Hello All! I recently had the joy of opening a new Etsy shop, Pretty Shiny Prints, and as an artist wanted to have the best graphics possible for my shop’s banner. I decided to create this post so that you can replicate the process I went through to create mine!
What is Canva?
Canva is a free web-based software that runs in your browser where you can create beautiful photo layouts, business card designs, Pinterest-worthy collage pins, banners, and more! I chose Canva because Picmonkey, which is also one of my favorite online photo editing site, is no longer free.
Creating Etsy Banners
Step 1: Go to canva.com
Step 2: Sign up using your email , Facebook, or Google account. Once you have an account, you can save any work-in-progress designs and come back to them later.
Step 3: Open your Etsy shopfront in another tab. Click the orange “Edit Shop” button. You will notice a small orange camera button on the bottom right hand corner of your current banner or banner space:
Step 4: Click on the orange camera button. You will see the following pop-up:
Step 5: Take note of the minimum dimensions of the “small banner” and the “cover photo”. This tutorial will take us through creating a”cover photo”, which is 1200×300 px. The same method can be applied for the “small banner”.
Step 6: Switch over to Canva and under “Create A Design” you will see a “Use Custom Dimensions” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
Step 7: Put in DOUBLE the minimum dimensions indicated on Etsy for the cover photo – this will enhance the quality of the final image and it will not be pixelated or blurry. The dimensions will be 2400×600 px
Step 8: Click the “Design!” button at right.
You will be met with a 2400×600 pixel white image for you to create your banner. Use the Layouts, Elements, Text, Background, and Uploads sections on the left hand side to build your banner. I recommended that you use your own graphics if you are an artist, but if not you can upload stock photos, your logo, or any other images you would like on the banner. Here’s the banner that I ended up making for my shop:
And here are a couple of other designs that I played with but didn’t end up going with:
If you’ve had a logo created for your shop, or items that have particularly good images, upload them to the Uploads section so that they’re ready to be used in your banner.
You can make more than one banner, which is helpful if your shop is having a sale and you want a big, beautiful announcement banner across the top of your shop telling people about your sale.
Make sure the images that you upload to the Uploads section are high quality so they are not too small or look pixelated.
Creating Facebook Banners
Creating Facebook banners, or Facebook cover photos, is the same idea, but here are some tips for creating them:
Best dimensions for Facebook cover photos : 820×462. This will ensure that your photo looks great on both a desktop and a smartphone!
Make sure to follow Facebook’s Guidelines.
Try not to use too many words, make your banner as visual as possible!
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