How to Create a Logo

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by gusanitoverde, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. gusanitoverde macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2003
    Northern California
    Please advice.

    I am trying to make a logo for an organization. The basic description, is that I am trying to mix a ladscape with a lighthouse and somehow place the map of the world, all whithin the shape of an oval.

    I could draw the whole thing, as I could try to mix some photographs.
    Now, lighthouses are not easy to find free of Copyright limitations. Even in, they tell you that you may not use any of their pictures for any type of logo.

    Please help.
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You can Google around for images to give you ideas (looking is free) if you have no funds for this.

    But the organization has more options if they pay for pre-existing images you'd be able to work with. For that, you can check out stock photo sites like Getty Images and Corbis.
  3. wheezy macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    What will they're logo be used on? Will it ever been blown up big on the side of a car, etc? Logo's should not have actual photograph images in them, since photographs are bitmaps and do not stay crisp and clean at larger resolutions. For a Logo you need to stick with vector shapes so it will look good at any size. Look around, Logo's are always shapes, never pictures. Your best bet would be to make a lighthouse custom shape in Photoshop and use that as part of it....
  4. gusanitoverde thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2003
    Northern California
    Thank you

    I have photoshop elements. Do you think it will suffice?
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Not really unless you work at a very high resolution.

    If I was forced to create a logo in Photoshop only, I would start with a canvas of about 120-150mm wide and at 1200ppi, working only in black and white, no greys. Colour or halftones would come — if at all — only after I got things more or less right with the black and white version.
  6. dogbone macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2005
    S33.687308617200465 E150.31341791152954
    Sounds like a logo for a gay rave party at Byron Bay.
  7. novagamer macrumors member

    May 13, 2006
  8. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    My advice:

    Think of the most obvious, most "logical" symbol. Spend some time designing a logo incorporating that idea.

    Once you've got one you like, destroy it immediately.

    Your first and most obvious ideas are most often the worst, and by doing the above, you'll get out of the habit quick.

    Now that you've got all the obvious ideas out, creativity will start to kick in.
  9. bwanac macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2006
    Really.. interesting.
  10. gusanitoverde thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2003
    Northern California
    Thanks for the advice

    I really thought that i could use pictures, and some of my friends created the logo with clipart, which looks horrible, rather like a cartoon. I thought of creating the logo with just strokes, or something abstract. I have now a more solid idea of what a simple and recognizable logo should look like.
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If you can reduce a picture to some simple brushstrokes, then that could be a viable idea. Me I have never got the hang of it. Must be something to do with having no talent or education in art.

    Listen to BlueVelvet.

    If it doesn't work the size of a postage stamp in black and white, then it doesn't work as a logo. Go back and simplify.
  12. bowzer macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    What you could do is create a composition of the imagry you want the final logo to sort of look like in photoshop, then bring that image into illustrator and retrace it, but do it more simplified.
  13. macpastor macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2006

    Cost money, but they are royalty free and you get many options.

    I would go to the "Juice Drops" section
  14. jaysmith macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2005
    thats my first idea when it comes to logos, just modify the work slightly and its a whole new image. a simple lighthouse on a horizon would be simple enough for a logo, think of After Effects 6.5 logo, just done much simpler.
  15. SublimeProgie macrumors member


    Jun 7, 2006
    missoula, montana
  16. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    What does this organization do? What's it's name?

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