Which software should logo designers use?

by ep2002
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So I'm trying to find a logo designer, & a couple of them have said that you shouldn't use Photoshop, only Illustrator due to vector graphics.

So why are so many logo designers using Photoshop?

Which software do you think they should use & why?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author nowservingpixels
    Vector graphics and raster graphics are very different.

    Raster graphics are made up of a series of individual colored boxes known as pixels. They're static. Once something has been designed as a raster, it can never be enlarged without pixelation and quality loss.

    Vector graphics are made up of mathematical formulas that dictate all of the properties of a graphic on an X and Y axis. They're more dynamic in that they can be enlarged infinitely without quality loss.

    Since a logo needs to be versatile enough to be used in a variety of different ways, it makes sense to create it in a format that offers the most versatility, which would be vector. This is why logo designers prefer vector applications (like Illustrator and Inkscape) over raster (Photoshop, GIMP.)

    That's not to say that a great logo can't be designed in Photoshop. It certainly can, but it would be like using a fork to eat your cereal. There's much better tools for the job.

    Vector tools work best for things like logos, icons, UI. Raster tools work best for photo editing and manipulation.

    That said, I think logo designers should use whichever software they're most comfortable and proficient with. If you hire a logo designer who uses Photoshop, just make sure that they create it at a really, really large size. At least 4,000 pixels in one dimension. It would suck if one day you decide to have your logo used on a vehicle wrap, or cut into a large steel sign, only to find out it won't work because the largest copy you have was meant for a WordPress site. Ideally, it should be created in vectors though.
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    • Profile picture of the author ep2002
      Wow, thank you sooo much for this great explanation. This tells me a lot about why the odd logo designer mentions vector & so many others don't.

      I guess it would tell me a lot about whether they know what they are doing when creating a logo, but I thought Illustrator was less expensive than Photoshop, no?

      So why if they aren't true logo designers would they be buying PS?

      Maybe I'm wrong about the price.

      I just asked the guy who's doing my logo what he's using LOL

      Thanks again


      Originally Posted by nowservingpixels View Post

      Vector graphics and raster graphics are very different.

      Raster graphics are made up of a series of individual colored boxes known as pixels. They're static. Once something has been designed as a raster, it can never be enlarged without pixelation and quality loss.

      Vector graphics are made up of mathematical formulas that dictate all of the properties of a graphic on an X and Y axis. They're more dynamic in that they can be enlarged infinitely without quality loss.

      Since a logo needs to be versatile enough to be used in a variety of different ways, it makes sense to create it in a format that offers the most versatility, which would be vector. This is why logo designers prefer vector applications (like Illustrator and Inkscape) over raster (Photoshop, GIMP.)

      That's not to say that a great logo can't be designed in Photoshop. It certainly can, but it would be like using a fork to eat your cereal. There's much better tools for the job.

      Vector tools work best for things like logos, icons, UI. Raster tools work best for photo editing and manipulation.

      That said, I think logo designers should use whichever software they're most comfortable and proficient with. If you hire a logo designer who uses Photoshop, just make sure that they create it at a really, really large size. At least 4,000 pixels in one dimension. It would suck if one day you decide to have your logo used on a vehicle wrap, or cut into a large steel sign, only to find out it won't work because the largest copy you have was meant for a WordPress site. Ideally, it should be created in vectors though.
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  • logo design manifold design are there and mainly used adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator best in photo shop.
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  • Profile picture of the author hamilton2
    i just use canva
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  • Profile picture of the author Kepoomefa
    Adobe photoshop forever!
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  • Profile picture of the author Glennhiles
    I will always suggest adobe photoshop for creating and designing the logo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eugene Hill
    Use either photoshop or corel draw! Actually you need to be extremely creative., as tools are just mediums through which you can create logos or designs in general. It is the mind which makes the difference!
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  • Profile picture of the author AnissamcGary
    I always use Adobe Photoshop for designing my logo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riki kurniawan
    Adobe Illustrator - Built for Logo Design
    The most distinct characteristic of Illustrator is that it is a vector drawing tool, meaning, the output file is a vector graphic that can be resized to any degree, without losing any quality. As you may have guessed, this is absolutely essential for logo design because of the dynamic diversity of its applications - you need the logo to function in spaces as small as a business card but also as big as a billboard. Conveniently, vector files allow for you to shrink or grow the finished design without any deterioration of graphic integrity.

    Adobe Photoshop
    As the name would suggest, Photoshop is the master when it comes to photo manipulation and editing. Because of this strength, it is therefore the preferred tool when designing anything that contains photos such as brochures, posters, postcards, flyers, etc.

    Think of it this way; by contrast, Illustrator is best for creating, from scratch, the individual elements that are then laid out within Photoshop to form a greater, more collective document. While Illustrator works mainly with vector files, Photoshop is primarily a raster-based program that produces bitmaps.

    it's extremely common for clients to request that designers use Adobe Photoshop for the project, so that they may be able to edit the logo themselves in the future. While this makes sense in the fact that Photoshop is a more accessible and user-friendly program, thus preferred by novice designers, it simply isn't the appropriate tool for professional logo design.
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    • Profile picture of the author ep2002
      Why can't we edit the illustrator file just like PSD?

      Thanks

      Originally Posted by Riki kurniawan View Post

      Adobe Illustrator - Built for Logo Design
      The most distinct characteristic of Illustrator is that it is a vector drawing tool, meaning, the output file is a vector graphic that can be resized to any degree, without losing any quality. As you may have guessed, this is absolutely essential for logo design because of the dynamic diversity of its applications - you need the logo to function in spaces as small as a business card but also as big as a billboard. Conveniently, vector files allow for you to shrink or grow the finished design without any deterioration of graphic integrity.

      Adobe Photoshop
      As the name would suggest, Photoshop is the master when it comes to photo manipulation and editing. Because of this strength, it is therefore the preferred tool when designing anything that contains photos such as brochures, posters, postcards, flyers, etc.

      Think of it this way; by contrast, Illustrator is best for creating, from scratch, the individual elements that are then laid out within Photoshop to form a greater, more collective document. While Illustrator works mainly with vector files, Photoshop is primarily a raster-based program that produces bitmaps.

      it's extremely common for clients to request that designers use Adobe Photoshop for the project, so that they may be able to edit the logo themselves in the future. While this makes sense in the fact that Photoshop is a more accessible and user-friendly program, thus preferred by novice designers, it simply isn't the appropriate tool for professional logo design.
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  • Profile picture of the author kawsar91221
    I think Illustrator is the best of best for logo design.
    Vector graphics are made up of mathematical formulas that dictate all of the properties of a graphic on an X and Y axis. They're more dynamic in that they can be enlarged infinitely without quality loss.
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  • Profile picture of the author Denis Brustovskiy
    Hey there!

    It depends on whether you need a vector or raster logotype. I always create only vector logos and using Figma editor for this purpose.

    Figma works directly in the browser and does not depend on your operating system, which is convenient.

    It is also free, which is also cool))
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  • Profile picture of the author vlweb3d
    I use mainly Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to create my logos. You do not need to be an expert to create something decent with these programs.

    When it comes to logo creation, I look at already popular logos and emulate them (don't make an exact copy of course)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronish Baxter
    Adobe photoshop & vector graphic both are good
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin smith
    Adobe Illustrator is the best software for designing logo's
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  • Profile picture of the author Prathek Raju
    I use Adobe Illustrator. It's useful when you consider resizing a part of a logo. As the vectors can be scaled without loss in pixels. Although the softwares are not restricted to illustrator and photoshop. you could use affinity designer, figma, Inkscape etc. You will stumble across tons when you do some research.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Prathek Raju View Post

      As the vectors can be scaled without loss in pixels.
      You can always convert an image file made in an application other than Illustrator to a vector file.

      Illustrator just might be one of the most difficult programs to master and is beyond overkill, especially for creating logos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Highest And Best
    It depends on the type of graphics. Vector files are smaller and can scale. However, if your logo has gradients or a photo, PS may be better. I am not an expert on this, just some thoughts...
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  • Profile picture of the author MoonGold
    Most of the designers use Adobe Illustrator. Because of the vector file that has no limit on dimension, which mean you can have all of the sizes you want without losing the quality of output. The reason that people suggested you not to use Adobe Photoshop, it is because the image size issue. What if you have to use it for a trade show that requires your logo to be a large size? It will lose the quality. Some people use Coreldraw too. But I preferred Adobe Illustrator myself for over 15 years already.
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  • Profile picture of the author Modern Streaming
    Logos are almost always designed using vector graphics editors since they allow the graphics to be scaled up/down without any quality loss. Affinity Designer supports all major image and vector file types, including full-layer PSDs. Other major features include a customizable workspace, asset management panel, live spell checking, pressure editor and much more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Dean
    Logo Makers is the best software for designing logo because it is web-based application with stock design templates, fonts, images, and more, so you can create a logo in minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author markdanielclings
    You can use Photoshop,Illustrator,Adobe Indesign,CorelDraw,Inkscape
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    The industry standard for professional logo design is Adobe Illustrator.

    Next is Corel Draw.

    No raster based software is a suitable for development of a professional logo design and conversions are rough and stripped of in-software dynamic (features which pertain to elements). A professional brand needs thorough dexterity for a wide range of applications and it need to be developed by a person who has those aspects in mind.

    If you are developing a logo for a quick blog to promo an ebook, primarily online however, anything goes. There is no intricacy to consider in production in regards of scale or gamut - in consideration of inks in printing.

    A designer who hasn't invested in themselves and the correct tools will propbably find his halfway house with Affinity Designer, though that too is stripped of industry standard dynamic features.
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  • Profile picture of the author ReshSky
    I think Illustrator is one that can go well with logo design as It offers much more control over vector curves. You can use any software to create a logo.Because tools matters less than Skills. But I am saying Illustrator because it is industry standard. You can build the logo for your smaller projects but some industries will require format that can be offered by only Illustrator.
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  • Profile picture of the author stickerprinting
    Adobe illustrator is the excellent choice to design a logo.
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  • Profile picture of the author be4morgan
    Adobe Illustrator will be one of the best options to consider:
    • The pixel grid makes it easy to cleanly align objects.
    • The precise shape-building tools, brushes, and advanced path controls give you the freedom to create almost any graphic you can think of.
    • Perspective grids can help create realistic depth and distance.
    • When color needs to be used sparingly, gradients can be very effective. Illustrator enables interactions with gradients directly on an object. Users can even apply gradients to individual strokes while still controlling placement and opacity.

    The only downside is that it is a bit expensive compared to the other software. Also, it can be intimidating for beginners since it features so many advance tools.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonikhan
    Adobe Illustrator is mainly used for logo design. but in some cases photoshop can also be used to design specially a minimalist logo.
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  • Profile picture of the author HerbertMendez
    The three best software for making logo are:
    1. Adobe Illustrator
    2. Adobe Photoshop
    3. Corel Draw
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  • Profile picture of the author stickerprinting
    I will recommend Adobe Illustrator because you can create a vector based logo in it that can be resized to any scale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frankborg
    Usually Designers like to use Adobe Illustrator for logos. and its up to the designers in which software he is expert
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