How to Create a Free Banner on a Mac

By Brandy Alexander

Your Mac computer comes with an installed application that allows you to make banners. Whether you require a decoration for a party or need a large sign, use the AppleWorks program available on your Mac OS 9 and early Mac OS X systems, or opt for the Pages program, which is included in your iWorks application on a newer computer. Using the available program in your "Applications" folder, create a free banner on your Mac.

Things You'll Need

  • AppleWorks or Pages application
  • Digital images (optional)

Use AppleWorks

Step 1

Start your AppleWorks program and click the "Templates" tab in the "Starting Points" dialog window. Select the "Banner" template to open this design in the workspace.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu and select the "Page Setup" option. Set the print orientation to a horizontal alignment so that banner prints correctly.

Step 3

Replace the default graphics by clicking the "Insert" option under the "File" menu. Alternately, click the images and drag them to the desired areas on the banner.

Step 4

Double-click the text to type in the content you want and select this entry. Click the "Font," "Size," "Style" and/or "Text Color" buttons under the "Format" menu to apply your style choices.

Step 5

Select the "Fill formatting" button on the toolbar and click the "Color palette," "Pattern palette," "Wallpaper palette," "Gradient palette," "Line weight palette" and/or "Arrow palette" buttons to format your banner's background.

Step 6

Click the "File" menu and choose the "Save As" option to save your banner.

Use Pages

Step 1

Create a new "Blank" file in your Pages application.

Step 2

Select the "Page Setup" option under the "File" menu and choose a size in the "Paper Size" drop-down menu. Click the horizontal button and then click the "OK" button when done. These settings create the measurements of your banner when it prints out.

Step 3

Select the "Shapes" title under the "Insert" menu and then click on the preferred shape, such as "Rounded Rectangle," in the drop-down list. Click a spot on the form and drag it to the size that you want.

Step 4

Click "Show Inspector" under the "View" menu and select the "Graphic Inspector" button on the "Inspector" window. Choose a background color using the "Fill" drop-down menu and color picker. Select the "Stroke" menu to specify an outline for your banner and use the "Shadow" and "Opacity" menus to apply drop-shadow and see-through enhancements.

Step 5

Click the banner and type in the desired text. In the "Inspector" window, click the "Text Inspector" button to format the characteristics, including font size and color.

Step 6

Click the "Insert" menu and then click the "Choose" title to insert your digital picture. Select a corner on the graphic and drag it to the size that you want.

Step 7

Click the "Save As" option under the "File" menu to save your work.