How to Make a Quick and Dirty Guild website Banner


How to use Photobucket to make a Guild banner/Blog Banner

www.photobucket.com  now has all the tools you could need to make a Guild website banner / Blog Banner.. I’ve used it to make my Blog Banner with some of its basic and advanced tools.

So how to do one? – Im assuming you have basic Image editing experience.. Eg crop / Save/ ect.. you don’t need to know Gimp or Photoshop..  you just need a photobucket account.

I took a WOW screen dump of a Picture with an interesting background and cropped it to banner size.. ( if you arent sure what size you want right click on a banner you like the size of and look in the properties to see the dimensions)

Upload that Image from your screenshot folder into Photobucket  -

Open the image and  Select the Edit Tab above the image

edit.jpg picture by notosa

Then select the crop function to select the area of the Picture you want as your banner.. Drag to size..
On the same Tab Select ‘Resize’ to change the dimensions to the banner size you want..

Edit2-1.jpg picture by notosa
This is one I have done.

Raw Banner Cropped

Then select Save – ( I always “Save a copy” incase I do something I don’t like.)

Now select the “Decorate Tab” and the Beta ” Borders” Icon to the right hand side above the image.
Select your border style – I Picked the Solid One.
The Border options floating bar should come up. Change the colours and thickness of the white and black to how you want. The corner radius is a nice little touch too.

Editborder.jpg picture by notosa

This creates a nice little neat Banner like this.

Save a copy.

Now select the “Decorate” Tab, and Select “Text”

Edittext.jpg picture by notosa
Type your text… /Select your font, and adjust the text box on the Image. Play around with the sizes and colours.
Tick the “Transparent” Box so you don’t get a ugly white background behind the text. and you can play with the coulour that shows up best on your image. Now Select apply and then Save a copy.. and you get something like this..

Save a copy…
- Basic – But effective… you then have several codes for putting on a website/blog/ forum ect ect…  formatted for you for that image to add wherever you want…. there are also alot of other great features on there that you can play with to get differnt effects. Experiment, but remember to Save a copy.. so you have the orginal to use if you stuff up.

Some other examples of what you can do is my Blog banner for Pugnacious Priest, and also


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20 Responses to “How to Make a Quick and Dirty Guild website Banner”


  1. 1 Big Bear Butt April 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Okay, that is very cool… damn good info, and very nicely done. Thanks!

  2. 2 Big Bear Butt April 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Yep, i just usd your method for my guild website banner image, and it worked beautifully. Seriously, thank you for leading me by the hand on this.

  3. 3 pugnacious priest - A female Players Warcraft Blog April 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Im glad you found it useful… I always see people on forums asking for someone else to make them a banner and its not hard now with the massive variety of tools.. I used Paint and powerpoint before I found GIMP – but found that unless ur a graphic designer ( and Im not.. ) theres such thing as too many options – a basic image editor like on Photobucket is awesome..

    cheers!

  4. 4 Timotheus June 6, 2008 at 6:13 am

    I can’t believe it. I was about to pay $100 to have a custom banner made for our guild’s website but following your instructions, I was able to make one myself! It’s so much better than the nothing we had before and now I know how to change it anytime I get tired of it. Thank you so much. May the light bless you.

    Timotheus

  5. 5 pugnacious priest - A female Players Warcraft Blog June 6, 2008 at 8:24 am

    awesome! Glad to have made a difference.. Keep playing with photobucket because you can do all sorts of things.. I used it to do my current banner..

  6. 6 Cyraxx - A newbie website maker that made a kickass banner cause of this guide July 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks a lot this guide really helped me do my own works with just photobucket its so easy and took me 5 minutes to get through it the first time!!!!

  7. 7 Mortino December 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    this is prefect. helps so much. its so easy. im a fan.

  8. 8 Alena54 September 1, 2009 at 8:56 am

    cooool theme! Thanks!

  9. 9 Jessica Stevens December 17, 2009 at 12:04 am

    This is a great write up. We just created our own guild and while I have website experience, I lack graphic designer experience. I completely agree that there is such a thing as TOO MANY options. Thanks for “dumbing it down” for the rest of us!

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