Free online banner sample
Free online banner sample
Here’s a good news for web business owners going frugal: Design your own web banners.

Of course, there is nothing new here – With the availability of graphic and photo editing freeware, you and I can make banners to help us promote our products and services.

However, with some of us are helpless in using those techie and designer pro software, tools that can help us DIY our banner design are blessings.

Luckily, there are free web services offering just that – banner design. With the simple point-and-click design process, creating a banner that looks like a graphic designer’s work is possible.

Here are my top 5 list of free web banner makers I use when I run out of ideas in DIY my banners or maxed-out budget that hinder me from hiring freelancers:

  1. My Banner Maker (MyBannerMaker.com)
    » Pros: The website offers simple and intuitive banner design capabilities, with almost everything can be customised – My favourite: The ability to add effects, such as glitter. The banner comes with embed code, to be added in social media, forums and emails.
    » Cons: MyBannerMaker.com and ImageShack.us branding in the free versions.
  2. Banner Fans (BannerFans.com)
    » Pros: Better option in adding text than the other tools I recommend and no BannerFans.com branding in created banner.
    » Cons: Apart from the text, banner customisation seems a bit limited.
  3. Banner Break (BannerBreak.com)
    » Pros: If you are looking for a super-fast banner creation with no complex customisation needed, you will enjoy this website.
    » Cons: Limited customisation capability, and the end result is a bit unprofessional for a business marketing purpose.
  4. Banner Sketch (BannerSketch.com)
    » Pros: Highly customisable banner maker with a large gallery of high quality, ready to use templates to choose from. It also offer you a live preview that display every change you make. I fave Banner Sketch for the professional look in banners created.
    » Cons: The website is a bit slower than the others (maybe it’s due to the tools they have for banner customisation), making banner creation a time consuming task. Also, it doesn’t offer embeddable codes, make it not social media-friendly.
  5. Pure Silva Banner Maker (PureSilvaBannerMaker.com)
    » Pros: The ability to add background and foreground images to the banners, as well as fully-customise banner size.
    » Cons: PureSilvaBannerMaker.com branding on banners.

Of those 5 free banner makers I often use, my top pick would be Banner Sketch for the high quality background templates – Cutting time consuming public domain (copyright-free) image search.

Any free banner maker online tools you would like to share? Please do so by commenting on this blog post :)

Ivan Widjaya
Free online banner maker