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Banner Resources


There are many resources on the web to help you make great looking graphics. Here are a list of sites ordered by category that can be used to enhance your work.

Banner Information and Tips

www.carolinabannerexchange.com/banner-ad-comeback.htm - An excellent collection of links and articles concerning banner ads.

www.iab.net - The Internet Advertising Bureau.  Contains standards and guidelines for banner advertising.

www.adbility.com - This site contains information on different banner exchanges, banner ad servers, and other advertising resources. 

www.allthelogos.com - This is an online database of logotypes and logo design. This includes more than 70,000 companies and organizations brands logos, team sports logos, countries flags and insignia as well as signs, general usage logos and more.

www.bannerreviews.com - This is a website that contains reviews of several banner networks.

www.marketingsherpa.com - This is an excellent article that discusses a banner ad campaign and what type of animation yields better results.

Flash Banners

 www.bannermakerproforflash.com - Easily create banner ads and flash intros (swf files). Does not require flash. From the makers of Banner Maker Pro.

Image Hosting

www.photobucket.com - Allows hosting of image files, including flash files. Also allows hosting banner ads.

www.imageshack.us - Allows hosting of image files, including flash files. However, the terms of service do not permit hosting of banner ads.

GIF Crunchers and Reducers

 www.spinwave.com - Online GIF and JPEG cruncher that makes your gif and jpeg files smaller so they will load faster.  In addition, they have offline crunchers available.   The online version can also be found on our website at www.bannermakerpro.com/gifcruncher.html.

www.webmasterpick.com/gifoptimize - This is a free online gif and jpeg optimizer that will create several different optimized images. It currently does not work with animated gifs.

www.chemware.co.nz/tgo.htm - Trout's Gif Optimizer is an easy to use gif optimizer for Windows. The program is free, but you can get a banner free program for a donation.

Backgrounds and Buttons

www.axclipart.com - Almost 150,000 all free webgraphics, which include over 33,000 backgrounds, bullets, webpage divider lines, and over 75,000 buttons with blank and pre-created buttons.

www.abcgiant.com - This website has a large number of backgrounds and buttons and other web graphics. Definitely worth a look. Requires free login.

www.backgrounds.smartwebcenter.com - An archive of over 4000 background images.

Clipart

www.clipart.com - The web's largest subscription-based collection of clipart, photos, fonts, animations and sounds.

www.clipartgallery.com - This site contains clipart, buttons, and backgrounds.

Stock Photos

www.sxc.hu - A collection of royalty-free photos.

www.corbis.com - Professional stock photography.

www.fotoseach.com - Professional stock photography.

www.gettyimages.com - Professional stock photography.

Fonts

www.fontsandthings.com - Lots and lots of fonts in an easy to browse collection.

www.searchfreefonts.com - An easy to search directory of fonts.

www.fontfoundry.com - Another excellent collection of fonts.

www.fontfreak.com - A nice collection of fonts and dingbats for PC And Mac.

www.myfonts.com - An excellent collection of fonts for sale with an easy to use search tool.

www.fontimpressions.8m.com - Font Impressions is the easiest way to view, add, delete, and manage fonts on your computer.

Software

www.galleriasoftware.com - Frame your photographs and publish photo albums on the web.

Web Site Utilities

www.designerwiz.com  - A free complete web development resource center for building, monitoring, maintaining, or enhancing your website with free Tools, Resources, JavaScripts, Generators, Software, Tutorials and more.

www.megawebtools.com - A listing of tools and utilities for all webmasters.

www.321webmaster.com/colorconverter.php - An automatic color converter that converts colors from Hex to RGB and back. If you need to match colors on your banner to a web page's color, this tool will help you.


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