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How To Make a Banner [With Video Tutorial!]

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avatar Greytopher
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Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
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Hi guys, Greytopher here with a fairly simple tutorial! With the idea from Jesuitical, I've decided to make a tutorial on how to make a banner for your PMC blog posts. Hope you enjoy!



Getting the Right Dimensions...

So, you want to make a banner, eh? I'll go through a step by step process on how to make one! First, you want your dimensions. What are dimensions, Greytopher? Dimensions are the height and width of your file, so this is the most important part of making the right sort of banner. Be sure to use pixels, it's easiest to use and more specific in smaller measurements. Now, the dimensions I usually use is 624x100 pixels. In other words, for the width: 624 pixels, and the height: 100 pixels. It should look like it's long, and not that high. This will be your template for your dimensions, and should fit onto a page like this, stretching all the way across.


Making the Banner...

For me, this is the most fun part of it, since you're designing what it's going to look like!

So, first off you want a background for your banner. If you don't want to have a back to your banner, and only text, leave this part blank. The background by default will be white, so use whatever you want as your background. Then, choose your text. If you don't like the text provided by the program you use, go to dafont.com and find the perfect custom text for you.

If you want to get fancy with your text, there are a couple of ways to improve it. I use Photoshop CS5.5, and with this comes a tool that's found on the right-hand side. On this side should have a picture with an apple, and each picture shows a different filter. Scroll down till you see lines and squares, and those will help customize your text. I will show in the video a better explanation of this, so be sure to watch it.



Uploading the Banner...

For some reason, I see a LOT of people asking this. This is a very easy step in implementing your banner onto the website of choice.

So, before you quit out of your program that you used, be sure to save your work. Save this in two file formats: a PSD file (or a file that is used for your program that you can use to edit it again), and a JPEG file. Go to Photobucket.com or Imgur.com and upload your banner(s).

Then, if you're wanting to use a banner in a post, copy the URL from your uploaded image and paste it into the picture button on PMC. Or, if you're lazy, sometimes you can drag and drop it in.


I hope that helps! If you have an questions, leave a comment.

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Please do not repost this anywhere else on the web without my consent, thank you.


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02/11/2014 9:50 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
TaurusRealms MC
Really great video, but how wouldI add the dafont.com fonts that I've downloaded to my Gimp 2 Font selection?
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06/18/2013 1:25 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Zwolf024
hey i find this way to hard if you have skype and add me can i pay you through paypal and you do it for me?
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10/02/2012 8:02 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Pirate
Dublin p
WOW! This was very helpful man. Good explaining. Now thanks to you I have a spiffy banner! Thanks a lot. :D
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10/02/2012 8:03 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
You're welcome! ;D
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10/01/2012 7:22 pm
Level 26 : Expert Narwhal
Conlan99
Hey! Ive made a banner before using MS paint (A horrible experience btw) And i was wondering if there is any way to make a banner into one of those awesome GIFs that has changing text so i can fit more info on my banner. Please reply :D
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10/01/2012 7:23 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I don't know how to make a GIF (at this moment) but when I do figure it out, I'll post a tutorial. :P
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10/01/2012 2:45 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Cake
afrony
wat rogram do i use to make the program
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10/30/2012 12:09 am
Level 23 : Expert Spelunker
Iveh
:P
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09/30/2012 12:44 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
ammar-2000
thanks this helped alot
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09/30/2012 12:45 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Glad it did! :)
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09/30/2012 6:37 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Network
kraiku
For beginners i recommend bannersnack it is very easy
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09/30/2012 12:45 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Good to know, I would recommend GIMP, it's basically free photoshop.
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09/29/2012 10:03 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Explorer
Larvitarian
You sound younger than i thought. also, you CAN use Pngs last time i check, they look better than jpegs.
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09/30/2012 12:27 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Well, I sometimes come off that way. :P And, JPEGs tend to have higher quality, depending on the program you use.
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09/29/2012 7:21 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Miner
heartshapedBox
I didn't really imagine your voice like that! :3
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09/29/2012 7:24 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I hope that's a good thing. :3
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09/29/2012 7:09 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Haasman29
Nice! But there's still one problem.... I don't know a good program to use. :)
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09/29/2012 7:09 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
GIMP is a free/very used program. I HIGHLY recommend it if you don't want to pay!
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09/29/2012 8:28 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Haasman29
I am now glad that I asked. o.O
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09/29/2012 8:32 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
:) you can also use paint.net, if you don't like GIMP.
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09/29/2012 6:26 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Chatosk
Damn thanks so much! I was asking myself how to do one C:
When I make my first banner I'll post it in here and you can tell me if you like it or not? C:
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09/29/2012 6:31 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Sure, I'll be more than glad to help!
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09/30/2012 12:04 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Chatosk
Did you like it? (:
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09/29/2012 6:54 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Chatosk
Click here for the outcome. Do you like it?
*if you can't see it, then here's the url;
img89.xooimage.com/files/9/5/0/banner-outcome-385620b.png
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09/30/2012 12:05 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
That actually turned out quite well; good job! :)
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09/30/2012 12:14 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Chatosk
Thanks! Lol I just realized it says Baner instead of Banner silly me...
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09/29/2012 12:24 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Ninja
Aloo020
AWWW YEA :DDD
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09/29/2012 1:28 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
WHUTTUP, SON!
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09/29/2012 11:46 am
Level 23 : Expert Narwhal
ParadoxDreamer
Greytopher, why are you so epic?
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09/29/2012 1:28 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I dunno. :O
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09/29/2012 6:22 am
Level 21 : Expert Toast
cjpole
Cool
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09/29/2012 1:28 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thank you. :)
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09/29/2012 6:20 am
Level 28 : Expert Princess
TheContagiousStudios
Nice :)
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09/29/2012 1:28 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thank you, Milan.
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09/29/2012 6:15 am
Level 39 : Artisan Scribe
Lolisher95
:)))) :DDDD
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09/29/2012 1:28 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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09/29/2012 4:32 am
Level 43 : Master Necromancer
Monsieur_Creeps
is photoshop free?
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09/29/2012 6:08 am
Level 31 : Artisan Farmer
minij516
No....But utorrent is.....
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09/29/2012 6:35 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Dragon
nevermindstar
...and so the Pirate bay you forget to mention
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09/29/2012 2:53 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Charri10
Great Blog !
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09/29/2012 2:56 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thanks Charri!
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09/29/2012 1:52 am
Level 43 : Master Gent
AyreTV
Nice job Grey :)
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09/29/2012 2:48 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thank you ayre. :)
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09/29/2012 12:14 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Skinner
Mrbobbert
thanks a ton!!!
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09/29/2012 12:17 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Yep! :)
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09/28/2012 9:02 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Explorer
Zemor
Here's my newest blog, where I used the banner method you showed- http://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/the-ups-and-downs-of-popularity-on-pmc-infini-garde/

I know they're not that great, but I can't afford photoshop, so I'm stuck with GIMP.
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09/28/2012 10:21 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
These are actually good, considering it's your first time doing it. I'm glad they turned out well! :)
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09/28/2012 5:51 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Blacksmith
leWiS_oWnS_yOu
:'(
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09/28/2012 5:29 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Pixel Painter
steewee
cool!
i would love to see like how to make a banner on a picture and some stuff like that! and how you make signatures like that!

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09/28/2012 5:47 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Yeah, no problem. :)
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