If Googles new logo says anything to us all, its that simplicity is in. This is good news if youre aDIY business owner attempting to make your own logo.
But dont be fooled by the idea of simple: Googles logo had a LOT of great minds working on what became their final product. Google is using a completely custom font, the e is tilted, and the colors play an important role in identifying the brand (check out the dots and the G initial for example.)
If youre just starting your business, you dont need a big budget to create a logo you can be proud of. With bit of brainpower, some patience and this handy how-to guide, you can design a logo to help brand your business online and off.
To help you get started, lets practice by designing a logo for a fictional ice cream shop. Lloyd is opening up an ice cream shop in his hometown. He wants his logo and brand to be recognizable, easily printed on the napkins and paper cone covers he uses, plus displayed on the eventual app he plans on creating for home delivery service of his to-die-for sundaes.
For our example, Lloyd has chosen the name, The Sprinkles Shack.
Logos arent just splashed on websites; they are on printed materials, business cards and other promotional items. Youll want to consider stacking a longer name. Finally, remember that 50 percent of people will be viewing your website on a mobile device so the logo must look nice on smaller screens.
Open up one of the following programs:
I dont mention Illustrator here because unless you are an expert in graphic design, Illustrator is a program that takes a while to learn. PicMonkey and Canva are meant for beginners, so your logo will not have the same quality or look that a logo designed in Photoshop would have. For the purposes of this tutorial, I am going to show screenshots in Photoshop.
Use a site likeCreative Marketto find a great font for your logo. Enter the name of your business into the search field and compare a bunch of fonts. You want readability and personality. Also pay attention to how it looks using both uppercase and lowercase letters. Download and install the font you like the best!
Note:This only works for users in Photoshop or PicMonkey Royale. Canva does not allow you to use your own fonts.
Lloyd has chosen the font Delight Script. Open up a large canvas in Photoshop with a white background. Type the name of your business with each word in a different layer. Then you can move them around to see how they look best. Notice that two are done in all lowercase and two are done in traditional case.
If you find that the words dont align well, you might want to try making them different sizes. You can also introduce a second font if the primary font is too much.
Pro tip:Play with the words using black or grey, as you dont want color to distract you from the symmetry.
Lloyd chose the off-center option because the words Sprinkles and Shack both have a strong S and the centered look made it feel off-balance.
Next, Lloyd wanted to have some sort of icon or image, though he is not an artist by any stretch. So he goes back to Creative Market to find an icon that will work with the font hes chosen.
He originally bought this creative for the sprinkles art, but just placing the sprinkles on the canvas didnt do much. In fact, it looked sort of out of place. Lloyd realized that in order to have an icon work with his text, it needs to somehow work with the letters in a complementary fashion.
Lloyd decided to use the cherry as the dot for the I and to work the concept of sprinkles into the color of the logo, rather than the icon.
Heres how he got the sprinkles to go inside the lettering:
Place the sprinkles clipart in a new file with a transparent background.
Crop the image so its just the sprinkles.
Go to EDIT Define PATTERN. Name it sprinkles.
Go back to your original file and choose the SPRINKLES text.
Click LAYER LAYER STYLE and choose the pattern overlay.
Youll see the sprinkles pattern available. Add it!
Then change the color of the text to work with the pattern.
Finally, Lloyd readjusted the word The and Shack to fit with the design.
Its important to make sure the lettering is easily readable. Lloyd adds a drop shadow on the words to add a bit more definition. This is under LAYER LAYER STYLE DROP SHADOW. He also tried changing the color of the extra words to see what he likes better.
The final test to his logo is to adjust the size of it. Make it big, make it small, take away the color, and see how the design stands up under all of those conditions.
It looks good against a background other than white
In a pinch, he can also use the cherry as his icon.
As you can see, with help from some pre-bought clip art, a nice premium font, and a bit of patience, Lloyd was able to create a logo for his new business.
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Design your own custom made coat of arms symbols to reflect the values and believes that you, your organization, or company wants to project.We can also design a custom coat of arms / family crest to fit your specifications.
School emblems or college insignias are also offered with our custom services and will include any symbols that are needed in the design. With over130,000 visitors a monthyou can imagine the demand for our customized services, but we normally have a three day turn around. Remember that you change your design by adding or subtracting clipart symbols at anytime. We offer our Simplistic clipart along with advanced graphics for custom work like; a company logo, school emblem or even a college insignia to fit your specifications.Parts of a Coat of Arms / Important Symbols to Include
There are several parts to a coat of arms. Each of the important sections is shown in the picture above. When you design a coat of arms, you want to create a coat of arms to fit your needs. Making a coat of arms is normally a fun and exciting time for you and your family, or you may be creating a company logo or even a emblem for a school, association, or organization of some kind. The main parts of a coat of arms are listed below, but you do not have to use all of them when you make your own coat of arms.
We offer anOn Line Formso you can explain in detail how you want your coat of arms designed and it can be found in Step 4,but you need to read Steps 1, 2, and 3 firstbefore filling out the On Line Form.
involves creating most if not all of the clipart symbols from scratch. Although this is much more time consuming it does give you that unique and personalized look in the design. It also can have a more realistic or detailed or even Old World look as well depending on the design. To see a simple example of the differences please
involves basic normal heraldic clipart in the design of the custom coat of arms, company logo, college insignia, or school emblem that we can use from our database of heraldic symbols. This type of artwork is more simplistic then the Advanced Services. It also is offered at a lower cost. To view many of these coat of arms symbols in the designs we have created, just scroll down. We also have clipart links listed even further below to show one symbol at a time. To see a simple example of the differences of these two different levels than please
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of customizing a family coat of arms / crest, company logo, or the emblem of a collage, university or organization. Whether you are using our Advanced Level Artwork or our Simplistic Artwork, you will need some more ideas on the symbols to use in making a coat of arms. We have listed a few popular symbols below that we have online, which will keep your cost down. Please keep in mind that we have over 10,000 clipart symbolsthat may not be listed, so do not hesitate on letting us know the design you have in mind for a custom coat of arms, logo, or emblem. You can find the meaning behind each symbol at:Glossary of Heraldry Terms. This may help you in the designing of your custom coat of arms.
Pick the Correct Color Shade Here!!Simply follow the link and thenclick on the Samples tab at the top of the webpage and a bunch of colors will pop up. We simply need the number listed beside the color shade you pick.
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More Advanced Clipart Coming Soon!! We will be adding more detailed links in the coming months displaying more and more advanced clipart.Thousands More Clip Art symbols to choose fromfor your custom coat of arms design. Simply give our coat of arms designers a call oremail usto see if we have the clipart symbols that you are looking for.Step 4. Getting the Information to Us for an EstimateEach of the clip art designs shown above can be custom made to fit your own coat of arms or company logo. This type of service is time consuming. Our pricesstart at $35.00for pre-made templates that require little artwork, to much more elaborate designs, which increases our time and the cost of the customized coat of arms or company logo. It all depends on what you want your coat of arms / family crest or company logo / emblem to look like. But the average cost is $100.00 to $150.00. These custom designed coats of arms can be used on most of our other genealogy products.
Once you have an idea of what you need on your coat of arms you will need to send it to us so we can give you an estimate of the coat. The link below is for our On-Line Form.
Easyon-Line Form Click Here!!Step 5. Placing Your Order for a Custom Coat of ArmsThe Tree Maker wants to first tell you what you can expect after placing an order for a custom coat of arms, company logo symbol, or school / collage emblem. You will get the following:
Once You Have Been Given an Estimate-Click Here!!Step 6. Making Changes or Revisions to Your Custom DesignYou can easily make changes to your custom coat of arms design. Once we have received payment and been given the list of symbols you are wanting in the design then we will get started. When we are ready for you to take a look at the first draft normally in 1 to 3 business days we will up-load your custom coat of arms to ourPreview for Customer Webpagewhere you can view the new design. Keep in mind that these pictures are not high quality pictures, but low quality and are only for you to have an idea of what your custom coat of arms will look like.
The first revision is free and includes 3 small changes.Small changes would be considered:
Resizing a symbol larger or smaller.
Some customers have the misconception that changing artwork is normally very easy and sometimes it is. But sometimes a small change in say making a symbol look up instead of down will take an hour to change, but another symbol was created in a manner that only takes 5 minutes to make it look up instead of down. We reserve the right to make the decision on what is easy and what is not as we have the expertise to understand how the artwork of any symbol was created and how long it will take to make the change. This is why some changes are not allowed to be considered a free change.
From that point on each change will be $5.00 for simplistic artwork. Advanced artwork revisions are charged by the hour and is normally estimated for customer on the cost. If you decide that you want to start from the beginning again or make some dramatic changes to the design then expect there to be an added charge. This is why we suggest you take your time and add symbols to the coat of arms that you know you will like.
All revisions made after the free revision, will add to the cost of the original coat of arms design. Revisions from this point are charged by time of artist.Add your Family Coat of Arms Design to one of our Genealogy Charts
Keep in mind that we can add your family coat of arms design or new family crest symbol design along with your family names to anyone of our family tree charts listed below. Freepedigree chartif needed.
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The option to design your own coat of arms symbol and then add it to any of our genealogy products is one that we are proud to offer our genealogy friends. We hope that the many products that you find in this genealogy site are of those you would like to have displayed in your home. Please let us know if you need any help in designing your coat of arms or family crest symbol. Remember that we can create a company logo or even help with a new design. Just let us know your thoughts and well see how we can help.
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Having your company logo design done by a professional can be an expensive process. Hopefully this tutorial will give you some ideas on creating your company logo yourself.
If you plan to have your company logo printed on paper at any stage, I would strongly advise making it high resolution (300 dots per inch or more), otherwise your image will look pixellated when you print it. You can always create a smaller, lower-quality version of your company logo design for the web.
Start by using the Text Tool and typing the main word of your company name. Select a darkish or midtone colour, and choose a serif (curly-edged) font such as Palatino Linotype or Times New Roman. Use all capitals, and slightly enlarge the first letter.
Using the same font, put the rest of your company name, or some other descriptive phrase, underneath the main header. Use a much smaller font size, and increase the letter spacing by typing a high number into the Tracking box. (Alternatively, you can just put a space between each letter.)
The horizontal lines Ive put in help to separate out and highlight the text of the company logo. An easy way to make a line is to use the text tool and type an underscore ( _ ), then press Ctrl+T to transform it into an elongated shape.
With just words and lines, your logo design will look dull.
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At this point, your company logo design is finished, and will look good both on screen and on paper. However, if you want to embellish it further for the screen, then read on. Embellishing your company logo design will make it look nicer, but it wont be as clear.
A black border like this will help accentuate the colours in your logo design. With your background colour set to black, click Image Canvas Size, and increase the height of the image a bit. The extra space on your logo design will be filled with the background colour (black).
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