How to Make Your Own Team Banner in DotA 2
What you need
Tips on making a logo
- When making your logo, you can be as simple or as outrageous as you want.
- It's going to represent your team so immature and vulgar logos should be avoided, not to mention it could get you reported.
- If you can, create your logo on a transparent background and save the file as .png. It'll make it easier to paste on your banners and base logo.
Making a Team
If you haven't done so yet, you should make a team. This can completely be accomplished in game and your team should be done in a couple of clicks:
- Start up DotA 2.
- Click the Community tab.
- Click on Create New Team on the Teams subsection.
- Fill up the Team Info and click Create Team.
After your team has been created, you can access your team on the My Teams list. You can also create multiple teams.
When you've finished, you can close DotA 2 for now.
Making a Base Logo
The base logo is the one found on the floor of your fountain and all around your base. The base logo should be easy enough. You can use a completely different photo without using the background provided by Valve, just make sure that the photo is 256x256 and is saved as .png.
1. Choose a base logo background
Open up the logo template folder from Valve and choose a base logo background. Generally, the files starting with team_logo are the ones to choose from. Try to choose a background that goes well with your logo.
2. Add your logo to the background
Once you've chosen your background, create a new layer by clicking the button the red arrow is pointing.
Open your logo, copy and paste it on the new layer of the base logo background you've opened. Press Ctrl+T if you need to resize your logo.
After you're satisfied, click File, Save As then save the photo as a .png.
Making a Team Banner
Making a team banner is a little different from the base logo. If you noticed from the banner background files, the image is split into two. The left side is used as the front of the banner while the right side is used as the back. Usually, we just put the logo on the left side since the back side is rarely visible.
1. Open a banner template and border
From the logo template folder, Choose a banner background and border. The banner background are the files that start with team_banner_while the border starts with border_arrow or border_inverted arrow. Take note of the border and whether it's inverted or not.
2. Open the corresponding Alpha template
Depending on the border type that you have chosen, open the alpha file seen here. I used an inverted arrow border and therefore am opening the inverted arrow alpha file.
3. Copy everything onto the background file
Copy the border and alpha files onto the banner background. The standard Select all (Ctrl+A), copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) works in Photoshop so you can use that to make things a bit easier. Make sure the order of the layers are as shown. If it's not, drag the layers around in the layer menu so that it looks like this.
5. Deleting excess banner background
Select the Magic Wand tool from the tool list.
Now go to the layers menu and click on the alpha layer (the one with the black triangles). With the Magic Wand tool, Ctrl+Click all the black triangles. There should be marching broken lines around the triangles as shown. If you make a mistake, deselect by pressing Ctrl+D.
After selecting all triangles and without deselecting or clicking anything else on the picture, click on the eye button of the alpha layer to hide it. The eye button is next to the image preview in the layers menu.
Again, without deselecting the triangles, click the border background layer in the layers menu.
With the border background layer selected and still without deselecting the triangle selections, press delete. It should look like this. After deleting the excess background, deselect by pressing Ctrl+D.
4. Put your logo in the banner
Open, copy and paste your logo onto the banner background file. This logo is from our group of friend's clan called Cupcake Conspiracy.
Press Ctrl + T and resize your logo to fit the banner. We will be only using the left side,
From then on, you're done. If you want, you could experiment with blending options found at the layers menu. Here, I used a soft light blend to make the logo look like its part of the fabric. Once you're satisfied with how the banner will look, save it as .png as well.
Setting it all up
It's now time to upload the logos to your team page! Start DotA 2 and go to the Community tab. Click on the My Teams button and then click on the Edit Team Info button.
You should see a screen like this. Upload the files to their respective places. I left the sponsors logo alone but if you have sponsors, feel free to upload their logo here. The Interface logo is the one that appears on your DotA2 Profile. Simply upload your logo there as well.
To test it out, create a custom lobby and join either the Dire or Radiant side. An arrow should appear like the one below. Select your team from the drop down. The Radiant logo and name should be replace with your team name and logo. After that, just start the game!
Now that you've learned the basics, feel free to experiment with your logo and banners. You can also forgo using a background completely and use your own photos. Just remember:
- Both base logo and banner photo sizes should be 256x256 pixels.
- Save the picture as png.
- The banner photo is divided into two and the left side is the front side of the banner.
Have fun! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.