Free Banner Templates

Free Banner Templates

What Is A Template

Before I share with you some of the free banner templates you need to have a basic understanding of what a template is, and even more important how these templates can help you create your own banner designs.

  • Beginner-Friendly
  • Simplifies the process
  • Saves you time
  • Money-Saver

Most people think of templates for documents rather than for graphic design projects, you can find templates for almost all your business marketing projects.

Photoshop Tutorial For Beginners

Where To Get Photoshop Free

Many of you will not be able to afford to purchase adobe software as I have, but lucky for you there are legal ways to get Photoshop now without purchasing the software. If you are interested in joining the Adobe affiliate program they do pay you well, feel free to visit my store for affiliate programs and business tools.

  • Photoshop Free Trial
  • Photoshop CS2 Free
  • Photoshop Elements Free Trial
  • Photoshop Express Mobile
  • Photoshop Pirated Version

You can also find Photoshop alternatives that will do a very good job with designing your marketing promotions as well, so you now have some options you can consider if you want your own photo editing software.

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape
  • Pixlr
  • Krita
  • Canva
  • Sumo Paint

My personal alternative to Photoshop that I use often is Canva, you can use this program for free or upgrade to the premium membership but the free membership has been adequate for my business for years.

Canva For Beginners Tutorial

Free Banner Templates

So here is my list of where you can get the best templates, and again you will see Canva is at the top of my list. I have never used these other templates, but they are highly recommended by my business friends.

  • Canva
  • Bannersack
  • Piktochart
  • Fotor
  • Poster My Wall
  • Foto Jet
  • My Banner Maker
  • Banner Woo

Best Free Banner Generators

  • Fotor
  • Canva
  • Bannerfans
  • 123 Banner
  • Banner Generator
  • 3D Text Maker
  • Banner Ads 4 U
  • High Power Graphics

Tips For Beginners

Now you have templates and generator tools to choose from, but many of you might need a tutorial on how to create a banner for free. I will provide you some tips to help you get started, so if you are new to making marketing promotional designs this should be very helpful for you.

  • Engaging content
  • Photographs
  • Logos
  • Simple & easy to read fonts
  • Attractive color theme
  • Taglines
  • Business Name

Engaging Content

  • Write to attract the right people
  • Focus on what you want to promote
  • Taglines that will get people’s attention
  • Content should be simple and clear to understand
  • Avoid getting too fancy
  • Provide honest information

Photography & Images

Using unique or even humorous photographs and images will get people’s attention before anything else, and even though your a business being creative with fun imagery can be one of your best strategies. Instead of treating your banner serious add some of your own personality, but keep your imagery related to the purpose of your banner ad.

Taglines & Logos

If your business has a tagline be sure to be using it in your banner, you want to create an image for your business so be creative with your tagline and use it in all your marketing promotions. The two things you want to take your time designing first will be your business logo and your tagline, you will find these are going to be a great asset to people remembering your business and what your business promotes.

free banner templates
People Remember A Business By Their Logos

What Fonts To Use

You want to combine your own personal favorite fonts as well as the best fonts that are easy to read, so I have included some of the better ones you should consider when designing your marketing promotions.

  • Helvetica
  • Baskerville
  • Times New Roman ( My Favorite )
  • Gotham
  • Futura
  • Georgia

I prefer most of the time using my favorite Times New Roman, but I do experiment with these other fonts from time to time for a new look. I usually receive the best results when I use my favorite on my banners, but much of this also depends on your business and your readers.

Color Combinations

This is very important to draw the attention of people on your website or on your social media, and everywhere else your banners will be seen. According to graphic designers, these are the best color combinations you should consider using.

  • Black & White
  • Mustard & Black
  • Red & Blue
  • Royal Blue & Rust
  • Tan & Maroon
  • Purple & White
  • Navy Blue & Cream

According to this, I am not using one of the best color combinations but I really like my black background with dark blue text. I am also using Times New Roman font, and I just have been using this combination for years and I have become partial to this banner design. I think sticking to this design has kind of given my business it’s own unique branding, but according to the pros I should be using another color combination.

Business Name

You should always have your business name on your banners, but I have banners I designed that I don’t have my business name on. The reason for this is you will find most of your social media sites has your business name and logo on your post, but the extra promotion actually is something I should start using more on all my banners.

What Is On My Mind Today

I have shared the best free templates, the best free banner generators, and banner tips to consider when creating your banners for your business marketing plan. You will notice I am using my own photograph as my business logo, and when I started this it was supposed to be temporary. As the years went by I just never designed a logo, so now people know me by my photograph and it has worked out well. My tagline is business training for small business owners and bloggers, I chose this tagline because it is very clear what my business is about. You can sometimes be very simple without being clever with your tagline and logo, so don’t allow these to overwhelm you and just go with what feels right to you.

33 thoughts on “Free Banner Templates

  1. I’ve been putting off branding my sites but I should really focus on logos, banners and the visual appearance. I’m an engineer, not a graphic designer. I can’t draw, not with my hand and not with a computer.

    I think templates like these will come really handy. I will definitely check them out. I do have GIMP installed and I’ve done some editing with but I must confess that my go-to image editor is the classic Microsoft Paint. There’s nothing as simple and fast lol!

    1. Thank You,
      I appreciate you visiting my website, and reading my post, and commenting.
      I recommend you use whatever program works for you, I thank you for taking
      the time to share with my other readers and me.
      Jeff

  2. Hey Jeff, I love the resources you have included in this post. I can tell you, I am always looking for free banner templates. The ones I find are often low quality or you have they don’t include the graphics in PSD format. As you probably know, separating out components of an image is not easy when you don’t have the layers available.

    I have also found another alternative (no attribution). It’s an online Photoshop-like tool called Photopea.com. It’s free to use and I find it can handle most functions that people would use.

    I do use Canva too, and it has become a tool of choice in my set of tools.

    I also like that you included some tips along with the resources. I know that will help me as it will others who visit your article. I will be waiting for the next Photoshop lesson.

    Best Regards,
    Jim

    1. Thank You, Jim

      I really appreciate you sharing Photopea, I am going to check this tool out since it is brand new to me. So you taught me
      something new today, I thank you for sharing.

      Jeff

  3. So many useful tips. Thank you for sharing all this. I find the article pretty detailed, yet very easy to follow. The fact that you mainly focused on free stuff may mean a world for a beginner, who can’t afford to pay yet. The videos you included are also a huge help. I’m benefiting from it, for sure, and so will others who come across this article.

  4. What a helpful post! I’m going to experiment with creating a banner on Canva tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’ll be back to read your other posts.

    1. I know once you master Canva you will love all the benefits it provides,
      even many business owners and bloggers who have been in business for a long time still use this free version of this tool.

      Jeff

  5. Great information on building banners with templates. I think using a template saves a lot of time. I have used Canva in the past and I know the free version works well. I am going to check out some of the other templates you have suggested and see how it goes.

  6. Hey Jeff,

    I was searching for different banners and different ideas for Pinterest and other social media platforms. I loved your post here with all these precious pointeres and tips. I am now checking all of them for my social media accounts. I want to offer the most attractive banner with good content on them that convert. Canva is the best platform to generate banners by far, but I want to check all of the choices out there for better experience.

    1. Thank You,
      I am very pleased this article was interesting as much as useful for you and your business,
      I use mainly Canva because it is easy, simple, and saves me time.

      The other favorite of mine is Photoshop, and as much as I love Photoshop it does take more
      time so I have been using Canva more and more as the years go by

      Wish you the best
      Jeff

  7. Dear Jeff
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website that shows the most effective approach to start up your own online marketing business which can grow gradually. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.

    Kind regards,
    Andrey

    1. Thank You, Andrey
      I appreciate your comment and visiting my website, I notice this is your first
      comment so I hope you will tell your friends about my website

      Jeff

  8. Wow I am for sure bookmarking this post! It’s so helpful. I love that you link every website on here and they all seem legit. I personally love Canva. Thats what I use for most of my graphics. Thanks for sharing!

  9. These are great resources! I have recently started a new online business and I hadn’t even thought about creating my own banners. I can see the value of having a logo and tagline that stand out and catch people’s attention. I am going to try a few of these out and play around with the color schemes, fonts, and images. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I am so happy my article was helpful for you starting your own business,
      and remember I provide free mentoring services to anyone in need of
      my help
      Jeff

    1. Smart decision Mark to bookmark this article for the future
      when you will need it the most, you can always contact me
      if you need assistance with any of your business tasks
      Jeff

    1. Thank You, Brice
      I appreciate your reading my article and commenting,
      if you ever need any business assistance to be sure to take
      advantage of my free mentoring services
      Jeff

  10. Hi, I’m really excited to come across your article as I’ve struggled with branding for some time. I feel that I am quite creative but with some templates, I think I can even modify these to make them more personalised
    Thanks very much!

  11. Hi, Jeff.

    Thank you for sharing a lot of information on the banner. For the last couple of months, I have been focusing on the contents of my site. As my site contains better content, I am also going to pay more attention to the promotion of my website. Creating a banner will be a great idea for promotion. A simple looking logo and tagline will draw a lot of attention if it is designed well.

    For the concept of template, I have thought that it is only applicable to a document. The template of a graphic design project will save a lot of time and needless steps for me. Although I have been hesitant to use the design software as a newbie, the word ‘template’ provides me with the courage to try it out. Thank you so much.

    It is great to know that the free version of Photoshop is available. I rather want to try Canva, as you suggested.

    Creating a banner is an excellent idea, and I will try it out for my marketing promotion. What I have learned from this article will be highly beneficial for my online business. I owe you a lot.

    Thank you.

    1. I thank you Mr. Kang

      I do recommend Canva for beginners since Photoshop takes time to learn how
      to use it effectively and efficiently, and I am using Canva more and more
      and Photoshop less

      Jeff

  12. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for the top tips!
    I’m not using the ideal colour combinations either according to the experts, but I still think my colours work well and depict my business. I think yours are good too so you don’t need to worry about that.

    I use Canva all the time, in fact, I’ve never used anything else because like you say, you can pretty much get anything you need on the free version. There has been a couple of times that I have wanted to use the fonts and translucent background that is on the premium so I have simply signed up to their month free premium trial. I have done this on 3 different email accounts now haha.

    You have given me some valuable advice about taglines and how important they are on your banner so I may rethink that area of my website.

    Thanks

    1. Thank You for sharing Ms. Taylor

      I appreciate you sharing your tip on how to get the free monthly trial
      for Canva premium, I never thought of doing that myself and there has
      been times I also have wanted transparency backgrounds so I had to
      do it in Photoshop which is time-consuming

      Jeff

  13. Thanks for all the information about how to make websites more more beautiful and sharing tips with us. I definitely write that information down and maybe use it in the future. Especially about banner, what I need to learn more about and of course design of your website is most important. If you have confused home page what people don’t understand then it’s quite difficult to attract people.

    But overall I like your webpage, that you can help people with very important things.

    Elari

    1. Thank You, Elari
      I try to make my website as simple as possible for my readers
      and provide them business tutorials that will be an asset to
      their business.

      Jeff

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