I have gotten a few good ideas from those who have commented on my previous post and, because I feel that part of the world of blogging is sharing ideas and helping each other, I am going to devote this post to sharing those resources with you. Also, it's a way to be really lazy and not have to come up with something to write about.
I am a big fan of "Print Screen" many times free websites or free trials will allow you to make things but they charge you to save the file. You can just click Control & Print Screen (above the backspace button). Then you can just paste it into any photo software...even Paint. The last step is to just crop the portion you want and save it. Then you have a great banner ad or any size ad for free.
being a LINUX user I use GIMP, however I have paintshop pro on my windows machine, I prefer GIMP it has more things available to it and its open source which means FREE and you can find add ons and extras, they do offer a windows version gimp.org/windows and this is the main page check it out gimp.org
Thank you for your great ideas!