Not a designer? Don’t want to spend money on logo design? Not a problem. There are plenty of tools that you can use to design a cool logo for your startup for free. The three easiest ways to do this are:
• Free Online Logo Makers
• Free Text and Images
• Adapting the logo files from your website theme
|Free Logo Makers||Free online logo makers are the easiest option for creating your own logo. They allow you to select images and text, arrange, color and download ready to go files of your logo. You are limited to the images that they have available in their database and the fonts they provide, but if you find what you are after that then that’s all you need!
|Free Text and Images||Finding your own images or fonts will give you an added degree of freedom over using a logo maker. It’s very easy to find cool new fonts and images for free.
Find an image that you want to have in your logo. The best is a vector file as it does not distort at higher resolutions. If you can’t find what you are looking for in a vector file a .png file should be fine for web use. For instance if you want an image of an apple in your logo you can do a web search for “free vector apple”
There are 1,000’s of choices for new, different and free fonts available too. Your logo does not need to be in Times New Roman! You can look through many new and different fonts on sites like Font Squirrel or Font Space. Flaming Text allows you to download “styled” text but theoretically they do charge for commercial use.
Once you’ve selected your font and images you’ll need to put them together using image software. But don’t panic you won’t need to buy software to do this. There are plenty of free online tools and software you can use (see below). You can also download a 30-day free trial of Photoshop.
|Adapting Website Theme Logo Files||Use the logo file from your WordPress website template and adjust it for your company name.
If you are using a premium WordPress template for your website it will most likely come with a pre-designed logo. You can edit the logo file provided and use their design work to create you own. You should have a logo .psd file included in your theme files. The easiest way to edit this is to use Photoshop which you can download for a 30-day free trial. While free image software such as Gimp can read and open Photoshop files they aren’t always able to edit the text layer.
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|Tutorials and Further Help|
|TutorialsIf you want design tips or help with image manipulation software the best place to go for tutorials is Youtube. Just check out what’s under “logo design” or whatever specific topic you are after.
Image Manipulation Software
Paint.net (windows only)
Chocoflop (max only)