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.
- Simplifies the process
- Saves you time
Most people think of templates for documents rather than for graphic design projects, you can find templates for almost all your business marketing projects.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Poster My Wall
- Foto Jet
- My Banner Maker
- Banner Woo
Best Free Banner Generators
- 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
- Simple & easy to read fonts
- Attractive color theme
- Business Name
- 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.
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.
- Times New Roman ( My Favorite )
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.
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.
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.