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campinmom03
Junior Member

USA
190 Posts

Posted - 27 January 2008 :  15:51:25  Show Profile
Hello. I was curious as to what program do you guys use to create great looking logos?


Have a great day!
Terry

JJenson
Advanced Member

USA
2121 Posts

Posted - 27 January 2008 :  16:01:58  Show Profile  Visit JJenson's Homepage
The one that my company uses is Illustrator. BUt I always use Fireworks
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muzishun
Senior Member

United States
1079 Posts

Posted - 27 January 2008 :  20:11:55  Show Profile  Visit muzishun's Homepage
My business partner uses Photoshop for his graphic design work. Sometimes he also uses Illustrator.

Bill Parrott
Senior Web Programmer, University of Kansas
Co-Owner and Code Monkey, Eternal Second Designs (www.eternalsecond.com)
Personal Website (www.chimericdream.com)
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weeweeslap
Senior Member

USA
1077 Posts

Posted - 27 January 2008 :  21:03:12  Show Profile  Visit weeweeslap's Homepage  Send weeweeslap an AOL message  Send weeweeslap a Yahoo! Message
My graphics person uses Fireworks and he does a great job and it does great at giving out small file sizes.

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kmac
New Member

USA
58 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  09:10:58  Show Profile
campinmom03 - Good graphics work can be done on any number of programs, and you don't need to spend several hundred dollars. If you could give an example of what you'd like to do, I'm sure somebody could suggest an appropriate tool. i.e., what's a great looking logo?
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muzishun
Senior Member

United States
1079 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  11:48:59  Show Profile  Visit muzishun's Homepage
I agree with kmac. While I am not a fabulous graphic designer like my partner, I dabble in some graphic work. Since I don't want to spend the hundreds of dollars for programs I use infrequently, I have used various free tools like Gimp, Open Office Draw, and Inkscape. Any of these, along with everything suggested above, could yield quality results when used by someone with the experience (or patience) necessary for design work.

Bill Parrott
Senior Web Programmer, University of Kansas
Co-Owner and Code Monkey, Eternal Second Designs (www.eternalsecond.com)
Personal Website (www.chimericdream.com)
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campinmom03
Junior Member

USA
190 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  13:29:51  Show Profile
Hey guys thank you all for the feedback. It is appreciated!

Kmac & Muzishun I am thankful for the honesty and the additional info you provided for me. Its nice to know I won't have to break the bank trying to produce descent graphics. I will take a look over at those links noted.

What I was wanting to do is update my old logo. It was basic text on a picture with a frame around it. It was ok, but certainly not looking anything near what I see on websites today.

At the time of posting this question, I was frustrated with the results I was getting with an old photoshop program and a flash program. Both are good programs and can be used for many graphics, but when I was done tinkering with them in the hopes to be satisfied with the end product, I was either coming up with a look I didn't like or the file size was too big.

When a couple of you (JJenson and weeweeslap) posted that they use Fireworks it got me thinking. I did get one for Christmas but I did not use it cause I was not familiar with it. Well I broke it out and with only a quick lesson I came out with a better logo. (Better than the other one anyway). I'm not done tweaking it... so don't laugh. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. Besides, I have this community as a great source of support to get me to where I'm going!

http://www.myfamilyforumz.com


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Terry

Edited by - campinmom03 on 28 January 2008 13:30:53
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bobby131313
Senior Member

USA
1162 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  14:10:28  Show Profile  Visit bobby131313's Homepage
This site...

http://vectormagic.stanford.edu/

...can be a big help at cleaning things up once you get the hang of it.

Switch the order of your title tags
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AnonJr
Moderator

United States
5765 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  14:15:42  Show Profile  Visit AnonJr's Homepage
You can also find some good Inkscape tutorials at http://screencasters.heathenx.org/
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campinmom03
Junior Member

USA
190 Posts

Posted - 28 January 2008 :  20:31:52  Show Profile
bobby131313 and AnonJr thank you for the links.

I have a lot of reading to do but in the meantime take another look. I spent some time tweaking it out again today.

All comments good or bad are welcome. The link is above... go easy on me fellas.

Again thank you all for the valuable information.


Have a great day!
Terry
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Hamlin
Advanced Member

United Kingdom
2386 Posts

Posted - 29 January 2008 :  06:32:29  Show Profile
To add to the list of free tools, Paint.Net is my favourite.

http://www.getpaint.net/
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Panhandler
Average Member

USA
783 Posts

Posted - 29 January 2008 :  09:14:08  Show Profile  Visit Panhandler's Homepage
Producing great graphics is more dependent on training and talent than software, imho.

I use CorelDraw but when my truck camper group wanted a club identification, I ended up using a graphic artist.

The graphic artist was able to produce a series of images with a good balance between color, text, image and size.
The professionally done work just had a "look" to it.

The graphic artist used Illustrator.
I imported the work into CorelDraw and tweaked a few colors until I felt perfectly happy with it.

So. . .simply having the software to do the work did not get me to where I wanted to be.




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AnonJr
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United States
5765 Posts

Posted - 29 January 2008 :  12:53:26  Show Profile  Visit AnonJr's Homepage
I have to second Panhandler on this one - good graphics design is more a function of talent than tools. Having said that, having quality tools does make the job easier. I've found a number of good sites with tutorials (in addition to the one I posted earlier):

http://inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com/
http://meetthegimp.org/ (not exactly the best quality screencast, but the info is golden)
http://kalaalog.com/
http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.html
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Color/ColorTheory/
http://www.sitepoint.com/ (has more than just graphics design - I love 'em.)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Color/ColorTheory/

And that's just some of them. For tools,

On my Windows PCs I tend to use the following:
- Paint.NET
- PhotoFiltre
- Google's Picasa
- Inkscape
- Xara
- GIMP - I have it, I just haven't taken the time to learn it well... there is a learning curve.
- I have a copy of Fireworks, but I haven't used it in ages.

On my Linux laptop, I've been playing with I have the following:
- Google's Picasa
- Inkscape
- Xara
- GIMP - I have it, I just haven't taken the time to learn it well... there is a learning curve.
- I'm looking at some others, but these seem to be sufficient for most of what I'm doing.


<sidenote>Some people wonder why it takes me so long to get stuff done at work... it only took me 45 min. to post this as I kept getting interrupted for this and that and some other stuff.</sidenote>
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