I've been struggling to find nice pictures for my articles on DEV (and ones that I'm allowed to use in fact). So I figured I'd make a quick banner generator for simple & straight to the point banners.
All you have to do is:
- Edit your own banner
- Download it
- Upload it to DEV in order to get a URL
You can upload your images by simply clicking the bottom on the bottom left of your article editor !
- Add the
cover_imageattribute in the metadata of your articles with the URL you got from the last step
And that's it !
Even though its main feature is finished, I'll try to add the following in the coming days:
- More themes
- Reduced file size
- Any other recommendations in the comments
I really hope some of you get to use it as much as I will 😄
Contribution guidelines & a code of conduct have been added to the project alongside some first enhancements ideas for those who would like to partake in making this tool even better. 😄
Top comments (31)
Super cool! I agree with all the suggestions. Maybe we could all put some work into this and once it's really polished we could link to it or fold it in to the main editor in some way. 🙂
One thing of note: Our image is 1000x420, but, so a little wider than a 2x1 "social image", so the edges get clipped. You may want to make it so the text can't extend too far to the edges of the image, so it will show up properly in both scenarios.
I'm glad you like it Ben ! We could definitely set up some contribution guidelines and a small roadmap.
Understood, glad you're telling me this as I noticed this problem on the Twitter preview image.
This will definitely help a lot of posters, thank you!
One suggestion I'd make is including a service like UnSplash for finding different banner images right from dev.to. It's open source and has lots of good options, and I believe the Notion app already has a working example of searching through its images in a GUI.
I'm obviously partial to including an open-source anime image search, but that may have too narrow an audience to justify haha
My suggestions, although there is nothing wrong with this, just if you want more for your project!
Love the suggestions ! Thanks for your input, I'm noting them down so I don't forget anything
Liyas, these are currently being worked on by members of the community as you can see here.
The color pickers and the random generation have already been added and other features are in the works. :)
Inspired from your project, I made this simple banner generator. liyasthomas.github.io/banner
With more customizations such as:
Feel free to contribute on github.com/liyasthomas/banner
Great work, but why not contribute to the existing project to make it even better?
I went through your project and found out its built with react. I don't know react. So i made a simpler one.
Is this open sourced so we all could poke around and help out with some of the ideas and suggestions that are in this thread?
EDIT: I ask before clicking through and seeing the nice GitHub corner banner 😆
Link for the lazy like me: github.com/christopherkade/banner-...
This is really cool! I've been using Canva so I have templates set up for those, but this is really really handy, awesome work!
For everyone already participating to the project: thank you ! Please give me a short while to set everything up so you guys have everything you need:
Have a good one :)
Bookmarking this for my next post! This is great!
This is awesome
This is awesome! Love how you styled the button too!
Good work Christopher !
Thanks Val !
This is awesome!
This is super! Thanks a lot. I would never have thought about this!
Sir...I have been struggling so badly with making them myself.
Thank you so much
Really like this - excited to see how it evolves!