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Design Trends Tutorial: Banners! by Haley Musgrove

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Hello Lamar graphic design blog readers, I am Haley Folk, a fellow reader and graphic design student at Lamar University! I got lucky enough to take over the blog today and wanted to talk a little bit about one of my favorite design trends right now that I’m sure you’ve seen everywhere!



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Have ya’ll noticed these simple banners popping up virtually everywhere you look? If not you should really start paying more attention because these simple little banners are taking over the design world and really making a statement!

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It is so simple to create one of these banners that I thought I’d give ya’ll a quick and easy tutorial to get you started. So just follow my directions and you will be on your way to creating your own awesome banner that you can use to give any of your ordinary designs that WOW factor!


Step 1:

Create a new document in Illustrator at any size you’d like.

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Step 2:

Draw a rectangle. You can play around with the stroke width to please your own taste.

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Step 3:

Using the rectangle you have drawn, draw another rectangle making it the same height but smaller width. Then copy and paste it so that you are left with two small rectangles like mine below.

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Step 4:

Using the pen tool add an anchor point to the middle of the smaller rectangles so that you can create a “V” shape like I did below. Then arrange your smaller rectangles to be behind the bigger rectangle.

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Step 5:

We need to make a shape that will connect the smaller rectangles to the bigger rectangle.  This shape will be a small triangle and you will use the pen tool to create it.

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Step 6: This step is optional but I wanted to show ya’ll how to add color to the banner in a way that makes it look more realistic. You want your rectangles to all be one color and your triangles to be one shade darker.

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Step 7: Select all your objects by dragging your mouse over your banner. With everything selected go to Object>Group to group together your banner.

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Step 8: The final step involves using the warp tool. To do this go to Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Warp.

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Then chose your warp options to your personal liking.

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Then select “OK” and your finished banner should look something like this.

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Now that you have finished a very simple banner you are one step closer to creating some awesome designs like the ones you are constantly drooling over! Thank ya’ll for having me and I hope ya’ll enjoyed learning about and how to create these awesome banners!

You can see more work by Haley Musgrove at


One comment on “Design Trends Tutorial: Banners! by Haley Musgrove

  1. Elizabeth
    June 11, 2013

    Love how it turned out!

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