Introduction to Making a Simple Banner Ad: Photoshop Crash Course (Free Tutorial)

Looking to make an attractive ad? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a simple ad in Photoshop that can be used as banner or something of the like for your marketing needs.

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To follow along in Photoshop, go to File > New to create a new document. You can choose any dimensions you’d like, such as 960 x 640 px. For the purpose of our example, also set the background to Transparent. Press OK to begin.

Firstly, let’s choose the color of our font. Click on the front-most of the two colored squares in the left sidebar. The color of this square is the color of your font.

The “Color Picker (Foreground Color)” tab will appear. In this tab, you can manipulate values to get your desired color. We will use an off-white color by setting the hex code to #fafafa. Press OK to close the Color Picker tab.

Push G or Shift + G. The background will change to the off-white color!

Place a logo, or draw a rectangle as a temporary logo, on the screen:

  • To place an image, go to File > Place, select your file, and hit Enter.
  • To draw a rectangle, in the left sidebar, click on the rectangle above the magnifying glass. The header at the top of your screen will transform to give you options for manipulating your shape. Click and drag to draw a box.

Move your logo/rectangle to the left and center. As you move it, pink lines will appear to help you center it.
Now let’s add some text into our ad. Click on the “T” in the left sidebar. To select a font color, click on the reversible arrow next to the two colored squares in the left sidebar. Then click on the front square to open the “Color Picker (Foreground Color)” tab again. Let’s use an off-black with the hexcode #393939.

Beside your logo, type “MASTER” using your desired font. The font I’m using is Oswald Bold. If you go to Edit > Transform > Scale, you can change the size of your text box by dragging its corner. To scale proportionally, push the Shift/Alt key. Hit Enter to apply the changes.

Below “MASTER”, let’s draw a rectangle of the same color. On top of the shape, add a new text layer saying “APPS” in our off-white color. Because “APPS” is the same color as our background, you can scale it so that it bleeds into the background. Your screen should look something like this:
Finally, in our off-black color, add the text “MAKE MONEY” underneath “APPS”. Line up the new text so that it touches the bottom of the off-black rectangle.

Likewise, move “MASTER” down so that it touches and lines up with the rectangle. Note: to select an object, select its layer in the Layers tab in the right-hand sidebar. Press Shift to select multiple layers.
There we have it! You are now able to create a stylish, bold ad in Photoshop. If this tutorial helped you make your ad, we’d love to see it! Share your images with us on Twitter or in the comments below. For more tutorials, check out this FREE 30-minute beginners course on coding:


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