A banner announcing a potluck for a local Christian church doesn't have to put a dent in the church budget. Paper banners for indoor hanging can be printed directly off your computer. But hanging banners aren't the only type of free banners available. Website banners can be used to inform parishioners of upcoming events at the church.
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Things you need
- Tape or stapler
Use a free website to design your banner. There are many sites to choose from. The majority of these free websites require an e-mail address and basic personal information before they allow you to design a banner.
Select the format for your banner. Website banners appear across the top or along the sides of a web page. The top of the page is an ideal location for visibility and easy reading. You have the option of running a banner along the bottom of the page, but viewer visibility is low. Some sites offer square templates that are added to the body of a web page. These templates are smaller, but effective when promoting an idea or theme inside the body of a page's text.
Select a template. Graphic design experience is not required and many websites offer free templates to act as guides for your design. The template allows the user to easily organise text and images effectively.
Design your banner. Website banners are typically used as advertisements. Your church or Christian group can use them to notify viewers of an upcoming event. They may also be utilised to share a message, such as a Bible verse or call to prayer. Choose background colours that highlight the text. A dramatic example is a black background with white text, but there are other colour options. Test out various colour combos before submitting your design.
Offset your design with images. Visuals give a banner design character and grab the viewer's attention. A smiling family, or a picture of your church, are a subtle way to make a viewer feel welcome.
Use your computer or a free website to design your banner. Online programs give template guides, but if you are designing exclusive for text your home computer will suffice.
Write down your chosen text. The banner will be printed on multiple sheets of paper that will be attached together. Simple, large text is the most visible in this format. Arrange the text to run across one or two, lines; more than that will force you to use a font size that runs the risk of being illegible. When using an online program simply enter the text, or images, into your chosen template.
Use a word program to arrange your text. Type 350 in the word letter size box located along the toolbar. This fills one page with one letter. Type each letter of your text on one page. Save your work. Online programs will also have you save the design to a hard drive.
Print each page and arrange your text on the floor. Check for any errors, and then connect the letters with tape or staples.This step will be the same for online programs, depending on which program you use.
Tips and warnings
- Consider investing in a vinyl banner for outdoor use, as exposure to the elements will ruin a paper banner.
- In the event you are working with children, consider asking them to help you make the banner.
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