I know I promised I was going to finish my house for the “House Tour,” but I’m not (I only have the bathrooms to do anyways, so I’m close!)! I want you to see this post! I had searched for this when I first started and couldn’t find anything or figure it out, so I think there’s a need for it! Also, I’m still taking guest bloggers! If you want to write a post on anything (Lanisa, you did that cool shoe rack, wink, wink, nudge, nudge) either comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK, I have wanted a logo for my business since before it was a business and was just a blog. I finally figured out how to make one and I have to share it with you because it really is easy and I never thought I’d learn how to do it! One problem that I keep encountering is that I don’t know what the word for something is (logo, banner, etc). I may be trying to do too much! Anywho, I figured it out, thanks to a blogger!. I want a logo and I want it to be in .jpg form. .jpg is how you save your pictures.
My girl, Gail, is always giving it to me straight. This was her email:
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not change the color!! The color is awesome and super eye-catching!!!!! GREAT WORK!!
OK, I guess I’ll LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!! too! Wait, I already did! This had been the 6th draft that I sent her. Originally, I’d read this post from Lewisville Love. She has a great tutorial with pictures. She was making jar labels. I’m making a logo and I’m going to add a bit that I learned along the way. Here goes:
In order to get pictures for this post, I have to do a screen shot. I got a new MacBook Air recently. Apple just couldn’t make this easier. Command, Shift, 3. It saves to the desktop (that only took me a few hours to discover). That’s it. Upload. Let my peeps enjoy!
On to the logo making in pictures:
Click to open or drag image here.
Choose ANY picture from your computer. You’re going to cover this picture up and really you’re just looking for a .jpg file so ANY PICTURE will do!
Your picture will appear.
See all those little icons on the left? Those help you edit your photo. Five down are three icons together. Those represent Overlays. There are many, but you have to start with your background color. I chose Geometric, then a rectangle.
Just drag the rectangle shape to cover your picture.
The default color is black, but you can change it. I changed mine to turquoise. OK, you know that each color has a code? Here’s a link for Color Hex Color Codes so you can see all the codes for each color so you can re-create that color on your computer. I found my blog color codes in the Theme Options on the backside of my WordPress Blog. If you don’t know what all that means, join my club. I don’t really know either! Anyways, this color’s code is: #00FFFF. Since it’s on my blog, I thought it’d be appropriate to have on my logo.
Save. This step was important because sometimes I struggled with moving exactly what I wanted to. This way, the turquoise color is now constant and won’t move anymore.
That saving in the previous picture was important here too. (It took many tries to figure this out!) Once you have saved the background color, this gets easier. The 6th icon down is for frames. I really liked the Museum Matte one so that’s what I chose.
You can change the color (using hex codes or by choosing on the color wheel) of both of the frame borders. You can also change their widths. I made them as big as possible (100).
I thought this was genius (I totally did it by mistake). I added another frame. I thought it looked awesome! You save these frames after you have added them and they stay put!
Go back to the 4th icon, Overlays. There are so many overlays to choose from. I like the look of the Victorian Labels. By the way, if you pay, you can become a Royale Member and get all the stuff PicMonkey has to offer. I was pleased with their free stuff (and I’m cheap), so I didn’t become a Royale Member at this point, but it’s something I would consider.
I chose the second Victorian Label overlay. Just make it the size you want. It pops up small like everything else, I just didn’t take that picture.
Another awesome idea on this site! You can Fade the background color (it changes the white in the overlay to a lighter version of the background!) I used 10%.
The 4th icon is a “P”. This is where you add text. I wish Word had all these options because I think there are a lot of great ones! Once you’ve added what you want, you can right click (two-finger click on the MacBook Air) and “Straighten” your words. You can actually do with with anything I’ve shown you so far.
At the top, there’s a save button (and even a share). Just save it. I put it in a “Blog” folder where all my blogging stuff goes. And look, it’s a .jpg! That’s the idea! Now you have a picture that’s a logo! And you’re done!
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