How to Make a Banner for Free: 6-Step Guide for Beginners

How to Make a Banner for Free: 6-Step Guide for Beginners
Heleana Tiburca

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Heleana Tiburca

May 01, 2021

If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make eye-catching banners for your Facebook ads, YouTube channel, social media and more, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have the perfect online banner maker with all the banner templates you could ever need.

Today, we’ll teach you how you can use Visme’s online banner maker to create custom banner designs from one of our many banner templates, in just 6 easy steps.

Let’s do it!

 

6-Step Process for Making a Custom Banner for Free

Banner Sizes

Step #1: Create a Visme Account

Step #2: Choose Your Banner Type and Size

Step #3: Pick Out a Template or Start from Scratch

Step #4: Customize Your Banner

Step #5: Export Your Design

Step #6: Upload or Share Your Banner

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

When it comes to creating the perfect banner design, you need to know the correct banner size of whatever it is you’re creating.

Scroll down to find out the perfect banner dimension for any occasion or social media platform, or click on any of the links below to get started on making your banner directly in Visme.

Choose the banner that you like to create:

YouTube Banner

Twitch Banner

Twitter Banner

Facebook Banner

LinkedIn Banner

Soundcloud Banner

Etsy Banner

Facebook Event Banner

Website Banner

Facebook Group Banner

Patreon Banner

Tumblr Banner

WordPress Banner

Google Form Banner

Squarespace Banner

Shopify Banner

Eventbrite Banner

Instagram Banner

Mailchimp Banner

Spotify Banner

Google Classroom Banner

Wix Banner

Bandcamp Banner

Google Display Ad Banner

Subreddit Banner

 

YouTube Banner Size

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The perfect YouTube banner size is 2560 x 1140 pixels.

YouTube banners are a great way to grab people’s attention when they reach your channel. It’s a quick way to tell them what they can expect from your channel and what your vibe is.

Go ahead and pick from tons of YouTube banner templates, or keep scrolling to find the perfect banner size for you.

 

Twitch Banner Size

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The perfect size for a Twitch profile banner is 1200 x 480 pixels.

According to Twitch, any uploaded images that are shorter or taller than 480 pixels will be scaled to 480 pixels high.

Twitch profile banners are great to give users an idea of what you like to stream about. You could also put in what days you stream and what time, so users know right off the bat when they can watch you.

Start from scratch or start here with a banner template!

 

Twitter Banner Size

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The perfect Twitter header image and banner size is 1500 x 500 pixels.

It’s always great to captivate your readers with a strong header image when they first find your account.

Start from scratch or start with a Twitter banner template here!

 

Facebook Banner Size

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The perfect Facebook cover banner on desktop is 820 x 312 pixels. On mobile, the optimal size is 640 x 360 pixels.

Facebook cover photos are essential for Facebook groups, fan pages and personal pages to let visitors know what your group or page is all about.

Start from one of our stunning Facebook banner ads or start from scratch here!

 

LinkedIn Banner Size

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The ideal LinkedIn header image is 1128 x 191 pixels.

It’s never a bad idea to have a LinkedIn header image or banner. You can tell future employers a story via your LinkedIn banner, or you can show future employees what your business encompasses.

Customize a LinkedIn banner template and make it your own or start from scratch here!

 

Soundcloud Banner Size

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The ideal Soundcloud banner is 2480 x 520 pixels.

Create something that will stand out from the rest of Soundcloud creators. Let your listeners know what you’ll be offering them via your Soundcloud banner. You can upload your banner as a PNG or JPG file.

Create your eye-catching banner from scratch or start from any banner template on Visme!

 

Etsy Banner Size

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There are two different size options when it comes to Etsy banners, a big banner, and a mini banner. The big Etsy banner which is 3360 x 840 pixels, is best for displaying your products.

The mini Etsy banner which is 1200 x 300 pixels, is best for keeping the focus on your brand’s logo and listings.

If you want to make an Etsy banner right now, start from one of our templates or create your own custom banner from scratch.

 

Facebook Event Banner Size

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The ideal Facebook event banner size is 1200 x 628 pixels.

Every Facebook event needs a show-stopping banner design to display what it’s all about. Showcase details of when the event will take place and other important information in your banner.

Use our online banner maker to create your Facebook event banner!

 

Website Banner Size

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There are lots of different options you can choose for your website banner size, but a few common sizes are:

  • Large Rectangle Banner: 336 x 280 pixels
  • Medium Banner: 300 x 250 pixels
  • Full Banner: 468 x 60 pixels
  • Half Page Banner: 300 x 600 pixels

These are just a few of the many website banner sizes one can choose from. For a full variety, check out all of our banner templates here.

 

Facebook Group Banner Size

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If you want to create the ideal Facebook group banner, then the size you should use when doing so is 1640 x 856 pixels. By doing this, you’ll decrease the risk of any unwanted cropping and have no blurry images.

We have loads of banner templates for you to choose from. Just choose the one you like, customize it, and you’re done! Start here.

 

Patreon Banner Size

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The ideal size of a Patreon banner is 1600 x 400 pixels.

Patreon is a place where subscribers can come and get exclusive content from their favorite creators. Showcase your content with an amazing Patreon banner.

With our online graphic design tool, you can create your Patreon banner from scratch or choose a template, and have it all done in minutes. Try it out!

 

Tumblr Banner Size

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The ideal Tumblr banner size is 3000 x 1055 pixels.

Having an eye-catching Tumblr banner is a no-brainer. If you have a Tumblr account, you need an original banner.

You can create your Tumblr banner in Visme easily. You can create your own design or you can customize one of our banner templates. Go on, give it a try!

 

WordPress Banner Size

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A standard and ideal WordPress banner size is 1200 x 628 pixels.

This size is a standard banner size and should work with most WordPress themes.

Go ahead and create your WordPress banner right here! You create your banner from scratch or start from a banner design template.

 

Google Form Banner Size

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The ideal Google Form banner size is 1600 x 400 pixels.

This may seem like a weird size, and I won’t disagree with you on that. If you don’t use this exact banner size though, Google Form will make you crop your design and you might lose valuable parts of your banner.

Use one of our banner templates and make your banner now!

 

Squarespace Banner Size

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A perfect Squarespace banner size is 1500 x 2500 pixels.

If you’re looking to create a banner for your Squarespace hassle-free, start with a template from our online banner maker!

 

Shopify Banner Size

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The ideal Shopify banner size is 4472 x 4472 pixels.

This is a very strange size for a web banner, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. You can start creating your Shopify banner now by using our online graphic design tool and create your first free banner today!

 

Eventbrite Banner Size

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The perfect banner size for Eventbrite is 2160 x 1080 pixels.

If you plan on adding an image to your banner, just make sure it is no larger than 10MB. If you’re looking for a banner creator to make your Eventbrite banner, Visme’s got you covered.

Start from one of our templates now!

 

Instagram Banner Size

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There are a few different sizes you can choose when it comes to creating Instagram ads or posts. Here they are:

  • Instagram Story size: 1080 x 1920 pixels.
  • Instagram Portrait size: 1080 x 1350 pixels.
  • Instagram Landscape size: 1080 x 608 pixels.

There are lots of different Instagram banner size options you can choose from when creating a new design. If you want to have a great banner design without the effort, try out one of our Instagram templates!

 

Mailchimp Banner Size

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The ideal Mailchimp banner header size 1200 x 842 pixels.

This size is perfect for any Mailchimp banner and will be visible on all kinds of screens. If you want to try banner making for the first time, try out one of our banner templates and customize it to be your own!

 

Spotify Banner Size

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The perfect size for a Spotify cover is 300 x 300 pixels. It’s easy to create since it’s a simple square.

We have lots of different templates for banners that you can start from. Just pick out your favorite creative banner design and make it your own by customizing it to your liking.

 

Google Classroom Banner Size

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If you want to create a Google Classroom banner, then the size you need to use is 600 x 200 pixels.

We have the perfect design tool for you to create a custom banner for Google Classroom. Start from scratch or use one of our templates to get started on your banner design!

 

Wix Banner Size

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If you plan on creating a Wix banner, then the dimensions you should use are 940 x 726 pixels.

It’s always important to have a stunning website, so use one of our banner templates to spice up your website!

 

Bandcamp Banner Size

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The ideal Bandcamp banner size is 975 x 180 pixels.

In order to create a custom banner, you need a next level design tool like Visme. Use one of our banner templates to get started on your design and create your own banner!

 

Google Display Ad Size

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When creating a Google display ad, you have lots of size options to choose from, but here are the most common ones:

  • Vertical rectangle: 240 x 400 pixels.
  • Panorama: 980 x 120 pixels.
  • Top banner: 930 x 180 pixels.
  • Triple widescreen: 250 x 360 pixels.

We’ve got the perfect online platform for you to create Google display ad banners, start from a standard banner template or create your own from scratch!

 

Subreddit Banner Size

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There are 3 different Subreddit banner sizes that you can choose from, small, medium and large.

  • Large Reddit banner size: 1920 x 384 pixels.
  • Medium Reddit banner size: 1920 x 256 pixels.
  • Small Reddit banner size: 1920 x 128 pixels.

If you want to create a high-quality banner for your subreddit, then you can create a custom banner in Visme. Try it out free and use one of our templates or create your own from scratch!

 

Step #1: Create a Visme Account

So you’re ready to create your first banner. Congratulations! You’ve come to the perfect place to do just that.

The first step to making an amazing banner is to create a Visme account.

You can create a free Visme account by simply signing up with your email, Google or Facebook account.

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The sign-up process is super easy and straight-forward. Simply type in your email and create a password, confirm your account, and you’re ready to start designing your banners.

 

Step #2: Choose Your Banner Type and Size

Now that you’ve signed up or logged in, it’s time to select the banner type you need. As you might’ve seen above, we’ve listed out all the possible banner sizes one could ever need.

You can scroll through our collection of banner templates and find the size of the banner you’re looking for for your target audience, or you can use keywords to find the banner size you need.

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For example, you could type in Instagram banner, Twitter banner, Facebook cover and other keywords until you find what you’re looking for.

You can also filter through static banners and animated banners so you can create the most effective banner for your brand.

If you already know the size of the banner you want to create, you can simply click on “Create new”, then “Customize”, and then plug in your banner size dimensions to see all of our templates or start from scratch.

 

Step #3: Pick out a Template or Start from Scratch

Once you’ve nailed down the type and size of the banner you need, it’s time for you to choose from a multitude of banner templates or start with a blank canvas.

While you’re scrolling through our templates, keep in mind that everything is customizable!

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When you find a static or animated banner that you like and want to start editing it, simply hover over the template and you’ll see a button that says “Edit”.

Click on “Edit” for the template to be opened in your editor. And now it’s time for the most fun part of all: editing!

 

Step #4: Customize Your Banner

Now comes the most important part of the entire design process. Don’t worry though, it’s super easy to create stunning designs when you use an easy-to-use online banner maker like Visme.

Even beginners and non-designers can create stunning banners that will stand out. The banners you create will look like you’re a professional in photoshop or adobe, without spending hours, days and months learning to use the tool.

Now that we’re in the editor, there are endless things that you can do. Let me give you a quick tutorial on how you can edit your new banner.

 

Add or Remove Text on the Banner

Once you’ve chosen your template, you can change anything you want about it, including the text, by clicking on the text box.

Once you click on the text box, click “Edit”.

You’ll then see a little toolbar that lets you change the size of the text, the typeface, the color, you can put your text in bold, italics or underline the text and so much more.

You can also upload your own fonts to ensure that your branding stays on point.

If you want to add more text boxes, simply click on “Header and Text” and add the type of text box you want anywhere to your design.

Click and drag the text to sit anywhere you want, or delete the text entirely by hitting the backspace key on your keyboard.

 

Add or Change Banner Images and Videos

Now you can add or change any of the images in your banner that you want. IF you have your own images that you want to add, that’s great!

Simply click on “Photos” in the sidebar, then “Upload” to upload any images that you want from your desktop onto your Visme account. Now all you have to do is drag and drop them onto your design wherever you want them to be.

In the off chance that you have no photos to upload, never fear. We have literally millions of stock photos for you to choose from to suit any occasion.

Just click on the search bar and type in any keyword you want, and scroll through thousands of images that you could use for your banner.

You can also add videos to your design if you want to have an animated banner. To do this, simply click on “Media” in the left toolbar, and select from stock videos or upload your own!

 

Change the Banner Colors

Maybe the template you chose doesn’t have the color preset you like. Well don’t worry! Our professional designers have created a ton of color scheme presets for you to choose from so your design matches your branding.

Just click on “Theme Colors” in the tool bar on the left, and click any of the color schemes you like, and Visme will automatically change the design to have those colors.

Click between the colors and choose whatever one you think looks best!

You can also add your brand colors to Visme so you can always have cohesive designs when you work.

 

Animate Your Design Elements

Depending on the type of banner you’re creating, you might want to animate your design elements for a more eye-catching design.

You can do this by clicking on “Graphics”, and then scrolling down to “Animated Graphics”.

Click on whatever animated graphic will suit your needs best, such as Icons, Illustrations, Characters, Gestures, Special Effects, Shapes, or Avatars.

Then click on that icon you like to add it to your design. You can then customize the color, size, repetitions, speed, and more!

 

Add Icons, Stickers and Other Graphics

To spice up your banner, you need great icons. And luckily for you, we have tons of them!

To add Icons, simply click on “Graphics” in the toolbar on the left, and you’ll be met with an organized list of different types of icons.

Click on whichever icon list suits your needs and look at all the icons until you find the perfect one for you.

Once you’ve found the perfect icon, click on it to add it to your design, then customize the look, color and size of it, and place it where it belongs on your banner.

 

Step #5: Export Your Design

Once you’re in love with your final banner design, it’s time to export your work.

To do this, click download in the upper right corner of your screen, and you’ll be led to this page.

Choose the file format you want to export your banner design in, such as JPG, PNG, PDF, HTML5, video or GIF.

Once you know what file format you want to download your work in, click “Download” and it’ll be downloaded right to your computer, ready for you to use.

 

Step #6: Upload or Share Your Banner

Congratulations, you just completed your first Visme banner design ever! Way to go.

Now it’s time for you to show off your work to the world. Upload your work wherever you intended for it to go and watch your viewers be in awe of your design.

Let me tell you, it’s a very satisfying feeling, creating a very professional banner design in the span of minutes and with minimal hassle.

Create beautiful and engaging banners easily with Visme!

  • Choose from fully customizable banner templates
  • Customize fonts and colors to match your brand
  • Drag-and-drop free photos, icons, videos and animations

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Now Over to You

By now you should feel equipped to create the most epic banner for any occasion, ever!

You learned all the correct banner sizes, how you can create a banner from scratch, how to edit a banner template and make it your own. You’re basically a professional designer at this point, or at least… if you use Visme, you are.

If you’re interested in creating banners and you want an easy-to-use online graphic design tool to get the job done, then you can sign up for a free Visme account today.

We hope you found this guide helpful. Now get out there and create some show-stopping banners. We believe in you!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below, we've answered some of the most common questions related to banner design.

Q1. How do I create a banner in Word?

Creating a banner in Word isn’t an easy task. That’s why we recommend that you use an online tool like Visme to create your banners. We have all the banner sizes you could ever need and hundreds of templates to choose from. Easily customize them in our drag and drop editor, then download it to your computer and you’re ready to go!

Q2. Which app is best for making banners?

The best app for creating banners is Visme. Our online graphic design tool is like no other. You can design and create online banners in just minutes, customizing anything you like at the click of a button.

We have hundreds of icons, color themes, millions of stock photos, you can upload your own fonts and customize anything you want in our banner templates. Then, download your banner to your computer and you’re ready to upload it. In and out in minutes!

Q3. What is the size of a web banner?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” perfect web banner size. There are multiple web banner sizes, but here are a few common web banner sizes..

  • Large Rectangle: 336 x 280 pixels
  • Banner: 468 x 60 pixels
  • Half Banner: 234 x 60 pixels
  • Skyscraper: 120 x 600 pixels

Q4. How do you design great banner ads?

If you want to design great banner ads, then you need to use Visme. Visme is an online drag-and-drop graphic design editor with hundreds of banner ad templates you can choose from

Customize any banner template to suit your needs, from text to icons, to colors, until the banner is just perfect. Then, export it as a PNG, JPG, or GIF and you’ve got your banner ad ready in just a matter of minutes!

Q5. What are the dimensions of a banner ad?

There are multiple high-performing banner ad dimensions that you might want to try. Because there isn’t one perfect banner ad size, we’ll be listing 4 of the most popular banner ad sizes.

  • Banner: 468 x 60 pixels
  • Leaderboard: 728 x 90 pixels
  • Inline Rectangle: 300 x 250 pixels
  • Large Rectangle: 336 x 280 pixels

Q6. Can I design banners with Visme?

Yes, you can design banners with Visme, amongst the endless of other things you can do with this online graphic design tool. If you want to create a banner in Visme, simply add your banner dimensions, choose a template, customize it, download your work, and you’re ready to go!

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