They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but visual impressions do count for a lot and creating a great logo for your business, blog or website is essential. DesignEvo is a free online tool that works brilliantly.
DesignEvo is a logo designer for people that don’t have the time to spend with a design application creating their own personal artwork from scratch. It is for people that don’t want to or cannot afford to spend a lot of money employing a graphic designer to create their logo. It is also for people that are not good at design because it makes designing easy.
I am all of those! No money, rubbish at design, no time and so on. However, I had a great logo created in just a few minutes with DesignEvo.
1 Create a logo with DesignEvo
Go to the DesignEvo website in a web browser and click the Make a Free Logo button on the home page to create a logo. You will need to sign in to the site in order to save the logo when you have finished, so you may as well create a free account and sign in before clicking that button. Logos up to 300 x 300 pixels can be created with a free account.
2 Browse the templates
The idea is that you browse the large collection of ready-made logos and select one that is close to what you want, then you customize it to suit your needs. The logos are organised into categories like food and drink, fashion, lifestyle, technology, travel and so on. The search box at the top enables you to find what you need.
3 Select a template
Select a template and you are offered two choices, show similar logo templates or customize this one. Every element in it can be customized in the template and there is dummy text you can replace, images that can be removed or added to and so on.
After selecting a ready-made logo, you are prompted to enter the website, blog or business name, and the slogan, or bumper sticker as some people call it and there is a list of fonts on the left of the logo.
4 Change and customize the text
Changing the style of the text is straightforward and clicking once on an object selects it and double clicking a text object makes the text editable. You can select the dummy text with the mouse or keyboard and then click a font in the list to apply it. Just replace the text with your own.
Text formatting tools appear at the top of the window and you can switch the font, change the size and color, apply bold and italic and show a panel with many special effects. The opacity, outline, width, shadow/glow, blur and other text attributes can all be customized to produce the effect you want.
There are some art-type fun fonts on a separate tab and these can be applied to the selected text in the logo.
5 Add shapes to the logo
Select Shape in the left toolbar and there is a collection of shapes that can be added to the logo. Clicking an object adds it to the logo design. Clicking an object selects it and then the handles at the corners can be dragged to resize it. DesignEvo supports layers, so an object can be selected and moved up or down the layers to make it appear to be in front of or behind other objects in the design.
6 Color the background and objects
Any object or the background can be selected, whether it is text or an image, and then the color can be changed by selecting a new one from a palette. The background color of the logo can be set or it can be made transparent. Object fills and outlines can be colored, and text can be colored. Gradient fills are available for the background and for objects.
Objects can be selected, resized, rotated, colored and moved, but there are also predefined layouts, such as displaying the text below or above, to the left or right of the graphic object.
7 Preview the logo and download it
When the logo is finished and you are happy with it, it can be previewed. This is useful and also fun too. You can see the logo on a business card, a letter and other places. Even on a t-shirt. This is great. If you like it, the logo can be downloaded and saved to disk. It downloads as a zip file and this contains both .jpg and .png images.
DesignEvo can be used for free providing that you share a link to the DesignEvo website on social media, your blog or elsewhere to help get the word out. There are also paid options for people that need more features and compared to what you would pay a professional logo designer, it is reasonably priced.
DesignEvo is a great online tool that is good for the artistically challenged. If you need a logo and don’t want to employ someone to create it for you, DesignEvo can be used to make one in a few minutes. It is recommended.