Have you ever wanted to create a beautiful, bespoke page for your upcoming event, but you don’t have the budget or resources to create a custom banner?

In today’s post, we’ll show you how to create a unique banner that will make your event stand out, build your brand and entice more people to register for your event.

The tool we’ll use is completely free, and you can create your first banner in less than 5 minutes.

Here’s how.

Navigate to Canva.com and sign up for a free account.

Canva sign-up screen

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be greeted by this screen, where you should click on ‘Use custom dimensions’ and type in 960 x 350 so the finished design will fit perfectly onto your Eventbrite page.

Custom dimension

 

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Next up, you’ll be presented with your blank canvas and a few options in the left-hand menu:

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There are few different ways you can now tackle designing your custom event banner.

Firstly, you can add a background. This might be block colours, gradients or an image.

NB: Some images on Canva.com have a cost attached to them. Just hover over the images to see their cost, and ‘free’ options are all clearly labelled.

Backgrounds

Choosing to add a block or gradient colour background is a good option for very simple, text-based headers that would look like this:

Pain text banner

To add the text to your banner, just choose the ‘text’ option:

Canva text option

To add some more character to your banner, you can choose ‘Search’ in the menu, which will bring up a few more options:

Canva search options

Choosing things like ‘Lines’ or ‘Icons’ will allow you to create banners that look like this:

Banner examples

Banner examples

If you’d like to move away from these super-simple banners, then you can opt to use any of the thousands of photos and images available on canva, mostly available either free or for just $1 a piece (and you don’t pay for them until you are satisfied with your final design and choose to download it).

However, there is another alternative, which is to upload your own photos and files to be used. So if you want to use free stock photos from sites like Unsplash or Gratisography you can do that too.

Here’s an example where I’ve done this (using an image from Shutterstock in this case):

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Once you are completely happy with your design, simply name the file and click ‘download’, choosing ‘As an image’ when prompted (which will create a .png file):

Download canva image

From here, you can follow the steps laid out in our help centre article on ‘How to create a custom header or footer for your event page‘ in order to get the banner on to your event page.

The finished page will look something like this:

Create a custom event banner page

There you have it – a completely bespoke, brand-enhancing banner designed by you for your event page!

Inspired to have a go? We’d love to see any examples you create in the comments below!

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