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winstonwolf
Dec 6, 2010, 02:03 PM
I need to design some simple logos for several marketing sites I'm building, e.g. 'Dating Review Guide'. Problem is I'm highly design challenged! The logo's just need to say the name of the site and and one graphic - not complicated.

What easy to use software would you recommend that will allow me to create simple logos?

This one caught my eye:

http://www.macwareinc.com/products/LDSPro/overview.html

Any good? I know there's also websites out there that have inbuilt logo designers - any recommendations for those?

I know I could pay and get someone, but I have several of these to do and would like to do it myself.

Thanks.



Consultant
Dec 6, 2010, 03:55 PM
Considering that its maker has only 2 reviews on its site, with one attributed to a random name, it might be better just to pay a pro to do it.

rdowns
Dec 6, 2010, 04:07 PM
I'm sure the members of the forum would be happy to help. :D

RebootD
Dec 6, 2010, 04:19 PM
I can give you a personalized quote for my design services if you want, otherwise please find someone, even a high-school kid, with some design experience to help you.

Hermes Monster
Dec 7, 2010, 04:59 PM
For free, try gimp. It should be easy enough for you to pickup

citizenzen
Dec 7, 2010, 06:08 PM
No charge... and worth every penny.

rdowns
Dec 7, 2010, 06:25 PM
Here you go


http://img.skitch.com/20101208-8keg2ukf1rsajqs8d7sqp3ww22.jpg

citizenzen
Dec 7, 2010, 06:33 PM
Here you go

You're right. My version needed a little extra... something.

rdowns
Dec 7, 2010, 06:34 PM
You're right. My version needed a little extra... something.


Thank you. I still feel it needs a bit more but I can't put my finger on it.

Apple OC
Dec 7, 2010, 06:43 PM
how about a celebrity spokesman?

THX1139
Dec 7, 2010, 08:32 PM
I need to design some simple logos for several marketing sites I'm building, e.g. 'Dating Review Guide'. Problem is I'm highly design challenged! The logo's just need to say the name of the site and and one graphic - not complicated.

What easy to use software would you recommend that will allow me to create simple logos?



Go to Staples and buy an easy button. :D

davedee65
Dec 8, 2010, 03:37 AM
It really doesn't matter what software you use, because if you are "highly design challenged" then the results are more than likely going to be less than suitable for the purpose of promoting a brand/web site etc.

Stick to what you're good at and let a design professional create the logos. I know it's an expense but the results will be worth it in the long run.

And for your own sake please, please don't ask anyone here to do anything for you for free!!!:)

winstonwolf
Dec 8, 2010, 05:09 AM
Thanks for all replies - didn't quite expect some of those responses - but hey - it's all good!

I guess the root my question was 'Is there any software out there that can help people design simple logo's, ie. walk them through it'. Looks like the answer is no! (BTW - Logo Designer Pro was being sold by Apple themselves until recently - now it's gone from their site).

I have Adobe CS5 for other stuff I do and I know Illustrator is the tool of choice for many in this regard, but it's really a massive sledge hammer to crack a nut. These logo's don't need to be stylish or 'design led' they just need to do a job and I like to be self sufficient where I can.

I'll keep looking/try to create some myself/pay someone.

ezekielrage_99
Dec 8, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'll give you some advice... Whatever people say, logos are easy to create you should be able to get an awesome polished concept out within an hour.

Personally I think you need to make it colourful and lively by adding gradients, lensflares, dropshadows and the "wetfloor" look. That would look sweet.

Just do it as a wordmark in gimp because this will make it easier to create as an animated GIF. The font I would suggest is Arial or a thick slab-serif font like sketch Rockwell.

chaosbunny
Dec 11, 2010, 06:47 AM
Try this. It's extremely easy to use, pretty fast forward and can deliver professional results within minutes:

http://www.instructables.com/image/FZLNR2NFOWZO8XB/Pencil-Paper-FUN.jpg

pukifloyd
Dec 11, 2010, 07:37 PM
how about a celebrity spokesman?

hahaha this is cool :)

CW Jones
Jan 2, 2011, 11:00 PM
For free, try gimp. It should be easy enough for you to pickup

For a logo? Not a chance in hell you would see me using that for any logo work. GIMP is not a good tool for making a vector graphic, not what its meant for. If your looking for a photoshop look a like, fine it will be close but photoshop will obviously still triumph.

Adobe Illustrator is the best bet and the "cheapest" in the long run. Don't use a raster based program for a vector design.

stainlessliquid
Jan 3, 2011, 04:11 PM
He doesnt need a vector graphic, he just needs an image to go at the top of the site. Gimp is harder to use than Photoshop though, which he has, so theres no point in that.

blue22
Jan 3, 2011, 06:21 PM
Just use the copy of photoshop you have, set the DPI to 300 so you have a good size to scale it down from (at some later point if you need) and compose a simple word-logo to meet your deign objectives -- style it with a subtle gradient, while picking a half decent font to use (or go with Helvetica if you're stuck) and pick some decent colors, (no more than two colors is better) and you'll have something decent to use.

blue22
Jan 3, 2011, 06:23 PM
It really doesn't matter what software you use, because if you are "highly design challenged" then the results are more than likely going to be less than suitable for the purpose of promoting a brand/web site etc.

Stick to what you're good at and let a design professional create the logos. I know it's an expense but the results will be worth it in the long run.

And for your own sake please, please don't ask anyone here to do anything for you for free!!!:)

That pretty much is a fair statement to make, and probably the best advice you're going to get here. Good luck!

Oats
Jan 3, 2011, 07:42 PM
I'll give you some advice... Whatever people say, logos are easy to create you should be able to get an awesome polished concept out within an hour.

Personally I think you need to make it colourful and lively by adding gradients, lensflares, dropshadows and the "wetfloor" look. That would look sweet.

Just do it as a wordmark in gimp because this will make it easier to create as an animated GIF. The font I would suggest is Arial or a thick slab-serif font like sketch Rockwell.
wow that is funny. arial, animated gif, lens flares... oh and don't forget to use a websafe color palette!!

Teakuno
Jan 6, 2011, 12:18 PM
Best logo software: Microsoft Expressions 3 X Mac. (The Microsoft product i like :D) It's FREE too...

rostami011
Jan 7, 2011, 05:48 AM
You can use photoshop's latest version to make logo's. I am using since 6th months and I saw that photoshop is an excellent for logo designs.

CW Jones
Jan 8, 2011, 07:23 AM
You can use photoshop's latest version to make logo's. I am using since 6th months and I saw that photoshop is an excellent for logo designs.

No. I will stand firm on this, photoshop is NOT what REAL graphic designers use. It is not a vector based program, if I was a customer and a designer submitted a jpg of tiff for my logo, I would be pissed as hell. Adobe Illustrator is for making logos and other vector based graphics, simple.

Take a picture, use Photoshop. Simple.

Mutinygraphiks
Jan 8, 2011, 02:38 PM
No. I will stand firm on this, photoshop is NOT what REAL graphic designers use. It is not a vector based program, if I was a customer and a designer submitted a jpg of tiff for my logo, I would be pissed as hell. Adobe Illustrator is for making logos and other vector based graphics, simple.

Take a picture, use Photoshop. Simple.

I beg to differ on the matter, photoshop can be used to make logo's and then pushed over to illustrator to save them.

Kwill
Jan 8, 2011, 05:56 PM
Problem is I'm highly design challenged! The logo's just need to say the name of the site and and one graphic - not complicated...I have several of these to do and would like to do it myself.

This reminds me of an ex-football player that went to a hotel room just to get his stuff back. It seemed simple enough but the execution did not work out that well.

The challenge of any logo designer is to produce a mark that is uncomplicated -- and does not infringe upon a bajillion other logos. As far as software goes, you already have the best for the task.

The obstacles you must surmount are the stated "highly design challenged" issue and the fact that you "would like to do it [your]self." If you don't care about uniqueness, you can select from (rather crude) public domain clip art. (http://www.clipartguide.com/_search_terms/logo.html) If you prefer to take a stab at it yourself (no pun intended), you risk coming up with something similar to someone else's logo. Depending on how novel the original is, you may face legal issues or receive a cease-and-desist order. Don't confuse uncomplicated with simple.

CW Jones
Jan 9, 2011, 10:21 PM
I beg to differ on the matter, photoshop can be used to make logo's and then pushed over to illustrator to save them.

ya and then you still need to re-trace then to make them into a vector? Not worth it IMO when you can start, and finish in one program. If it was as simple as bringing it over and hitting "save as" fine I would say use whatever program, but why use 2 when you only need the 1? You spend lest say 30 seconds making a square, circle and triangle in Photoshop, then have to bring it into illy as a raster and then trace it to save it as a vector, OR you take that same 30 seconds to draw a square, circle and triangle in illy, hit save and be done in that 30 seconds. Doesn't seem to make much sense to me, but to each their own I guess. I know what I'll use to design though haha

beowulf70
Jan 10, 2011, 02:30 AM
Try this. It's extremely easy to use, pretty fast forward and can deliver professional results within minutes:

http://www.instructables.com/image/FZLNR2NFOWZO8XB/Pencil-Paper-FUN.jpg

Sweet. :cool: why do some people expect something for nothing? Or to be able to cut corners, negating high end skills of professionals such as myself!? Grrr. :rolleyes:

beowulf70
Jan 10, 2011, 02:34 AM
I beg to differ on the matter, photoshop can be used to make logo's and then pushed over to illustrator to save them.

To be fair, this debate is really about production, not design. There is a big difference. :cool:

beowulf70
Jan 10, 2011, 03:24 AM
I'll give you some advice... Whatever people say, logos are easy to create you should be able to get an awesome polished concept out within an hour.

Personally I think you need to make it colourful and lively by adding gradients, lensflares, dropshadows and the "wetfloor" look. That would look sweet.

Just do it as a wordmark in gimp because this will make it easier to create as an animated GIF. The font I would suggest is Arial or a thick slab-serif font like sketch Rockwell.

:eek: Oh Em Gee

ezekielrage_99
Jan 10, 2011, 06:29 PM
:eek: Oh Em Gee

Obviously you missed my joke ;)

I think you should try photoshop for logo design. Photoshop is best software to design logo's

Ummm NO... Unless you're joking of course.

ezekielrage_99
Jan 10, 2011, 06:41 PM
I beg to differ on the matter, photoshop can be used to make logo's and then pushed over to illustrator to save them.

Sorry wrong way of creating logos. Illustrator first, Photoshop for FX.

Doing it the way you suggest *can* be done but it creates MASSIVE issue later on, for the record I'm guessing you're self-taught because most professionals would never consider doing it that way.

The only time I ever use Photoshop for Logos if I am doing a quick mockup or it the client wants an effect added to the artwork.

7on
Jan 10, 2011, 09:03 PM
Don't forget the vector compliment to GIMP, Inkscape. I've been trying to release myself from the stragglehold that is Adobe for a while and I think now I finally have the freetime to actually learn the UI. Remember the tool doesn't make the artist.