Hear ye, Etsy artisans, craft makers, and entrepreneurs! Check out this tutorial on how to create a customized banner for your store, from start to finish. Although Etsy cover photos show off your brand with an attention-grabbing image, you might want to consider using a banner. Banners are smaller, more subtle, and get your customers right to the good stuff: your products.
Using PicMonkey as an Etsy banner maker
Here’s how to make a brilliant banner, then upload it to Etsy:
- Go to PicMonkey.com and create a new canvas with the dimensions 760 x 100 pixels.
- Customize the banner background with textures, a color, and/or pictures.
- Add your company name, brand name, logo—whatever you please!
- Personalize your banner with PicMonkey’s graphic overlays and fonts.
- Click Export to export your banner to your computer.
- Log in to Etsy.com, and click the Shop Manager button at the top right.
- Click the pencil icon next to your shop name, under Sales Channels.
- Click Add cover photo to highlight your brand, choose small banner, and upload your photo from your computer.
- To change an existing image, click the camera icon on the bottom right of the image, and choose small banner. Then upload your banner from your computer.
Still not sure about the difference between a banner and a cover photo? Need some more deets on how to make a rockin’ design? We’ve got you covered.
Etsy banner vs Etsy cover photo
The Etsy banner size is 760 x 100 pixels. The Etsy cover photo size should be 3360 x 840 pixels, but the minimum size is 1200 x 300. A cover photo is large, in-charge, and lives at the top of your store. It’s the big kahuna, and is visible on both desktop and mobile. Banners, on the other hand, are more sleek and subtle, and only appear on desktop. Banners stay out of the way, and let your products do the talking. If you’re trying to make a custom cover photo, don’t go away! Follow these same steps, using the Etsy cover photo size of 3340 x 840, or use our Etsy cover photo template.
Here’s a closer look and each and every step in the bodacious-banner-making process.
1. Start with a blank canvas or photo
If you want to start with blank background, head to PicMonkey.com and hover over Design at the top of the homepage. Canvas options will appear below, in a grey bar. Click Custom size and enter the dimensions 760 x 100 (the Etsy banner size, in pixels), then click the Make it! button.
If you want to use a photo as your background, start on the PicMonkey homepage, hover over Edit, and select your photo using the image location options that appear in a grey bar. Click Crop in the Basic Edits tab, and enter the dimensions 760 x 100. Click the Scale photo check box, select your crop area, and click Apply. Voila! Your photo background is ready to go.
2. Customize your background
Wanna add a splash of color to your blank canvas? Click Canvas Color in the Basic Edits tab, choose your hue, and click Apply. (You can always change this later).
For simple backgrounds, adding a texture can make the design come to life. Textures are eye-poppingly gorgeous photos that span across images like a canvas. They’re used to add depth and, well, texture, to images. To try one out, click the Textures tab and select a texture from the editing panel. Play with the texture using the Fade and Saturation sliders, and experiment with blend modes until it looks just the way you want it, then click Apply.
3. Add text to your banner
Your Etsy banner is an opportunity to display your brand name and show off your unique style. To add text to your banner, first click the Text tab. Then click the Add text button at the top of the tab, and type your brand name or message.
If you want to adjust the color, add a drop shadow or other text effects, or curve your text, start by highlighting your words. The Text palette will appear, which is where you can make adjustments with the color picker, the Effects button, and more.
4. Design with overlays
Does your design need some extra oomph? Overlays are here to help! PicMonkey overlays are original graphics that you can use to create a totally custom look. To add one to your pic or canvas, click the Overlays tab (the butterfly icon) and peruse our humongo selection of overlays. Once you find an overlay you like, click to add it to your banner.
If you want to use your own logo or photo in your design, you can add it as an overlay, too! Click the Add your own button at the top of the tab, choose your desired image’s location from the dropdown menu, then click it. Boom! Custom overlay added.
Finally, use the Overlay palette to adjust the color and style of any overlay (ours or yours) until your design is lookin’ on point.
5. Save and export your banner
First, click Export to stash your banner on your computer. Then, save it to Hub by clicking Save in the top toolbar.
Never heard of Hub? Here’s the lowdown: Hub keeps your designs in the cloud, and saves them as re-editable files. So, if you notice a typo after the fact, or wanna tweak your beloved design for the holiday season, you can do it all without starting from scratch. Just open your image from your Hub and edit.
6. Upload to Etsy
Now that you’ve got your brand new banner all ready to go, it’s time to upload to Etsy. Start by logging in to Etsy and click the Shop Manager button at the top right of your screen. Then, click the pencil icon next to your shop name (on the left side of the screen, under Sales Channels).
Click Add a cover photo to highlight your brand, and select your banner from the files on your computer. To replace a current cover photo or banner, click the camera icon on the bottom right of the image, and upload your banner from your computer.
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