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Last updated: February 2021

There comes a time in every designer’s life when they have to create an animated banner ad. 

Working in an overcrowded online marketplace, we all want a creative banner ad that will help our business stand out. And of course, we want it delivered ASAP.

Let’s see what an animated banner is, what are the benefits of using animated instead of static banners and learn how to create one in minutes with Creatopy.

1. What are animated banner ads? 

Back in the days when Flash (not the movie) was on the rise, there were also flash banner ads. At that time, flash banners were considered the coolest thing since the invention of the internet.

But in recent years, flash banners have been replaced by HTML5 animated banner ads. These new types of banners employ simple or complex animation effects and some of them allow also sound incorporation. They’re better, more functional, look stunning and plus, they’re adapted to the new everchanging technologies.

That’s why marketers quickly forgot Flash and fully embraced the new HTML5 banners. Moreover, Google Ads gave advertisers the possibility to convert their advertisements from flash to HTML5, and also Adobe Flash said that creators can export their design directly to HTML5 within the app. 

how to create animated banners

But, as amazing as HTML5 banners may be, they’re not easy to create. Not when you use the traditional design software or follow the agency route. To be honest, as marketers, we don’t have the time to study Adobe and create a banner. That’s why we delegate this task to a designer or to a design agency. But then, we have to go through the standard tedious process: writing the brief, receiving the banner, requesting the amendments, getting the new design, second round of amendments. You know the back and forth process that goes on and on.

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There may even be times when your marketing budget is so tight, you cannot afford to pay someone to do it. That’s why working with an all-in-one brilliant online design tool like Creatopy can help you make a difference in your overall budget, workflow as well as the end result, the design itself.

2. Why are animated banners used in online advertising? 

Many advertisers use animated web banners instead of static banners in their campaigns to grab the viewers’ attention and offer them more reasons to click on the ad.  With animated ads, you can say more about your product (because you can use more slides), offer an emotionally rewarding experience, and stand out on a static page. 

Using animated banner ads as part of the advertising strategy can consolidate brand awareness, increase leads and sales.

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3. Why Creatopy’s animated banners will take you to the next level

Using the Creatopy set of tools will not only save you time and money, but you will have better looking and more functional animated banners for your advertising campaigns. With Creatopy you get access to a massive stock of premium photos, popular fonts, dozens of animation effects, and slide transitions. Working inside the editor is really a dream came true for any designer or person in need of advertising materials.

Why is Creatopy the ultimate animated banner maker?

I will simply answer this question in bullet points. And you conclude.

  • Creatopy is the original banner marker. It was founded in 2008 as a dedicated platform for creating banner ads. 
  • Millions of people are using it to create designs. 
  • You don’t need design or coding skills to use the app because it’s a simple drag and drop platform where you can design amazing visual content. 
  • If you’re not a creative person but you need an HTML5 animated banner, you can easily use one of our templates. We’ve got thousands of ready-made templates. You only need to customize the templates, edit the text or logo and you are ready to go.
  • With Creatopy you can download JPG, PNG, GIF, MP4, AMP, and HTML5 files. 
  • You can find thousands of high-quality photography, trendy icons, professional buttons, original illustrations, and top-quality fonts to use in your banner ads. 

3. How to design animated banners in Creatopy

Step 1:

You have to sign up (or sign in if you already have a Creatopy account).

Step 2:

Go to Start creating and select the size of the banner you want to create. Or you can click on Custom dimension and add the size you want.

I used the Main Banner size (468 x 60 px).

Step 3:

Then, I will select one of the templates and go to the editor.

Step 4:

In the editor, I can select the Animated tab in the Templates section, or animate the static template I chose before.

Step 5:

Then, it’s time to edit the text, colors and I will also add the information I want to promote.

How do you edit text in Creatopy?

You only have to click on the text that already exists and you are ready to write your text, delete the existing one or justify the paragraph.

How to add a transition (animation) in Creatopy?

Now here is where the magic happens. You can create animated banner ads without writing one simple line of code by using the predefined animation options.

Just select the layer of the content you want to animate in the Timeline view. Click the small triangle icon and select which animation you’d like to use for this element. You can choose between Fade, Soft Blur, Hard Blur, Scale Up, Scale Down, Slide right, left, up or down, Blow, Bounce, Grow, Run, Glide, and more.

With Creatopy you can edit the duration of the animation, whether you want to transit from left to right, right to left or random, the delay, and also the tween type and ease type.

Step 6: 

You can add layers to your banner ads and slides that can be edited as well. This is a very simple way to animate banner ads within minutes.

Step 7: 

After you finished working on the design of your animated banner ad, you can download it as JPG or PNG (just one slide, without the animation), GIF or MP4 (with all slides), and HTML5 (as a zip file).

Embed animated banner ads: 

If you want to embed your animated banners to your website you can use the copy/paste function and place the code in an HTML5 box inside your website.

Use Creatopy’s Analytics report to track and optimize your animated banner ad.

Here are a few animated banner templates I recommend you should check out.

These are ready-made animated banner ad templates created by professional designers.

Conclusion

I hope this step-by-step guide will help you to create lots of dynamic banner ads in Creatopy.

Let me know in the comments section below if you tried our banner design app and what you think about it.

Andrei Florea

8 Comments

  1. When i downloaded the HTML5 banner (200x200px) and open it in Safari, the banner is too big. (Half screen)
    Is there a solution?

    Thanks.

  2. Hello Duy, The downloaded html5 banner is responsive so if you embed it, you need to manually set the size in the embed code. If you upload it on an advertising platform you don’t need to worry about the size as they will take care of that.

  3. Thanks for the great tips! I do have a question however that I
    think you could probably answer. I was wondering, Is web design dying?
    Is custom design gone? How do we convince people that custom design is better than the 10 buck template deal online?
    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I tried your online banner creator. I liked it.

  5. Is there a tutorial for custom design banner ads?

  6. Hi, Sarah. In the article, there’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to design animated banners. Does that help? Or you’d like to see something more detailed?

  7. Does Creatopy support (ClickTag) HTML 5 banner ads for Googles Ads, Google Campaign Manager, and the like?

  8. Hi, John. You can download your banner in HTML format, which is compatible with Google Ads, and then upload the banner to the platform.

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