Vanessa Barklay

Ravenshoe, Australia

Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia...

COOL Picture Link Banners - Tutorial

This is a new tutorial I did to show you how to make your own cool picture link banners. You can make them up and then link anything to them, so be able to direct people to something else with a nice eye-catching banner.

Make them as big or small as you like. Please CLICK HERE to see how big one shows on the page. (Click description)

It starts with knowing how to link a picture preview, if you know how to do that, you’re on your way here, if not, it’s handy to know how to do this.

You copy/paste the URL address when you right click your mouse, on Properties, get it all and paste it onto your Edit work page. Then you place a ! at the front and back of this. That gives you a picture to start.

To link an address you now copy/paste the www. address in the top bar of the Windows screen. Copy it and paste it next to the picture URL link that has a ! at both ends of that. In between the two, you need to put a :

That gives you a picture link, you can add preview pictures to your art page and link them to another web address, so you have multiple art with links on your art pages.

! picture URL ! : website address – no spaces

To make the banners is pretty much the same but you need to make the banner yourself, download it to the internet and then use it as the picture.

Find a suitable picture then crop it something like the rectangle shapes above, you can get fiddly and make it smaller so it might fit better on other types of pages but this is fine for your art pages. The size here for the middle Card one is just a cropped photo at 2500×600.

Save your cropped photo as usual and then add your text, I framed it in Picasa with Museum Matte frame, save it again, then download it to any website so it gets a URL.

Download the banner if you like as an artwork to Red Bubble and tick the ‘Hide this work from the public’ box – when the Edit page comes up after you have downloaded it – you can right click THAT image to copy paste it again, it will have a URL address, it will not say gif. It will say http:// etc.

So you have your banner downloaded and you have it held on copy, ready to paste onto any work page you want.
Link your Macro Collections page to the banner in the way I showed you above.
That is: ! picture!:web address (for macro collection) – no spaces.

If you click any of my 3 banners above they will take you to that Collection. See how you go, if you have any questions just ask me, have fun!!

PS: You might also like my Easy Fantasy Photo Manipulation Tutorial or Stock Texture Backgrounds

PPS: Byron has posted a link to a Red Bubble Tools & Tips Index Page and this is another one for Red Bubble Tutorials on Photoshop

Vanessa :O)

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