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The free printable party banner resources assembled here give you some excellent options to build a banner, when the occasion calls for recognition, that all those assembled can clearly see from across the room. Rather than waste time searching yourself for results that might lead you astray, or prove to be false claims, rely on one of the five options below designed for completing this DIY DTP task.
If you happen to have either of the following software applications, then you already have the free resources to design a banner at your disposal. How to Create your Own Banners and Posters Using Photo Explosion is an easy step-by-step guide walking you through the banner-making process. But if you don’t have it and anticipate making many banners in the future, this application costs roughly around $40. By the same token, if you own Adobe Photoshop Elements, the process of making a banner is easy with this program too, especially with the instructions laid out in Recognizing Someone with a Professional-Looking Banner from Photoshop Elements. But let’s move on to the universally free solutions below.
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Microsoft Office Online
Microsoft Office Online is a bountiful source for templates. You can find many useful instructions on how to download and customize a template for a plethora of DTP projects, ranging from free flyers to free newsletters, on this Bright Hub channel. As for print-at-home banners, the selection available is here. The options cover a wide variety of occasions. Some are stylized, while others are as simple as just one word per piece of standard, or larger, copy paper. The templates are for use in either Microsoft Word or Publisher.
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You can find a decent selection of free printable banners at Quality-Kids-Crafts.com. Amongst your banner options there, are selections for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Welcome-Home, Farewell, several different holidays, and more. If you're up for some scissor work (or you have kids that can be tricked into thinking that it is fun just like Huck Finn’s fence-painting operation), you can make the type of banners comprised from cut-out, individual alphabet letters. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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For a no frills but easy project whereby you have big banner letters and numbers in a couple of different styles to work with, Printfree.com would be a good solution. Incidentally, the site also offers some good templates for common signs that may interest you, such as “Beware of Dog" or “Yard Sale."
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With over 60 banners to choose from, Printablebanners.net has a lot of options for whatever occasion you want to create one for. All of them are designed for one character per page for easy readability and you can create a custom banner for a nominal fee. Whether it’s an occasion for business, a holiday, or any other type of celebration, you can have the components of a banner materializing on your printer in no time.
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Shareware Software Available for This Purpose
Another option for designing your banners would be to download software geared toward such a purpose. Sometimes you can find software programs that are offering free-trial periods that you could use to make your large celebratory announcement. Just be sure that it isn’t a deal where half your banner is printed and then you are alerted to the fact that you have to pay to get the other half. This option is suited for software-savvy folks who might want to add a little more flare to their banner. One such option in this category is available at http://www.postersw.com/. The HP Creative Studio has one offering just in time for graduation too.
So there you have five of the best options for free and printable banners that can get the job done for you. Each source has helpful advice for printer and paper recommendations. And by all means, if you’ve found another great source for accomplishing this DTP project, drop us a line in the comment box. At Bright Hub, we’re all about sharing useful information and solutions.