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Tips for Working With Banners at the End of Your Medium Stories
Do you keep setting the same links on the same images over and over again using cmd+K or ctrl+K? There is a quicker option
Call to Action
I used to sign off my articles with a block of text that encourages people to do things like joining Medium or leaving a tip on Ko-fi.
Recently, I started using images/banners instead. The following articles motivated me to make the change.
- First, I saw an article by Linda Ng in early November: You Can Make Some Cool New Banners For Your Stories!
- Linda’s article led me to one that Paul Walker wrote in September: Do You Want to Make Cool Looking Banners for Your Medium Stories?
It is worth checking out the above articles because they include details that I skip over here.
Any Image Editor Will Do
Paul recommends Canva to make the banner images. There is nothing wrong with that, and Canva is a great way of making images.
However, I already had Affinity Photo, so that’s what I use to create my banner images. It does not matter what you use, as long as you are comfortable with it.
1. Image Creation Tips
- Medium will compress your images, so there is little point in using a very high resolution
- I used 2000 x 250 in the hope of getting very clear text. However, when I stacked four images together, half the resolution would have looked similar
- A short word count means a larger font can be used, making it easier to read on small screens
- Having similar border sizes means the text aligns better when stacked
2. Inserting Images
This assumes you are using a computer/laptop.
- I added my four images using the toolbar that appears when you click ⊕ on a blank line
- Alternatively, you can drag a group of image files from a folder on your computer into the Medium…