How to Make a Logo in Adobe Photoshop Easily


Knowing how to make a logo in Photoshop can be a very daunting task. Especially because Photoshop wasn’t built with logo design in mind.

One of the major qualities of a logo design software is the ability to scale up or down without losing quality, and that is why Illustrator is better preferred. However, what Photoshop lacks in application, it makes up for in popularity.

So, if you need to know how to make a unique logo in Photoshop but don’t want to pay a professional, this article can walk you through basic steps to doing so.

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How to Make a Logo in Photoshop

Follow these steps to learn how to make a logo in photoshop easily

#1. Think about your logo idea

The first step to creating a logo in photoshop is to think about what you want to create. Most designers begin each project with a sketch, whether it’s a drawing of what the logo should look like or written notes of what you’d like to include.

Give yourself a brainstorming session, where you’d have to think through what it is you really want to design before going to Photoshop to create it.

Keep these notes/sketches handy so you can consult them when designing on Photoshop. This helps to put your mind on the final product.

#2. Create New Document

The next stage is to open Photoshop and create a new document/canvas. Here’s how to do so; Open Photoshop and Select File > New to create a new document, and a dialog box will open with lots of setting options.

Choose dimensions of about 1000px by 700px for starters. This is just to test tun the environment. You can always change the size of your canvas later on.

Set your background to transparent, your resolution to 300, and the color mode to RBG Color 8 Bit. Now click “OK” and you’ll have a blank document space ready to fill.

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#3. Add Layers

A log in Photoshop needs layers. This means that ou’d need to put each element of the ogo on its own layer, as this will make it easier to fix things if you make mistakes later on.

To add layers, select “Add New Layer” from the bottom of the layers panel or simply click Shift + Ctrl + N to create a new layer.

If you’re going to use a texture or background as part of your logo you’ll want to add it now by either dragging and dropping the image from the saved folder onto the canvas, which will automatically create a new layer, or by opening an image in a separate tab then selecting All (Ctrl+A), cutting (Ctrl+C) then pasting the image onto an empty layer in your logo.

Placing the background image on a separate layer makes it easy to drop behind all the other elements in your logo so nothing else gets covered up.

#4. Artworks or Nah?

Many non graphic designers may find it difficult to add artworks to their logo to make it look better. In this case, it’s best to stick to an Only-text logo. Besides, most major brands just use an only text logo. E.g Netflix.

As a graphic designer, you can add the artwork in its own layer to your logo to enable you work the text around the design. Ensure you keep this layer below the text layers and above any background you created.

If you’d like to adjust the image to make it look better, you may want to work with a professional designer. As you may likely ruin in the mage in a bid to make it better.

Noetheless, go ahead to add artworks to your logo to make it stand out.

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#5. Choose your Logo Text

The next step is to decide which font or fonts you’d be using for the leters/texts in your logo. If you are going to use more than one font, then you’ll want to use a separate layer for each of the fonts so that the letters can be adjusted individually.

To add text, select the “Type Tool” feature and click anywhere on the canvas. A blinking cursor should appear, and when it does, you can start typing out the letters in your logo.

After typing, you can either choose the “Selection Tool” from the top of the Tool Bar or simply select Ctrl + V to switch from the Type Tool to the Selection Tool.

The “Selection Tool” can be used to move the typed text round the canvas, but if you’d want to edit the text, you’ll have to choose the Type Tool again, then highlight the text by drag selecting across it, then click in to edit the text once again.

#6. Change Text Color

To change the color of the text, highlight the text using Type Tool and click on the“Font Color” box in the tool bar area above the canvas.

A dialog box will appear that allows you to change the color through Pantone swatches in the Color Libraries area or by clicking on a color field.

Choose a color from the rainbow strip in the middle and the selection field will change to that color. This allows you to find the exact color you’re looking for.

More so, if your logo will be used on the Web you may want to consider checking the “Only Web Colors” box so your colors will all be Web safe since some colors are best reserved for printing purposes only.

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#7. Try a Drop Shadow

To add a drop shadow to the text, right click on the Type layer and then choose “Blending Options” from the dialog box.

Click on “Drop Shadow” to choose from a variety of options that will affect the appearance of the drop shadow.

Ensure you select “Use Global Light” and choose either Multiply or Hard Light as the Blend Mode for the boldest look.

You can adjust the direction of the shadow by clicking on the Angle dial or manually entering a number in the box to set the angle of light source.

Afterward, check the “Preview box” below the “OK” and “Cancel” buttons to see what each change looks like.

#8. Other Text Effects

You can decide to play around with some other effects on your texts to see how it’d turn out. You can try the “Outer Glow” function to add visual interest to your font. Use it sparingly as it may look sloppy if overdone.

To add a three-dimensional quality to your text, you can choose the “Bevel and Emboss” option. This will highlight the edges of the font making it appear by 3D. Add Contour to make it really stand out.

If you’d like your text to be outlined, then choose “Stroke” from the list of “Blending options”.

When you’re happy with what your logo and text looks like, you can save the image in whatever format you want.

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Learning how to make a logo in Photoshop is an easy ad gradual process. You have to invest time and effort.

More so, if you’re a newbie, you may want to consider taking online classes on Photoshop to help you.

All the best!

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