Professional Logos With Gimp? Is That Possible?

by seoed
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Hi,

I know there are pro logo designers out there who almost always use
Photoshop for their work.

This software is not cheap but there is an equivalent which is called Gimp
and is free.

I know that it is not as good as PS but it can do almost everything what PS can do.

I just tried some of the free Gimp logo design tutorials on youtube and I simply imitated every step there, the result was not bad for me.

But what I ask myself is if there is really anyone out here who uses Gimp to make real pro logos? Can you show some of them? Or do you know a good tutorial how to make one?
#gimp #logos #professional
  • Profile picture of the author Pongo
    I have made some banners with gimp and I think they look good ~ you can pm me for the location of these.
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    • Profile picture of the author opt in
      I did Photoshop for a long time and went to Gimp just to try it. For simple cut and paste, crop, flatten, resizing, rotation and other basic functions is fine but I didn't find much functions related to 3D, perspective effects in it.

      Maybe I didn't try enough.

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  • Profile picture of the author Roxyj
    Hi seoed,
    Gimp & Photoshop are raster based programs. What you need to design a logo is a vector based program like Illustrator. I believe that Inkscape is an alternative to illustrator.
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    • Profile picture of the author r30ducez
      Originally Posted by Roxyj View Post

      Hi seoed,
      Gimp & Photoshop are raster based programs. What you need to design a logo is a vector based program like Illustrator. I believe that Inkscape is an alternative to illustrator.
      I agree, Illustrator would be a better choice when it comes to actually creating logos. PS and Gimp can be used for basic stuff, but you are limited.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
      Originally Posted by Roxyj View Post

      Hi seoed,
      Gimp & Photoshop are raster based programs. What you need to design a logo is a vector based program like Illustrator. I believe that Inkscape is an alternative to illustrator.
      You can design logos with photoshop using paths...........or shapes
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    • Profile picture of the author amcg
      Originally Posted by Roxyj View Post

      Hi seoed,
      Gimp & Photoshop are raster based programs. What you need to design a logo is a vector based program like Illustrator. I believe that Inkscape is an alternative to illustrator.
      This. I think it's worth hiring a designer for a logo as opposed to using GIMP or indeed you own design skills. The identity means a lot for a web based business, it's worth getting it right.
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      • Profile picture of the author sejbt23
        I use Gimp all the time. My personal experience with it is that it does anything I need it to do. I agree that flaming text is a good option if they have what you are looking for. You could even use a combination of both if you wanted.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
          Originally Posted by sejbt23 View Post

          I use Gimp all the time. My personal experience with it is that it does anything I need it to do. I agree that flaming text is a good option if they have what you are looking for. You could even use a combination of both if you wanted.
          If you guys think "flaming text" is ok to produce logo's with, then we are on completely different levels of perception when it comes to what a quality logo or graphic is.....

          Those tools are not to be used for professional design work. Gimp possible can be, but "Flaming Text" will not produce quality work.

          Guns do not kill people, spoons do not make people fat, and graphic tools, programs and anything else that produces so called professional graphics will not make quality design work. ONLY trained or practiced graphic designers with design skills can do that.

          One thing I have seen over the years here on the WF is that peoples ideas and perceptions of quality design work on a scale of 1-10 is like a 3.

          I mean no disrepect to anyone in writing this post, but seriously, if you want quality design work, you have to hire a designer, someone skilled or trained who knows what they are doing, who has an eye for design, and there are a small handful on this forum, just search for designers, and compare all the different skill levels, it should be real obvious after looking at 15 or 20 different designers what skill level they are at, and what type of work they do best.

          Some of these people on the WF posing as designers are actually design firms in other countries, some are very small companies, some are large and some are just individuals who design for a living by freelancing, such as me.

          Back to the subject at hand. I can assure you that 99.9% of all professional designers utilize adobe products, such as photoshop, illustrator, etc.... not Gimp or anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShaneGorry
    A good logo is made by a good graphic designer. Provided they have experience using both Gimp and PS they could use either to create a great logo.

    Additionally there are many other great programs out there that could be used for creating a logo provided the user has the graphical design skills and knows how to use the program.

    Programs such as PS and Gimp are simply tools. It is the abilities of the graphic designer that makes a great logo, not the program they use to make it. Probably the number one reason most graphic designers choose PS is that they find it to be the best overall tool for the job.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaneGorry
      Actually yes, I guess as others have pointed out above, many designers actually use illustrator for much of there design work as well as other tools from the Adobe Creative Suite. That is of course if they can afford it.

      Personally I find Xara Designer Pro a more affordable alternative plus I use a couple of other Adobe tools where Designer Pro doesn't suit my needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paperchasing
    99.999% of what most people would be trying to do in Photoshop could be done in Gimp just as well. The difference between apps like these tends to be in workflow features more than total functionality.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeDRL
    I create all of my WSOs using gimp including sales letter, product design and logo design!
    It's as good as Photoshop but I will agree that it is less user-friendly.

    But it's FREE so yeah, good option!

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    • Profile picture of the author Roxyj
      Like ShaneGorry said above, computer programs are just a tool. Before you worry about the program, use a piece of paper and a pencil and sketch out your ideas. When you get an idea that you like, refine it until it's almost "polished" Then you can decide what program to use to get the logo that you want. Then, scan in your sketch (or take a digital photo of it) and clean it up by redrawing it and coloring it in.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    It just depends on your skills and whether you incorporate branding psychology into it. Personally, I'm okay at design but there's always someone better. Why not hire them instead and give your company the best you can give?
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    Firstly, using Photoshop for logos is the wrong method.

    Illustrator or Inkscape are the programs to use when designing logos.

    Gimp is a good free resource, though I find working off online software is slow and laborious at times, but understandable if that's your only option!
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    • Profile picture of the author Paperchasing
      Originally Posted by visualju View Post

      Firstly, using Photoshop for logos is the wrong method.

      Illustrator or Inkscape are the programs to use when designing logos.

      Gimp is a good free resource, though I find working off online software is slow and laborious at times, but understandable if that's your only option!
      Yeah, I meant to say this also. You should be using a vector program for logo creation the majority of the time. No sense in locking yourself into a specific resolution for osmething you'll need to replicate in different situations.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I think creating professional looking graphics has more to do with the designer's skill than the tools they are using. I bet if you gave a pro-designer GIMP he or she would find a way to get the results their client was looking for.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

      I think creating professional looking graphics has more to do with the designer's skill than the tools they are using. I bet if you gave a pro-designer GIMP he or she would find a way to get the results their client was looking for.
      Amen to that. A true professional would create a professional logo with a piece of coal on a packaging paper, while an amateur can use the very best tools available and still accomplish nothing at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author manVSspam
        It is not only about a designer's skill, it’s also about workflow and speed, which IMO Photoshop and illustrator do very well. It’s like saying a web designer can create a website using only a text editor or a programmer can create a application using only C++.

        Photoshop handles layers and color management better, there is also the support.
        I have a background in visual effects and design and use Photoshop every day and have been for over 10 years. I did try gimp (paintshop pro and corel) because I didn’t want to pay that much for Photoshop (I used a pirate Photoshop since version 1 but decided to go legal for commercial purposes with CS2) but ended up purchasing Photoshop extended and have never regretted it.

        In the film industry everything moves so fast, shots need to get completed quick, so professionals need a stable application and need to know they can pick up the phone and call if there is a problem.

        I think GIMP is great for personal use but for professional use there is a reason why Photoshop is the industry standard.

        If anyone has any questions about Photoshop, just ask
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  • Profile picture of the author MyCogitate
    I am a pro photoshop user, well I am surprised to know that is a free application there for doing the job that can be done by photoshop.. well I also look forward to see logos by using that software gimp
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  • Profile picture of the author seoed
    hey, I didnt know that a vector program is better when designing a logo.

    And if there is even a free alternative like Roxyj pointed out then this is really amazing.

    But why is using such a software better than Gimp or PS?

    By the way I as a noob made this logo with Gimp (see attachment)
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by seoed View Post

      hey, I didnt know that a vector program is better when designing a logo. ... But why is using such a software better than Gimp or PS?
      Imagine you designed a logo for your website in Gimp or Photoshop. Let's say it's 300 pixels wide by 150 pixels high. It looks nice on your website.

      Now, you grow your business and you decide you want some business cards. If you only want your logo 1/2" high, it'll look fine. Might even look good at 1" high.

      Now, say you want letterhead, and you want the logo 1.5" high. It might look okay, or it might begin to look a little less crisp and more bitmappy.

      Now let's imagine you want a sign for your building or a magnetic sign for your car, and you want the logo 12" high, well, it's going to start to look really bad.

      Now, imagine you want a billboard. Your logo will look like garbage.

      When you take a bitmap or raster image and blow it up, you lose resolution. What might have been a dot that was 1 pixel will become a square that grows larger and more noticeable the more you increase its size. As such, curves will be less curvy and more like a series of blocks stepping on top of each other. It's just going to look worse the more you enlarge it.

      You can, of course, minimize that by making your original bitmap image really really HUGE and then most instances where you use it, you make it smaller instead of bigger. When you make things smaller, you won't be losing resolution as you would when enlarging.

      So, that's the problem with creating stuff in Photoshop or Gimp. They are best used for photographic images and not so much for full design, although the newer versions of Photoshop keep adding more and more vector capabilities. Don't know about Gimp.

      So, if you create a nice logo in Photoshop and then later need it larger, you're probably going to end up having to recreate it or settle for it looking bad.

      With vector art, such as what Illustrator can create, you avoid that. When you create a logo using vectors, you are basically defining that logo in mathematical terms instead of pixels. So, if I design something that's 3 inches by 1 inch high as vector art, I can blow that up to 300 inches by 100 inches without any loss of resolution, because the image is not defined as a series of pixels but as mathematically defined curves and angles and such.

      So, I can take that vector art and I can export it to a web graphic or I can print it on my printer or I can send it to a print shop or I can send it to a sign shop, and no matter what size I have it made, it's going to come out looking good without any additional work on my part.

      On the other hand, if you try that with a bitmap or raster image, you're going to have a tough time if the original art you created is smaller than what you later need to use it for. You'll probably end up doing a lot of tweaking or recreation that could have been avoided by using vector art to begin with.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagits
    Of course it's possible. Just search for some tutorials on Youtube. Even though GIMP is an amazing program I still prefer Photoshop and Illustrator
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  • Profile picture of the author jenncruz
    Just because the Gimp is free, doesn't mean it's not professional-grade!

    I use Gimp for anything a Photoshop user would use PS for.

    Learn it, love it! The gimp is amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pongo
    I did these in Gimp and I have almost no experience with the program. I got what I wanted with it.





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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Before you decide what tools you need, you first need to decide on what you want to do with your logo, then you need someone with artistic skill to produce it.

      There's a big difference between a raster logo and a vector logo and there are different skills, different levels of skill and entirely different software packages for each each with their own unique tools.

      The industry standard for professional (vector) logo design is Adobe Illustrator and has been for quite some time.

      Professional logo designers would not touch GIMP with a bargepole even for raster output.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    The only drawback to Gimp that i see with Gimp is that it cant edit PSD files in it's original form.
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  • Profile picture of the author sts2k
    Professional Logos are done using Adobe Illustrator almost exclusively. Adobe Photoshop is great for other things but for logos it isn't used as much as you think. Gimp is a good open source free alternative but there is a reason why people still purchase Illustrator and Photoshop. My 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author robie
    Talking about professional logo is talking about experiences. How many years we have been doing logos. The longer you're at it, the better you make professional logo. GIMP is just a tool. But it is not recommended to make a professional logo. It would be best to use Illustrator or Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    It doesn't matter, your better off paying someone to design your logo for you, you can get some fairly good designs done at fiverr for as little as $5. Why waste your time learning a new tool that your only ever going to use a handful of times in your life? Instead focus on your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Flamingtext is pretty good for generating logos. It seems to use the GIMP rendering engine.
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