Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to Make Custom Advent Banners

How to Make Custom Advent Banners in the Online Designer

Advent is a season observed in many churches. It is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas. Lots of churches decorate for Advent using banners. Here are step by step instructions on how to create a custom Advent banner online. Go to our Advent banners page to get started. After you select your size, quantity and finishing options you can start designing your banner.

Pick a Design Method - Pick an Advent Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order Advent banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order a banner by selecting a template.
Advent Banner Templates
Advent Banner Templates
How to Start Designing an Advent Banner in the Online Designer
When you find a template that you want to customize, put your mouse over the template and click on the "Customize Template" button. This will take you into the online designer. All of the banner templates can be customized.
Advent Banner Template in the Online Designer
Advent Banner Template in the Online Designer
In the online designer you can add text, add clip art, upload images and add backgrounds. In order to select these options, click on the buttons at the top of the designer. Click here for more information on how to use the online designer.
Add Text, Add Clip Art, Upload Image and Add Backgrounds
Add Text, Add Clip Art, Upload Image and Add Backgrounds
Selecting Advent Clip Art
Click on the "Add CLIPART" button. This will open up a pop up of all of our clip art. Scroll down until you see the "Religion" category and click on it to view the images. Click on an image to add it to your design.
Advent Clip Art Images
Advent Clip Art Images
Adding Text
Click on the "Add TEXT" button. A text box will appear in the online designer. You can either double click on the the text top open a pop up window, or you can click on the left sidebar and type in there. You can change the font and color of the text.
Adding Text in the Online Designer
Adding Text in the Online Designer
Designer Tip: If you click on the clip art or the text in the online designer a red outline will appear with 8 circle around the perimeter. You can re-size the clip art or text by selecting one of the 8 circles on the red line and moving your mouse. If you click "Ctrl" and drag the image it will keep its proportions. The icon that looks like a piece of paper will copy your clip art or text. You can also move the image to the front or to the back by clicking on the up arrow or down arrow. The red circle will revert the clip art back to the original. The trash can will delete the image.

Aligning Text and Clip Art Images
You can select a "Left Align" a "Center Align" or a "Right Align" by selecting the buttons on the left sidebar.
Alignment Features for Text and Clip Art
Selecting a Background
Click on the "Add BCKGND" button. This will open up a pop up of all of our backgrounds. Scroll down until you see the "Church Backgrounds" or "Purple Backgrounds" category. Click on a background and click the "Insert Background" button to add it to your design.

Uploading Images and Photographs
If you want to add any photographs or other images, click on the "Upload IMAGE" button. A pop up window will appear. Click on the "Select Files" button and upload the files from your computer. The image will appear in the online designer.


Once you have finished designing your banner, you can either click on the "Save for Later" button or the "Accept Design" button to begin the checkout process.
Save for Later or Accept Design Buttons
Save for Later or Accept Design Buttons

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