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:
- Find a banner graphic you like. If you have photoshop, don’t worry about color – you can fix it later.
- Right click the image and save to your computer.
- Open the grapic in an image editing program like Photoshop. If you don’t have photoshop you can download Picasa for free.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.