can add text and textures and gradients and opacity effects to add an extra flare. Here are a few tips:
Note the image dimensions for the template you've selected. If you click the "Edit Topbar Images" button, the topbar image height and width in pixels will be displayed. When looking for images to use, and when editing them with software, be sure to keep in mind that you will need to crop to a ratio that will fit that specified area. Also, there is variation to these dimensions between templates, so be sure to take this into consideration when switching.
Get permission, give credit. If you use a photo of, say, a church-wide activity, make sure you are certain that each person in a photo doesn't mind being up on the website. Your church website is publicly accessible from just about anywhere in the world, and some individuals might not want to have that potential visibility. Also, if you use a photo that was taken by a person or organization that requires acknowledgment, be sure to include that either on the photo or somewhere on the page.
Use text, textures and opacity. If you have access to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other editors, you can add extra elements to pictures that really make them stand out. Simple changes and make a world of difference in taking a church website to the next level. Add simple text headers or quotations, in front of an opaque background, to one part of an image. Add a texture to the image to give it a certain look and feel. Add a gradient to fade out to white or black. Little things like these suggestions can go a long way to getting the site you want.
After your images are saved in JPG format, all you have to do is upload them to the topbar section. Newer templates allow for 10 images, arranged in any order, and can ever contain links to external or internal pages. You can also use our image manipulation tool to resize and crop your images for any fine-tuning adjustments that need to be made.
Hopefully these thoughts are helpful, and we hope you have fun creating images to make your church's site look and function the way that it needs.
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