How to Make a Happy Birthday Banner on a Computer

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If you need to make a birthday banner on your computer, find design software that works best for you. Choosing the right design software will depend on your computer skills. Simple programs such as Microsoft Office and Paintbrush have basic features that almost anyone can use. However, if you want to create a banner with a lot of detail, colour and complexity, you will need to consider a program like Photoshop or GIMP to help make the personalised birthday banner. Buying a birthday banner from a printing shop can be expensive. By using the right design tools on your computer and following the common design process used in graphic programs, you can design a birthday banner yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Scrap paper
  • Graphic software
  • Printer
  • Banner paper
  • Flash drive

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  1. 1

    Outline your idea on scrap paper first. You need to have an idea of what you want the banner to look like. Browse through free clipart galleries online or look through personal photos and think of how you can incorporate the birthday theme into the banner.

  2. 2

    Open a new document in the design program. Programs such as Microsoft Word, GIMP or Photoshop are all easy to navigate when designing banners. Select the "File" menu from the program's taskbar and then click on "New."

  3. 3

    Add the dimensions of the banner to the dialogue box that appears. If a dialogue box does not appear, go into the design program's "Page Layout" options to determine the size of your banner.

  4. 4

    Place the birthday message on the banner. Using the textbox tool, type the message. A large capital "A" or "T" typically indicates the textbox button on a design program.

  5. 5

    Change the appearance of the text. Select the text by clicking on the first or last letter, hold the mouse button down and drag the mouse over all the text to highlight everything. Once you highlight the text, you can change the font style, font size and colour. Right-click on the highlighted text and select what you wish to change.

  6. 6

    Add photos and images to the banner. Choose graphics that represent the theme or coordinate with a birthday celebration (such as balloons, party hats and confetti). You can import or add photos by simply dragging and dropping them directly onto the banner. Typically graphic programs allow you to add photos from either the "File" menu, "Task Pane," "Taskbar" or by locating the "Import" option from the software's menu.

  7. 7

    Select "Save" from the "File" menu. Type the name of your file in the "File Name" box, and then select "Save" or "OK."

  8. 8

    Print the banner from your computer. Select "Print" from the "File" menu. If you do not have banner paper, save the banner to a flash drive and take it to your local printer.

Tips and warnings

  • Microsoft Office 2007 has a banner template available. When you select "New," a dialogue box will appear, and you can select "Banners" from the list located under "Microsoft Office Online."

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