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Topic: How and where do i make a banner for my etsy shop?  (Read 27349 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2006 09:44:55 AM »

Alrighty then...but do you even make the stripes, the cats, all the other sorts of things in your banners?  I'm still wondering if people use clipart and combine them together or if everything is 100% from scratch.  I know it's possible to do that, I just don't know how.  I'm pretty good with Photoshop, but I have no idea how to do that stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2006 09:48:00 AM »

For the most part I do make that stuff from scratch... If I can't figure out how to do it, then normally I try to trace over a photo on another layer and that helps. You can find royalty free clipart so you don't have to worry about that kind of thing. The hard part is making it look like you didn't just paste cilpart on there. Smiley
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2006 10:00:19 AM »

DevianARt has a lot of brushes that you could download to do the fancy lines, stars, retro circles and so on.  DaFont has many font styles to choose from.

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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2006 03:27:47 PM »

I use PSP 7, too, and have for years. I also use The Print Shop Pro Publisher, which is where I got the tree I use in my logo. I use the program for everything from business cards to fliers. But I made my banner in PSP.

You can look all over the web for free clip art. Just do a search for it. If you're looking for something in particular, you can add that to your search. Like if your shop has to do with babies, you could do a search on "free baby clipart" or something.

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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2006 06:04:27 PM »

I did a search for 'free banner generator' and made a temporary one in less than 15 minutes. I didn't write down the site unfortunately  Sad

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2006 02:15:23 PM »

For mine I used a photo I took of one of my designs and then edited it in Paint Shop Pro. Though I am currently working with my sister who is an artist to help me design a logo.

I'm sure if someone isn't as graphically talented could trade works with an artist. They would get exposure and something you made and you'd get a nice looking banner and maybe even logo!

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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2006 09:10:54 PM »

I just thought I'd share the GIMP with everyone - It's an open source (free) program similar to photoshop. http://www.gimp.org/

I'll be making the graphics for my upcoming shop with it.

Open source means it's free and made by DIY computer geeks who like to make their own programs to "fit just right" quite a bit like us craftsters. They make the code public so computer-crafty people can change it to make it better for themselves and others if they like.  It is free to download and use - forever. To me it's kind of like a tutorial here on craftster (with obvious differences) - someone put a lot of work into making something great just for fun(ction) and they want to share it with others and let others improvise it to see what becomes of their ideas. 

I'm just a nut for anything public (tv, radio, museums, parks, libraries, wikipedia, craft forums) so I've been a huge fan of open source programs since I heard about linux in the mid 90's. Though I use the open source Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/) as my web browser for all its extensions and features like tabbed browsing, favorites toolbar, supreme popup control (I can't remember the last time I had a popup) and things like outfoxed (a rating system for websites) I originally tried it because it was open source. I haven't gone back to any other web browser.

Open source stuff is amazing - just like a lot of the crafts here on craftster - custom made with ambition.

Here's more info on the GIMP

And more info on Firefox

So if you know how to use but don't want to use/cant afford/don't like/would rather die than use photoshop give the GIMP a try. It has plenty of awesome extensions (cool things you can add to it - do a web search for "GIMP extensions"). The GIMP has so many cool options that people have developed on their own as extensions it really doesn't make any sense to pay for something inferior. 
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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2006 11:24:44 PM »

i second the GIMP suggestion, 'cause i've used it once or twice and it seemed pretty straightforward. i'm a graphic designer so i work a lot on photoshop though, so i've never used it in depth but it seems like a good solution if you don't want to deal with photoshop.

« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2006 11:40:23 AM »

hello, i want to open an etsy store and am somewhat computer stupid, what is the best way to make your banner?Huh? i have been kinda looking at all of them and they look nice i want mine to fit in so i am looking for helpful hints............thanks all
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« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2006 03:09:10 PM »

Hi, Ilsunbum6,
I use a graphics program called XaraX by Corel. The banners need to be 760 pixels wide X 100 pixels high. You can see the results if you click the link to my etsy store - I made my banner with that program. Please ask any questions - I'm happy to talk you through it Smiley
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