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Banners! Whether you like them or not, they
have become an important cog in the internet machine.
want a banner, what do I do?'
are no right or wrong ways to make banners. While several
'standard' sizes have evolved, and there are general recommendations
re file size and palette, it still remains largely up to you
and the method you intend using to put your banner in the
Started - Less is More!
Have a clear and simple message
2. Have clear and simple graphics
3. Keep the file size to a minimum (< 10k)
4. If it's animated, keep it short (< 10secs)
5. If it's animated pay attention to speed and timing
6. Check all requirements before designing!
If you don't have one already, there are many Image Editors
available. Illustration tools such as FreeHand or Illustrator
are also excellent tools for creating banners.
are many GIF Animation tools available on the web, both free
and shareware. Be
warned, most come with way too many gadgets that only make
them harder to learn, and bloat your banners with too many
of CCC's favorites is Ulead's GIF Animator. It's well priced
and very easy to use.
are also a range of hybrid tools such as Macromedia's FireWorks
and Adobe's Image Ready that let you design and animate (amongst
other things) in one application. The choice is yours!
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