Last year, I got involved with so many community projects for Anime Vice. Many times, I had to make banners or ask my teammates to make a banner. One of my new year's resolutions is to learn how to make banner. I use Paint.Net, Paint, and Microsoft Word. The reason why I wanted to practice and get it better because I notice folks are picky on reading our articles on this site. I blame myself because I'm doing a disservice to my teammates, the staff, and my community with poor banners of mine. We work so hard on our guides, interviews, and articles for this community. For readers who are not familiar with the community, they won't read an article because of the promo art. This will hurt our foot traffic and get new users on this site.
I welcome all criticism. I can take your brutal opinions. I'm used to it. Please help me to help this community.
Below are my banners that I personally made for the community:
This one was used for my interview with Katmic: AV MOD MATERIAL: The Anime Fan's Experience in Africa. I like that the word art is clearly visible since the Rurouni Kenshin image's coloring was faded.
This one was used for my interviews with sickVisionz and BigHeart711, AV MOD MATERIAL: The Anime Fan's Experience in America, Part 2. The problem with this banner is that it's too wide. I wanted to cram both Sailor Moon and Cowboy Bebop on the banner. The word art is too small and can't be easily seen in the corner.
For this one, it was used for the AV MOD MATERIAL: The Anime Fan's Experience in the US, Part 1. The title isn't easily seen.
I can't remember what Quick Pick article this one came from. The problems is that the banner is too tall.
I'm not sure why I used Oreimo in my Summer 2013 Simulcast Schedule - - AV MOD MATERIAL. The banner looks weird when you have an anime character on the real life photo.
For the Winter 2014 Anime Guide -- AV MOD MATERIAL, this banner was too wide. On the front page, you can't see the characters well. The purple word art wasn't visible enough to read. Plus, there is a large middle space that was unused.
This was used for the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers. Folks like this banner. Since I was reading reviews, I thought I get starry background. I did this one really quick without much thought. It's weird because I thought it wasn't a good banner.
This one was used for Battlation Of The Month: Taichokage (December 2013). Since I had too much work on my hands, I rushed this banner and made it in Paint. I wish I incorporate his favorite shows in the banner.
This one was not used for any article. It was a rough banner I came up for Screened & You! article. Acura's banner was better because it was simplistic and neutral given that your audience in Anime Vice have a wide array of tastes in TV shows. You don't want to discourage readers by limiting to certain shows.You want to attract them.
These two Fairy Tail banners were used for the Fairy Tail Recognition Blogs for Animevice users blog. I made these in Paint. I have no idea how I did the shadow effect in Paint.