I'm interested in learning a skill like logo design, header design and such. where do i start?

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Hi guys i'm really interested in learning a skill like logo design and e covers and such but i dont know where to start. i would like to know how do people get started doing this? do people use photoshop to do this? like are there any courses or guides somebody can direct me to so i could learn how to create logo's and such? any advice and suggestions will be very appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author KLaAz0r
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  • Profile picture of the author Damon99
    There are no such secial cource or some other books where you can learn these thing. All you need to do is thinko f a concept, get a tutorial from google and start working on it. When you have enough sample works which are good, you can use it gain some clients and make some $$$
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  • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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    Do you already have a version of Adobe Creative Suite? Are you artistically inclined at all? I got started using Adobe Fireworks & find it's way easier than Photoshop. I only use Photoshop when Fireworks ain't cutting it, but that's just me. There are tons of free tutorials all over YouTube & elsewhere; Google is your friend. Also check out free font download sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael71
    It helps when you can draw e.g. with a pen...

    If you are not into "graphics" at all... hard
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    • Profile picture of the author thewpguide
      Originally Posted by Michael71 View Post

      It helps when you can draw e.g. with a pen...

      If you are not into "graphics" at all... hard
      I second what Michael71 says, I am not a natural drawer so when I work on design it takes me a stupid amount of time to get it right.

      To answer your question though I teach myself with online tutorials, youtube, forums and a lot of practice.
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      • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
        OK here's one I think you could definately bennafit from. I'm suggesting this based on m ownexperence I would suggest that you get a copy of CorelDraw CorelDraw is a vector based graphics software. It is very cheap compared to adobe anything. i used to be in the T-shirt business. T-shirt dessigns are very much like logos and similar such graphics Corel is supurb or this kind of graphics work it is also exclent for creating graphics and for drawing and learning to use drawing softwware. UUsing a software lik ecorel is great for learning to draw with software start drawing with the software wnd before you know it you will be edrawing all kinds of stuff. I just looked up CoreDraw on ebay . Looks like you can get a current version for somewhere between $35 and $80 onsidering Adobe anything is going to run you around $400 Corel is a good deal. I have all th e Adobe stuff an I still us Corell for a lot o stuf just because it's fster and esier to work with.This is cool also Corel comes with something like 1100 fontsthis is way coo for doing logo work any kind of work wher you are ding graphics for print media, logos, web graphics, banners, etc. having a big selection of fonts is very handy.
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  • Profile picture of the author alan9187
    If you know nothing or very very little about graphics you will suffer,I wanted to do the same myself and put some pics of the graphics i created in this forum. I got good feedback, however i had been using photoshop for 3yrs before deciding i wanted to start making web graphics, logo's, ministe design, e-covers etc....etc...../

    Then i got a pro look at them and the comment was a real eye opener,he was good enough to say without being brutal i was not bad but had a very long way to go before i could compete with others providing the same services .

    I did not get dishartend by his coments as he was trying to help and pointed me in right direction to lean abit more about graphic design which has increased my ability no end.

    But what i did come to understand is that you can not just put something together in any software wether it be photoshop,illustrator,corel,fireworks,gimp or whatever without understanding some basics of graphic design.

    Yes you can look at tutorial after tutorial on how-to's, but are you able enough to use photoshop and or any of the others at this stage to produce graphics to compete.

    Like i was told this is not to critizie, nor to discourage but to just make you awair that you need some basic understanding of graphic design and the programs/softwares you need to create the graphics you are looking to design.This can be a long road and steep leaning curve, but having said that every one has to start somewhere.

    Again if you can use the software then start to look at some of the basics of graphic design, i would even take this route first as there are tons and tons of tutorials on photoshp..etc..etc.. that you can learn from quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author EricDelano
    I'm a big believer in doing what you are naturally good at. If something seems forced and you don't get that natural high from doing it, then you probably aren't meant to do it. If you like to draw and express yourself through visual design, then just start doing it, all the time, one design after another. Be disciplined and soak up everything thats going on around you. Take on projects for free from friends at first, build a portfolio, learn what people like and don't like. Then go out and apply for jobs on craigslist, word of mouth etc. Trust me, it takes awhile but you WILL slowly build a reputation.
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    • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
      Originally Posted by EricDelano View Post

      I'm a big believer in doing what you are naturally good at. If something seems forced and you don't get that natural high from doing it, then you probably aren't meant to do it. If you like to draw and express yourself through visual design, then just start doing it, all the time, one design after another. Be disciplined and soak up everything thats going on around you. Take on projects for free from friends at first, build a portfolio, learn what people like and don't like. Then go out and apply for jobs on craigslist, word of mouth etc. Trust me, it takes awhile but you WILL slowly build a reputation.
      This is especially true where things like logos and such are concerned. these types of graphics use a lot of geometric shapes and text and particular fonts .The computer makes this sort of stuff naturally good, naturally clean uniform and symmetrical. Years ago before the computer when many people still did this stuff by hand it required skills that actually took years of practice to developed That simply no longer is the case.
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  • Profile picture of the author jumpa
    Beside photoshop, you can use corel draw, or sumopaint as online.
    iam sure you can find alot of tutorials when you asking google
    "how to make a high quality design by photoshop"
    or
    "how to learn graphical design"
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  • Profile picture of the author davidjohn12
    There are no such secial cource or some other books where you can learn these thing. All you need to do is thinko f a concept, get a tutorial from google and start working on it. When you have enough sample works which are good, you can use it gain some clients and make some $$$
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  • Profile picture of the author syntaxed
    Many have posted good replies. Still, I wanna stress that you must be really into graphics. A real interest is all you need. The ability of drawing is not compulsory. I do know people that cannot draw but capable of producing good designs. Be that as it may, your drawing skill sure helps a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author TaraR
      Hi

      This is my process to design logos which you might want to try

      1. Take a brief (or use a sample brief of the net for practice)

      2. Do some quick research on competitors and other brands which are targeted at same niche of people.

      3. Mind map the service, product and name of the company either on paper or with something like mindmeister. If you are struggling for ideas create a moodboard, of pics and logos.

      4. Sketch out ideas -
      Think about:
      • creating symbols from your mindmap ideas
      • can you use the letters or initials in any way
      • Can you use shapes
      • Can you combine letters

      5. Pick the best scan in and work up in a vector based program like illustrator (or free Inkscape)

      6. Experiment with finding suitable fonts, simple is usually best.

      7. Start in black and white then when happy with the overall look and shapes test out different colours usually 2 colour looks best.

      8. Show client best options - make tweaks etc as required
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