Create a Banner in Photoshop Elements
If you are making your own web page, either for your business or as a personal page, you will will want to have quality graphics and a professional-looking layout. In particular, you will want to have a visually impressive banner at the top of your page. Usually this requires hiring a professional or using an expensive graphics program like Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. But the much more reasonably priced Photoshop Elements, which is usually considered the little brother of Photoshop, can also create graphic elements like a banner.
1. Outline your ideas for your banner on paper before you start working in Photoshop Elements. You will want to decide what you want to include on your banner. For example, you will want to choose the background you will use, the text content (if any), the font style and color and so on.
2. Transfer any graphics or photos you want to use onto your computer hard drive. Save them all to a folder named “Images.”
3. Open Photoshop Elements. Select “File” from the menu and click “New.” In the dialog box that pops up, enter the width and height in pixels you want for your banner. This number is basically up to you, but the average banner is about 500 by 70 pixels. Click “OK” to close the dialog.
4. Select either the “Paintbucket” tool or the “Gradient” tool and fill the background with a color, pattern or gradient you select in the Tool options.
5. Select “File” from the menu and click “Open.” In the dialog box that pops up, browse to the images you loaded in step 2 and select one you want to use. Then click “Edit” in the menu and select “Copy.” Now go back to the banner document. Select “Edit” and click “Paste.”
6. Select “Edit,” then “Transform” and click “Scale.” In the options at the top, set the proportion to “Constrained” and use the corner handles in the view to resize the pasted image to what you want for the banner. Then use the “Move” tool to place it where you want it.
7. Repeat steps 5 to 6 to place all the images you want to use in the banner.
8. Select the “Text” tool. In the options, set the size, color and font style. Then type in your text on the canvas. If you wish, select the text layer in the “Layers” panel and reduce the “Opacity” to 60 to 80 percent.
9. Select “File” and click “Save.” In the dialog box, name your file, select JPEG as the file format and click “Save.”