Free Etsy banner templates

After struggling with the creation of a nice Etsy banner for over a month, I finally found some creative people willing to share their artistic talents for free by providing nice banner templates.  Here are a couple of sites that offer free graphics to use as your banner background.  Scroll down below and I’ll give some tips on how to use them.

http://dailyetsy.blogspot.com/search/label/banners (my favorites)

http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102417 (these are great too)

http://catherinetterings.blogspot.com/2008/11/free-christmas-etsy-banners.html (a few Christmas ones)

To use these, here are a few tips if you’re not familiar with creating graphics:

  1. Find a banner graphic you like.  If you have photoshop, don’t worry about color – you can fix it later.
  2. Right click the image and save to your computer.
  3. Open the grapic in an image editing program like Photoshop.  If you don’t have photoshop you can download Picasa for free.
  4. Add text to the banner image with your shop name and tag line if you want.  Then save it and put it on Etsy.

If you have photoshop, here are a few more tricks:

  1. Click on the image layer and then cntl-U to change the colors with the slider bar that comes up.  Now you can change that blue swirly banner to a pink one or whatever color you like.
  2. Play with different layers, combine them, change transparency, etc.

I made this banner by using both gungy and doodles from the dailyetsy freebies.  I changed the color of grungy, then added a transparent doodle in 2 corners (2 separate images).  I also added drop shadows to my text.  I’m happy with the result.

made my own banner with help from generous artists!

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