2 Great Places Online To Make Great Banners For Blogs
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For years I have created my own graphics, banners for myself and others and buttons that I use in posts. On newsletters, flyers and for social media websites. I have never purchased programs for this and started out by using a MicroSoft Office publishing program on my computer, but over the years there have been many websites that have made it possible to create with ease. Some of the programs I have used in the past for just a basic banner is BannerFans.com but as with all things there are always new and improved so then came PicMonkey, much better and with more options, colors and graphics that you can use right on site, some are a little juvenile and the reason I say that is, you can upload your own pictures with ease. And any size banner is possible. PicMonkey is free to use and offers an upgrade on a month to month basis. But you would always have access.
Pros: The program makes it easy to create and edit and make plenty of banners and graphics to use on your blogs and websites. There are plenty of video tutorials.
They also now offer pre made templates for the different social media banners, however, and you can visit their blog for more ideas and inspiration.
Cons: And because PicMonkey does not have a way to save your work you can actually re-access your banner, here’s how; once you are satisfied with your creation, you can share this to your social media with the details, i.e., a giveaway. If your giveaway has not started you can share it to your email and it will generate a link that you can save to revisit for sharing later. You can also share your banner with text to We Heart It- See more here on We Heart It!
There is also a new kid on the block, called Canva, little more professional, and an update to this original post, Canva now offers templates for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media and just as user friendly as PicMonkey, they make it easy to design banners for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, right down to blog graphics. They also offer the ability to create a collage in different templates. It helps so that you dont have to start with a blank sheet. With a few clicks you can add your own details. As you can see in these images.
Canva is free to use with paid upgrade with premium “options” but there are plenty of choices to create fantastic images. And many images are available for a purchase of $1 but keep in mind it is a one time use. If you go back to reuse the banner and want to keep and use the image you purchased, you would have to repurchase.
Pros: The use of the free templates make it fast and easy to create the right size banner for i.e., Facebook or Google Plus pages. They have different banner set to change the text and colors to save and use. They also store the latest banners you create.
Cons: This program does take a bit longer to figure out for a beginner. Does not offer cropping capabilities. Update: Instead of cropping you can customize the size banner you would need on the front page of Canva before you start.
BannerFans.com great for a basic banner
BannerSnack simple banners
Fotor Banner Create from existing templates
CoolTex Make some fancy text to use in posts
Places That You Can Find Images For Free To Use:
Public Domain Archive
Let me know if this was helpful in a comment. And if your looking for another kind of tool for blogging, need information about blogging, leave in comment, I would love to help by writing a new blog tool tutorial 🙂
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I LOVE Canva! I’ve been using it like crazy lately!
I’ve been experimenting with PicMonkey and this information will be helpful! Thanks for sharing! #motivationalmonday
I love PickMonkey and even upgraded to the Royal program to access other features. But now theres Canva I am using it more, as I learn the functions.
Thanks for your comment, if theres something else you would like to know about, I would be happy to help. Just let me know. You can email me direct, I think it comes with my reply to the comment. Have a great weekend!!! Happy creating!!!
Hi Leigha, I just found it a couple of weeks ago, Im behind, hehe. learning the functions and it has all those cute text holders for creation, one thing PicMonkey does not have. Thanks for your comment, wishing you a great weekend!! Happy creating!!
I love using PicMonkey – I’ve tried Canva a couple times, but it just takes me too long. I’ve already figured out PicMonkey, so I can use it really fast 🙂
I too love PickMonkey, the only thing I am finding with Canva is that when finished making a banner, it is really clear, does not have a blurred finish, I think because they use a higher resolution. But still use PickMonkey for many things. Just happy they have these programs online to use. Thanks for your comment and stopping by!!!
Have a great weekend!
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I have never heard of Canva! Going to have to check it out. I love Picmonkey! Thanks for linking up last week to Friday Favorites, hope to see you this week too!
I have been using PicMonkey since it first started, but Canva does have different options, the only thing it does not have is a way to crop (so far). Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Have a great week!
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Pic Monkey is the easiest for me to use. I’m still trying to figure it out. Hope to see you again at #HomeMattersParty
Hi Crystal, I love PicMonkey and if you ever need any help let me know Im happy to help!
Have a great week!
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