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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

Alan AJ
4 min readNov 30, 2022

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Soft toy dog next to a laptop computer editing a Medium article
Sometimes, Sam helps. Author’s own photo

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.

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…

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Alan AJ

Random life stories, opinions, and a dry sense of humour. A 55-year-old former electronics engineer and programmer in England. Previously 'Autistic Widower'.