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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 4:56 pm    Post subject: Banners- how to?  Reply with quote    

Being very thick here, whats the easiest way to generate a banner for possible inclusion on the banners bit of the site?

jema
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Be nice to Penny

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just had a go in paint, but its a bit bland, lacking inspiration tonight I think

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Doesn't look any worse than my attempt for Parkers Preserves

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd lose the photos, they're too small. (Because of the size of the banner rather than because of something that's your fault.) I'd go for an image of something like the silver brooch against the wool of the stole and/or Gareth's silver-bound horn ( as it were.).

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Doesn't look any worse than my attempt for Parkers Preserves


You can't build a sales empire on ' no worse than Tahir's stab at an ad banner.'

I'd also go for a more positive colour as the background to the text.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tried a better colour, but in paint it ate into my text. Will have another go

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No-one's using blue on blue which is surprisingly easy to read and would stand out as different from everybody else's ads.

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agree with Sean, it needs work, just saying I've done worse meself.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

is there a free online wotsit anywhere that will be better than paint for doing this? My computer is wpoefully lacking in graphics packages

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you tried using PowerPoint ?
I was pleasantly surprised by what it could do when I had to produce a full-colour poster

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

will give it a go, only ever produced slideshows on it, but I see the theory at work here

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd not used it for that before.
Start with a blank slide. Easy to import pix / use text boxes and change the font / font colour / background fill. And drag and drop them around.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

attempt two, using powerpoint

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 06 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ad text is definitely better against a background colour. However, text in the Paint version seems clearer. The close-up of the brooch on the stole shows up nicely, but the pic of Gareth looks a bit far off to me. Have you got any pix of your hats at closer quarters, and with less white space in the photo ? Or could you crop Gareth at the shoulders and make the image bigger ?

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