Choosing good banner images

Choosing banner images can be tricky as there are lots of things to consider. The image is designed to support the introductory message and the most important thing is that the banner text is legible.

Example banner image

Here's an example of a good banner image and a few tips you can follow to choose good banner images for your website.

Banner design principles

  1. Keep the subject/focus on the right: leaving space for text on the left
  2. Use dark tones: to help the white text to be readable
  3. Have lots of background: giving you options for how you crop the image
  4. Aim for low contrast: to make the text more readable

Image format and resolution

Files must end in .jpg, .jpeg, .gif or .png and be no larger than 10MB. The minimum size for banner images is 1500 x 500 pixels.

Where to find good banner images

There are lots of places to look for images on the web but you need to make sure you have the necessary permission. This guide on how to  Find and optimise images for your website gives lots of useful tips on where to look and how edit images the achieve the above characteristics.

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