If you are starting out with a new business idea or group the chances are that you are going to want to create a logo for it. A logo helps to create an image of professionalism and can make you stand out from the crowd. But where do you start and what is the cost for creating a logo. In this post i will show you how you can create a logo for free using two different ways. One is a do it yourself option and the other is a click and go option.

 

Create a logo yourself – Option 1inkscape_logo

Early on in my efforts to create a web design business i wanted to find out a way of creating a logo for myself but didn’t want to pay out for using Photoshop. I discovered through my online research a fantastic tool that once you get the hang of it you can do so much with. Inkscape is an open source piece of software which is comparible to Photoshop’s Illustrator and i have to say that after using both i do find inkscape easier to learn and use. Using simple shapes and fonts you can easily turn your company name into a great logo and i use it for creating logos for some of my clients. Below are a selection of logo’s i have created in inkscape..for more info on inkscape you can see a description of the finer points here

 

logo post for website

 

 

 

Another great resource you can use with Inkscape is a website called Dafont where you can download all manner of fonts and dingbats (dingbats are great for t shirt designs) for Free. Some of them do have specific rights though so do read the license agreement first.

There are also so many great tutorials on youtube for using Inkscape that i am sure after a few videos you will be able to create a great looking logo for yourself. At some point i will be posting a tutorial on how to create a logo for free using inkscape and walk you through the process but for now i would suggest taking a look at it

 

Create a Logo (The really easy way) – Option 2

The first time i needed to create a logo i used a website called Logo garden. They offer a free solution to creating a logo for yourself for free but you will not be able to use it in hi def form as you only get a low res image..having said that..it is perfectly acceptable to be used on a website. They have a number of different themes and shapes and it really is as easy as choosing a symbol and adding your text. You can add shadows and effects and it will take you 8 mins to come up with a decent looking logo that people would think cost a fair few dollars. to have a look just click the link below.



If you decide that you really like your logo then it isn’t all that expensive to upgrade to a hi res format.

Whichever option you choose remember that although a logo is a great thing to have for your business a brand is not just a logo and building a brand takes time and research. I will be posting about building a brand in another post but for now have fun creating your own logos and as always drop me a comment below.

 

Pete.

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