What software do logo designers use
What software should I use for logo design?
If you are new to the world of logo design, one of the most important decisions to make is what software to use for the job.
In this series of quick tips, we'll look at some common design scenarios and how to find the most suitable software program for your project.
Do you have a logo to create? Read on to discover some of the best tools in the business ...
What software should I use to design a logo?
Logos may look simple, but your creative ideas can really disappoint if you don't choose the best software for the job.
Logo designers each have their own preferred design process. Many prefer to work with hand-drawn motifs, scan them into the computer and digitize them from there. To make a logo flexible and editable, as well as easy to scale, you'll always have a happier client when you create a vectorized logo. These are the best software options for creating this vector design:
Option 1: Adobe Illustrator
The design & illustration team here at Tuts + is no stranger. Illustrator is a firm favorite with vector artists, and it's also a very versatile, intuitive program for creating graphic-based logos.
Illustrator is a vector graphics and illustration program ideal for creating logo designs from scratch, or you can work with scanned designs by placing them on an artboard and using them Image tracking Panel.
The main advantage? Illustrator is an advanced vector program that feels simple and intuitive. From simple monochrome designs to more complex 3D-style logos, Illustrator handles both equally. The program's color management features are fantastic too.
The disadvantage? When working with scanned documents that have been tracked, some of the properties of the original design may be lost. However, this can result in a more polished logo design so both an advantage and a disadvantage can be seen.
Option 2: CorelDRAW
CorelDRAW is a mainstream competitor to Illustrator and is a great alternative. It generally feels easier to get started with, and it lacks the bells and whistles that come with Illustrator CC. This makes it a solid choice for anyone new to vector or logo design.
A large number of logo designers are still loyal to Corel and love the ease of use and straightforward demeanor it brings to the vector market.
The main advantage?CorelDRAW is a cheaper alternative to Illustrator and you will have no problem creating most logo designs.
The disadvantage? Some Illustrator fans would argue that CorelDRAW lacks sophistication and advanced features, and you will find that most design and branding agencies are loyal to Adobe products.
Option 3 (The Curveball): Adobe InDesign
InDesign? For logos?
While it's not the common choice for designing logos, if your logo is type-based rather than graphic-based, InDesign is great for editing advanced-level typography.
Take a look at this tutorial on creating type logos to get your creative juices flowing!
The logo design process consists of two parts.
First you need to be creative and design your logo. This part of the process is primarily down to personal preference. Prefer to hand-draw and then draw your logo afterwards (illustratoris a good choice for this), or do you want to create your lettering logo from scratch and have more flexibility with typographic effects (see InDesign to help you out here).
The last part of the process is where the software selection becomes really important. In this case, you create a final version of the logo in a format that is easy to use. No customer wants an inflexible JPEG logo. You want to be able to edit and scale a vector version. With that in mind, it's best to turn to a vector program like illustrator or Coreldraw to finalize and export your logo.
As long as you can gravitate your draft designs into a vector program, there is no right or wrong way to create a logo! And if you need inspiration, Envato Market has a huge collection of logo designs.
We'd love to hear your thoughts and find out your personal software settings for logo design. Are you an Adobe lover or do you prefer to use CorelDRAW easily? Are you an advocate of showing hands before digitizing? Do share your thoughts in the comments below!
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