Introduction: Make a Cool Logo in Photoshop in 10 Minutes or Less!

In this instructable, you will learn to make a cool logo for yourself like the pros in 5 minutes or less! The example I have provided is very basic, but you can get much cooler results if you get more involved. I am using Photoshop CS3, but I'm sure it will work with earlier versions or other programs. Let's get started!

Step 1: Step 1: Getting Started

OK, here we go. Start with a new blank document. I used 500x500, but you can use whatever works for you. This concept is very adaptable.

Step 2: Drawing the Basic Form

Now, get out your pen tool (shortcut "p"). Draw a line with it, then grab the point where your line ended and drag it a bit. If you still don't understand this, play around a bit with the pen tool and you'll get it. It's a valuable skill to have. The picture illustrates what I ended up with, a very basic pen shape. If you have not already, make sure the shape is filled with black, or the darkest that you are going to go with whatever color you are using.

Step 3: Layering Up the Logo

In this step, you'll start to see the logo itself take shape. What I like to do is go to the layer with the shape on it and select all (ctrl+a) and copy and paste (ctrl+c, ctrl+v) which should copy the shape to a new layer. Then transform that newly copied shape (ctrl+t) so that it is smaller than the original. A good tip for keeping the dimensions correct is to hold shift while you are transforming. Load the selection (select, load selection) and use the paint bucket tool to fill it with a slightly lighter color. It is important to load the selection instead of just filling it, as if you do not, then the shape will appear to have jagged edges.

Step 4: Time for a Progress Check!

At this point, you should have something like this.

Step 5: Adding More of the Same...

Just repeat step 3 now.

Step 6: And You Are Finished!

That wasn't so bad, was it? Here a couple examples of how it could turn out. On the black and white one, I just applied "Satin" under blending options. On the second one, I used the Sumi-E filter. Enjoy!

Comments

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emnafadila made it! (author)2017-03-28

Skilled designers have to work to design a logo and this
takes work. To design a logo, you need to invest time and effort. It is not
equivalent to just playing on the computer for a few hours.
https://www.google.com/

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iam sydney made it! (author)2017-02-20

i have selected the pen as you said but when i try painting it black , no change

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JulianLee23 made it! (author)2016-12-02

In my honest opinion I prefer to use Corel when working on my designs. It's more accurate and has many more possibilities than Photoshop. I suggest checking this article out http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/logo-design/ and if there are beginners reading this, my suggestion is to work with Corel instead of Photoshop because it is easier. :)

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Vito RayP made it! (author)2016-11-15

sialan... harus premium segala -_-"

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hezielv made it! (author)2016-10-14

Thanks for this tutorial, I really need it :)

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Eonian BrandI made it! (author)2016-10-12

Logo defines the identity of the company and hence extra care needs to be taken while designing a Logo. I would not recommend you to design logo of your own company if you don't have eexpertise in that. A logo should be designed with proper logic. If you don't have much experience in the field of Logo Designing that please get in touch with Eonian Brand Ideas India: http://www.eonian.co.in/logo-design/

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RobinM106 made it! (author)2016-06-15

You share your tutorial with 10 pages for 10 steps! I think you did it to get more page view. Am I right? Ok, I understand it! No problem. Thanks for sharing these steps to make a cool logo in photoshop. But I was looking for more advanced tutotials and finaly I find this one: http://www.advancedphotoshoptutorial.com

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kreeningsons made it! (author)2007-09-10

Go research the actual purpose of logos and get back to me on this tutorial.

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Ash_Lethal made it! (author)Ash_Lethal2016-06-01

ditto.

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Ash_Lethal made it! (author)Ash_Lethal2016-06-01

ditto.

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LevLiveDotCom made it! (author)LevLiveDotCom2008-05-11

I second that.

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brettjandersen made it! (author)brettjandersen2015-01-06

Agreed. Lots more goes into logo creation than playing with Photoshop. One of the big reasons you need to use vector is to allow the logo to be scalable and not lose quality. Photoshop is a raster (pixels (little squares) ) program and you cannot make a logo any larger than the original size without some big problems.

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mwwdesign made it! (author)mwwdesign2008-05-11

Indeed. There's a reason companies invest millions of dollars into their corporate identity. Playing with Photoshop like this isn't one of them. Sorry. First hint: 'vector'

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Ash_Lethal made it! (author)2016-06-01

professional artist and designer here, over 10 years of experience and i have to agree with the other pro comments. i would highly recommend NOT following any of the advice on this page; photoshop is not for logos and shouldn't be substitute, unless of course you consider being honest and upfront with your clients that in the future what you provide will need more work. This tutorial may help you appear to be professional but I assure you that your final product you provide will be far less than. And I can definitely tell you that using a 500x500 pixel template is not going to work and saying the concept is "very adaptable" could not be more wrong. This person does not understand the basic technicalities of graphic design; this tutorial makes that very clear to those of us who do.

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IrfansyahI made it! (author)2016-04-10

Photoshop very recomment for make logo just manipulation of pics.. i used corel draw because it's a vector, You can zoom or resize the pics so then dehiscent.

Via: Desainavirss

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KamranK2 made it! (author)2015-05-23

Useful tutorial, I want to make a nice logo for my webiste http://googlewebtech.blogspot.com if anyone interested to work so kindly contact.

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Stevrr made it! (author)Stevrr2016-03-27

Follow this link to get custom logo for $5 in 2 days https://www.fiverr.com/rosaline95/create-the-vintage-logo-you-want

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Dangrin27290 made it! (author)Dangrin272902015-11-18

hello Kamran. My name is Daniel and I am a graphic designer who specializes in logo making. If you are interested in a logo please contact me at dangrin27290@gmail.com

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Stevrr made it! (author)2016-03-27

Save yourself the stress and follow this link to get a custom logo design for as low as $5 https://www.fiverr.com/rosaline95/create-the-vintage-logo-you-want

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DonR37 made it! (author)2016-03-25

I start a page and i want a logo. This was very useful, simple and nice.
Thanks :)

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AndreaD2 made it! (author)2015-06-03

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WilliamB12 made it! (author)2015-02-03

Useful tut even great for the beginners to learn.

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ВасильГ made it! (author)2014-09-29

Nice article. I read it with pleasure.

People who don't know how to begin to create logos must read this article

https://www.logaster.com/blog/how-to-get-a-logo/

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KerynC made it! (author)2014-09-21

Thanks for this. Since I don't have a global company and millions of dollars to invest in a logo, this served the purpose of offering access into Photoshop so that I can fool around myself.

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mehvish.arshad.1 made it! (author)2014-09-04

oh so sweet!!

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genncis made it! (author)2014-08-02

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rbirri made it! (author)2012-04-13

I think it's nice. Just a tutorial on how to make something basic for personal use. I really appreciate it! Totally helped me out thank you!

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hazzy1 made it! (author)2009-05-12

Lol this is alryte for a simple logo design. But it's not realy advanced , last night a made a ball type logo with chrome bits on it took me 30 mins and that's advanced... and did you say you use VISTA , because if you want to be a real logo designer it is better to have XP because vista slow's your performance right down due to how many processes are running at once ... ( i may make a tutorial in a bit)

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LingLing1337 made it! (author)2008-05-11

Sorry, I guess that my point is being misconstrued. I didn't intend for this to be a replacement for a multi-million dollar identity or a corporate logo, I just meant it to be a nice personal design. Thanks for all the comments!

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Punkguyta made it! (author)2007-09-09

Vista!!!! *Growls* Get aways!!! Otherwise, pretty simplistic but decent looking effects.

-Punk