In this simple tutorial, I'll introduce you to the basics of how to make an Etsy store banner in Paint.NET. Paint.NET is a free pixel based image editor for Windows and is user friendly enough for new users to achieve good results very quickly.
Etsy.com has become a hugely popular online global market place for crafters and artisan makers to sell their products. If you're considering setting up a store or want to improve the appearance of an existing store, this tutorial will give you some tips how to make an Etsy store banner using Paint.Net.
The focus is more on the technical side of making a banner rather than the aesthetics. I'm assuming that as a craft maker, you already possess a good creative eye and know how to produce good looking designs. I'm sure you'll do a better job than my banner for Ian's Fairy Dust store.
If you don't have a copy of Paint.NET, you can download it from the Paint.NET downloads page and, once installed, the following pages will give you advice on creating an Etsy store banner.