How do they do that?
For teamsalvatore98 and anyone else who wants to make a Fanpop banner but doesn't know where to start.


u will need an image editing program. I use Corel Paint koop Pro but I think most people use Photoshop.




Create your banner template

Open up your program and create a new file.
Size: 800x100
Background: black
File type: JPEG

The dimensions are very important. If the banner is too tall it will get cropped off when u add it. If it's not wide enough it will get stretched. Even 1 pixel's difference can affect the quality.
Save this basic file as your banner template to use volgende time.

of u can just use this template! But make sure to click on it to get the full size.


Images for the banner

Now open up the afbeeldingen u want to use for your banner. I recommend using large, high quality pictures. Most of my banners are related to TV shows so I use really nice screencaps and episode stills. The better quality they are, the better your banner will look.

Resizing afbeeldingen to fit

u may have to resize these afbeeldingen to fit within the banner.
Never take an image that is too small and try to make it bigger: the quality will suck.
Only resize afbeeldingen to make them smaller. There will be some loss of quality but not nearly as much as when you're trying to make something bigger than it is.
[At the bottom of the artikel I will go through some advanced tricks to help with quality but for right now let's get the basics down.]

Choose an image that u want to add to the banner but is too large. Example: 1450x970
Original Size

Find the Resize tool in your program's options. Mine is located under a menu called 'Image'. Yours could be located somewhere else. Just look through all the menus until u find it.

Open the Resize tool. It should give u the dimensions of the picture you're trying to resize.
Example:
Width: 1450 pixels
Height: 970 pixels


Change the height to 110 pixels. Only change the height and make sure that the 'Maintain aspect ratio' box is checked. Otherwise your image will be totally warped.
Resized

The reason u don't resize it to exactly the height of your banner is because you'll want to give yourself some leeway to verplaats it around. It's very hard to position it precisely and if it's off even just a little bit it will leave a gap at the top, boven of bottom of the banner.




Adding afbeeldingen to the banner

So u have your resized image and are ready to add it to the banner. You're going to copy and paste it to the banner template as a layer.

The Copy tool is in the 'Edit' menu. Just click it and you're done. The image is copied and ready to be pasted. Go back to your banner template.

The Paste tool is also in the 'Edit' menu. It may offer u several options: Paste as New Image, Paste as Selection and Paste as New Layer.

Choose Paste as New Layer.
verplaats Tool
It will drop the image directly in the center of your banner. Now u can verplaats it wherever u like with the Move tool. Just click and drag the image to the position u want.

Repeat this process with all of your images.

Basic unedited banner

Editing your banner

So now all of your afbeeldingen are on the banner as separate layers. Some of them might not be as clear and bright as you'd like. Select the one you'd like to change with the verplaats tool.

The simplest way to make it look a little better is the Brightness & Contrast tool, which should be in the 'Adjust' menu. Open it and it should have a voorbeeld of what the effect is going to look like. u don't want it to be too bright because then the dark colors will look washed out and grainy. u don't want too much contrast of the darks will slikken the lights. Play around with the levels until u find something u like.

The volgende step is the saturation [how intense the colors are]. Now depending on the effect you're going for u might want to increase of decrease the saturation. Again, u can play around with this until u find something u like. The Hue & Saturation tool should be in the same menu as the Brightness & Contrast tool. I wouldn't recommend changing the hue unless u want to go for a really funky effect.

There are many different tools located in the 'Adjust' menu that u can use to tweak your images. I recommend exploring them, playing around with them and finding what works the best for you. In my program there's a tool called Clarify that just gives the image some extra punch. It may not be available in your program but there's probably something similar to it. Just play around with the program and find out what it can do. Practice on test afbeeldingen and have fun. That's how I learned everything.

The other thing to keep in mind is that each layer requires individual editing. It's usually best to try to make each image in a banner look as similar in tone and brightness as possible. Depending on what kind of afbeeldingen you're using, the settings for each one might be different. Again, this just requires u to play around until u can make it work. In the advanced section I'll give tips for making the afbeeldingen in a banner meer cohesive in tone.
I adjusted the Brightness & Contrast, decreased the Saturation and Clarified.


Ok now u have a very basic, serviceable banner. But u could make it better....


Advanced

So u have your basic banner. It's pretty good but u want to do meer to it, make it better.

The first thing u may have noticed in my sample banner is that some of the afbeeldingen I used have a symbol on them. Not very pretty and somewhat distracting aren't they? I see them often on fanmade iconen and banners but in truth they aren't that hard to get rid of.

Now we are venturing into meer advanced tools and be aware that not every program will call them the same thing.
Push tool sample
In my program, it's called the Push tool.
What it does:
Pushes the pixels around the image.
Partially obscured symbol using the Push tool.

How you're going to use it:
To cover up the ugly symbol.
u can adjust the size of the tool [you'll want it to be small] and the opacity [you'll want it to be in the midrange] u won't want the opacity at 100% because the edges will be too hard [like in the first sample image].
u just want to gently try to push the pixels around until it looks like the symbol was never there. Start in an area where the symbol isn't, then just click and drag the pixels over the symbol. Don't use the same starting point for the whole thing. Choose the pixels that look like they belong in that spot. In this image I used the black shadow to cover the bottom of the symbol. The meer gray shadow on his neck to cover the rest, being careful not to get any dark pixels on his chin. Most programs have an 'Undo' option that can erase your last stroke if u make a mistake.
The ugly symbols have been pushed away!!


This banner could still be improved though. The arrangement of the afbeeldingen is very static and they're quite obviously just pictures copied and pasted. If u want to break that up and make the banner meer interesting [and fit meer images!] it's not that hard.

You're going to need the Eraser tool. It will look like a pencil eraser. u can change the size and opacity, just like u can with the Push tool. To start with, you'll want it to be fairly big and the opacity at 100% because you're going to be taking the edges off the afbeeldingen and getting rid of some negative space.
The removal of the edges has freed up some space!


You'll notice that this has freed up some space. u can now rearrange these afbeeldingen and maybe add more. As u verplaats them closer together, u can see how some of them might fit together even better door erasing sections of the image. As u erase closer to the subject of the picture, decrease the opacity to soften the edges.

Be aware also that the layers can be either on top, boven of beneath one another. u can see the order of your layers door going to the 'View' menu, scroll down to 'Palettes' and there should be an option that says 'Layers'.
[Note: some programs automatically have the Layer Palette open in your workspace so u may not need to open it.]
It's just a little window that shows the layers [each image u added] one on top, boven of the other. u can verplaats them up of down as u need.



In the banner image above you'll notice that I left a blank space. I could have added another image to fill it but I've decided to leave it blank for some text, which we'll get to in a moment. First, we're going to add some effects


Using layers to add effects

So this is the most fun and expressive part of banner making. u can do a lot and create some cool effects and moods for your banners.

You'll want to create a new layer the exact size of your banner template. In my program I simply go to the bottom layer [called the Background Image], right click on it and choose 'Duplicate'.
If u are unable to do that the simplest other way of doing it just to create another image in the exact dimensions u need, then copy and paste it as a new layer like u did your other images.

Once u have your plain black layer, make sure it's on top, boven of all the other layers. Yes, it will cover everything up at first.

You're going to need the Fill tool. It should look just like a paint bucket. Now u get to choose a color. u may have noticed the color palette on the right hand side of your workspace. It will offer u many choices. After you've picked one, just click on the black layer with the Fill tool and there u go.

Now for the fun part! In the Layer Palette u can choose the blend mode and opacity for your layer. There will be a little drop down menu that starts with 'Normal' mode. There should be many modes like 'Color', 'Screen', 'Multiply' and more. Just play around with these options to see what kind of effects they produce. Play with the opacity as well; it will let the image toon through better and make the effects meer subtle, if u want.

Golden brown layer set to the blend mode 'Soft Light' at 100% opacity

In the banner above I went for a simple effect that added a sense of cohesiveness to the banner, making it flow and all seem to belong together.

Layer of red color set to blend mode 'Exclusion' at 60% opacity

Then I decided I wanted something a little meer creepy, a little meer funky. The banner is still cohesive but the mood is different.


Adding text

For the finishing touch, u can add some text. Now I don't always add words because sometimes it just doesn't need it. But in this case I've deliberately left room for some text.

You'll need the Text tool, which will look just like a letter of the alphabet [I've seen it as a T of an A]. When u open it, there will be a box to write in and some options to change the size, font and color. Sometimes these options won't appear in the text window but at the top, boven of your workspace of in the color palette.
When u type usually a voorbeeld of it will appear on your banner. Make sure that the color you've chosen shows up.

Now the text is going to be added as another layer. Which means that u can use blend mode effects and change the opacity for it too.

I would recommend adding each word as an individual layer rather than typing it all into the text box at once. This way u can verplaats each word independently into the position u desire. Which makes it easier to fit the text around the objects in your banner if u need to. In order to add them as separate layers, type one word in the box and add it: then select the top, boven layer of the banner and add another word. Repeat for every word. Otherwise it will group them all together as one layer and when u try to verplaats them, it will verplaats them all.
Adding text...


Please proofread your text before you're finished. There are online dictionaries that can help u with spelling if u need it. There's nothing meer sloppy-looking than a banner with poor spelling and that kind of ruins the point of all the hard work u just put into making it.
If you're interested in downloading some cool fonts to use, I recommend this website: link

Quality/Size

One last thing about quality. Although the standard size for a Fanpop banner is 800x100 u can make them larger. They're easier to work with in a larger size and the quality is better. But the dimensions have to be equivalent to the Fanpop requirements.
Example sizes: 2400x300, 5200x650

of u can just use these templates! But make sure to download the full sizes door clicking on the image.
2400x300

4800x600


I hope this guide has provided u with some useful tips on how to make a banner. If u have any vragen of need clarification on anything, just leave a commentaar and I'll try to help as best I can.
Thanks for reading!