Program for designing signs and logos

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Kriskris, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012

    Apologies but i am a complete graphic design novice! Basically I'm looking for a program that is relatively simple to learn that i will be able to design high quality signs on for my business. Additional uses would be logo design and also flyer, brochure design.

    There is such a vast amount of expensive programs out there i don't want to bite the bullet and pay an arm and a leg for the wrong software! Help would be appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    - Kris
  2. macrumors member

    May 25, 2011
    In my cubicle somewhere in this rat maze
    When you don't even know what programs to use, all I can say is good luck.:rolleyes:
    Logo design your going to want to use a vector program, most use Adobe Illustrator. You can also create other graphics for your flyers, etc. but I wouldn't use it to create the final product.

    Photoshop will probably also be needed for your raster items, such as photos and what not.

    You may also want to get InDesign for your layout program and to ready the files for output (print).

    If your serious about design, this will inevitably happen. Although lucky for you, all those programs can be bought separately or Adobe has a bundle with them all in it (Design Premium I believe).

    Are you planning on doing the work or just having it ready for a real graphic artist/designer to use?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    Thanks for the advice :) Im planning on learning to use the tools myself hopefully! Costs far to much to get someone to design something for me and its never how i want it...

    Ill have a look at those programs and see how i get on.
  4. sigmadog, Jan 19, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Eastern WA - USA
    Don't waste your valuable time.

    You have to decide which is going to help you more:

    1. The time you spend not making money while trying to learn design tools so that you can produce mediocre work that might actually hurt your business image.

    2. The money you spend for a freelance designer to do professional level work that helps your business, while at the same time leaving you free to actually make money in your business.

    This is one of your first important decisions as a business owner. Don't blow it.
  5. macrumors member

    May 25, 2011
    In my cubicle somewhere in this rat maze
    Plus you can use the funds your going to be spending on software, books, tutorial sites, etc. to hire a REAL designer. Problem solved.

    By the time you learn to use the programs and learn how to design CORRECTLY, your business could have been up and running with a PROFESSIONAL and EXPERIENCED look.

    Or you can have a garbage identity with no real thought of what goes into designing things other than "I like this color and font." :eek:

    Just a thought...
  6. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Thanks that has made my morning.

    Your best bet if it's for your business is to hire a designer, otherwise you'd need CS5.5 with Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign.

    BTW if you're thinking of learning them over a weekend that's really not going to happen, and again design is more than the sum of program knowledge. From experience you're just going to waste your time and money on something like this.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    Apologies but i am a complete woodworking novice! Basically I'm looking for tools that are relatively simple to learn that i will be able to create high quality furniture for my business.

  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2010
    simple movie studio logos

    There was a dialog back in August about a program online that would allow you to create movie intros from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, etc. with your own name on them for at home use. Can someone remember the website?

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