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    SitePoint Zealot silver trophy Mac69's Avatar
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    Cool Banner Programs.

    Hello All. Can someone tell me, what program is best for making banners? I would like to create banners for my new website to put into my "link to us " section.




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    1-800-JMULDER JMulder's Avatar
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    The software mostly used for the web is:

    - Adobe Photoshop
    - Jasc's Paint Shop Pro
    - Macromedia Fireworks

    If you're planning to create a static banner, then you can use any of the software mentioned above. Personally I prefer to use Adobe Photoshop simply because I am using it for 2 years now and it's the standard. Only Adobe Photoshop is expensive..With Photoshop comes ImageReady where you can also build animated banners..once again, my choice but expensive.

    Paint Shop Pro is less expensive but I find that the Animation Shop that comes with PSP isn't as good as ImageReady.

    I don't know much about Fireworks, anyone else?

    PS: You can also use Flash but if you're not careful a banner in Flash will become huge (in filesize).

    Hope that helped..

    EDIT: vB Code Typo
    Last edited by JMulder; Mar 1, 2002 at 16:53.
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    banne4r

    personally i dont like fireworks, but i also dont like white bread because i grew up on wheat ya know.

    photoshop is my favorite and imageready is really even better for me.

    If you can get photoshop.. do.

    especially for banners, especially for anything on the web that is an image really, including awesome animations.

    my vote has been cast.

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    jasc animation shop 3 can make animated banners. I don't know about it being the best but its pretty decent for only $39!

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    ImageReady does the job for me !

    Now it's even easier because you can swith from Photoshop to ImageReady in no time !

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    Have you considered making Flash banners? They can be extremely effective if used properly.

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    Xara X

    If you've never tried it, I suggest Xara X. It is vector based graphics, but can be used to create raster graphics such as animated gifs and rollover buttons. They have a full-use, 30 day trial you can download at www.xara.com. I've been using it about 6 months, and while I still prefer ImageReady for complex rollovers and slicing, Xara does wonderful graphics that can be exported as .swf files for Flash or practically any bitmap format for other web work. It has totally replaced Illustrator for me due to its ease of use, and in some cases superior tools. The full version is about US$150. For good examples of what can be done with Xara go to The Xaraxone. And in case any body is wondering, no, I don't work for them or receive any compensation from Xara. I just happened upon the product last year and have really come to love it. Adobe has become like Microsoft in many ways, feeling like they can churn out what they call "new" versions every year and we will all bend over and fork out our hard earned money. There are alternatives!

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    nicky: personally i never use flash banners. Not everyone has flash player installed and many don't like the way that you can't right click and see the file info. I remember seeing a poll on it a while ago but i can't remember where.

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    I have to agree with Nicky, Flash is a good tool to create your banners as long as you save them as an exported GIF and watch the filesize carefully.
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    yes, saving them as gifs afterwards is good. But never .swf


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