As part of my plan to get this site active, I am going to release this tutorial on how to make a simple, but effective logo.
Step 1- Your workspace!
The file size may very according to what you need. When creating a logo, I usually open a 450×450 file and just use as much as I need. If I have left over room around the sides and top, I just crop it. Simple.
For the background, I will use a dark color, (#434343). You can use a lighter color but make sure that if you use, lets say, white, then don’t put a light orange font color like I will because you will not be able to see it.
Step 2 – The font!
So basically, now you choose a font, color, and size and write your name you want in the center of our little workspace. I choose Century Gothic as the font, I used an orange color for it (#EA7900), and set the size to 48 pixels. This is how it should look like so far!
As you can see, I have already cropped my image so it wouldn’t look too big when I upload it. You don’t have to, as you can just do it when you finish.
Step 3 – Extra Detail!
Now, we’ll add some web 2.0 details to give it that extra kick.
First, we’ll have to right click and press blending options. Then go to the Gradient section and fill it in like this. Make sure that if you used a different font color, don’t use the same number code as I have in this example. But make sure that you see the difference between the two. One should be lighter and the other side should be darker.
Step 4 – More Extra Details!
For this step, we will be adding a web 2.0 feel to the logo. Use the Elliptical Marquee and select the top part of the logo like this.
Now using the Magic Wand Tool, Press ALT and click anywhere on the background. Your logo should look like this now.
Make a new layer and fill in the selected area with white. Plain white. Now set the opacity on the white layer to 25%. Or if you feel its a bit too much, lower it. Now your logo should look like this.
Your almost done!
Step 5 – Final Details! 😀
To add a nice and shiny bling bling effect as I call it, you will have to select the Brush Tool. In the top left corner, you will have a drop down menu where you can choose different brushes. Select Starburst small and use make it white. Now add some shine to the outer edges of your logo.
I would appreciate it if you could leave a comment about this tutorial. Or if you use this tutorial, let us see what you designed! All you do it upload your image to Imageshack or Photobucket or any other image uploader, and leave the link in a comment!