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Banner Ad Design

The following sites provide some facility for free banner design.

www.cooltext.com Recommended
Free on-line logo and button creation. The site describes itself as a free graphics generator for web pages where you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.
www.flamingtext.com Recommended
Not a banner creation site as such, this site allows you to create free graphics of text images that incorporate special effects such as glowing or burning text.
Free service allowing you to create (on-line) banner ads for your site. The site requires that you register for an account before you can create a banner ad, but this process is free.
Free online animated button and banner creation service. The site has a limited number of templates to choose from, but all the templates are animated.
Free service for creating graphical banners.
Provides both a free and paid banner creation service.

Banner Sizes

There are fourteen standard sizes for banner ads. If you are designing your own banner ads then it would be advisable to stick to one of the standard sizes:

Width Height Name
88 31 Micro button
120 60 Button
120 90 Button
120 240 Vertical banner
120 600 Skyscraper
125 125 Square banner
160 600 Wide skyscraper
180 150 Rectangle
234 60 Half banner
240 400 Vertical Rectangle
250 250 Square Pop-up
300 250 Medium Rectangle
336 280 Large Rectangle
468 60 Full horizontal banner

Banner Advertising Networks

There are a large number of banner advertising (or exchange) networks - the idea is simply that if you display banners for other sites then those sites will display a banner for your network. The following is just a sample:

Professional banner exchange.
Your banner will be displayed on another site once for every two times a banner is shown on your site. They also operate a referral system.
English language, family friendly sites only. 2:1 exchange ratio. Supports five popular banner sizes (468x60, 728x90, 125x125, 160x600, 300x250). Includes a referral system, ad statistics, and other useful features.

If you know of other banner exchange or banner creating services that you would like to see listed on this page then please e-mail: feedback@cryer.co.uk.

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