WEB BANNER AD TEMPLATE SET
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Thank you for purchasing this banner template set. The following is a brief guide to making any basic changes to the designs that you may require. Since the files provided are in PSD format, it is assumed you will be using Adobe Photoshop (CS or later) to edit them. If you do not own this software (or are missing standard Adobe fonts such as Myriad Pro), you can download a trial version from Photoshop (Extended edition) from www.adobe.com/downloads.
- Impact (free download)
- Myriad Pro (purchase here, or free with Adobe Photoshop Extended, including trial version)
- Rockwell Extra Bold (free download)
- Franklin Gothic Demi (free download)
It is recommended you always use the File > Save As option in Photoshop when saving any provided templates, so as to keep a copy of the original design should you need to go back to it.
All templates are provided with grouped layers. If you cannot see the layers palette in Photoshop, go to Window > Layers in the menu bar. If you cannot see the left toolbar, go to Window > Tools.
COLOR CHANGES (BACKGROUND/OBJECTS)
All background and object colors are set using vector shapes with blending modes to provide quick access to color changes. Layers that adjust color will always be labeled in the following format, where the layer name describes the object that the given color is affecting:
Color – Layer Name
To change the color of a layer, find its appropriate color layer (as shown above). To the left of the layer name in the layers palette, you will see a rectangle containing the layer color. Simply double-click this rectangle to open the chooser window and select a new color.
BRIGHTNESS CHANGES (background/objects)
Occasionally you may find that while you can change a layer’s color, the gradient or texture it is applied on may be too dark, even at the lightest color setting. There are several ways to remedy this, all of which require adjustment of the layer directly below the color layer (e.g. if a color layer is named Color – Background and lies directly above a layer named Gradient, then you will need to edit the Gradient layer).
The simplest method is to select the required layer and lower its opacity (which can be found at the top-right of the layers palette).
Other methods include adjusting the layer’s lightness (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation) or brightness (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast). If however a gradient is applied using a layer style, it will need to be edited. This can be achieved by double clicking the layer to open its Blending Options, then navigating to the gradient section and adjusting its opacity.
All alternative methods require some experience in Photoshop, and it is therefore recommended for beginners to make adjustments using layer opacity.
As with color layers, all text layers are named in a recognizable format, which is as follows:
Text – Layer Name
To change anything within a text layer, simply select it in the layer palette, and then select the Text tool from the toolbar on the left of the screen. You will now see the text properties below the menu bar at the top of the screen, including font settings and a color box which can be double-clicked to open a color chooser window.
When a text layer is selected in the palette and the Text tool is active, any changes made to the text properties will affect all text within the layer, including font, size and color.
Please note that when changing the font size, the leading (vertical distance between lines) and tracking (horizontal distance between letters) may also need to be adjusted. These can be found in the character palette (Window > Character). If you wish to return these values to the chosen font’s defaults, set the leading to Auto and the tracking to 0.
To edit the text, hover the cursor over it with the Text tool until the dotted rectangle around the cursor image disappears. You can now click on the text to select and change it.
When part of a text layer is highlighted using the text tool, the text properties below the menu bar will apply only to the selected text. This is important for adjusting the properties (size/color etc.) of, for example, individual words or prices within a text layer.
If you select all the text in a layer and find that one of the properties is missing (e.g. the font size is blank), it means that the property varies throughout the text layer. In such cases you should make sure to select each piece of text individually to edit it. If you do not wish to keep the variations, you may also choose a new property setting which will then reset all text within the layer to the new value.
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