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We've all seen them at one point or another, and probably been wondering how they do so well at making them...now here's your chance to learn how to make your very own. We'll be starting off with the basics of making a banner then move on to more complex ones. Please no commenting unless you have a tutorial or link to one for this subject. All other non-essential comments will be deleted/moved to the corresponding thread.
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Link to Adobe Photoshop Banner Tutorial:

http://www.tutorialguide.net/professional_banner_tutorial.html

Professional Banner

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As a designer, many people may request an awesome, yet professional looking banner for their website. Here is a walkthrough of how I do mine.

1. Start a new document (696x150 for me), make a new layer and fill it with a random color.




2. Double click on this layer, go to Gradient Overlay, and create a gradient (Hint: do not use vibrant colors or else the banner will be too bright and discolored when you add more color).




3. I Imported a great looking stock photo of clouds on top of everything. (Hint: get a large image and then shrink it so that the quality increases).




4.I messed around with my blending settings so that it looks good on the gradient. For this I used a "Hard Light" for my cloud image. This gives it more vibrant color and also makes it look surreal.




5.I Imported a great stock photo of a butterfly. I have cut out the butterfly and placed it on the canvas. Please note that butterflies simply look good in design...I'm not sure why. You can use whatever photo you'd like.




6. I duplicated the butterfly, Filter > Blur > "Gaussian Blur"ed it at 6.9, and set it to overlay. This makes it darker as well as surreal.




7. I double clicked on the original butterfly image and added an Inner Glow and Outer Glow so that the edges were mostly clouded.




8. For this part, I followed my Abstract Swirl tutorial, made 4 swirls and placed them coming from an obvious light source.



Click Image to Download .PSD


Anyway, this tutorial was meant to show a few techniques of creating great looking banners and I hope you've learned something. Here are a few more banners I've made.





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Adobe Photoshop Animated Ad Banner Tutorial

Animated Ad Banner
http://www.tutorialwiz.com/animated_banner/

Description: In this tutorial, i'll show you how to create a professional animated ad banner which you can follow and create your own banner to advertise your site.

We will be creating a standard sized banner, which is 468x60. So start a new document File->New, you can type in the width and height yourself, or you can select "468x60 Web Banner" from the "Preset Sizes" drop down options.

The first thing we want to do is create a 1px border around the banner.
- So Create a New Layer and name it "Border"
- Press CTRL+A to select all. Then go to Edit->Stroke. Apply the following Settings:
Width: 1px. Color: Black. Location: Center. Blending Mode: Normal. Opacity: 100%

This gives us a crisp 1px border around our banner. Now, every other layers we create through the tutorial will need to be placed beneath this border layer on the layers pallete, this is to make sure the border will always be visible.


Now, the design of the banner itself is really up to you, the important thing about this tutorial is the animation technique which I will show you later, but you can read on if you want to follow this tutorial and make a similar banner to mine.

I will be creating a banner to promote tutorialwiz.com, so i'll include its logo for branding purpose. So I open up my logo and copy and paste it into my banner, and resize it down to fit the banner. Now I use the eclipse shape tools and create a large round shape to right. This is where my promotion text will go. You will need to make it larger than the banner size so it has a nice curve in the middle.


Now I want to give it some color, so I apply some gradient to it, go to Layer->Layer Style->Gradient Overlay. I used the default settings, with the following colors:



I also applied some drop shadow and inner shadow using all the default settings, just change the opacity down to 20%


I used the rounded corner shape tool and created a shape underneath my logo for my tag line. Applied a gradient layer style with the following colors.


Then I applied a 2pixel white stroke to it. (Layer->Layer Style->Stroke)

I also added a grey to white gradient to the background layer so it doesn't look too flat.



Now theres my banner design (yes, its simple, but thats all we need really..). Now comes the fun part. Animation.

To make the tutorial simple, I will rotate only between 2 lines of text, you should then get a fairly good idea of what to do, then you can apply it to create more text rotations.

- Use the type tool, and create your first text (one that will appear in the first frame.


- Now hide the text layer . then use the text tool again, and type your 2nd line of text, in the same place as your first text.

Now you should have the following in your layers pallete:


and the banner look like this:


Now we are ready to animate it, lets switch to Image Ready. In photoshop, just click the "Switch to Imageready" button.

In imageready, you should see a pallete at the bottom that looks like this


Now click on the "New Frame" icon (indicated above), this will duplicate the selected frame and append it to the animation.

Now with the 2nd frame selected, select the visible text layer from your layers pallete and shift it up by 2 pixel (press UP arrow twice).


If you take a look at your first frame, and 2nd frame, they are slightly different.

Now duplicate the last frame, then use the DOWN arrow, and move the text layer down by about 10 px, and set the layer's opacity to 70%


Now duplicate the last frame, move the text layer down by about 15px, and set the layers opacity to 40%

Duplicate the LAST frame.

Now hide the current visible text layer, and make the other text layer visible, move the text layer down to about the same position as the other text layer was, and set its opacity to 40%



Then Duplicate the last frame.

Now use the UP arrow / or your mouse, and move this text layer UP by about 15px and set its opacity to 70%


Then duplicate the last frame.

Now move the text layer UP by about 10 px and set its opacity to 100%


Then duplicate the last frame.

Now move the text layer DOWN by about 2px.


Now repeat from STEP 8 above to make this layer go down and the other text layer go UP again.

If you done everything correctly, you should have around 14 frames.

At the bottom of each frames, you will see "0 sec.", this is the time delay between each frame.

We want to set ALL of these to "0.05" OR "0.1", any, depends on how fast you want it. Experiment :).

To set this to 0.05, click on the down arrow next to "0 sec", and choose "Other", then enter 0.05





At the bottom of the animation pallete, there is a control panel, with some buttons like one found on your DVD player, click > to play the animation.


As you can see here, the texts are cycling so fast we cant even read it. But there is 2 frames that we want it to stop at, and the animation will make it look like its sliding in and out.

Select Frame #1 and set it's delay to 2 seconds. Now find the other frame where the other text is in the position to read, (mine is at frame #8), and also set that to 2 seconds.

Now, look at our animation :)


I just want to point out that this tutorial was to show you how to create animated banner, the designs and style, you should come up with your own (better than mine of course). Remember NOT to over do it as animation can chew up alot of KB as you create more frames and more movements.

If you had any problems following this tutorial, CLICK HERE to download my PSD and see how I did it, and maybe change a few things to use for your site.
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Grunge Signature


Open Photoshop and create a new document. Dimensions, I used 330x150 pixels, but you can youse whatever dimensions you like. Background: Transparent. On the background Layer, that should be empty and transparent, take the Gradient tool, mix two colors, (your gradient style should be linear) and draw a line with it. This is what I have so far:




Create a new Layer. Now for this next step you should have grunge brushes. But if you dont it's not a problem, it's very easy to find them, just go to Google.com and in the search field write grunge brush. Milions resoults will show in just a second, download some. OK, when you finish downloading your brushes, take one, choose white color and on the new layer we made in this step start clicking. I am saying clicking and not brushing cos if you start painting with these brusehs you wont end with the resoult you are looking for. So 2-3 cliks with white color and the same number with black color on the same layer. After that put this layer in Overlay Mode. Create a new layer and do the same, but with another grunge brush. Do this on 1 or 2 more layers. I had 4 layers like this. And also experiment with the Blend Modes. This is what i have for now:




This next step requires you to have some textures, but if you dont, again you can take some from google images. They should resemble some grunge textures. After you find them, put them above all layers, and experiment with the blend mode. This is what I have with the textures on:





As you can see not much of a diference, but it has another shade of the colors. Moving on. Every grung signature needs a character inside. So again, go to google, find some cool looking dud, final fantasy provides very cool characters.... When you're done searching your character open it in Photoshop, extract the background and put it between the grunge layers. Make a copy of that layer, and afcourse play with the blend modes. Here is mine resoult to here:



Get the type tool and insert some text, anything you want, make it with some effects, so just it's not a plain text. And the rest of the tutorial is Adding adjusment layers of color balance, pattern, and hue/saturation, and again for the final time experiment with their blend modes. In the end here is mine resoult:

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Orb Logo Tutorial



1. Start out with a new 300 x 300 image with a black background. Using your circle tool, add a white circle covering most of the image.


2. Make a new document that is about 50% bigger than the circle you made (450 x 450). We're going to make the brushed metal texture for the outer circle. Click Filters -> noise -> add noise and add a good amount of monochromatic noise (about 130% should be fine).


3. Then apply a motion blur (Filters -> blur -> motion blur) at an angle of 0 degrees:


4. Crop it without the ugly fringes at the edges by clicking on your crop tool ( ) and selecting the area within the fringes.


5. Define it as a pattern (edit -> define pattern).


You can now close this document without saving it.

6. Going back to our original document (the white circle), we are going to add a lot of blending options (Layer -> Layer Style -> Blending Options). Add a soft outer glow, bevel and emboss, linear gradient and pattern overlay. Use the following settings:


You should now have something that looks like this...


7. Now we are going to make the blue circle overlay. Select your circle tool and draw a circle on top of your current silver pattern one.


8. We will now edit this circle using the Blending Options (Layer -> Layer Style -> Blending Options). Use the following settings:


To get the circle to have a blue gradient overlay, click on the gradient bar. This will open a new window:


Click on the lower left tab ( ) and select the colour you want (in this case blue) in the "Stops" box. You should now have something like this...


9. Finally, we will add text. First, we add a new layer (Layer -> New Layer OR hitting CTRL + N on your keyboard). Select the text tool and type the text you want. At this point you could edit your text with the blending options. We left our text simply white.

And here is the final result...

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Cool Blue Star Logo



1. First, create a 500 by 500 pixel document, with a black background.


2. Then create a lens flare. (Filter, Render, Lens Flare) Use the following settings...


3. Shear the layer with the following settings...


You should now have something that looks like this...



4. Now duplicate the layer four three times. (right click the layer, then “duplicate layer”)


5. Rotate the first duplicate to a different point. (Edit, Transform, Rotate 180º )

6. Rotate the other duplications to different points (Edit, Transform, Rotate 90º CW) and (Edit, Transform, Rotate 90º CCW)

Make sure you don’t repeat any rotations.

After this, set all of your layers to soft light.



You should have this as an outcome:





7. Now we can change the color, create a hue/saturation layer, and use the following settings...



You should get something like this...




8. Now add some text, I used 52 pt. Eurostile Font. With my blue as, (#3C8594)



9. Duplicate the text layer twice, and place your original text on top of all of your layers.

10. On your first duplicate, apply a Gaussian Blur using a 4.0 setting. (Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur)

11. On your second duplicate, apply a motion blur. (Filter, Blur, Motion Blur)

Use these settings:



You should end up with something like this...

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