I need a banner that is 980x150 for a new website (however we are open to using 980x200), which is a companion to a book coming out by myself and Jack Canfield called The 30-Day Sobriety Solution.
Currently I have a banner there - http://the30daysolution.com/ - but it isn't the right look overall.
The colors are overall nice, and they need to match the book cover attached. I have a couple concerns. One, I think we will prefer to have a banner that can match the background color. What I mean by that is if I do white, it will seamlessly integrate with the background. Or if I use something similar, which I like, I think it would be better to still have it all the borders fade into one color, like a light yellow, so I can match that exact color behind it. What I probably don't want, is an abrupt difference between the banner and background, so the best designs will result in one consistent color around the edges, and most likely a lighter color, whether blue, yellow, or white.
You will see the red in the book is a deeper red, and I like that, but I also like this shade, D62008. I attached a sample graphic that will be at the top of many pages, so having it somewhat match the banner would be nice. Also it is a good example of how it used color in the background, but faded to white on the edges so it can match the background.
As far as what I want in the banner there are some options, however I think we want to include the sub-title of the book as well. Which is "How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home"
We definitely want the book included, and I have attached that.
I also have the photos of us - which if there is room might be worth including, but will need cleaned up, resized, to include and would have to have our names below each one. "Dave Andrews" and "Jack Canfield"
We are open to keeping or excluding "Companion Website". This is what we refer to it in the book, so we could move this to the end of "The 30-Day Sobriety Solution" but resize, etc. And to save space the book title doesn't need to be as big as the example is at all, especially since it is on the book cover.
I also attached the background currently used on the banner, which is nice, but if we use it will still have to fade to white on the edges, or to one color across all of it.